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Created by Lee Roy Kunz and Katherine Montgomery
a·pos·tate əˈpäˌstāt, əˈpästət
a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle.
abandoning a religious or political belief or principle.
Eliza disappears while doing a student project on young men that have been kicked out of a Fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church. More. More. More.
Eliza's older sister Ivy and estranged ex-husband, Noah, travel to the small polygamous town of Colorado City Utah, to try and find her. They butt heads with a Mormon female detective from Salt Lake City that has been put on the case.
“It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.”
(The Book of Mormon)
Each season will have a new story and characters in a different setting. The throughline of our show will be religious inspired crimes and Detective Perish will be our one through line through it all.
Abandoned youth, angry and desperate, cast out of their community, to create more brides for elder men, this is a story about faith, family and murder.
"Therefore I did obey the voice of the Spirit, and took Laban by the hair of the head...” Nephi: 4:18
(The Book of Mormon)
Apostate is their most serious sin. There are lots of passages from the Book of Mormon and quotes from prophets and church leaders that talk about the need for blood and killing of apostates. They are very similar to Muslims in this.
“Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.”
(The Book of Mormon)
Season One will focus on adjoining towns of Colorado City AZ and Hildale UT. An isolated community framed by the red rock cliffs of the Grand Canyon that was founded in 1913 by a breakaway extremist group from the Mormon Church.
For generations, the FLDS leadership has had total control over this desert outpost, selecting the mayors, the city council and even the town marshals without any problems. In recent years allegations that the town has been violating residents' civil rights, allowing the church to use public officials to run members who left the faith – "apostates" in FLDS parlance – out of town, denying utility hookups and even spying on citizens.
The FDLS still practices plural marriage. they do so upon the guidance of their prophet and leader Warren Jeffs. Jeffs is believed by his congregation to speak directly to God and communicates his will.
strong division--even opposition--between the faithful and the unfaithful. Apostates and informants often wake to find slaughtered animals hanging from their porches as threats and warnings.
Mormon. Lives in Sandy, Utah outside of Salt Lake City. She has three daughters and character arc through the story is that she cannot continue to raise them Mormon after what she’s seen;
will uncover some further mormon crimes along the way of this investigation. By the end of the story, she will apostate, after being confronted and fully educated on the Mormon church, their founding, and their true beliefs. She can no longer raise her three daughters in such a sexist oppressive church where.
Ex-marine. PTSD-ridden military investigator, trying to be functional and good, trauma comes through in bursts. Wife waited for him while he was overseas working as an investigator in the army, but he kept extending his time--addicted to being in a warzone, breaking his promises to her again and again. He was caught planting evidence on suspected terrorists and having them detained. A wide and accepted practice, he feels very slighted and ramrodded. Believes he is beyond good and evil, thinks he’s a nihilist, thinks he’s further gone than he is, thinks that he’s made peace with the fact that there is no good or evil, doesn’t believe that justice exists, revenge feels good. He’ll seemingly be on a path to redemption as he attempts to reconcile with his estranged wife, but once his deep-rooted trauma and violence comes through and ruins a chance for that, he’ll ultimately find himself spiraling swiftly downward and taking the whole town of Short Creek with him.
Early 30s, a mother figure to her younger sister, her only goal is to find Eliza. A desperate last resort she requires her estranged ex-husband to help. She is trusting and earnest, eager to see the good in people, which will ultimately be her downfall. But while he was away, indulging in his addiction to war rather than returning to their marriage as promised, Ivy met and partnered with another man. When Noah returned—suddenly, unannounced, and in a shroud of PTSD- he nearly beat her partner to death, permanently blinding the man in one eye, and breaking his jaw and cheek bone. After the violent attack, she finalized the divorce and cut off contact with him completely. We’re led to believe that Noah and Ivy are building towards some sort of reconciliation through the series, but ultimately he is too violent and damaged for this to come to fruition, and once they are estranged once more, he fully loses any shred of control he had been able to hang onto.
