Nation: The Death of a Family

Tragedy in Salt Lake City

Bruce David Longo, 39, stood 6 ft. 4 in., weighed an intimidating 300 lbs., wore his dark hair in a long pigtail and maintained that he was in fact the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ and God. Excommunicated by the Mormon Church, he began calling himself Immanuel David and became the leader of a religious cult consisting of about 20 friends, his Swedish-born wife Rachel and their seven children. Eighteen months ago, the family moved from Duchesne, Utah, to Salt Lake City, where they eventually settled in a $95-a-day, three-room...

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