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Encyclopedia > Warren Jeffs
Warren Steed Jeffs
Born December 3, 1955 (1955-12-03) (age 52)
Charge(s) Rape as an accomplice (two counts)[1][2]
Penalty 10 years to life
Status Incarcerated at Utah State Prison
Occupation Leader of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Warren Steed Jeffs (born December 3, 1955) was the leader of a controversial Mormon fundamentalist polygamist sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church) from 2002 to 2007.[3] Jeffs' position in this organization was reportedly that of absolute ruler. Image File history File links Jeffs_mugshot. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Life imprisonment is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime, nominally for the entire remaining life of the prisoner, but in fact for a period which varies between jurisdictions: many countries have a maximum possible period of time (usually 50 years) a prisoner may be incarcerated, or require the... The Utah State Prison main complex is located in Draper, Utah about 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. ... The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church) is one of the largest Mormon fundamentalist denominations[1][2] and one of Americas largest practitioners of plural marriage. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Teens From Polygamous Families protested on August 19, 2006 In Salt Lake City Mormon fundamentalism (also called fundamentalist Mormonism) is a belief in the validity of selected fundamental aspects of Mormonism as taught and practiced in the nineteenth century, usually during the administration of Brigham Young as president of The... The term polygamy (a Greek word meaning the practice of multiple marriage) is used in related ways in social anthropology, sociobiology, and sociology. ... This article is about religious groups. ... The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church) is one of the largest Mormon fundamentalist denominations[1][2] and one of Americas largest practitioners of plural marriage. ...


Jeffs gained international notoriety in May 2006 when he was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on Utah state charges related to his alleged arrangement of extralegal marriages between his adult male followers and underage girls. He was arrested in August 2006 in Nevada, and agreed to be taken to Utah for trial. In May and July of 2007 the State of Arizona charged him with eight additional counts—including sexual conduct with minors and incest—in two separate cases.[4] His trial, which began early in September of 2007 in St. George, Utah, lasted less than a month, and on September 25 the verdict was read declaring him guilty of two counts of rape as an accomplice.[5] On November 20, 2007 he was sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years to life and has begun serving his sentence at the Utah State Prison.[6] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list arose from a conversation held in late 1949, during a game of Hearts between J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, and William Kinsey Hutchinson,[1] International News Service (the predecessor of the United Press International) Editor-in... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Nickname: Settled 1861 Incorporated 1862 Government  - Mayor Dan McArthur  - City Manager Gary Esplin Area  - City  64. ... is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Life imprisonment is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime, nominally for the entire remaining life of the prisoner, but in fact for a period which varies between jurisdictions: many countries have a maximum possible period of time (usually 50 years) a prisoner may be incarcerated, or require the... The Utah State Prison main complex is located in Draper, Utah about 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. ...


Jeffs resigned from the presidency of the FLDS Church on the day he was sentenced.[7] There are also reports that Jeffs admitted his position of prophet in the FLDS church was false in a conversation to William E. Jessop, and declared that "Brother William E. Jessop has been the prophet since [my] Father's passing" in a conversation to his brother Nephi Jeffs, though Jeffs' attorneys have claimed he misspoke.[8]

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Biography

Jeffs is the son of Rulon T. Jeffs. His father, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at his death, was survived by 19 or 20 wives and has about 60 children[9]. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church) is one of the largest Mormon fundamentalist denominations[1][2] and one of Americas largest practitioners of plural marriage. ...


Warren Jeffs' official title in the FLDS Church was "President and Prophet, Seer and Revelator". He also held the title of "President of the Priesthood". Jeffs was a counselor to his father Rulon Jeffs when the elder Jeffs held these leadership positions; upon the death of Rulon Jeffs in 2002, Warren Jeffs succeeded him and became FLDS Church leader.[10] One of Jeffs' statements after his father's death was directed at high-ranking officials in the church: "I won't say much, but I will say this—hands off my father's wives." Then addressing the recent widows, he said, "You women will live as if father is still alive and in the next room." Within a week, Warren had married all but two of his father's several dozen wives.[11] After this, he continued to marry more women, many of whom were close relatives. Because of his claimed descent from Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith, Jeffs has taught that his marriages are necessary to preserve sacred bloodlines.[citation needed] Rulon Jeffs (December 6, 1909 - September 8, 2002) was the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a religious group with strong belief in polygamy based out of Colorado City, Arizona. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Joseph Smith most commonly refers to Joseph Smith, Jr. ...


