Warren Steed Jeffs found guilty

Warren Steed Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, and former member of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted, has been found guilty of abetting in the rape of a minor. The man known to his followers as God’s Prophet forced a 14-year-old girl, the daughter of one of his followers, to marry her 19-year-old cousin. This was despite the girl’s objections, voiced repeatedly to both Jeffs and her mother. The boy of course proceeded to consummate the union, against her wishes, which is commonly known as rape outside of cultland.

You may wonder why neither the boy, who performed the actual rape, nor the girl’s mother, who was as complicit as Jeffs in the whole affair, have not been charged. Why is it that the leader of this sect, long scorned by the rest of the Mormon religion (and that in itself is saying something), is the only one getting blamed in all of this? It might be something similar to the Manson case – old Charlie got the death penalty along with those who actually performed the murders, because he was the one brainwashing them into doing it in the first place. Perhaps one can almost see the mother and cousin as victims here too – victims of the kind of brainwashing that would leave a mother capable of handing over her weeping daughter on the belief that it was god’s will. Or maybe not. I guess since they’re not going to be charged, you’re free to be the judge.


13 Responses to “Warren Steed Jeffs found guilty”

  1. Er, “consummate”, n’est-ce pas?

    Seven years this took? If Gandhi read the newspaper article, he’d surely renounce pacifism. Jeffs is such a bad egg that if a rattlesnake bit him, the snake would shortly die of salmonella.

  2. lol /me falls over laughing.

    that’ll teach me to try and blog while i’m busy! nicely spotted. fixed.

  3. I am confused on this matter myself. Here you have an entire community that i believe are mentally unstable. I think Jeffs as well as the entire town needs to be committed. Jeffs claims to be a prophet thus this mother and cousin listen to him. Unlike a non-prophet (sorry for the pun) sex offenders Jeffs truly believes he did nothing wrong as well as the mother and cousin. Does any body see the mental instability of this town?

  4. residentRsole Says:

    God made him do it.

  5. I thought part of the problem was the Jeffs went into hiding? I vaguely remember reading that on Salon at some point.

    Still…weird, unhealthy cult.

    Isn’t it sad that forming a cult is still the best way to con your fellow man (and how I wish they weren’t) out of money?

  6. yes, he did go into hiding, hence being on the FBIs 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. But they caught him at a routine traffic stop.

    And anyway, i’m pretty sure that so far the best way to con your fellow man out of money is the infomercial. Just as Kevin Trudeau.

  7. … or, Andy M., in more extreme cases, their lives even. The question to ask, I think, is how people can become so desperate, deluded and/or disillusioned that they will follow such cranks and charlatans wherever they go.

  8. I thought the whole tv evangelist thing was religious infomercials.

  9. Hi Moonflake,
    It seems your friend Mr Krugel made a trip to Portugal in July to seek missing Madeleine McCann. Perhaps this thread on the Daily Mirror “Hunt for Maddy” forum may be of interest to you.
    I attached a link in my opening posts on that thread to some of your bloggage, which I found most helpful as a guide to Mr Krugel’s background.

  10. Hmm, an earlier comment of mine seems to have got gummed up in wordpress’ spam filter.

  11. Con-Tester Says:

    moonflake, come back! Being busy is not an acceptable excuse for not blogging. :p

  12. residentRSole Says:

    Con-Tester; Just write some bullshit, insult moonflake and she’ll respond faster than Mugabe to criticism…or mini-bus taxi driver to a potential customer 🙂

  13. you may have a point there…

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