College student. Girl, late teens, disappeared some time ago, case has recently stopped being investigated. We spend most of the first season thinking that she has either been killed or taken by the leaders of the FLDS as a “seed bearer” decreed by Warren Jeffs to carefully-bred a population loyal only to him. However, we ultimately realize that she has been taken as a wife for the Lost Boys--the cast out members of the community that have ultimately been so deeply radicalized
that they cannot escape from the ideologies and realities of FLDS life and have begun their own competing population in Short Creek to get back at Warren Jeffs for abandoning them
Warren Jeffs-type figure, very
THE PROPHETsoft spoken and quiet, allows the couple in to investigate but is very tight-lipped and sinister, often surrounded by young women, giving the impression that he is in some way involved in the kidnapping or killing of the sister character. He is evasive, shady, eerily smooth and soft spoken. Polite, curt, and cool—chilly, even—apologetic for the loss of the Eliza but similarly to the police he suggests an array of alternative sets of circumstances that might have led to her disappearance. We find out he is a pedofile with many young child wives. He goes on the run when police issue a warrant for his arrest.
We follow their stories as protagonists trying to fight against The Prophet and The Sect. Cast out by Warren Jeffs but increasingly refusing to leave town. Attempting to build up their own competing sect of FLDS-type polygamist Mormonism, radicalized to such an extent that they’re unable to gain perspective on the church, are only able to emulate its actions and values, fully brainwashed group of young men who at first seem to be extremely helpful to the Ivy and Noah but we discover over time that they are trying to gain her trust to turn her against the church and lure her in rather than help her find her sister. The boys really just want girls so they can start their own polygamous community. Brigham, preaches to the other boys that they are the true FLDS and that Warren Jeffs is leading them astray and they must set up their own community. Some of the younger boys, just want to contact their mothers and sisters because they miss them.
BECKETT, BRAXTON, BARTHOLOMEW, BRIGHAM, OAKLEY, OLIVER, ORSON, JARED, JOE, JOHN, JESSOP, and JOSEPH
THE LOST BOYS
Detective Perish does not tell Police Chief Gideon about the tunnels and submits a request to a judge in Salt Lake for a warrant to bug them but gets denied. She spends the rest of the episode trying to get The Prophet to meet with her but to no avail. Ivy and Noah continue their investigation. Noah is suspicious of The Lost Boys but Ivy takes pity on them, buys them groceries and even helps one of the younger Lost Boy’s help his sister to escape the The Sect driving the Lost Boy and his sister all way to their aunts in Salt Lake City in a harrowing escape. Security measures increase; everywhere in and around town, Noah and Ivy are followed by members from the sect and tensions rise between them and Detective Perish. At the end of the episode, Noah and Ivy become suspicious of Porter, the B&B owner when they find out that he and Eliza were romantically involved.
Detective Perish has a meeting with The Prophet. He is evasive, shady, eerily smooth and soft-spoken. Young girls are nearby but won’t make eye contact and refuse to answer any of her questions. The Prophet is apologetic for the loss of the girl but suggests an array of alternative sets of circumstances that might have led to her disappearance. Porter, the owner of the B&B is investigated and arrested by Police Chief Gideon. Detective Perish interviews him but is very convinced he is innocent. She tries to release him but Police Chief Gideon refuses. Meanwhile, Noah and Ivy go to church. They try and stop them but Noah forces his way in. The Prophet is in the middle of his sermon. All of people there, the women, the children, the men they hate him and they let it be known. Noan and Ivy slowly exits the church. The Prophet still refuses to talk him. Heated confrontation between man and the prophet in which the man stands at the gate, shaking it and yelling for the prophet’s attention. By this point the prophet has stopped cooperating. Police Chief Gideon arrests Ivy and Noah for harassment and puts Porter and Noah in a cell together alone.
All the local corruption is making Detective Perish’s investigation impossible: “For generations, Church leadership has had total control over this desert outpost on the edge of the Grand Canyon, selecting the mayors, the city council and even the town marshals without any problem. But in recent years, the DOJ has been investigating allegations that the two towns have been violating residents' civil rights, allowing the church to use public officials to run members who left the faith – "apostates" in FLDS parlance – out of town, denying utility hookups and even spying on citizens.” Detective Perish gets her hands on the bank records of Police Chief Gidon and gets him removed from the case. Noah and Porter are released from jail. Noah seems to trust Porter now but. Ivy is still deeply suspicious him which intenses when Porter disappears without a trace shortly after being released from prison.