Jeffs, the sole individual in the church who could perform marriages, was responsible for assigning wives to husbands. Jeffs also had the ability to punish men by "reassigning their wives, children and homes to another man."[12] Moreover, the FLDS Church owns essentially all of the homes and real estate in the areas where its members reside.


In 2000, the Colorado City Unified School District had more than 1200 students enrolled. When Jeffs ordered FLDS Church members to remove their children from public schools, the enrollment decreased to around 250. He did not order the FLDS Church members who made up the majority of the school district's administrators to quit their positions.[13] Colorado City Unified School District No. ...


Until courts in Utah intervened, Jeffs controlled almost all of the land in Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, which was part of a church trust, the United Effort Plan (UEP). The land has been estimated to be worth over $100 million. Currently, all UEP assets are in the custody of the Utah court system pending further litigation. In January 2004, Jeffs expelled a group of 20 men from Colorado City, including the mayor, and reassigned their wives and children to other men. Jeffs teaches that a man has to have at least three wives in order to get into heaven, and the more wives a man has, the closer he is to heaven.[14] Former church members claim that Jeffs himself has seventy wives (Egan, 2005). Colorado City is a town in Mohave County, Arizona, United States and is located in a region known as the Arizona Strip. ... Hildale is a city in Washington County, Utah, United States. ...


Before his 2006 arrest, Jeffs had last been seen on January 1, 2005, near Eldorado, Texas, at the dedication ceremony of the foundation of a large and elaborate new FLDS temple on an area of land called the YFZ Ranch. The ranch, which Jeffs' church reportedly planned to designate as its new home base,[citation needed] came into the public eye when Texas authorities took legal custody of 416 children on April 7, 2008 when a 16-year-old girl called and reported abuse. She said she was married to a 50-year-old man and had given birth to his child at age 15. Currently the girl who made the call has not been discovered, and it is unclear whether the calls were a hoax perpetrated by a disgruntled church member or some other individual, or a church member who is as yet unaccounted for. [15] is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eldorado is a city located in Schleicher County, Texas. ... The main temple in the YFZ Ranch The YFZ Ranch, also known as the Yearning for Zion Ranch,[1] is a 1,700-acre (7 km²) compound just outside of Eldorado in Southwest Texas. ...


On June 10, 2006, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard told the Deseret Morning News that he had heard from several sources that Jeffs had returned to Arizona, and had performed marriage ceremonies in a mobile home that was being used as a wedding chapel.[16] is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... The current attorney general for the state of Arizona. ... The Deseret Morning News is a newspaper published in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Utahs oldest continually published daily newspaper. ...


On March 27, 2007, the Deseret Morning News reported that Jeffs had renounced his role as prophet of the FLDS Church in a conversation with his brother Nephi. Nephi quoted him as saying he was "the greatest of all sinners" and that God never called him to be Prophet. This statement was reportedly given to his brother Nephi and Jeffs and his defense team had no comment on it. Some[who?] suggested it was a lie from his brother Nephi, trying to assume his brother's role, while others[who?] said he must step down as prophet so a new man may perform marriages and continue adding wives to the men of the community. An unnamed source said that he retracted this statement.[17] However the veracity of that source was called into question when Jeffs presented a handwritten note to the judge at the end of trial on March 27 saying that he was not a prophet of the FLDS Church.[18] is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Deseret Morning News is a newspaper published in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Utahs oldest continually published daily newspaper. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On November 7, 2007, the Washington County Attorney's Office released video of jailhouse conversations between Nephi and Warren Jeffs. In the videos Warren renounces his prophethood, claiming that God had told him that if he revealed that he was not the rightful prophet, and was a "wicked man", he would still gain a place in the telestial kingdom.[19] Jeffs also admits to what he calls, "immoral actions with a sister and a daughter" when he was 20 years old.[20] Other records show that while incarcerated, Jeffs tried to commit suicide by banging his head against the walls and trying to hang himself.[21] is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Telestial Kingdom is an eternal status in the afterlife to which some portion of humankind will be assigned following resurrection and the judgment day, according to the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ...


