Inside the World of Warren Jeffs looks deep into the world of the Polygamist lifestyle exposing the dark side as never before. You are skillfully taken by the author through the everyday existence of the pluralistic family to endure the pain, suffering, cruelty and regimentation of singular male domination. A much overlooked fact about polygamy is that it can only work when there are more women than men in a society. Eventually, polygamy burns itself out because of natural selection. When the number of men equals or almost equals the number of women, there are no spare women to marry, and polygamy ceases. Only in the Fundamentalist Polygamist Groups do they keep the practice of polygamy alive, by abandoning a large number of their sons. These teenage boys are cast out into society to fend for themselves with little more than a sixth grade education, nowhere to go, no friends, and knowing they can never contact their mothers or family members again.
A father throwing away his sons effectively throws away his competition for young females to take as wives. Because women are considered prime property in the Fundamentalist Polygamist religions, and as the pool of eligible women shrinks, polygamist men look for younger and younger wives to fulfill their needs. Some men marry girls who are little more than children, or at least make contracts with a young girl s father for marriage at a later date. The usual age of marriage for polygamist girls, is between twelve and fourteen. By the time a girl is twelve or even younger in a polygamist culture, older males have already noticed her and are vying and negotiating for her hand in marriage with whichever prophet leads their church.
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Hi: This book was enormously fascinating to research. I live in an area where I see plural wives in the stores, markets and restaurants.
One day, my mother was with me in Walmart, Christmas Shopping. She saw an older man in his late 60's/early 70's with three young girls approx. 14, 15, 16.
My mother watched them and remarked, "Isn't it wonderful their grandpa is taking his granddaughters Christmas Shopping."
I could hardly face her when I told her quietly they weren't his granddaughters but his wives.
They were already wearing wedding rings and two were pregnant, which was obvious from front view. My mother said she felt sick at the thought.
She looked at me and said something I'll never forget. "You're a writer so do something about this." I didn't know whether be happy she thought I could accomplish anything with regard to the situation, and worried about how safe I would be investigating such a secret cult.
Truth is, it WAS dangerous. I had so many death threats my husband and I sold our home and moved to another area. I also cancelled my line phone and now use only my cell phone. For 3 months I had C.I.A. operatives following me to book signings and everywhere else I went. I thought they were protecting me; they weren't. The men were trying to catch any polygamist leader who might venture into my book signings. I finished 3 books covering polygamy. Not long after my books hit the market, a show with a polygamist and plural wives began on H.B.O. My opinion is, most people now know about polygamy; so I turned my attention to something fun, creative and entertaining, a romantic fantasy series. Hope you enjoy this book. Thanks, Carole
For six years, Dr. Carole Western went undercover in hostile FLDS territory , fearing any minute; someone may reveal her cover, exposing her and the mission while jeopardizing her personal safety. This pluralistic religious cult is considered to be silent and ruthless to outsiders gathering information on their lifestyle. This is just part of the pressure and anxiety that Dr.Western endured while researching and documenting the facts in this book. This book not only covers the here and now of the FLDS religion (Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints), but other Polygamist cults across America. It is a virtual encyclopedia of the Polygamist lifestyle. Dr. Western s intent and motivation in writing this book was to expose the dark side of Polygamy, brutal incest, institutionalized child-abuse and enslavement of brain-washed young women with no hope of a future. Polygamist girls are forced to marry the elders of the cult (while still as children or in their early teens). If the young bride has a male child, he may face the agony of being banished from his family when he reaches his early teens, which leaves him undereducated with no higher than a sixth-grade education and alone, to find a means of survival in his new alien world. He will never be allowed to return or contact any members of his family again. This is a book written to make a statement for children who cannot speak for themselves and it puts their lives in perspective; in the hopes they will realize they are not alone, and help is available. Not overlooked, are the stories of the older women, past childbearing age, who, because they are not the First Wife, are discarded like useless trash in what would have been considered their golden years in normal society. The State of Utah prosecution team, including the State Attorney of Utah, requested and was provided portions of her investigative notes, interviews and facts uncovered, as part of their strategy in formulating an indictment against Warren Jeffs. Due to submission of her manuscript to this publication house and subsequent promotional activities, Dr. Western continues to receive personal death threats; from people eager to suppress many of the facts related in this book. For her safety, she disconnected her land phone line and moved to another home in a more secluded location. Dr. Western obtained her MBA from Bedford University in England and her PhD in Philosophy in creative writing two years afterward. She has authored 15 books and spoken at private and civic functions from coast to coast. She has taught English at Dixie State College located in St. George, Utah for three years. You will find Inside the World of Warren Jeffs intensely interesting, intriguing and informative.
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