Polygamist cult leader's daughter Rachel speaks out

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:26:41 AM. Warren Jeffs' daughter Rachel recounts her life in the cult known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Rachel Jeffs with her father and many siblings in 1992. Rachel Jeffs Share Culture Religion Fundamentalists Mormons Cults Rachel Jeffs thinks about the young girls living on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compound in Utah “every day, all the time." They live in a repressive religious community, cut off from the outside world and often married to men twice their age by the time they turn 18. Jeffs knows life on the compound well—she escaped in 2015. When she was a member of the FLDS, a breakaway sect of the Mormon church that practices polygamy and has been branded a cult, Jeffs experienced devastating and traumatic sexual abuse—usually at the hands of the group's leader, her father, Warren. In 2006, he was arrested for sexually assaulting minors, including two of his child-wives and Rachel, his biological daughter. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years in 2011, but he continued to run the cult from jail—which meant instructing FLDS members on how to punish and abuse Rachel. But four years later, Rachel and her five children finally broke free from the cult. In a tense, sparsely-written new memoir, Breaking Free, she describes her father's cruelty in painful detail. While he may be one of the most infamous cult leaders in U.S. history, Rachel says people shouldn't be fooled: Warren Jeffs is anything but exceptional. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Rachel and her biological father, Warren...Read more
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