Merril Jessop and his first six wives, from left, Cathleen, Ruth, Faunita, Tammy, Barbara and Carolyn Jessop.

Merril Jessop and his first six wives, from left, Cathleen, Ruth, Faunita, Tammy, Barbara and Carolyn Jessop.

Merril Jessop and his first six wives, from left, Cathleen, Ruth, Faunita, Tammy, Barbara and Carolyn Jessop. Visitors Tagged This Post With:merril jessop, merrill jessop, merril jessop photos, merrill jessop photo, barbara jessop, ruth jessop, merril jessop wives, cathleen jessop, … Continue reading

Merril Jessop and his first six wives, from left, Cathleen, Ruth, Faunita, Tammy, Barbara and Carolyn Jessop.

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50 Responses to Merril Jessop and his first six wives, from left, Cathleen, Ruth, Faunita, Tammy, Barbara and Carolyn Jessop.

  1. Evelyn

    “Temple Mormons do believe that when the man dies he can “click up his wife” (who was sealed to him for all eternity) and they will become gods on a planet. Most rank and file Mormons do not know this. Theirs is a revisionist religion–when they get a new idea they pretend they never espoused an earlier idea (such as refusing Blacks to their religion). As for the FLDS, there is nothing remotely spiritual about their brainwashed principles. I find it hard to believe anybody could be so addled and stupid they could believe any of their ‘beliefs’. None of this is about God. It is the faulty ideas of men and women to attempt to give meaning to their ideas about God. I just finished Escape and can only say Finally! Carolyn should have left earlier since she had the benefit of education. She could have earned a living teaching—unlike many other FLDS women.

  2. Barbara

    What happened to these women once he went to jail?

  3. Linda

    I also just finished reading Escape. I couldn’t put it down. The things that go on inside this cult are almost unbelievable but I do believe because I have read books by others that have escaped and they say the same things. I have read there is murder and people disappear if they cause too much trouble. It’s almost like Stepford Wives. I don’t see that Merrill treated his wives any better than the women in Iraq and Afghanastan are treated. These men call themselves Godly? I wish I could see them on the day the blinders are taken from their eyes and they see what they have done to others. What goes around, comes around. If not in this life, the next. Perhaps these men will all be born women in the same cult. They are disgusting and should all be in prison. How awful for women to live with sister wives they can’t stand or trust!

    Carolyn, God WAS with you and your children. I am so happy for you. Colorado

  4. You've got to be kidding me

    I’m convinced these cult-type members are truly mentally deficient. Not everyone in life is granted an average I.Q. The ideals of the FLDS are beyond rediculous. However upon researching the story of Joseph Smith and the formation of the LDS, one will find another very amusing and odd tale…

  5. Hasjim Supardan

    I am 79 years old and have just finished reading “ESCAPE”. I have read hundreds of books in my lifetime especially about the Jewish history and about WW II and the holocaust.
    I thought Hitler was a bad dude and the nazis were evil, but people like Merrill Jessop and Warren Jeffs are just as bad if not worse. Is this what is called religion ? I wonder what this word actually means.
    If God (I mean the real God) does not take care of these monster in the after life, hopefully the justice system of the USA will take care of them on this earth.
    It’s now 2011 and I hope Carolyn Jessop (please change this name) is now leading a happy life. Are you married to Brian yet ?
    Good luck
    Anonymous

  6. Carolynn You are amazing!! I think you are a very strong woman! What you did for your kids is a fabulous thing. Those men make me very Ill. I have also read the 19th wife, and that book is also amazing. You remind me of Eliza Webb Young. And how she divorced Brigham Young. She was also a strong woman and helped stop polygamy in the Morman Church. (except for FLDS in which her brother followed.) Her courage was amazing just like yours. I feel that Polygmy was Introduced because of lustful men starting with the first Prophet of the Morman Church Joseph Smith. I still feel the LDS religion to be real but I think that men and woman all have been put here on earth too sin and repent Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were lustful men who sinned and wanted us all to believe their crap about polygamy and just wrote it into the D&C as a prophecy from God. Warren Jeffs took this to the extreme. He is a very sick lustful SOB who will rot in Hell! It makes me sick how they say they are not really married to you expecially so they can get those welfare checks and food stamps.
    And as for Barbara that Bi**h will burn in Hell also. When she dies I believe she will feel the pain she caused everyone. I hope you inspire a lot more woman from the polygamist community!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Robin Bush

