Day 3: Winston Blackmore’s alleged tax-evasion trial

CASTANET NEWS: Polygamous leader Winston Blackmore has come face to face with contradictory statements he has made over his leadership role in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Blackmore is trying to make a case in court for special taxation status for his community in Bountiful, B.C.

Under heated cross examination Wednesday by federal government lawyer Lynn Burch, Blackmore at first refused to answer whether or not he thought himself a prophet.


Mr. Winston Blackmore certainly does have a problem with numbers!  On page 309 of Daphne Bramham’s book The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’sPolygamous Mormon Sect, Ms. Bramham writes:  “. . .In 1993, Blackmore had three wives.  Four years later, “Uncle Wink” (as Blackmore is called by his admirers) had seven wives.  By 2002, he had twenty-six wives–only seven of whom were Canadians–and close to ninety children born in Canada and entitled to both Canadian and U.S. citizenship.”

If any of his “ex” wives are reading the news reports on this trial, I wonder what they think of hismemory loss regarding their relationships with him?

Also, Sheila Pratt of the Edmonton Journal did a feature article last summer on the slave labourcamps of the FLDS.  It reran on December 28th as it was voted best feature article of the year.

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