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“[P]unishment by death was the penalty for refusing to obey the orders of the Priesthood… I knew of many men being killed in Nauvoo by the Danites. It was then the rule that all enemies of Joseph Smith should be killed, and I know of many a man who was quietly put out of the way by the orders of Joseph and his Apostles while the Church was there.”

John D. Lee/Danite and adopted son of Brigham Young, Mormonism Unveiled; or, The Life and Confessions of the late Mormon Bishop (St. Louis, MO: Bryan, Brand & Company, 1877), 281, 284.