    I just finished reading Carolyns book and I HATED it! I have so much respect for her and what she has done to protect her children.
    They killed animals, they abused women and children. They are DISGUSTING people. All of Merrills wives were gross and a bunch of
    insecure women. Barbara was FAT AND EVIL. I hope each one of those wives have a miserable death. The book made me so angry.
    Carolyn, GOD is on your side. You are a truly brave and wonderful woman and you are a hero in my eyes. I feel that you had to live that
    kind of life and live with those evil people. I wish you nothing but Happiness with Brian and your children and to see how they will evolve
    from the tragic time in their life…….. THE FLDS are a bunch of losers

  8. bella

    i’ve just finished reading the book escape and at first i can only say that i’m speechless,..its not new that women are being treated unworthy in so many parts of the world,as described i fail to comprehend how it can be shameful for a woman to express pain while in labour of childbirth,it’s such a pity men can’t get pregnant,i’d love to watch.seems women in this cult are born for the sole purpose of being reproduction machines.funny how leaders like warren preach things they expect to be strictly obeyed but exclude themselfs from it and funny how blind and brainless people can be to follow them.if i were insane i’d likely join and seek hell on earth and due to their teachings hell in afterlife as well.
    carolyn is a heroe..the oscar goes to her and all the women who got a brain and courage

  9. Tija Godman

    I finished Escaped at 2am this morning. Carolyn, your story touched me to my core….all the way to Australia. Your courage, determination, bravery and love for your children really is truly amazing. Your story also made me bloody angry!!
    There were MANY times I wanted to disappear into the pages and help you and it tore me up that there was no one there for you for over 30yrs!! I soooo wanted to help and save you :)
    I’m a huge fan of books and have over 100 autobiographies
    A good book in my opinion makes you think, makes you angry or happy, depending on the story and i have over 200 autobiographies on many different topics and I must say, your book is now my favorite. It brought up so much emotion in me. Many of my books in this genre do that but none like yours. I read every night in bed before I go to sleep and having just started university as a mature student…I’m 35 (I’m studying to become a social worker) I need my sleep but for the past three nights I haven’t been able too put your book down…for the last three nights I’ve read your book in full till 4 in the morning…I’d read for an hour and put your book down, turn off the light and I’d just lay there itching to know what happens next. My husband if three months would wake in the wee hours and find me still reading at 2,3,4 in the morning!! Not many books do that to me!!
    I’ve researched your former religion and although I wasn’t suprised, my heart broke for you AND your daughter Betty when she returned to the cult two days after her 18th birthday. I can’t imagine what that was like for you. I wanted to come through the pages and safe her too!!
    I’m soooo happy you found real love with Brian. That made me cry for you…in a happy way. The three nights I read your book I cried so much…mostly for the anguish I felt for you.
    You are such an inspiration for women who are kept in cults or in any abusive relationships. You are truly a survivor and because of you, your children are also. God bless and I wish you nothing but all the happiness in the world. You certainly deserve it.
    Sincerely, Tija (pronounced Tia) Godman <3<3

  10. CTRBeth

    Let’s not get into debates about religion or scripture. All I have to say is that the FLDS is a radical group that left mainstream Mormanism, whose leaders became progressively more and more demented and power-hungry. That is why they split off and formed thier own group. The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are NOT anything like the FLDS, nor should we be compared as such. Women are encouraged to get educations. One of our key points of doctrine is freedom of choice and agency. Joseph Smith’s way of teaching is (and I quote) \Teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves\

  11. mg55

    Jenn, since you admit that before the 1900s Mormons were polygamists, you admit that their root was poisonous and as such is bearing rotten fruit unlike the early Christian church.(See Antioch)

  12. anonymous

    Merril, Warren, Barbara, and other monsters like you, will get whats coming to you. I hope you all die a slow painful death, and then burn in hell for all eternity.

  13. anonymous

    People do the worst things in the name of religion. Religion is the reason for the most horrific events. I think polygamy was just something invented by a pervert who wanted to screw a teenager. What’s happening in your community is disgusting, disturbing, and has nothing to do with faith, or God. Im pretty sure God has been absent for a while. If man is the only way into heaven, then what hope is there for the rest of us? Just so you know, my grandfather was a true holy man. He could heal, perform exorcisms with the power from God. He spoke to angels,demons knew him by name, and there was no mention of your husband to be your salvation. Can anyone make a claim like that in your “holy” temple? You people make me sick, and all of you abusers, rapists, and liars, will pay for your sins.

