Former FLDS spokesman sues jailed cult leader Warren Jeffs

Willie R. Jessop The former spokesman for the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs says in a new lawsuit that sect leaders arranged a nighttime burglary that gutted his business after he was excommunicated for refusing to falsify sect records on Jeffs’ marriages to underage girls.

Willie Jessop, a onetime Jeffs bodyguard and sect spokesman, is seeking more than $100 million in damages for business losses, repayment of money he loaned for sect legal expenses and compensation for abuse his family has suffered since leaving the group.

Arizona bill targets police in FLDS-controlled city

Colorado City A bill under which Colorado City, Arizona — a town controlled by leaders of the polygamous FLDS cult — would be forced to disband its police force has advanced in the Arizona Legislature.

While the bill does not mention the town by name, Attorney General Tom Horne says that officers in Colorado City have actively interfered with the law.

Polygamous sect leaders make tax payments; avoid evictions

United Effort Plan Leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs, have paid Arizona county treasurers about $930,000 in back taxes.

In making the partial payment they avoided possible evictions of sect members.

Unique construction project under way at FLDS ranch

FLDS An unusual building is under construction on the FLDS compound in Eldorado, Texas.

Speculations regarding its purpose range from a place to house a statue of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs to a new temple.

Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs controlling sect from behind bars

FLDS Six months after he was jailed for life plus 20 years for his so-called ‘spiritual marriages’ to two teenage girls it’s clear Jeffs continues to pull the strings, call the shots and rule with an iron fist in the twin border towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.

Mike Watkiss reports.

Nonprofit holds fundraiser to help people leaving polygamous groups

Holding Out Help Aa Salt Lake City-based nonprofit for people leaving polygamous groups held a fundraiser Friday.

The organization has seen its numbers grow significantly in the past year as dozens of people have been excommunicated from the state’s largest polygamous sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints led by Warren Jeffs

Will the taxwomen bring down the polygamist? How about a columnist?

Winston Blackmore Winston Blackmore may have finally met his match: the taxwomen — whom he is facing in a landmark Tax Court trial.

Also on his case: Canadian author and columnist Daphne Branham.

Polygamous leader borrowed $25K for end of the world, false predicted 15+ times by Warren Jeffs

Winston Blackmore Canadian polygamist Winston Blackmore revealed in a Tax Court he was compelled to pay money to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to prepare for the end of world as prophecied by the sect’s leader, Warren Jeffs.

To date at least 15 different deadlines set by Jeffs have gone and gone.

FLDS media blitz: repent (and free Warren Jeffs), or else…

Warren Jeffs God wants Warren Jeffs and other FLDS members released from prison.

The cult leader — sentenced last August to life plus 20 years in prison for charges resulting from his ‘spiritual marriages’ to two teenaged girls — says so in a slew of revelations, some of which have been published in newspaper ads throughout the US and Canada.

Winston Blackmore describes living arrangements with his 21 wives

Winston Blackmore Polygamous sect leader Winston Blackmore claims he is minister to approximately 400 followers in Bountiful and that they constitute a congregation, which should provide them an enormous break on taxes.

The Government of Canada is seeking to prove that he repeatedly understated his income on tax returns, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars being owed to the government

Polygamous sect leader Winston Blackmore owes $4.3m, taxman says

Winston Blackmore The polygamous community of Bountiful is not a congregation and by insisting that it is, community leader Winston Blackmore is trying to offload a tax bill on to those who can ill afford to pay it – including young men shipped out of the community to work at low-paying jobs, a federal tax lawyer said on Monday.

Warren Jeffs’ followers barred from meeting place used by rival leader

William E. Jessop A judge has granted a permanent restraining order barring polygamous sect leaders loyal to Warren Jeffs from a large school building used as a church by followers of a rival prophet.

A former FLDS church elder, William E. Jessop emerged last March to say that he, not Jeffs, was the true prophet of the sect. Despite condemnation from FLDS leaders, he’s been gathering followers.

Apocalyptic Warren Jeffs ‘revelation’ ad runs in newspapers across country

Warren Jeffs The polygamous sect led by Warren Jeffs has taken out apocalyptic quarter-page newspaper ads all over the country.

In contrast with previous Jeffs “revelations,” which have foretold earthquakes, fire and tidal waves, the ad is fairly short and does not predict any specific biblical consequences or threats. It does contain an order form to purchase copies of those other revelations.

New special prosecutor for FLDS community of Bountiful

Bountiful Vancouver lawyer Peter Wilson has been named as the new special prosecutor to look into potential criminal offences in Bountiful, British Columbia.

He will be considering potential offences relating to sexual offences against minors, including sexual assault, sexual interference and parents or guardians procuring sexual activity.

Imprisoned cult leader Warren Jeffs imposes change on polygamous sect

Warren Jeffs Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs may be serving a life-plus-20-year sentence in a Texas prison, but his grip on most of his 10,000 followers doesn’t appear to be lessening and some former insiders say he’s imposing even more rigid requirements that are roiling the church and splitting its members.

Imprisoned cult leader Warren Jeffs loses prison phone privileges for 90 days

Warren Jeffs Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has had his phone privileges revoked for 90 days after prison authorities concluded he broke rules concerning prison phone use.

“It was apparent in reviewing the phone calls that he was speaking to more than one person,” an official said — a violation of a rule that says inmates can talk only to people on a 10-person approved visitor list.

Warren Jeffs issues revelations amid new allegations of girls being ‘held’ by FLDS

FLDS As a torrent of purported revelations flows from imprisoned FLDS cult leader Warren Jeffs, there are new allegations that underage girls are being secretly held by his followers, possibly for sexual purposes.

Meanwhile, in one of his latest ‘prophecies’ the false prophet says Cincinnati will soon be destroyed.

More details emerge of FLDS cult purge

FLDS More details have emerged about the most recent purge that took place within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — the polygamous sect of the Mormon Church that is under the iron-fisted rule of jailed cult leader Warren Jeffs.

It now appears that up to 1,500 members were barred from the group’s church after being told over the weekend they were “unworthy” to attend.

FLDS cult leader exiles as many as 1,000 people

Warren Jeffs As many as a thousand people may have been exiled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints under an edict by imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Private investigator Sam Brower says that in some cases, entire families were split apart.
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