But it is also apparent that discipline of anyone who publicly challenges the Mormon position or may appear to have gotten the upper hand will be dealt with in a way that a lesson will be taught that those persons will never forget and will likely cause them to retreat to their own temple of silence for fear of having even greater punishment inflicted upon them including an untimely death itself.
While the public may observe the disrepute being inflicted upon those individuals it will never know who was the moving power behind such an event for in each case the punishment will never be identified as coming from an entity of the church or the reasons given for it. It is possible the candidate for public discredit may never know himself exactly why he was being punished.
In 1982, author John Gardner published a book, MICKELSSON'S GHOSTS. The story was about a college professor who bought an old house in Pennsylvania and went through the process of remodeling it only to find hidden within its walls evidence of the life of Joseph Smith, Jr. the founder of Mormonism. The professor learned of the existence of killer Danites of the church and in fact discovered that some of his own college faculty were indeed Danites.
In time, as the professor probed into the issue, he was deliberately run off the road on his bicycle and killed. While of course the book was fiction, Gardner did rail against the historically correct existence of Danites within the church and enlarged the theme to a point of belief. Shortly after the book was published, Gardner, a motorcycle enthusiast was run off the road and killed in the same manner as the hero of his book.
The well known massacre of the 1857 Fancher wagon train at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah is but one example of the work of criminal killers within the Mormon Church. Recently the church admitted its complicity yet blamed in on the elders in southern Utah. Yet anyone who knows anything about the political structure knows full well that an atrocity of that nature could never have happened without the sanction of Brigham Young. Not often known was the escape on foot after darkness of two men from the Fancher Train. After the massacre at Mountain Meadows, elders of the church rode their horses to locate these escaping men and upon finding them, slit their throats.