Dustin Lance Black’s crime series Banners of Heaven tells the story of the murders of Brenda and her daughter Erica Rafferty. Detective Jeb Pyre, accompanied by Detective Bill Taba, began investigating the double homicide. They detained Brenda’s husband Alan Rafferty and Alan’s brother Robin Rafferty and questioned them separately. After encountering Robin’s aggressive behavior towards the police, Pyle wonders if he is the killer. The show’s second episode, which depicts Pyle’s interrogation of Robin, sparked interest in the character’s true counterpart. At this point, let’s find out if he’s based on a real person!
Is Robin Rafferty based on a real person?
On the show, Robin Rafferty is one of the brothers of Ellen Rafferty, who is Brenda’s husband and Erica’s father. In reality, however, Allen doesn’t appear to have a brother named Robin. Allen’s brothers are Dan, Mark, Watson Jr., Tim and the late Ron. Robin on the show is especially close to Dan. When Pyle asked Alan to learn more about Robin, he replied that Robin and Dan had a common attachment. Considering Allen’s words on the show, Robin could be based in part on Mark Lafferty, who is close to Dan in real life. Like Dan, Mark graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and accompanied his brother in his absence to take over the chiropractic practice of their father, Watson Lafferty Sr.
Jon Krakauer’s true crime book of the same name, the show’s source text, details Dan and Mark’s relationship. According to the book, Mark and Dan began discussions about religious teachings between their practices. In addition to Alan, Mark and the other brothers joined Dan in the Prophet School. Mark was making contact with the police when the murders of Brenda and Erica shocked the local community. He even warned officials that his brothers Ron and Dan could target two local church leaders next.
Mark’s warning is not without foundation. After killing Brenda and Erica, Ron and Dan did consider killing Chloe Low, the former president of the LDS Relief Society, who backed Ron’s wife to divorce him. However, since Chloe was not at home, they were unable to carry out the murder. They eventually abandoned their plan to kill Richard Stowe, the president of the Highlands LDS stake, who expelled Ron from the LDS church. Although Robin was indeed arrested on the show, there have been no reports of Mark being arrested, suggesting he is unlikely to be arrested for murder.
Dustin Lance Black must have conceived Robin for his narrative, a seemingly partially fictional character whose narrative also uses fictional elements. In the show, Robin makes Detective Pyle realize how dangerous faith is in modern society. Robin’s rationale for abandoning “man-made laws” in favor of “God’s rules and interests” led Pyle to question his beliefs and beliefs. Robin’s words eventually sowed suspicion in Pyle, who began to approach religion explicitly.
Where is Robin Rafferty now?
Following the murders of Brenda and Erica, members of the Rafferty family have chosen to keep their lives private, especially given the attention the case has drawn over the years. Since Ron and Dan’s trial, MacLafferty, like his other brothers, has been kept out of the public eye. According to reports, Mark lives in Payson, Utah.According to Mark’s brother Watson Jr., the Rafferty family is haunted by suspicion of having “the same spirit” [as] Ron and Dan. In January 2016, Mark and his seven siblings’ mother, Claudine Rafferty, died. At the time, he was sharing his life with Lanna.
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