Warren S. Jeffs, the cult leader, is currently in jail.
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A 16 year old girl, from The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, called police to claim that she was abused. She said that girls as young as 14 and 15 were forced into marriages. Texas law bans marriages for those under 16.
Police raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch in the West Texas cattle town of Eldorado. The polygamist sect was famous since its prophet, Warren Jeffs, was arrested in 2006. He was jailed for being an accomplice to the rape of a 14 year old girl.
Carolyn Jessop, one of wives who escaped from the cult, said many things about the sect and even wrote “Escape” to relate her story. Two or three generations of women were born into the protected mini society and have no contact with the mainstream culture and society.
Although the authorities have known about the cult for a long time, it was dufficult to collect evidence that could permit action to do something about it. Until then, everything is alleged.
133 women and more than 400 children were sent to a safehouse.
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Police took all the women and children to another place to stay while they investigated the ranch.
The women and children were traumatized and hugged one another for solace. For many of them, it was the first contact with the outside world.
Source on Carolyn Jessop.
The picture captions provided by the newspaper were inaccurate and removed until another source can confirm them.
Carolyn Jessop, her new partner Brian and her children, living in freedom.
Carolyn Jessop at 35?
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day compound.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day, temple, 80 ft high.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day, view from afar.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day, view from afar, second pic.
Polygamy sect members pack into the courtroom for the trial.
Polygamists fight for custody of children.
Marie, 32, weeps after separation from her sons, aged 5 – 9.
Marie, 32, and Brenda, 37, talk to the press.
Updates are below in chronological order.
Polygamy sect: Yisrayl Hawkins’ House of Yahweh.
In West Texas, the House of Yahweh stands. Texas has been investigating this sect for some years. Yisrayl Hawkins, 73, is the leader. Yisrayl Hawkins was charged in February for doing polygamous weddings and child labor. If Yisrayl Hawkins is convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.
Another House of Yahweh sect leader, Yedidiyah Hawkins, was charged for sexually abusing a teenager, bigamy and welfare fraud. House of Yahweh sect leader Yedidiyah Hawkins’ trial begins in the summer of 2008.
Deaths in the House of Yahweh:
2003 – A 7 year old died from infection and complications after home surgery. The mother and another woman were convicted of injury to the child.
2006 – A delivering mother died from blood loss because the sect prevented her hospitalization. Her husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Sect members from the House of Yahweh denied they practised polygamy. Rumors has it that the House of Yahweh sect leader Yisrayl Hawkins has at least two dozen wives. Texas state records show he fathered two babies in 2007 with 2 women who were 19 and 22.
The House of Yahweh members do not live on the 44 acre compound. The House of Yahweh members live in mobile homes, trailers or real homes nearby. Some House of Yahweh members lived in trailer parks in Abilene. These were owned by Yisrayl Hawkins.
Yisrayl Hawkins was born Buffalo Bill Hawkins. He legally changed his name. He worked as a police officer in Abilene until 1977, when he was fired for having beer in his squad car. Three years layer, Yisrayl Hawkins started the House of Yahweh in 1980. The House of Yahweh moved to rural Clyde in Texas several years later so they would have room to celebrate weeklong Old Testament feasts.
Yisrayl Hawkins and the House of Yahweh began preaching polygamy in early 1990s. House of Yahweh enforced women to accept polygamy or leave the House of Yahweh and forfeit Heaven.
Miryam Martin, a House of Yahweh member from 1986 to 2000 said that the cult practised mind control techniques.
Tanah Hawkins, a House of Yahweh member for 20 years, said its Scripture-based beliefs offer something missing in mainstream churches.
The House of Yahweh sect has hundreds of members scattered worldwide. One group of House of Yahweh members in Kenya gained international attention in 2006 by building nuclear fallout shelters. These House of Yahweh members believed Yisrayl Hawkins’ apocalyptic prophecy. Nostrademus and many others have predicted the apocalypse since centuries ago. Global warming has also attributed to the talk.
Former House of Yahweh members described Yisrayl Hawkins as a zealot whose teachings are a blend of Old Testament directives on diet and cleanliness. Yisrayl Hawkins included New Testament beliefs in Jesus. Yisrayl Hawkins’ own prophecies were rooted in the Book of Revelation.
Hundreds of his followers have legally changed their last names to Hawkins. Yedidiyah Hawkins and Tanah Hawkins were among them. Many House of Yahweh members have taken biblical first names. They include the letter “y” in their names.
