A Warren Jeffs 'wife' runs away

A Warren Jeffs 'wife' runs away

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- One of Warren Jeffs' plural wives escaped from the polygamist community of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., ex-members of Jeffs' sect say.

Spokesman: Polygamists just want fairness

ELDORADO, Texas, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A spokesman for a polygamist sect invited officials in a Texas county to come out to the group's compound and see it for themselves.

Three FLDS members indicted

ELDORADO, Texas, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A Texas grand jury investigating alleged crimes within a polygamous sect has indicted three people, a court clerk said.

Polygamist seeks restraining order

ST. GEORGE, Utah, July 9 (UPI) -- A leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints has asked a Utah judge for a restraining order against a private detective hired by former members.

Utah, FLDS to keep negotiating

SALT LAKE CITY, June 17 (UPI) -- Utah law enforcement officials say they're going to keep talking with a polygamist Mormon sect after it announced it would oppose underage marriages.
Polygamists agree to marriage restrictions

Polygamists agree to marriage restrictions

SAN ANGELO, Texas, June 3 (UPI) -- Leaders of a Texas polygamist sect have agreed to restrictions on underage marriage that will allow an estimated 430 children to be released from foster care.

FLDS elder complains to Bush about raid

WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- An elder of the polygamist sect in Texas that was raided last month complained to the White House that the state has perpetrated "terrorist acts" on the group.

YFZ kids showed injuries, official says

AUSTIN, Texas, April 30 (UPI) -- Children found by Texas officials at the polygamist ranch in Texas suffered broken or fractured bones, a protective services official testified Wednesday.

William Roy ("Willie") Jessop is a leader in and frequent spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). Jessop should not be confused with William E. Jessop, the person Warren Jeffs designated as his successor to the presidency of the FLDS Church.

Jessop was a bodyguard during the tenure of FLDS Church president Warren Jeffs. After Jeffs' arrest and the April 2008 raids on the church's YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, Jessop became a frequent spokesman for the FLDS Church. In May 2008, Jessop wrote an open letter to United States president George W. Bush, requesting that he intervene against the removal of children from FLDS Church families.

Jessop has been nicknamed "Willie the Thug" and "King Willie" by disaffected FLDS Church members. He has been described by police as having "a passion for violence, weapons (legal and illegal) and explosives" and has been said to be "the most serious threat affiliated with the FLDS religion". Police have also suggested that Jessop attempted to intimidate witnesses during Warren Jeffs' 2007 trial.

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