The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

By Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook

Rebecca Musser grew up in worry, concealing her family's polygamous way of life from the "dangerous" outdoor global. lined head-to-toe in strict, modest garments, she obtained a rigorous schooling at Alta Academy, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' university headed through Warren Jeffs. constantly looking to be an obedient Priesthood lady, in her adolescents she turned the 19th spouse of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs, Warren's father. eventually sickened by means of the abuse she suffered and observed round her, she pulled off a bold get away and sought to construct a brand new lifestyles and kin.

The church, besides the fact that, had a manner of pulling her again in-and by way of 2007, Rebecca had no selection yet to take the witness stand opposed to the hot prophet of the FLDS as a way to safeguard her little sisters and different younger women from being pressured to marry at shockingly younger a while. the subsequent yr, Rebecca and the remainder of the realm watched as a staff of Texas Rangers raided the craving for Zion Ranch, a stronghold of the FLDS. Rebecca's next testimony might demonstrate the bad secrets and techniques occurring at the back of closed doorways of the temple, sending their leaders to criminal for years, and Warren Jeffs for all times.

THE WITNESS WORE pink is a gripping account of 1 woman's fight to flee the perverse embody of spiritual fanaticism and sexual slavery, and a brave tale of desire and transformation.

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Our old husband chanced on it tricky to be cantankerous whilst he used to be distracted by means of a clean, younger bride for a time. Warren was once amassing extra better halves to boot, ones with brilliant seems to be or brilliant status, or either. in addition they appeared to get more youthful and more youthful. to maintain the gene pool brisker, teenager and preteen women have been smuggled in from Canada to the U.S. and others again back in Rulon’s camp trailer, built with a rest room so that they might by no means be visible in public. We didn't comprehend all of the info, yet every now and then as information got here in, I couldn’t support yet see the “one-for-you-and-two-for-me” Priesthood transactions, because the males in strength and status in either the U.S. and Canada have been certainly those gathering. Even the main loving fathers chanced on it tricky to assert “My daughter is just too younger to marry” while Warren made a exchange. so much males have been not able to withstand a brand new younger spouse, who may be molded to their wishes sooner than she received a brain of her personal, in addition to the promise of upper status locally and in Heaven. although Warren acknowledged he used to be simply the voice of the Prophet, not anyone desired to inform him no. Very quickly, they wouldn’t dare to. in the course of that 12 months of 2000, the U. S. Census was once being taken. Warren determined our humans should still take its personal, as our files have been of earthly and Heavenly end result and shouldn't be left within the arms of the Gentiles (generally, we didn't proportion exact files with them, anyway). We integrated very important files equivalent to baptisms, marriages, family members documents, bishops’ files, and Priesthood ordinances in addition to births. a number of of my sister-wives have been seriously all in favour of inputting information into the Jeffses’ pcs. I helped create one of many templates, and while the women turned beaten through millions of files pouring in, I helped to style them. cheerful information unfold one of the people who we have been now 10000 robust! We have been following the Lord’s commandment to multiply and refill the earth. It appeared an indication from Heaven to lend us self belief that we have been certainly the Lord’s humans, and that i strived to consider that self assurance. although, over 60 percentage of our inhabitants was once below the age of 16 (compared to 20–31 percentage in surrounding areas), which intended that Warren needed to continue millions of youth less than regulate. neighborhood police cracked down on socializing to the purpose that ladies and boys weren't allowed to collect lower than any condition other than at church and paintings conferences. whereas all of us knew that neighborhood gurus have been less than the thumb of the FLDS church, I witnessed firsthand how specialists bent the legislation for these at the “Prophet’s errands. ” I had a lead foot and obtained stuck rushing dozens of occasions. besides the fact that, I by no means got a price ticket, simply because no officer would wish Rulon to listen to approximately it. It additionally went the opposite direction. for instance, my brothers and different younger males now not in Warren’s sturdy graces have been frequently pulled over, bullied, or maybe arrested for no genuine cause. Rodney Holm, a neighborhood police officer sworn to responsibility in either Utah and Arizona, used to be friendly and smooth round Rulon and Warren, yet I had noticeable him threat and humiliate others.

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