April 11th, 2008
05:33 PM ET

Inside the FLDS raid - what investigators took from the compound

I am pouring over newly released lists of evidence taken from the compound and its clear Texas authorities felt they needed to cast a wide net in the investigation of alleged child sexual and physical abuse.


Law enforcement officials converge outside the temple walls at the YFZ Ranch in West Texas.

They took personal letters, journals and photographs - anything that seemed to have a name on it.

They took dozens of computers and hard drives.

They took white clothing belonging to almost 70 men and women. Why clothes? Authorities won’t say.

But they also collected medical records of several women named "Sarah." This appears to be an attempt to find and identify the still missing 16-year-old wife and mother whose phone call started this massive raid.

Some other items that caught my eye:

– A cyanide poisoning document
– School records
– A photograph of a girl named Sarah
– Social Security and W2 forms
– Correspondence with Warren Jeff
– Fire arms training documents

– David Mattingly, AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: David Mattingly • Polygamy
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  1. marg

    It's sad to read that people actually think the way they do, when they obviously do not want to acknowledge all of the circumstances that they have been reading for the past 50 years..
    Firstly, talking those children out of those surroundings was an absoluate necessity, imagine having your 15 or 16 year old daughter sent off to LIVE with a man as old as 60 or 70 and for them to have sexual relations, it makes me sick to my stomach, let alone the thought that I abandomed my child is impossible for me to relate to. The other extreme is to have your son, at the early age of 14 sent out to live on his own, no one to protect him or even care if he is dead or alive it is unimaginable in this day and age. It is hard to believe that there is a God up there if these things take place.

    April 15, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  2. Steve Todd

    Where are the child raping, women beating cowards they call men of the compound? Why are they sending programed women to do their talking? Educate in the public school system a generation of these women and children and see if they would choose that life.

    April 15, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  3. Steve

    Has anyone wondered if this latest episode in the FLDS is simple a ploy by the FLDS to embarass and /or supress further prosecution by the Texas and Arizona legal systems.

    April 14, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  4. Martha Gieseler

    Are the flds children Americans? Do they get birth certificates?

    April 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Karen Joy

    Where are the older women? I do not see any older women in the photos you have shown.

    April 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  6. M Landolphe D'Aquin-Burglass MD ThD

    Congratulations for tonight's informative, non-sensational, and FAIR segment on polygamy. Good job, Anderson!

    M Landolphe D'Aquin-Burglass MD ThD

    April 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  7. sue

    there must be many extra men in these polygamus families. what happens to them? do they form their own families, or are they forced to remain single?

    April 11, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  8. M Landolphe D'Aquin-Burglass MD ThD

    Given that the "authorities" report being unable to identify or locate "Sarah," the complaining witness whose "call for help" triggered and legitimized the raid, one ought to consider the possibility that no such Sarah exists or ever has existed. The mere claim that such a "call for help" appears to have been sufficient to mobilize the angels of mercy of the social service establishment and the (?) criminal justice system.

    Such prosecutorial investigative misconduct is far from unknown in matters involving socially condemned behavior.

    M Landolphe D'Aquin-Burglass MD ThD

    April 11, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  9. M Landolphe D'Aquin-Burglass MD ThD

    In reviewing a partial list of the items seized by "authorities" in the recent "search" (read-raid) on the compound, I have to wonder what was the scope of the search "warrant" granted by the judge, and what were the "probable causes" proffered to the judge for each different class of item.

    Although very, very little protection remains in America against unreasonable search and seizure, petitions for search warrants are usually required to be specific re what items are being sought and the probable cause for each.

    I note some printed material pertaining to firearms was seized. Hopefully that material will not result in the unleashing of the ATF storm troops, thereby setting the stage for a replay of the Branch Davidian catastrophe in Waco.

    Religious freedom? Right to privacy? Dream on . . . Welcome to Amerika.

    M Landolphe D'Aquin-Burglass MD ThD

    April 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  10. Annie Kate


    Thanks for the update. It does seem like the authorities cast a wide net and some of the items seem puzzling, but others like the cyanide poisoning document are a little scary. I wonder if they seized so much to justify the "imminent danger" and perhaps to prove welfare abuse. Perhaps there are more layers to this case than the obvious one of abuse and underage marriage.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    April 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  11. Gary

    Please address the abuse and possible discard of young males in this situation?

    None of the news is reporting the circumstances or whereabouts of all the young males not chosen to have multible wives!

    I am afraid that this has to be another Horrible side to this so-called lifestyle.

    Thank you.

    April 11, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  12. Amber

    Thanks for the updates David...keep them coming. Some of the items U could see why they would take but others are a bit strange.

    April 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm |