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.