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Carolyn Jessop's book "Escape" about the FLDS cult may be some interesting reading

  I suspect this isnt limited to the FDLS cult, but many cults and religion have this stuff inside of them. And the womans last statement that govenrment is the answer is just as wrong. Government is just a cult where your supposed to unquestionablly obey the rulers. For that matter the way the government railroaded Warren Jeffs to prison is something cult leaders would also do to their enemies.

As long as people willing do the things their cult leaders ask them to do I don't see a need for government shutting the cult down.

Carolyn Jessop's book "Escape" about the FLDS cult may be some interesting reading.


Jeffs still a danger, FLDS escapee says

William Hermann The Arizona Republic Nov. 26, 2007 12:00 AM

Author Carolyn Jessop is coming to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe today and says she has a message for anyone who thinks sending Warren Jeffs to prison will change things in the small Arizona and Utah communities where Jeffs once ruled as "prophet" and forced Jessop and many other women into polygamous marriages.

"They still aren't getting it about Jeffs," said Jessop in a telephone interview. "He left a structure behind when he went into prison. He gave people power, and the men he put into power have a claim to nothing unless they maintain the idea that Warren is a prophet and every order he gave - and gives - still has to be obeyed."

Jeff was sentenced Tuesday in Utah to two terms of five years to life.

Jeffs was the leader of Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints communities on the Arizona-Utah border, and still faces charges in Arizona for being an accomplice to sexual conduct with a minor, conspiracy and incest. A federal trial for felony flight is pending.

But whether Jeffs is gone, his legacy of unquestioning obedience remains, Jessop said.

Jessop's book, Escape, which she'll be signing at 7 p.m. today at Changing Hands, details how at age 18 she was forced to marry a man who already had three wives. She said a young person growing up in such a "cult atmosphere," has little chance at living any life except one chosen by others.

Forced to marry Merril Jessop, a man 38 years her senior, Jessop says she spent 15 years as little more than his slave, bearing him eight children.

Escape details the stifling atmosphere in Jessop's home and the repressive atmosphere in the FLDS community. She says that in 2002, with Jeffs assuming leadership of the church, "I started to see through the mind control. I saw what could happen."

That was enough for Jessop. In the middle of the night on April 21, 2003, she and her children crept out of the house, and with the help of Carolyn's brother, fled to Salt Lake City.

Jessop filed for and eventually won sole custody of her children, and gave evidence against Jeffs to the Utah attorney general. She began a new life and began writing a book.

She says the message she will repeat is that getting Jeffs out of the FLDS community isn't enough.

"The authorities need to step in," she said. "It will go on the same unless the people Jeffs gave authority to are dealt with. They're doing all the same things."


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