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April 18th, 2008
10:24 PM ET

FLDS became more restrictive, secretive and threatening

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Carolyn Jessop
co-author of ESCAPE, her memoir of life in the FLDS and her escape from it

One of the aspects of my former life people are always curious about is the clothing women in the FLDS wear. Sometimes the media refers to it as “pioneer-style” clothing or “Little House on the Prairie” attire. With their long dresses, long underwear and hair piled high on their heads women in the FLDS look like they are racing headlong into the 19th century.

It looks bizarre to me now, but I wore clothing like that for 35 years. This all started after the disastrous Short Creek raid in 1953. That raid is a focal point in FLDS history. Arizona officials raided the polygamist community and tried to break it up. But they failed when wrenching pictures of mothers being separated from their children were published in newspapers and there was a huge public outcry.

But the raid turned out to be a huge plus for the FLDS because so much sympathy was generated. After the court case was tossed out, people came home and continued the polygamist lifestyle but became even more secretive.

That’s when the clothing changed drastically for women—but it wasn’t the only thing. Women lost a lot of rights in 1953. They no longer had any say in who they could marry nor could they choose how to dress. The way this was spun was that since the community had come through the raid so successfully, it was now ready to practice a higher form of God’s law. (God is always the explanation when things get more restrictive; change is presented as a prize for being righteous and faithful. We were always told we were worthy of a higher law.)

The new rules forbid women to wear pants, short sleeves, or low cut necklines. Hair had to be worn long; trimmed, but never cut. It had to be worn up on the head, nothing short, convenient, or easy to manage.

In those first years, women could wear prints, plaids or any color they chose. But every ten of fifteen years it seemed things got more restrictive. (Men had restrictions, too. They could not wear short sleeves and were not allowed to roll up their cuffs.)

Thankfully, when I was growing up, I did not have to wear long underwear. That change came in with the prophet Rulon Jeffs. We were told it was preparations for the sacred underwear we might one day wear as Temple garments.

A lot of us hated the long underwear. It was hot, uncomfortable and made us look like big blobs. When Warren Jeffs took over, even children had to wear long underwear as soon as they were potty-trained. Warren also banned the color red. He prohibited us from wearing bright purple or any florescent colors.

One thing the dresses did was set us apart. It made us outsiders. People made fun of us. We’d be called “polygs.” I was one of the rare women of my era to go to college and I remember the cruel stares of strangers and how bad that made me feel.

The clothing also desexualizes women. Our chests are flattened out and any natural shape is hidden.

We were always told by Warren Jeffs when the dress and choices became more restrictive that is was a sign that “God loves you so much he wants you to be more like him.” (We believed Warren received direct revelations from God.) What we were losing were rights and any sense of control over our lives and all individuality.

For several years, a small group of women in the FLDS had a secret coffee club. We bitched about the long underwear. We’d say we didn’t need to diet; “all we have to do is take off our long underwear and we’ll lose 30 pounds!” We hated that our breasts were so squished we looked like boys.

The clothing we wore was like a fence drawn around us that made us untouchable.

One woman in the coffee club was more rebellious than most. She cut her long underwear off at the knees to make it more comfortable. When she had her period she refused to wear it at all. Her husband reported her to the prophet—then it was Uncle Rulon.

He had other complaints; he said she wouldn’t turn over the money she made to him and she wouldn’t fix his dinner. She also had stopped having sex with him because they only had one bedroom and she didn’t want to have sex in the same room with their kids.

The prophet said she could lose her husband and her children if she didn’t shape up. The threat to a woman is always that her kids will be taken away from her if she doesn’t behave. This woman’s husband bought her new pots and pans to make him dinner. She stayed for another six years before she finally found a way out of the FLDS.

I escaped with my eight children five years ago this month. It’s been astonishing how much our lives have changed. It was really hard at first. We spent a month in a homeless shelter and I went on welfare. For a time I was even sewing underwear for “Big Love” when it was just getting started.

I had to go into hiding after I escaped because my then-husband—Merril Jessop–who now runs the compound in El Dorado, Texas, had a posse of men hunting me down immediately. A friend of a friend hid us in her home.

One of my sweetest memories of my children is from that first night. I was exhausted and told to go and rest. My friend gave my children a bath while I napped and got them ready for bed. (In 17 years of marriage, that was the first time anyone helped me get my children settled down for the night. Never ever did I have help—not even when I was sick and pregnant nor when I was overwhelmed in caring for my handicapped son.)

