11 episodes

In the 1940s, a group of Mormon dreamers started a town in the Mexican desert. But what began as a utopian vision quickly turned sour when the founding family’s son, Ervil LeBaron, struggled for control of the community and unleashed a multi-generational crimewave – the ripples of which are still being felt today.

From bank robbery to drug smuggling, auto theft rings to multiple murders, a deadly cult evolved into a sophisticated organized crime family. In Deliver Us From Ervil, journalist Jesse Hyde tells the story of Ervil LeBaron and the unlikely ensemble of reporters, cops, survivors and family insiders trying to halt his bloody legacy.

Deliver Us From Ervil is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

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    • 4.6 • 89 Ratings

In the 1940s, a group of Mormon dreamers started a town in the Mexican desert. But what began as a utopian vision quickly turned sour when the founding family’s son, Ervil LeBaron, struggled for control of the community and unleashed a multi-generational crimewave – the ripples of which are still being felt today.

From bank robbery to drug smuggling, auto theft rings to multiple murders, a deadly cult evolved into a sophisticated organized crime family. In Deliver Us From Ervil, journalist Jesse Hyde tells the story of Ervil LeBaron and the unlikely ensemble of reporters, cops, survivors and family insiders trying to halt his bloody legacy.

Deliver Us From Ervil is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

    1: The One Mighty and Strong

    1: The One Mighty and Strong

    It’s 2022, and journalist Jesse Hyde arrives in Colonia LeBaron. It’s a strange but thriving Mormon town, deep in the Mexican desert. While investigating a cartel massacre, Jesse uncovers the story of the LeBarons – a family whose dreams of founding a utopian community swiftly turned into a dystopian nightmare, as a faction of their town transformed into a murderous cult. Jesse traces the origins of this place, from the 1940s to the present day, its founding family and the feud between Joel LeBaron and his fanatic brother Ervil that started it all.

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    • 53 min
    2: The Massacre in Los Molinos

    2: The Massacre in Los Molinos

    Ostracised from his family and his home, Ervil continues to build his cult from across the border in the US. When he starts threatening Colonia LeBaron with an attack, the townsfolk prepare their defences and brace themselves for the worst. But when Ervil LeBaron’s followers eventually do act, they manage to catch their victims unaware. Jesse returns to the scene of a 1974 massacre, only to find some survivors with surprising loyalties, despite the devastation.

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    • 42 min
    3: Welcome to the Family

    3: Welcome to the Family

    How was Ervil LeBaron able to instill such devotion among his followers? Devotion that allowed him to commit untold violence and terror. In this episode, Jesse explores how key members of Ervil’s cult were recruited, and how they morphed into a sophisticated organized crime family. In 1977, when the group failed to extort money from a high profile target, Ervil sets his most audacious attack into motion: a double murder intended to take out his biggest rivals. But you can’t organise an assassination without attracting some attention and soon, the press are on Ervil’s trail.

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    • 50 min
    4: The Hunt

    4: The Hunt

    Journalists on Ervil’s trail hear about an imminent murder in Utah and alert the cops. They arrive too late but decide to team up in the hunt for Ervil. As the press investigate, the astonishing scale of his crimes are revealed – but, as new murders come to light, the journalists become targets of Ervil and his deadly cult. Meanwhile, the cops start to identify suspects, though without an informant they’re yet to make any arrests. As the summer of 1977 passes, the police are about to be given an eye-opening inside account of Ervil LeBaron’s cult.

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    • 42 min
    5: Rena’s Confession

    5: Rena’s Confession

    We hear the astonishing confessions of one of Ervil LeBaron’s most influential cult members, who was groomed from childhood as both his wife and assassin. Over the course of an interrogation that lasts days, we listen in as the inner workings of this cult and organised crime family are revealed, murder-by-murder. As her interrogator continues to push, a strangely intimate picture of cult life emerges and builds to a startling conclusion. 

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    • 46 min
    6: The Betrayal

    6: The Betrayal

    Police try to gain information from new insiders in Ervil’s cult. As more members of the cult break away to talk to the police the cops swoop in to make arrests. By 1978 Ervil remains on the run but prosectors now have enough evidence for a murder trial on his most high profile killings. As the trial leads to an unexpected conclusion, Ervil’s reputation causes further woes for the cops. 

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

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Fascinating

This Podcast is bingeworthy! I loved the writing the narration and the interviews. I had little to no knowledge about the facts of this story-I really enjoyed learning about it!

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All Around Ace

The writing, music, editing, and narration are all in sync to make you want to even listen twice.

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More Polygamist Killers

Another tale of evil Mormon polygamist killers bringing their Disney religious nonsense to the good people of Mexico. They're all in a cult. This pod has too many commercials and normalizes goofy Trump loving behavior as religion

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