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Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 30, 2011
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Sam Brower, the author is PI who tracked Jeffs down (because of his own sense of justice in regards to the way children were treated by Jeffs) and uncovered a lot of damning evidence against him. The story is briskly paced, very exciting, and provides a good look into the way Private Investigators carry out their work. There is a fair amount of unsavory detail regarding the FLDS practices, particularly with the multiple child brides and intimidation tactics used by the group leaders, so beware that that's included but it is necessary to explain just why Jeffs deserves to be punished. A fascinating, thrilling true story and a great companion to Krakauer's earlier book.
FLDS is full of PEDOPHILES. What was brought up briefly is that mothers hold their daughters down while Jeff's raped them. Our system is broken. Don't ask don't tell. How can any sane person close their eyes to travasties in cult churches? Not just cults but other horrible places, state's and Federal government. The Bible says what is hidden will be revealed. There was one almost funny part when all those people were waiting to leave with grocery sacks of food. I guess no one told them that God has plenty of food. Will have to look up celestial marriage since there is no marriage or giving in marriage in Heaven. Comfort wife sounds,like the oriental concept of raping women during various wars only they were called comfort women.
Warren Jeffs was power hungry and a pedophile. He not only abused tween and teenage girls, he also abused quite a few boys under the age of 12.
It was noted that Jeffs family had a history of schizophrenia and based on the voices that he heard that he claimed were from G-d, he clearly displayed signs of it as well. This explains how he could cast out men for such small infractions as asking him to hold a handful of nails to casting out teenage boys for listening to secular music, watching movies, or absolutely nothing at all. Jeffs wanted to make sure the older men had complete control over the girls in the community.
What was particularly sickening was the description of the temple bedroom where young girls were raped by Jeffs and other men in the community that they were married off to as tweens and young teens. There is even a picture of the room which I had never seen before. A lot of these girls found themselves pregnant at 12 or not much older.
If you want to get a complete picture of how depraved and evil Warren Jeffs and the other men (and some women) were in the FLDS community this book covers it all from what you heard in the headlines and a lot of what happened behind closed doors.
The book is stupendous, provocative, and in my view represents an accurate portrayal of individuals in the Colorado City town while I was there observing local activies. Along with the author, I think, and feel, that the states of Utah and Arizona should clamp down on the FLDS sect's practices regarding underage girls and young women and somehow try to relegate each member who pleads religious persecution regarding objection to those kinds of plural "spiritual" marriages to crimes appropriate to sexual and child abuse !!! Let them wallow in incarceration for an unlimited time period to get them out of the abuse phenom.
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