Detective Perish finds out that Bartholemew is one who called about tip that she was missing and got whole investigation off to to. The Lost Boys tell Noah and Ivy about the tunnels and how to get to The Prophet’s house. Noah finds a room of the basement of the church where the prophet keeps his newest wives under close supervision of older wives as they are groomed into submission. He steals some evidence and gives it to Detective Perish. A record of something that allows Texas authorities to finally raid a compound in Texas. There is a raid on compound in Texas. A lot of girls who are suspected to have been moved around from one compound to the other. But they won’t talk. The girls are either too radicalized or too terrified. So the girls are returned. They have no choice. Ivy and Noah make love for the first time, their relationship getting stronger and better.
Two Mormons from sect wreck Noah’s car. Noah subdues them. He breaks one of their arms and busts the other guy in the mouth, knocking his front teeth out. Detective Perish finds a clue when she gets Eliza’s icloud footage released which leads her to an Indian Reservation in Arizona
Detective Perish follows a false lead to Arizona. She brings Noah with her as backup. Detective Perish ends up saving a bunch of girls, from all over, many Native American girls and a few white girls, from being transported to Las Vegas or Los Angeles. She thinks she saves Eliza but she actually saves some other girl instead. Noah saves Detective Perish’s life.
Detective Perish struggles with her family in Utah. After almost being killed her husband wants her to quit but she can’t. Ivy and Noah are closer than ever, fully in love again at this point and even talking about getting married again. Noah kidnaps one of the Chosen Members of the Church and attempts to get information out of him. He’s too pious to betray his Prophet. Noah then attempts to use him as leverage in exchange for Eliza. The Prophet doesn’t budge. Noah, realizing that the member would rather die a martyr than betray his faith, has no choice but to let him go. Meanwhile, Ivy is now deep into the world of the Lost Boys, who she believes are helping her. Ivy is taken by the Lost Boys to their compound. Maybe out in abandoned mining structures out in the rocks of the Arizona Strip.
Perhaps she stumbles upon them, or follows one of them out into the desert. Ivy is finally reunited with her now-pregnant sister, but only in the captivity of the Lost Boy. Ivy realizes that he has begun his own sect, which he says is his—and the boys’—only chance at redemption in the eyes of God after having been thrown out of theFLDS. These boys are simply fulfilling what they’ve always been taught to believe is the religious destiny for members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. They tell Ivy she is going to be kept there, as all of their brides, to bring in new babies to their FLDS church. And that eventually she’ll be a good wife. Bartholemew, helps Eliza and Ivy, escape and is killed in the process.
Noah returns to town. He can’t find Ivy. Meanwhile Ivy and Eliza meanwhile is still fighting for her life in the desert. Hiding all night, they find Mormon girl clothes and put them on. Noah goes into a panic mode and drives around all night, looking for Ivy. He can’t find her and when he finds something that makes him believe that Ivy is dead. Noah loses it, he goes to the hardware store and has the look a dead man walking. Noah sits in his truck watching all the town people enter church, including mostly women and children. After the doors are closed. Noah calmly gets out of the truck, and begin to chain all the doors shut, blocking all exits, and begin to dose the entire church with gasoline. Noah lights the match and the church goes up in flames. Noah just stands there in awe listening to the men, women, and children of the sect The Prophet scream and yell in horror as they are burned alive, and bang on the doors to get out. Detective Perish shows up to try and arrest Noah but Noah kills himself after burning down the church. All is lost: Detective Perish thinks that Ivy and Eliza are dead and has to deal with the fallout. However, they are still alive. The Lost Boys have recaptured them and keeping them in their compound.
Detective Perish renounces her faith. She cannot raise her daughters in such a horrible religion. She is the apostate. She sees her daughter do something profound, a tale that she is lying, and serves as a reference. Why did you lie for your sister? She then returns back for the final battle. This is the character scene. Detective Perish in a final battle with The Lost Boys, kills a few of them and saves Eliza and Detective Perish.
The disappearance of a Navajo Native American adult that was suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for sexually abusing them while participating in a church-operated Indian Student Placement Program.investigates
Detective Perish investigates the murder and disappearance of a Young Catholic Nun in Salt Lake City.
Detective Perish investigates the disappearance of young aspiring actress connected to Scientology in Utah that takes her to Los Angeles.
Detective Perish investigates The Creativity Movement (formerly known as World Church Of The Creator), is a white separatist organization that advocates the whites-only religion, Creativity in Texas. Detective Perish investigates a violent sect of the Seventh-Day Adventist in Oregon.