Jeffs resigned as president of the FLDS Church effective November 20, 2007. In an email to the Deseret Morning News, Jeffs' attorneys made the following statements: "Mr. Jeffs has asked that the following statement be released to the media and to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints," ... "Mr. Jeffs resigned as President of the Corporation of the President of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Inc." The statement does not address his ecclesiastical position as prophet of the FLDS Church, and many in the FLDS communities still regard him as the prophet and their current leader."[7] is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Opinions on race

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center published the following statements of Jeffs: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American non-profit legal organization, whose stated purpose is to combat racism and promote civil rights through research, education and litigation. ...

  • "The black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil unto the earth."
  • "[Cain was] cursed with a black skin and he is the father of the Negro people. He has great power, can appear and disappear. He is used by the devil, as a mortal man, to do great evils."
  • "Today you can see a black man with a white woman, et cetera. A great evil has happened on this land because the devil knows that if all the people have Negro blood, there will be nobody worthy to have the priesthood."
  • "If you marry a person who has connections with a Negro, you would become cursed."[22]

Sex crime allegations and FBI's Most Wanted

In July 2004, Warren Jeffs' nephew, Brent Jeffs, filed a lawsuit against him alleging that in the late 1980s his uncle sodomized him in the Salt Lake Valley compound then owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Brent Jeffs said he was five or six years old at the time, and that Warren Jeffs' brothers, also named in the lawsuit, watched and participated in the abuse. Two of Warren Jeffs' other nephews also made similar abuse claims against him. One of the alleged victims, Clayne Jeffs, committed suicide with a firearm after accusing Warren Jeffs of sexually assaulting him as a child.[23] François Elluin, Sodomites provoking the wrath of God, from Le pot pourri de Loth (1781). ... The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church) is one of the largest Mormon fundamentalist denominations[1][2] and one of Americas largest practitioners of plural marriage. ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... Sexual assault is any physical contact of a sexual nature without voluntary consent. ...


In June 2005, Jeffs was charged with sexual assault on a minor and with conspiracy to commit sexual misconduct with a minor for allegedly arranging, in 2002, a marriage between a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man who was already married. The girl, known as "Jane Doe IV" (Elissa Wall)[24] testified that she begged "Uncle Rulon" to let her wait until she was older, or choose another man for her. Rulon Jeffs was apparently "sympathetic", but Warren Jeffs was not, and she was forced to go through with the marriage. The man that she was to marry was apparently her first cousin. The 14-year-old alleged that her new husband raped her repeatedly, starting on their wedding night. She eventually left her husband and is now married to another man.[25] Jeffs faced the above charges in Mohave County, Arizona. In July 2005, the Arizona Attorney General's office distributed wanted posters offering $10,000 for information leading to Jeffs' arrest and conviction. This article is about the marriage ceremony. ... Mohave County is located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Ongoing events • 2005 Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes • 2005 Maharashtra floods • 2005 Gujarat Flood • Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan • Fuel prices • Gomery Comm. ...


In late 2005, Jeffs was put on the FBI's most wanted fugitive list, offering $60,000 for information leading to his arrest. Shortly after being placed on the FBI list, Jeffs was featured on the television program America's Most Wanted. F.B.I. and FBI redirect here. ... For the professional wrestling tag team, see Americas Most Wanted (professional wrestling). ...