On our first night of freedom, Merrilee, my five year-old, had her first bubble bath. She had been given a nightgown to wear and panties with rosettes. When she saw me she pulled up her nightgown and squealed, “See the roses!!!!” She was elated and discovering the joys of being a little girl for the first time in her life.

I wrote about this and so much more in my memoir ESCAPE which I, of course, hope you have a chance to read.


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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Okie

    Good grief...I’m sick of this bitter women looking down her nose at others who choose to practice their belief. I know…. why doesn’t she and the Catholic abuse victims get together and write a book and build a website. Truly, who hasn’t been abused in some why in life? MOVE ON

    April 19, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  2. Carol

    I still don't understand how this person can be on every news program there is, yet no one ever questions any of her tales of life within the sect or the details of her dramatic escape. All of our hard-hitting newspeople just swallow this story without question.

    She reminds me of the guy on Oprah with the recovering addict story.

    I believe that she was part of the sect. I doubt that she has ever been dominated by anyone. The escape story........I don't believe that one for a second but, like James Frey, I'll bet she's selling a lot of books!

    April 19, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  3. sally clark

    I have a questions. What does the FLDS do with the older people? I have not once noticed a person especially a woman in the age range of 65 to 80 years of age.

    Thanks
    Sally

    April 19, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  4. Kathryn in Baltimore

    This is directed to Carol who is complaining that Ms. Jessops is appearing too much to promote her book. Carol, turn off your TV and you won't see her. Try getting out of your chair and having a life of your own. Ms. Jessops was in lock down for 35 years by a religious sect. You've locked yourself down in front of commercial media for who knows how long - with no end in sight, it appears. Your life is in your hands. For some people, like Ms. Jessops, it's just harder to get a hold of life, but she did it. You can do something about your life today. Are you up to the challenge?

    April 19, 2008 at 8:37 am |
  5. Keith Kosiewicz

    talk about an underwear fixation. This lady is something else. Needs to take a writing class too. WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 at 8:37 am |
  6. Mark G

    The God I believe in and his son Jesus will allow the leaders of this sect to atone for their sins, but I suspect he will be handling these men in a way they would never call Heavenly. I know he has these women and children cradled in his arms as they walk into their new lives in the real world. My god is one who asks for us to choose the right paths in life. Now- finally these women and children have a choice.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  7. Nancy

    Carolyn GOD BLESS an YOUR CHILDREN
    I had to get your book to understand what the heck POLYGAMY is all about???? I feel very sad for those women I see on tv in texas, in a nut shell it is because of what generation or generation of MAN .
    For POWER it is a shame.
    Carolyn what happen to your daughter Betty did she come back?

    Merril Jessop,Winston Blackmore,Dan Lafferty,Warren Jeff...

    Should all rot in Jail

    Amen

    April 19, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  8. Trent McGuire Bullis

    Anyone only has to read "Under the Banner of Heaven," a masterful report of the FLDS lifestyle, written by Jon Krakauer. It is a completely revealing study of how oppressive and controlling life in the FLDS is and how delusional this sect has become. Exploiting, kidnapping and abusing women and children for the purpose of sexual deviancy and slavery is immoral, illegal and depraved. Carolyn Jessop is a hero. The brainwashed masses of the FLDS deserve our help and sympathy.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  9. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    Wow. The LDS sect treats women in much the same way as fundamental Islam. Slavery has many forms.

    This is the USofA and I hope anyone who wants to change religious thought can do so without repercussions. Wow.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:32 am |
  10. jackie

    What a heart-wrenching account. God led you out of that lifestyle so you could tell Americans the horrible truth. We are fighting a war in Iraq to achieve peace and freedom. Unfortunately we have forgotten that people are enslaved and threatened right here, on in our own homeland.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:32 am |
  11. Brad

    If you ever see your "husband" again, tell him how much you love doing things like wearing a swimsuit, drinking beer, and watching MTV! I'd love to be a fly on the wall during that conversation.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  12. Spider

    I hope the Yearning For Zion raid of 2008 doesn't become just another chapter in the history books of FLDS, right after the chapter on the Short Creek raid of 1953. Looks like the church males are hoping so. Putting their women up for the media to interview and film them sobbing for their children, hoping to create another public outcry about our persecution of these innocent people, just trying to practice their religion. If our legal system backs off this obvious violation of the law because we, the public, thinks these poor women are being persecuted for their religious beliefs, the men in this religion will puff out their chests and apply even more restrictions because it is "God's way".
    What a worthless bunch of slimy perverts!! Setting up a commune like this under the auspices of a church, when, in actuality, it's just a way for dirty old men to guarantee themselves a entire life filled with sexual encounters with younger and younger women. Women that they allow no rights, but when the real world invades their little porno show, they push their women out in front while they hide behind them and whimper, "Keep the bad people away."