  14. anonymous

    First of all, I think all of you have been forced to write this bullshit. Second, so its ok for a 15 year old girl to be forced into a marriage to a 60 year old man? People do the worst things in the name of religion. Religion is the reason for the most horrific events. I think polygamy was just someting invented by a pervert who wanted to screw a teenager. What’s happening in your community is disgusting, disturbing, and has nothing to do with faith, or God. Im pretty sure God has been absent for a while. If man is the only way into heaven, then what hope is there for the rest of us? Just so you know, my grandfather was a true holy man. He could heal, perform exorcisms with the power from God. He spoke to angels,demons knew him by name, and there was no mention of your husband to be your salvation. Can anyone make a claim like that in your “holy” temple? You people make me sick, and all of you abusers, rapists, and liars, will pay for your sins.

  15. Anonymous

    Groups whos sole purpose is to opress, control, use and abuse women and children unfortunately will probably always exist….but I beleive that the most sickening part of it is that they do this in the name of God.
    These types of groups and/or cults should serve as examples of how mind control can take over and destroy the lives of generation after generation.

  16. elsa

    I have just finished the book Escape & want to wish Carolyn & her children all the best for the future.What these men do in the name of religion is terrible.
    Also I would like to say that I am sure that it is Faunita who was described in the book as been 200 pounds.Also she is the 1st wife so it would make her the eldest with her daughter Audrey as the same age as Carolyn.

  17. Elaine

    Just finished reading \Escape\….What a great read…I think Carolyn Jessop is an amazing woman to stand up to these sick sick people…I can’t believe that this stuff still happens in America….and to think women must submit to their husbands and be treated worse than animals to get into the kingdom of heaven? I don’t think so ! This is pure brainwashing and the people responsible should never see the light of day again ! I hope and pray that more people can escape the hold these evil people have on them !

  18. Karen - Edmonton AB

    I have just finished Carolyn Jessops book. I am not surprised by the revelations in the FLDS. Unfortunately, in the States as well as in Canada, the question of \rights\ is a very sticky issue. Bountiful is part of the same sect and like in the States, is pretty much left alone. I think that the government is afraid to dig too deep or look too closely at what is happenening because they are afraid of a massive lawsuit. Money talks and the FLDS has plenty. The more you have, the louder it talks. The men of the FLDS are not going to let a government take away their private harems without a fight. The government will not spend millions trying to clean up the mess. It does not want to be held responsible for all of the women and children of polygamy. That will cost it millions more. They will say that it is impossible to will and the money is better spent elsewhere. Sad as it is, Polygamy will stay. It is a shame that the men married to these women and children will probably never be charged, or if they are, the charges will never stick. Sad also, that the abuses will not stop. Society will continue to be outraged, but not much will be done to help these women/children. Very few high priced, top notch lawyers will even look at trying one of these cases as they are afraid of losing. Of not getting paid. Society as a whole needs to unite and act. Funny thing is, we are intolerant to a country that has horrendous human rights violations and we do nothing about what is in our own backyard! Help these people, do something for them. God does say to help your fellow man. Be outraged, feel the horror of the abuses, get angry that this
    eligion is allowed to be practised with protecton under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms when those very rights have been taken away from these women/children. I am ecstatic that Carolyn Jessop and Elisa Wahl were able to stand up for themselves and give the us a brief glimpse inside a closed world. Escape is a great book, as is Stolen Innocence. Ladies, I salute your courage.

  19. Jenn

    I am a member of the LDS church and no, we do not practice polygamy. So, Kiwi in Oz, it’s pretty clear you are not telling the truth. Mormons haven’t been polygamists since before the 1900s.
    I think polygamy is degrading to women and says that women aren’t worth as much as men are. Many of the prophets in the Old Testament did practice polygamy, but it was an abomination to God. Although, it does say in the scriptures that unless God commands it, it is an abomination unto him. So, sometimes he does command it. And Mike, just to make it perfectly clear, we do NOT believe in plural marriages still and we do NOT say it will be practiced in the afterlife. Some in my religion think that, but no prophet has ever come out and said that. And if it is practiced in Heaven, then I’d rather go to Hell, thank you very much. But I know enough about my religion to know that’s not the case. So stop making assumptions about a religion you know nothing about. And as far as prophets making claims,(that later were retracted)prophets are men and make mistakes too. This is proven over and over again in the Old Testament with Solomon and many other prophets of old. Anyway, I still despise polygamy in every way. It’s horrendous. I respect most religions, but when abuse and brainwashing by power hungry men are the center of the religion, I doubt it is of God. Escape is a great read. Way to go Carrolyn!

  20. Helen Australia

    We have a saying in Aus, that ‘it could only happen in the US’, meaning that you can get away with things in the US that in the rest of the western world would not be tolerated. Have just finished reading the book which ended at 2007 and from what I have Googled, it seems charges against Warren Jeffs have been dropped. Is this right? Also about 12 months ago, there was a piece in the news about a Raymond Jessop who got 20 years jail. Who is this guy?

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