Around this time, Warren Jeffs' brother, Seth, was arrested under suspicion of harboring a fugitive. During a routine traffic stop on October 28, 2005, in Pueblo County, Colorado, police found nearly $142,000 in cash, about $7,000 worth of prepaid debit cards, and Warren Jeffs' personal records. During Seth Jeffs' court case, FBI agent Andrew Stearns testified Jeffs had told him that he did not know where his older brother was and that he would not reveal his whereabouts if he did. He was convicted of harboring a fugitive on May 1, 2006.[26] On July 14, 2006, he was sentenced to three years' probation and a $2500 fine.[27] Seth Jeffs mugshot following his 2005 arrest for alledgedly harboring his fugitive brother Seth Steed Jeffs is the son of former FLDS prophet Rulon Jeffs, as well as the brother of the religions current FLDS leader and FBI fugitive Warren Jeffs. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pueblo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. ... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Look up debit card in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On April 5, 2006, the state of Utah issued an arrest warrant for Jeffs on felony charges of accomplice rape of a teenage girl between 14 and 18 years old.[28] Shortly after, on May 6, 2006 the FBI placed Jeffs on its Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.[29] He was the the 482nd fugitive listed on that list. In addition, the bounty on his head was raised to $100,000, and the public was warned that "Jeffs may travel with a number of loyal and armed bodyguards".[30] This article is about the U.S. state. ... An arrest warrant is a warrant issued by a public officer which authorizes the arrest and detention of an individual. ... For the record label, see Felony Records The term felony is a term used in common law systems for very serious crimes, whereas misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses. ... The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list arose from a conversation held in late 1949, during a game of Hearts between J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, and William Kinsey Hutchinson,[1] International News Service (the predecessor of the United Press International) Editor-in... In the 2000s, the United States FBI continues for a sixth decade to maintain a public list of the people it regards as the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. ... Bodyguards of Viktor Yushchenko (far left) after leaving Gdansk city hall. ...


The updated posters warned that Jeffs had ties to Utah, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, South Dakota, British Columbia, Canada, and Quintana Roo, Mexico. There was also information that he had ties to some rural farms run by some of his followers near Pioche, Nevada, as well as construction companies in Mesquite, Nevada.[31] This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... Official language(s) English Demonym South Dakotan Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th in the US  - Total 77,116[1] sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... Quintana Roo is a state of Mexico, on the eastern part of the Yucatán Peninsula. ... Pioche is a town located in Lincoln County, Nevada, of which it is the county seat. ... Mesquite is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 77 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ...


On May 27, 2006 Bruce Wisan, the court-appointed accountant in charge of the FLDS' trust fund, filed civil suits against Jeffs. Wisan claimed that Jeffs is responsible for "fleecing trust assets". Along with church leaders, former trustees Truman Barlow, Leroy Jeffs, James Zitting, and William Jessop were also named as defendants. "We feel that they’ve taken things from the trust," Wisan said. "Their actions have caused harm to the trust."[32] Accountant, or Qualified Accountant, or Professional Accountant, is a certified accountancy and financial expert in the jurisdiction of many countries. ... In common law legal systems, a trust is a relationship in which a person or entity (the trustee) has legal control over certain property (the trust property or trust corpus), but is bound by a fiduciary duty to exercise that legal control for the benefit of someone else (the beneficiary...


On June 8, 2006 Jeffs returned to Colorado City to perform more "child bride" marriages. Nearby citizens pointed out a mobile home where the weddings had allegedly taken place.[33] A modern double-wide manufactured home. ...


Arrest, trial and conviction

On August 28, 2006 around 9 p.m. Pacific time, Jeffs was pulled over on Interstate 15 in Clark County, Nevada, by Nevada Highway Trooper Eddie Dutchover because Jeffs' red 2007 Cadillac Escalade's temporary license plates were not visible. One of Jeffs' wives, Naomi, and his brother, Issac, were with him, and Jeffs had four computers, 16 cell phones, disguises (including three wigs and twelve pairs of sunglasses), and more than $55,000 in cash.[34][35] Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 15 “I-15” redirects here. ... Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... // Introduction A license plate, number plate or registration plate (often referred to simply as a plate, or colloquially tag) is a small metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle for official identification purposes. ... This article is about the machine. ... Motorola T2288 mobile phone A mobile phone is a portable electronic device which behaves as a normal telephone whilst being able to move over a wide area (compare cordless phone which acts as a telephone only within a limited range). ... A wig or toupee is a head of hair - human, horse-hair or synthetic - worn on the head for fashion or various other aesthetic and stylistic reasons, including cultural and religious observance. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In a Nevada court hearing on August 31, 2006 Jeffs waived extradition and agreed to return to Utah[36] to face two first-degree felony charges of accomplice rape.[28] Each charge carries an indeterminate penalty of five years to life in prison. Arizona prosecutors are next in line to try Jeffs. He was held in the Washington County, Utah, jail pending an April 23, 2007, trial on two counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in arranging a 2002 marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin.[37] Extradition is the official process by which one nation or state requests and obtains from another nation or state the surrender of a suspected or convicted criminal. ... Life imprisonment is a term used for a particular kind of sentence of imprisonment. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Utah. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Jeffs was believed to be leading his group from jail, and a Utah state board expressed dissatisfaction in dealing with Hildale police, believing that many had ties to Jeffs, and as such, did not cooperate.[38] In May and July of 2007, he was indicted in Arizona on eight counts, including sexual conduct with a minor and incest.[39] Incest is defined as sexual relations between closely related persons (often within the immediate family) such that it is either illegal or socially taboo. ...