    April 19, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  13. L. Michael Gay

    To fully understand the importance of the separation of church and state, just live in Utah for a year or two. That should demonstrate to anyone the critical importance of that aspect of our Founding Father's approach to government. The LDS is cult-like and to be a non-LDS member in Utah is like being a non-citizen and an outsider. Utah is as un-American place. The LDS is as bad as the FLDS, no question about it. Just talk with former LDS members and you'll see what a bizarre and repressive cult it is.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:29 am |
  14. Tim

    Thanks Carolyn for your bravery and for rescuing your children as well. My concern is that the FLDS cult will end up gaining sympathy from the media as time goes on as we are shown more pictures of children being separated from parents and this will only embolden the FLDS as it did in 1953. I sure hope Texas doesn't botch this and cause more of these groups to sprout there and elsewhere. I understand there are already a number of these perverse groups in Utah where the authorities look the other way.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:28 am |
  15. Anne

    Under the guise of "religion", these men continue to control women. Are women so powerful to these men that they must use such pathetic means to gain control and power? They are cowards.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:28 am |
  16. joanna

    Kati, "vindictive, spiteful, mean??" Let's see how you'd 'pander' if put to the tests she and others like her have been and are. Supporting 8 kids takes money – books make money.
    I seriously doubt her children mind living a normal life.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:27 am |
  17. Nicole

    David,
    I heard on the news that the way they can afford the houses, cars and "lifestyle", if you can call it that, is that the man legally has one LEGAL wife but then impregnates multiple other 'wives' and the end result is many children. These second, third, fourth, etc wives then claim welfare for them and their children and all of the monies are then handed over to the man. I never realized how it all happened until I watched it on the news. It really disgusts me that our tax dollars are going to funding these people. I truly feel that the woman and children are innocent as they are brainwashed but the men are monsters and I can see no reason for their way of life to be tolerated. They believe in what they believe in but when the American people are paying who knows how much to support sects where woman are being used strictly for procreation to continue to rake in the dough from us, it really does disgust me.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:24 am |
  18. John

    Carolyn,
    I am happy that you are freed from a life style that obviously was oppressive. That takes a bit of courage. I hope that there is not too much permanent damage to your children.

    I am from Oregon, and I moved to Utah for work in 1994. I have never even seen or met a Polygamist since moving here. I did notice on TV this week that the people in Texas from the FLDS compound had an accent. I have never noticed any accent with people in Utah whether they were Mormon or not. The accent comment above about Mormons in Utah and Nevada is a bit ridiculous. What I have seen in Utah is an aggressive State against Polygamists, at least the news shows that those caught are prosecuted. The Mormons I know are good people, and you would not know they were Mormon unless you asked them.

    I know some very good Catholics as well, and one of my best friends is a Jew. Somehow, I think we are going to find good people everywhere regardless of their religion, race, or color. For example, Carolyn was FLDS for 35 years, according to her, and she seems like she has always been a good person, just in an abusive situation she needed to somehow leave.

    My question for Carolyn; are all women in the FLDS in abusive relationships. Is it just part of the culture? Meaning, if you are not following the abusive leadership your just not living your religion?

    April 19, 2008 at 8:20 am |
  19. Alice Nelson

    David in Seattle:

    Jeffs gets 'Pennies for the Prophet' from every member if they have it.

    Young men bansihed from the compound so they won't compete with the older pedophiles for the younger women are forced to work for no pay in factories owned by Jeffs.... see companion headline, Bush's DOD contracts with some of them for airplane parts to the tune of $1.7 million.

