20 years before the Mountain Meadows Massacre, 17 Mormons were killed in Haun’s Mill, Missouri. And just four months earlier, Parley P. Pratt, a beloved Mormon apostle was killed May 13, 1857 in Arkansas. Just a few months after Pratt’s death, around 100 immigrants from Arkansas were killed. Is it true that Mormons sought revenge for the Haun’s Mill and Pratt’s murder? Barbara Jones Brown will answer that question.
Barbara: So I looked at that theory and all I can find is proximate cause, meaning, so okay, this happened in Arkansas, therefore these people were from Arkansas, therefore that must be the reason. But when I looked at it, I don’t think that was the motive. I think these other things that I’ve been talking about were the motive. Here are my reasons. Quite a lot of the perpetrators eventually come out and say why this happened as well as local people. They give a whole slew of motives and reasons for why this happened. Not one of them ever said that Parley P. Pratt’s murder was a motive.
GT: Hmm. That’s among the principal people that were involved.
Barbara: Yeah. Anyone. Anyone. You can’t find a single Mormon that ever said that.
GT: So, do you think that’s overplayed then?
Barbara: I do.
Were you surprised to hear Brown downplay Pratt and Haun’s Mill in the Mountain Meadows Massacre? Check out our conversation….
Don’t miss our other episodes about the massacre.
256: Utah War & Mountain Meadows Massacre (Jones-Brown)
194: What is the Dead Lee Scroll? (Mayfield)
193: John D. Lee’s Role in Mountain Meadows Massacre (Mayfield)
074: CSI: Mountain Meadows – Using DNA to Solve 2 Mysteries (Perego)