Jeffs' trial ran from September 11 to September 25, 2007. The trial was held in St. George, Utah, with judge James L. Shumate presiding. Jeffs was housed in Utah's Purgatory Correctional Facility in solitary confinement for the duration. At the culmination of the trial, Jeffs was found guilty of two counts of being an accomplice to rape[40] on September 25, 2007. He was sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years to life and has begun serving his sentence at the Utah State Prison.[6] Nickname: Settled 1861 Incorporated 1862 Government  - Mayor Dan McArthur  - City Manager Gary Esplin Area  - City  64. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Solitary confinement, colloquially referred to as the hole (or in British English the block), is a punishment in which a prisoner is denied contact with any other persons, excluding guards, chaplains and doctors. ... Life imprisonment is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime, nominally for the entire remaining life of the prisoner, but in fact for a period which varies between jurisdictions: many countries have a maximum possible period of time (usually 50 years) a prisoner may be incarcerated, or require the... The Utah State Prison main complex is located in Draper, Utah about 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. ...


Jeffs is now scheduled to be tried in Arizona.[41] Jeffs entered a not guilty plea February 27, 2008, to sex charges stemming from the arranged marriages of three teenage girls to older men.[42] Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Popular culture

Factual accounts

In 2003, Under the Banner of Heaven was published, a book written by Jon Krakauer, documenting his perspective of some of the history of both the LDS church and its spin-off sects, focusing largely on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The book describes illegal activity in the (Fundamentalist) Church, mainly polygyny and statutory rape. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (ISBN 1400032806) is a book of investigative non-fiction written by Jon Krakauer. ... Jon Krakauer Jon Krakauer (born April 12, 1954), is an American non-fiction author and mountaineer, well-known for outdoor and mountain-climbing writing. ... Polygyny, a form of polygamy, is the practice of having more than one female sexual partner or wife simultaneously. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2006, Tom Elliott and Pawel Gula produced the documentary feature "Damned to Heaven". The film premiered in Europe at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland. In September 2007, it premiered in the U.S. at the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, where it received honors in the Best Documentary category. The film investigates the practice of plural marriage, and includes 20 minutes of Warren Jeffs' original teachings,recorded for the purpose of "educating" followers. Janusz Kaminski said, after seeing the documentary, "This film is shocking. As a society, we are obligated to see it."[43] Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński (born June 27, 1959) is an Oscar winning cinematographer and film director who has photographed all of Steven Spielbergs movies since 1993s Schindlers List. ...


The documentary film "Banking on Heaven" was released in 2006. It documents Warren Jeffs and the FLDS in Colorado City, Arizona. Banking on Heaven is a documentary film which exposes the largest polygamous enclave in the United States (located in Colorado City, Arizona) and its leader, Warren Jeffs. ...


On July 19, 2006 Britain's Channel 4 ran the documentary "The Man with 80 Wives." The program featured presenter Sanjiv Bhattacharya searching for Warren Jeffs, unsuccessfully, in Colorado, Utah and Texas. Filmed before Jeffs was put on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, the documentary features interviews with one of Jeffs' brothers as well as with several excommunicated FLDS members. This article is about the British television station. ... The Man With 80 Wives is a British documentary that aired on Channel Four on July 19, 2006. ... Sanjiv Bhattacharya is a British journalist and TV presenter. ... Official language(s) English Demonym Coloradan Capital Denver Largest city Denver Largest metro area Denver-Aurora Metro Area Area  Ranked 8th in the US  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ...


In Canada on October 23, 2006 Global ran an hour-long documentary on "Global Currents", which followed the lives of excommunicated members and featured their hardships. Global Television Network (more commonly called Global TV or just Global) is a Canadian English language privately owned television network. ...