    And.... all the pedophiles with 40 and 50 kids get public aid form YOUR pocket, to raise them... that is millions and millions every month for Jeffs, who gets a percentage off the top before any of it goes to the kids. Kids don't have toys and tv, or school costs... so
    you can just imagine Jeffs gets a LOT for the financial empire he
    still runs, even from prison.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:19 am |
  20. Asha

    Carol and PJ. I am an educated person, 14 years of college. I don't watch TV, but I do read news. I have NEVER HEARD OR READ ABOUT ESCAPE. Such facts should have multiple outlets for different types of audience. I thank CNN for this article that they just realised for the onliner readers, those that NEVER watch TV shows. Yes there are many, almost veeryone I work with, that do not watch TV. Carolyn, you are a strong lady, keep showing the path to those that may benefit from your experience.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:18 am |
  21. SteveD

    Carolyn's story is a repeat of millions who are imprisoned simply by the lousy fate of where they are born. Injustices abound in this world, and it's great that folks who are successful in breaking these binds of tyranny are able to live & prosper. Sometimes it takes a revolution (like the USA), but more often it's individual acts of courage from folks who say "enough is enough" and are willing to risk their lives to be free. Now as to Carolyn making coin publicizing her flight to freedom, I say "good on her". Those who are aginst what she is doing now are either jealous or are just mean, angry worthless individuals. To them I say "get a life" and help others out of their misery.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:18 am |
  22. Jim

    Great story. I'd never heard of her, or the book, until now. I was a little stunned by the "I sick of hearing about her" comment. Obviously Carol spends a lot of time watching TV, not raising 8 children in a repressive regime, or writing books while trying to survive without a partner.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:17 am |
  23. Kelly

    Do NOT confuse the FLDS with the LDS church. The terms are not at all interchangeable.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:17 am |
  24. Buzz

    Stories such as this make me thank God that I'm an agnostic.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:16 am |
  25. Alice Nelson

    Kudos for escaping!

    Kati...Carolyn has helped some of us understand that the women in that compound that did nothing while a child was raped again and again were also under threat and control.

    I am surprised that you have not asked where are the men who ran the compound? You know, those who raped those young girls...under the age of 16, preggers and with children already that were conceived when they were 13 and 14?

    Where are the men who applied for public aid so that we tax payers would pay for their 40 kids, funding their cars, houses, and plenty left over to donate to Jeffs, who maintains control of his financial empire even from prison.

    Where are the cowards of the compound?

    April 19, 2008 at 8:15 am |
  26. Michael Brewer

    In partial answer to the question of how these people financed their
    bizarre lifestyles is answered by yesterday's report that they sold parts to the US military in exchange for millions, even long after their leader Jeffs was on the FBI's most wanted list....

    April 19, 2008 at 8:15 am |
  27. Barry Wolk

    From some reports it appears that they make some money in construction. They have a slight advantage over other contractors as they use child labor, which none of us can get away with.

    In addition, since none of the women are wed to the fathers of their children they are legally single mothers and take advantage of the entitlement programs and Food Stamps.

    We could all live the high life if we didn't have to pay taxes or pay for food.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:13 am |
  28. Dan Barnes

    It's been said "The difference between a cult and religion is just a matter of real estate". This said, I've come to see the characteristic of a cult to be that of wanting to isolate it's members from people with other ideas. Although very non-religious I'm impressed with the academic freedom given to Catholics for example. On the recent visit of Pople Benedict he did not make an effort to "clean house" when dealing with more liberal theological scholars.
    Anyway, when the Dalai Lama said his religion might not be right for some I can see how superior "soft sell" is. It's kind of like what Woody Allen said "I never want to be a member of a club that would have me as a member" turned at 90 degrees.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:12 am |
  29. Michele

    I guess we now know (from CNN) where the money came from ... the Pentagon!

    April 19, 2008 at 8:11 am |
  30. jesse

    Carol, you exaggerate plenty. I think you need to get your butt off the couch and do something else besides watch tv and complain to everyone else about someone speaking the truth on different channels. Besides what u doing watching sesame street?

    April 19, 2008 at 8:10 am |
  31. francis bean

    meanwhile, out in the free world, kids are beaten, raped, inducted into gangs, exposed to every perversion under the sun, and left to burden society through the miriad social programs designed to do damage control for all freedoms ills.....six of one, a half dozen of the other

    April 19, 2008 at 8:10 am |
  32. Spiffy, Los Angeles

    Wow. Carolyn, I was not involved in any religion nearly as restrictive as FLDS but I was involved with a fundamentalist Christians church for many years. What my old church and FLDS have in common is that they have male leaders in powerful roles always telling their followers "why" something has happened. The explanation of "why" is always tied to God and God's will for either an individual, the church, the nation, or the world as a whole.

    It is always some leader's opinion of "why". Any layperson's opinion of "why" has no merit and does not carry equal weight as the leader's opinion.

