If there’s one thing absolutely nobody can deny, it’s that Ervil LeBaron broke all bounds even as a polygamous Mormon fundamentalist cult leader by ordering more than 30 killings in four decades. This much has actually even been evidenced in Hulu’s ‘Daughters of the Cult,’ which carefully explores his atrocities through the eyes of those to have witnessed the same — his surviving family. Yet for now, if you simply wish to learn more about arguably the most intriguing individual mentioned in this production, his stepdaughter turned pawn Ramona Marston, we’ve got the details for you.
Who is Ramona Marston?
It was back when Ramona was three that her parents were converted to the Mexico-based Mormon fundamentalist Church of the Firstborn of the Fullness of Time, just for things to soon turn upside down. At the time, this sect was helmed by Ervil’s elder brother Joel as the One Mighty and Strong, but it soon crumbled apart and the Chynoweths decided to follow Ervil’s teachings as Prophet. Little did they know he’d soon begin taking advantage of his position, starting with taking several wives while they were just teens, with Ramona being given to child marriage.
According to the documentary, Ramona was married off to Ervil’s right-hand man Daniel “Dan” Jordan at the age of 17 – his half-sister Faye also became his sister wife on the very same day. She’d essentially been told she would go to hell if she didn’t abide by this match, especially since she had a bit of a rebellious streak in her. She cared for family yes, but she also broke the rules a little and had fun, like growing a pot plant in their garden instead of a tomato one as she’d claimed, per the documentary. Nevertheless, she was renowned for her beauty and her maternal instincts.
Then came Ervil’s decision to slay homeopath and chiropractic doctor Rulon Clark Allred, leader of the competition Apostolic United Brethren sect, as a blood atonement for prosperity. Under this blood atonement doctrine, he justified the homicide by asserting the fellow competitive leader was a dangerous enemy of his church, and therefore, a dangerous enemy of God himself. He hence chose 19-year-old Ramona alongside his 13th wife Rena Chynoweth to carry out the homicide, believing their innate beauty would the authorities and witnesses alike question everything.
In the end, though, it was just Rena who pulled the trigger – Ramona had frozen, only to later say they didn’t make sure if he was dead once they returned to their vehicle. They subsequently barged right in, and Rena put a bullet straight through his head — it had already been established to them that they were to kill via military standards — two shots to the chest and one to the head to finish the job, and that final shot is seemingly precisely what Rena did upon returning. But alas, because of disguises, they couldn’t be immediately identified, and it took years before Ramona was even connected to the matter.
Where is Ramona Marston Now?
Ramona was actually apprehended for her hand in the cult’s workings in Mexico in 1977, but she skipped bail and fled the area in such a manner she essentially disappeared from the face of this Earth. We should also mention that even though her hand in Rulon’s death is no secret now, she has never really been indicted in connection to the matter, let alone made to stand trial. In other words, it appears as if she has since moved forward with her life by leaving polygamy behind and now prefers to remain well away from the limelight for understandable privacy reasons. In other words, apart from the fact she later remained in touch with half-sisters Anna and Cecil LeBaron, we unfortunately don’t know much about her current standing.
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