In 2007, Living Hope Ministries released a documentary entitled Lifting the Veil of Polygamy which includes interviews with former members of Warren Jeffs' fundamentalist sect.[44]


In September 2007, the Australian current affairs program A Current Affair sent reporter Amanda Patterson to Utah on a number of occasions to report on the sect. While filming in Colorado City, her crew was persistently harassed and stalked by a number of local men in their pickup trucks. She also attempted to interview a number of men, who saw nothing wrong with what they were doing, and with women, who refused to talk on air. For the American television program of the same name, see A Current Affair (US TV series). ...


In Canada in 2007, CBC's news show The Fifth Estate aired an episode called "Bust Up in Bountiful" focusing on Jeffs's one-time rival, Winston Blackmore, and Blackmore's belief that Jeffs was not only responsible for the split in Bountiful, British Columbia's community, but is also a dangerous man. The correct title of this article is the fifth estate. ... The community of Bountiful was founded in southeastern British Columbia, Canada, in 1947. ...


Escape by Carolyn Jessop is a personal account of the deterioration of human rights (especially women's and children's rights) and institutionalized abuse in the FLDS organization under Warren Jeffs' leadership. The recently re-released Escape Escape is the 20th book in the Choose Your Own Adventure series, written by R.A. Montgomery. ...


Fictionalizations

On January 23, 2007 CTV aired a made-for-TV movie titled "In God's Country"[45] which tells a fictionalized tale that alludes to FLDS and their behaviors and beliefs.


In 2007, the television show Law & Order:SVU ran an episode featuring a cult leader who claimed to be a descendant of Jesus Christ. This character was wanted for abuse of a minor, polygamy, and performing child marriages. Though the end of the episode does not mirror the manner in which Warren Jeffs was captured, the character in the show was clearly based on Jeffs.


The HBO show "Big Love" contains a scene where the leader of a fictional fundamental and polygynist sect (played by Harry Dean Stanton) observes Warren Jeffs being arrested. He refers to him as a pervert and worries that he will ruin things for other polygamist sects. For other uses, see Big Love (disambiguation). ... Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ...


The Season 3, Episode 12 "Nine Wives" of Numb3rs was based on the FLDS Church. The episode follows the FBI's search for a pedophilic polygamist fugitive. Numb3rs (also capitalized as NUMB3RS and pronounced as Numbers) is an American television show produced by brothers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. ...