    As in FLDS, this more subtle form of preaching conformity among the flock leads to many people believing and worshipping the leaders' opinions. If you disagree with the leaders you are seen as a troublemaker.

    Women are taught to submit to their husbands in all things, based on Bible verses.

    Since leaving that church (and my ex-husband who still belongs to a church similar to that one), I've discovered that I am not a quiet, meek, submissive type of woman at all. In reality I have good leadership abilities, am opinionated as all get-out, liberal, and I'm smart.
    I often think that the fundamentalist church helped to cause my divorce.
    One of the things we disagreed about was that he wanted to stay in the church and I didn't.

    My experience listening to all those teachings for so many years, and still encountering them when I have visited dozens of churches over the years looking for a place where I can be myself, without condemnation, has very much messed with my head. I alternately feel sorry for those people who are still trapped in those belief patterns, but I'm also angry with them because they preach all that same baloney to their new members. The new converts are being indoctrinated into the subtle (or overt) pressure to conform, just as I was.

    It is difficult. Thank you for sharing being willing to explain your experiences to the world.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:08 am |
  33. David

    They had government contracts to pay the bills....
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/17/polygamy.pentagon/index.html

    Does anyone else notice a trend here? We fund societies for years, and then invade them when the leaders need something (in this case, a distraction)?

    April 19, 2008 at 8:07 am |
  34. Mike in New York

    Anderson – David from Seattle posed a very interesting question. Where does their money come from? Are these cult members getting funded by rich families outside the compound? I don't think so – So....Where does the money come from?

    April 19, 2008 at 8:05 am |
  35. David

    I understand that the Church of Latter Day Saints in Utah disavows the practices of the FLDS. It abolished polygamy many years ago. If they were truly outraged by the FLDS, wouldn't they be more out front telling the world of their outrage, going on the news telling folks this is not right and not what God has for them? Wouldn't THEIR outcry be as loud as any other? So far, I haven't heard very much from them

    April 19, 2008 at 8:04 am |
  36. David Corbett

    Cults have been around for a long time and will be until the end of the age. A cult is any religion that goes beyond the Bible and puts faith in men and what they have to say. Individuals claim that God has spoken to them and they have had direct revelations from God. Can you see how dangerous this is? Anyone can claim anything and lead people in the direction they want.

    Morminism in particular has done this. Many books and recordings well document this, For anyone who wants to learn more I suggest the Book "The God Makers." (there is a video by that title as well)

    Where do you find truth? Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life... " How is He different? He is God and fufilled prophecy, performed miracles, and rose from the dead. Who is able to do this unless He is God? Furthermore, the Bible tells us to search the scriptures to see if things are true and if did we would not fall into false teaching.

    Reader there is help beyound the cults and where men have lead. Please read the Bible. Begin in the Gospel of John and read for yourself. If you want to know what the Bible has to say about Eteranl Life drop me an e-mail and I will show you where to look in the Bible and you can read for yourself.

    April 19, 2008 at 8:04 am |
  37. James

    Doesn't it bother anyone that the government is going after these people largley because of thier practice of polyigomy. I feel very uneasy when the government trys to tells it citizens what to do in our bed rooms or who to marry or how many to marry for that matter. I don't necissarily believe in polygimy my self but I do believe that concenting adults have the right to concent to what ever that want to do together in their bedrooms. I also believe that I should be able to pick who or how many people, I choose to marry. I don't know what the government is doing wasting my tax dollars stealing children from thier mothers in the middle of the night so that they can make sure that people are only married to one person.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:59 am |
  38. Monica

    I am so impressed with you! I am a female police officer, and I see the abuse women take, and how they stay in it and allow themselves and thier children to be abused!
    What you endured was a strong form of abuse, and I am so proud of you for getting you and your children out.
    I can tell how you speak of the past, leaving was most likely the scariest and hardest part.
    I hope many women of all ways of life, religion, and color read your book, may your past give them a sense of strength.
    I am also so happy got your children out, to be living life like regular happy kids. It brought tears to my eyes to hear how excited your daughter was over the flower panties.Something so simple, and so amazed!!
    May you be the voice and the courage of women in the future!!
    Thankyou so much for sharing your story with the World, and God Bless You!
    Monica – Mississippi