Ex members of the House of Yahweh said that Hawkins’ followers tithe nearly a third of their incomes to the House of Yahweh. Many buy the House of Yahweh’s organically grown food, herbal drinks and dairy products. The House of Yahweh members believed similar items available elsewhere are “unclean.”
Public records showed that the House of Yahweh’s Yisrayl Hawkins owned at least $2.1 million in land, housing and mobile homes. Some members of the House of Yahweh rented their homes from him, or rented space in his trailer parks.
The House of Yahweh sect has a 1,200-seat warehouse-like sanctuary. Twelve pictures of Yisrayl Hawkins decorate the front wall.
The House of Yahweh has a vigorous routine on washing hands, hygiene and sanitization. They were even more thorough than the Muslims. The Islam religion had its followers wash hands, face, and feet several times before entering their sacred mosques of worship.
The House of Yahweh was right in certain ways. They foresaw the coming of Sars, Hand, Foot, Mouth disease, Bird Flu, Mad Cow disease and various other epidemics that were caused by infection. At the height of the diseases, people wore surgical masks, used sanitizers and handled public equipment with a secondary layer like a tissue or a glove.
Hawkins might or might not preach death like David Koresh. In 1993, his Branch Davidian followers set their compound on fire and killed themselves when federal authorities tried to end a 51-day siege.
Police did not want a confrontation on the grounds of the Hosue of Yahweh’s private property. They arrested Yisrayl Hawkins only when they spotted him driving through town. It was already 3 months since the warrant of arrest was issued. Their patience paid off.
The judge set the bail at $10 million, partly because of a perceived threat in a sermon. In Nov 2007, Yisrayl Hawkins said to his congregation, “I’m not asking much out of you — I’m just asking that you be willing to die rather than leave this house.”
Yisrayl Hawkins was released on $100,000 bond after testifying that his security guards are unarmed. Yisrayl Hawkins had to testify that suicide is counter to the church’s teachings, to nullify his earlier sermon made in Nov 2007.
Yisrayl Hawkins’ House of Yahweh website is at http://www.yahweh.com/
Updated on May 14 2008.
They are related to some extent which explains why they look alike. Do they know it? They share the same surname Jessop.
Louisa Jessop, a cult member of the FLDS, and her new born babe were under the CPS. Her husband, Dan Jessop, is staying at a motel in town. Her other two children, Amber, 4, and Rolan, 2, born in the FLDS compound, were in a foster home. That was arranged under the custody of the Texas Child Protection Service (CPS).
Dan Jessop, the husband of Louisa Jessop, was served papers saying; “The newborn child of a child is in the state’s custody.” It meant that Louisa’s age was under dispute and should she be under 18, the father of her child could be prosecuted for having sex with a minor.
Louisa Jessop claimed to be 22 and the only wife of her husband Dan Jessop. She had all the right requirements to be released and have her children returned. The authorities were waiting for definite proof via DNA results before granting all her requests. If Louisa decided to leave, she would be compelled to leave her 3 children behind.
Another young woman, Pamela Jeffs, 18, gave birth to her child on April 29.
Updated on May 22, 2008.
FLDS mothers leaving Texas Court.
An appeals court ruled in favor of the FLDS mothers in San Angelo Texas. This appeals court said that the sect’s 468 children were illegally removed from their mothers. This decision overturns the state authorities and lower court decisions to foster the children out.
This could mean that the mothers and children could be reunited soon.
Updated Thursday, May 29, 2008.
The Supreme Court of Texas ruled that the State of Texas must return the children seized from The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints members. This Texas Supreme Court’s ruling immediately applied to 130 children. Another 320 children who have been placed in foster homes were likely to benefit from Texas Supreme Court’s ruling soon.
The parents and attorneys were overjoyed with the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling.
Updated Tue. June 3 2008.
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Sarah Barlow Draper and daughter Autumn in Abilene, Texas.
Rebekah Draper, Danielle Draper, Abram Draper.
Amy Dockstader, 9, and her mother, Nancy Dockstader.
Updated on Thur. July 3 2008.
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) have launched their own website to sell their fashion clothes. Samples can be seen in their reality dresses they wear everyday. (Pictures are above)
This is a desperate resort as authorities in Texas have asked them to stay away from their Church compound in Texas while they investigate some allegations.
The women from FLDS need money. They need money for rental of housing, living costs, etc. Twenty women from FLDS sell handmade children’s clothes, overalls, nightgowns, sleepers, babygros, ankle to writs underwear, etc. If there is a demand, the women’s range will be added.
The FLDS only significant concession was to agree to the legal age for marriages.
It is assumed that polygamy is still practiced?
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