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References

  1. ^ BBC NEWS | World | Americas | US polygamy sect leader sentenced
  2. ^ FindLaw: Felony Rape as an Accomplice Charges Against Warren Steed Jeffs, the FLDS Sect Leader and Polygamist
  3. ^ The FLDS Church was founded in the early twentieth century when the founders deemed the position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the issue of plural marriage to be apostate. There is no official connection between the FLDS Church and the LDS Church.
  4. ^ Sect leader indicted on sexual conduct with minor, incest charges
  5. ^ Jeffs Found Guilty on Both Counts 25 September 2007]
  6. ^ a b Winslow, B. (2007, November 22). Jeffs is now an inmate at Utah State Prison. Deseret Morning News. Retrieved November 29, 2007, from http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695229917,00.html
  7. ^ a b Nancy Perkins, "Warren Jeffs resigns as leader of the FLDS Church", Deseret Morning News, 2007-12-05.
  8. ^ http://blogs.sltrib.com/plurallife/labels/William%20E.%20Jessop.htm
  9. ^ New York Times obituary for Rulon T. Jeffs
  10. ^ mormonfundamentalism.com: The FLDS Church (Fundamentalist LDS Church) and CBC: Timeline: History of polygamy
  11. ^ Warren Jeffs at Notable Names Database
  12. ^ Warren Jeffs and the FLDS. May 3, 2005. NPR.
  13. ^ Fischer, Howard: "State officials prepare to seize control of Colorado City school district"; Arizonia Daily Star. August 11, 2005
  14. ^ Several postes on Anderson Cooper Blog 360° (CNN)
  15. ^ CNN: Texas takes legal custody of 401 sect children
  16. ^ Associated Press: Ariz. AG: Fugitive Polygamist Has Returned
  17. ^ Winslow, Ben. "A prophet no more? Jeffs called himself a 'sinner' in jailhouse conversation," Deseret Morning News. March 27, 2007
  18. ^ Adams, Brooke "Mystery note: Warren Jeffs may have abdicated polygamist prophet role," Salt Lake Tribune April 5, 2007
  19. ^ Winslow, Ben; Nancy Perkins. Released video shows emotional Jeffs in jail. Deseret Morning News. Retrieved on 2007-11-11.
  20. ^ Johnson, Kirk. In Recordings From Jail, Polygamist Had Doubts. New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-11-11.
  21. ^ Polygamist Jeffs tried to hang himself in jail, documents say. CNN. Retrieved on 2007-11-11.
  22. ^ Intelligence Report at Southern Poverty Law Center, webpage, retrieved, July 15, 2006
  23. ^ Insider accounts put sect leader on the run May 16, 2006
  24. ^ Warren Jeffs Gets 5 Years to Life - TIME
  25. ^ Good Morning America Interview October 1, 2007
  26. ^ "Polygamist's Brother Pleads Guilty to Harboring a Fugitive". Associated Press. May 1st, 2006
  27. ^ "Seth Steed Jeffs Sentenced for Harboring Fugitive Brother". United States Attorney's Office District of Colorado. July 14, 2006.
  28. ^ a b "Polygamist Charged With Felony Accomplice Rape of a Minor" Findlaw.com. April 5, 2006
  29. ^ HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? FBI Announces New Top Tenner, FBI Headline Archives, 05/06/06
  30. ^ Warren Jeffs at the FBI Web site
  31. ^ Hollenhorst, John. "Warren Jeffs' Money May Have Ties to Mesquite". KSL.com May 8, 2005.
  32. ^ "New Lawsuit Filed Against Warren Jeffs". May 27, 2006. Associated PRess.
  33. ^ Winslow, Ben. "Jeffs seen in Arizona?" Deseret Morning News. June 10, 2006.
  34. ^ "Fugitive Polygamist Sect Leader Arrested in Las Vegas". August 29, 2006. Associated Press.
  35. ^ Arrest Warrants and Affidavits August 30, 2006
  36. ^ McCabe, Francis. "POLYGAMIST LEADER: Jeffs bound for Utah". Review Journal. August 31, 2006
  37. ^ Police academies consider future of officers in polygamist towns
  38. ^ Associated Press: Authorities concerned about Jeffs' ties to border officers; Thursday, December 7, 2006
  39. ^ Sect leader indicted on sexual conduct with minor, incest charges
  40. ^ Polygamist Leader Convicted in Utah: Polygamist Leader in Utah Convicted of Sex Charges in Arranged Marriage September 25, 2007
  41. ^ "Polygamist prophet is now a criminal defendant", cnn.com.
  42. ^ "Polygamist 'Prophet' pleads not guilty in Arizona child bride case", cnn.com
  43. ^ Damned to Heaven
  44. ^ http://www.liftingtheveilofpolygamy.com
  45. ^ In God's Country at the Internet Movie Database

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Jeffs' Conviction: A Winning Legal Ploy - TIME (967 words)
The conviction of religious leader Warren Jeffs — self-proclaimed Prophet to the largest polygamist group in North America — was a victory for a new tactic being used by prosecutors in western states.
Jeffs, who heads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), was found guilty of two counts of being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl, known throughout the trial as "Jane Doe IV," by forcing her into marriage with her first cousin, Allen Steed.
During his summation, Jeffs' lawyer Walter Bugden said the 51-year-old leader was being prosecuted for his religious beliefs and described the victim, Elissa Walls, now 21, who publicly revealed her identity on the last day of the trial, as "no shrinking violet" and her husband, first cousin Allen Steed as a "milquetoast" not a rapist.
cbs11tv.com - Polygamist Warren Jeffs Made Officer 'Nervous' (1201 words)
Warren Steed Jeffs, 50, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was wanted in Utah and Arizona on charges of arranging two marriages between underage girls and older men.
Jeffs is said to have at least 40 wives and nearly 60 children.
Warren Jeffs took over the renegade sect in 2002 after the death of his 98-year-old father, Rulon Jeffs, who was said to have had 65 children by several women.
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