    April 19, 2008 at 7:58 am |
  39. Lou

    The majority of the ladies that are shown on the news,just can't be the mothers of the children. They are elder women.Grandmother age.They look too old for child bearing. I have seen a couple of women crying that are probably the actual mothers of some of the little children,but I wonder if the older ladies are the mothers of the young mothers. To the folks who are being ugly to Carolyn, are you one of brainwashed ladies at the compound? Although it has been said they have no acess to the outside world, I saw the computers on the desk in the news. Oh, they could have been props.
    Congratulations to Carolyn.God bless you and your children. I enjoy your comments on television.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:56 am |
  40. Chris

    Carolyn,

    I applaud you...I am so happy your story turned out with a happy ending...I am looking forward to buying and reading your book. How brave you were...good luck with the rest of your life... I wish you and your children
    health, happiness and good fortune...you've been through a lot.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:56 am |
  41. micki j

    Carolyn, you are a very courageous lady to come forward as you do.
    Thank you, on behalf of all of us you are helping to educate concerning what goes on behind those gate. I feel you are not doing this just for money. If you receive any, it is well earned, (imo).

    I, too, ran with my little children, with no job or experience. My husband wouldn't even let me drive. We can accomplich remarkable feats for the love of our children. I went on to become a Realtor and writer.

    It is a shame that abuse of women and children continues world-wide, and too often in the name of God. In America, we do have a chance, and the right and responsibility to change this.

    I thank you for your honest effort, for your love for your children and your courage.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:55 am |
  42. Jerry Hoefen

    So many children always seem to get worest of us as parents mainly cause they depend on us . We as parents should set example they can trust us . Unfortunently the children always seem to pay for our mistakes as parents . Children are born into world perfect in every way , some just need alot more tlc then others.To late for us as parents to change our selves ,but one thing we can do as parents is spare our children from same mistakes we make.What world needs is good lesson in teach one another we can trust one another.Good step would be for once good people of world to step up to plate put actions to thier words. Open thier homes their lives to those in need,let no child go hungrey. I for one would open my home my life to those children from flds. Is there any one else who would put their word to actions ,our children are waiting

    April 19, 2008 at 7:54 am |
  43. Beckee

    Please don't mind the mean and spiteful comments here. I am not sure why these people are joining into persecution. I for one, think you are extremely brave, and know that you are sharing your story at a time when the public is curious as to who's side to take in this legal battle. Thank you for standing up for the voiceless. I pray that your voice will make all the difference, and that freedom is just around the corner for these moms and children that so very much want it.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:53 am |
  44. Debbie

    Your strength and courage to escape such an oppressive lifestyle is a source of hope for many. In your quest for freedom, my prayers is that you have discovered who God truly is and the abundant life that he desires for you.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:51 am |
  45. Chris

    David in Seattle. The answer to your question is in another article that I read this morning on this very site. Apparently he has contracts with the Pentagon.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:47 am |
  46. Kathy

    Think I'll go out and buy the book, this woman needs money to start a foundation to enable women to get out of a cycle of oppression. To call her vindictive and mean, would be speaking as if you know what living in a hellish cult is like. It is also likely that her children have been told how to feel....up until now! Kudos to you Carolyn, I will push the book, without even knowing how well it is written.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:46 am |
  47. Chilombo,J

    FLDS look more like African Regimes. I grew-up in a Communits country,I escaped 10 years ago, but sometimes I feel like someone is watching me. It's terrifying living under someone control. Dictators with guns are in Africa and Dictators with bibles are in FLDS, they opress people, they tell them what to do, and what's disgusting what to wear. FLDS is very lucky because it operates in the most powerful country, if they were in Africa with those corrupted regimes they would ended up killed or jailed for life.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:44 am |
  48. anh

    I'm really glad you and your children are safe. But my question is why in any of those 5 years you got out I didn't see you on all these tv shows until the big raid? If you care so much and live such a poor life like that you should made sure the world know what is still going on in there. I wish you well ,but it sounds like the world will want to buy this book to find out just what you have to say a little to late for me. You could have made that phone call 5 years ago.

    April 19, 2008 at 7:40 am |
  49. Leighton

    How could anyone be so stupid to live like that and put op with all that madness? Of course the dresses look silly. The whole thing is absolutely dumb!

    For God!! hA!!!! Keep on believing that nutcases!

    April 19, 2008 at 7:40 am |
  50. Rosie

    David in Seattle: didn't you see the piece about the $1.2M deal with the Pentagon? In short, we paid for all those things

    April 19, 2008 at 7:35 am |
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