Posted by: Andee / Category: , , , ,

I have been following the story of the Craigslist Killer in the news. This young man, studying medicine, engaged to be married to a beautiful woman, had everyone in his entire life fooled. Little did they know the double life he was living... arranging to meet women who advertised their services on Craigslist, tying them up, robbing them, and taking their underwear as souvenirs.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that includes fingerprints, DNA, IP addresses, cell phone pings, guns and video, Philip Markoff's fiance continues to stand by her future husband. She insists that the police are framing him, and that he "wouldn't harm a fly" and "he is a beautiful person inside and out." As of 1 pm on Saturday, she is still planning her wedding to Philip and refuses to believe he could do any of this.

Police have just linked this man to a third robbery in Rhode Island through his fingerprints, and they are publicly begging anyone who may have been a victim of this man to come forward.

The young woman that he murdered, Julissa Brisman, was a beautiful young woman that had her entire life ahead of her. It's tragic.

The whole double life thing got me thinking...

How many Mormons out there believe that Joseph Smith was a good man even though there is so much evidence to the contrary? They truly believe that Joe was a good person, in and out, and that he wouldn't harm a fly. To those of us who know better, its very easy to see the truth. Joseph was a con man who lied to everyone.

People who are emotionally tied to another human being will lie to themselves to keep their worlds together.

One day (soon in the case of this young woman who is standing by Mr. Markoff) I hope that people start taking a step back and being a little more objective. It's just bizarre to believe in something that is so obviously wrong.

I could testify to you all right now that I believe in pink elephants that fly in the nighttime sky. All you have to do is pray hard enough to see them. I see them. If you don't see them, you are not being as good as you can be. Fast for a few days and then look for the flying pink elephants. Pray to know I am telling the truth.

It's like talking to seedless watermelon.



  1. Devin Says:


    That is an excellent comparison. For me, I just didn't look at the evidence. I never really followed it out. I only read church approved material and was committed to living the "truth."

    There are excellent resources that suggest the people don't actually make logical decisions - decisions are completely emotionally based and then we reason afterward why we made the right decision.

    Jonathan Haidt is my favourite author on this subject.

  1. Cathryn Says:

    Hey, I just found your site the other day, and although I'm not Mormon, my boyfriend is and he is currently serving a mission in Chile.

    I just wanted to say that your blog is a big inspiration to me. I linked to your blog on mine today because I have similar problems with the church [all of which my boyfriend is aware of] and it's reassuring to know that I'm not wrong in having these feelings and ideas. Plus you say it far better than I ever could.

    So keep up with the good work!


    P.S. Your food pictures are also quite drool worthy. Yum

  1. Andee Says:


    I am glad you like the comparison. I am still waiting for a TBM to start screaming at me about how I am comparing Joseph Smith to a murderer.


    Only reading church approved material is like listening to Mr. Markoff tell you that you shouldn't read anything about him that he didn't approve.

    Ugh. Frustrating, isn't it?


  1. Andee Says:


    Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments!!

    No, you are not crazy! Please know that. You are taking a step back and thinking for yourself. That is never a bad thing!

    Thank you for your comments, and I hope you comment often! Nice to meet you!


  1. Seth R. Says:

    Sorry Andrea.

    No dice.

    I try to stay out of it when it looks like you're having a therapy venting session.

  1. Seth R. Says:

    I meant Andee...

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I know you probably won't allow this to be posted, but I must say this anyways. You said in a previous post that you left the church because you had integrity, but a person of integrity doesn't devote her entire life to bashing someone else's religion. You left the church when you were 16. Get over it already. You made the decision to leave, and to have nothing more to do with what you consider to be wrong, so why are you writing post after post about how bad Mormons are? What happened to you that you are so sore about? Why do you have to kick and scream because everyone isn't like you? Seriously. Just move on with your life. Let go. Put the past behind you. And please learn to respect people with different beliefs than your own. This is how wars are started.