The Murder of Mormon Mom Brenda Lafferty and Her 15-Month-Old Daughter

A murder of a mother and her 15-month-old daughter left a stunned community

On July 24, 1984, two assailants forced their way into Lafferty's Utah home and killed her and her daughter Erica.

According to court records, Brenda was strangled and her throat was slit with a knife.

As reported by Deseret News in 2019, the killers nearly decapitated Erica

the School of the Prophets.But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

As well as Brenda's friends, Ron blamed Brenda and Erica for their divorce.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office escorts Ron Lafferty out of the Utah County Courthouse in Provo

Separate trials in 1985 resulted in convictions for both brothers. In "Under the Banner of Heaven,

which is still considered among the most notorious and gruesome crimes in Utah history.