A Mormon Criminal Syndicate
June 18, 2011 Leave a comment
This is what journalism looks like. For anyone who heralds the death of print. Their clarion voices ringing over valleys of pink skulls and gibbering televised heads, all in unison clamoring to plant their banner in the mound of skeletal horrors that regularly eek out only meager and trite offerings. Things most wouldn’t consider news. I.E. leading the day with anything about Lady Gaga or a photographed flaccid penis.
This is not that.
Over 75 years, the Kingstons have amassed a fortune worth an estimated $300 million, but the operation skirts the edges of the law. According to people who have left the Order, the cult exploits its 2,000 members as virtual slave labor and hides profits from tax collectors. Children born into the clan make up much of the labor force. Girls, many of them teen brides, answer phones at the Order’s law office, bag groceries at its supermarket or tend to the clan’s many children. Boys work its coal mine and stack boxes at Standard Restaurant Supply, a massive discount store. They are paid not in cash but in scrip, an arcane form of credit used by the Mormon pioneers that can only be redeemed at company stores. “If the Order doesn’t have it,” the clan teaches, “we don’t need it.”
Jesse Hyde, who wrote the piece, is a practicing Mormon and his clean pen adds to the tone of Rollingstone as a legitimate force in the cultural and political dialogue.