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Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs
Answer Them Nothing Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs Author:Debra Weyermann The compelling story of the struggle by law enforcement and activists to dismantle the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) is finally told. In 1953, when police raided the Short Creek compound of the FLDS, it soon became a political and publicity nightmare eventually costing the governor of Arizona his job. Thus beg... more »an 50 years of skittish public officials turning a blind eye to heinous offenses such as child abandonment, kidnapping, statutory rape, and incest, as well as massive tax and welfare fraud. Warren Jeffs became the new FLDS prophet and president in 2002, and anti-FLDS activists watched in horror as he used his boundless authority and the resources of a tax-supported community to devastate thousands of lives on cruel whims. This exposť presents a detailed, chilling account of how a hostile, destructive group can manipulate the†U.S. judicial system. It is a mesmerizing journey into one of the United States's darkest corners, a story that stretches over three states and deep into the history of the powerful Mormon Church.« less
The author did extensive research for this book and at times it is hard to slog through the background information, however, without that background, there could not be a true and complete understanding of the FLDS. The leadership of the FLDS has isolated their followers since the early 1950's. Over the years the leaders, especially Warren Jeffs have become more and more paranoid and more demanding of complete obedience by his followers to rules that he did not abide by himself.
Several law suits have been files against the FLDS and Warren Jeffs in particular and it amazing to read about all the tricks and stalling tactics that they use.