Life After Polygamy: The Daughters & Wives of A Polygamist Cult Reclaim their Hometown

Life After Polygamy: The Daughters & Wives of A Polygamist Cult Reclaim their Hometown


I tease my whole life that I was getting married like this when I turned 18 my father he’s like come on we’re going on right I got in the car and he’s like I turned you in this morning and he had written a letter and recommended me that very morning and then I was called [Music] are you Warren Jeffs Texas jury has convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs of child sexual assault Jeffs is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting underage girls he considered fraud prosecutors use DNA evidence to show Jeff’s fathered a child with a 15 year old girl and during the court proceedings they played an audio recording of what they said was him sexually assaulting a 12 year old and what his church calls spiritual marriages although he’s behind bars the teachings of Warren Jeffs still remained ingrained in his sheltered Society [Music] [Applause] [Applause] what Jeff says he’s mean he’s not really all the way there he’s like he’s like so psychotic he started asking me what how do you feel what do you want how’s that in how’s it all this stuff when Warren told me that this is what the Lord wanted and he knew he’d seen me and knew what was going on and all this stuff I was really scared because at that time I was really really innocent you know I didn’t know anything about marriage really my mother never sat down and gave me an education I had in my mind because I had a sister older than me that was married turn two [Music] he was given these sermons that were really scaring me too because he was so strict you know you have to obey all the commandments or you’re guilty of the whole and all these really straight things you know I need like I was just like going into shock and he got up there one day and said if you need more time I’ll let you go to a house and hiding I’ll let you go to a place where you can prepare further a house at hiding is a house where there’s a caretaker with the family a man over the house it’s just in the middle of some city somewhere that you can’t go outside most of the time unless it’s like clear out and no milla no man’s land you just stay there and pray and read until you’re accepted back to the land and he told me he said I just want you to go and write a confession letter you’ve been out this little I think this will be the fourth year pretty freaking hard my dad he has married mother H so so all the underlined ones are out so Sandra Carlene Sarah Rachel and Laura Alice Andrea Andrea died Carol Lydia Melanie Julia Hyrum Daniel mark Nathanael Vienna and Marie and Susie and Rosie are all in [Music] the other order is something that the I guess the priesthood so you’d call it came up with they call you in and pretty much evaluate you and if they find you worthy you get baptized into it our caretaker my brother he called me and he told me to pack a change of clothes and we were going on to do a priesthood project then it hit me that we were actually going to be baptized into this order then they took us into a room full of people waiting to get actual baptized into the order and they were playing all the Zion songs it was clothing everywhere everything was white it was white tights white socks there was people who were really happy and smiling and people who were just dead inside I started asking where mom was and and where my younger sister was and you know I was a little shocked and confused because I knew I knew my mom and I knew my younger sister and they were really good people and I just couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t be accepted and honestly I think the United order is just a joke just a sick disgusting joke to pull families apart and honestly that’s why we even came out in the first place is because I was gonna be separated from her and my mother and I just couldn’t do that we tried to leave two times before and the first time was when we went to our caretaker they told us we’d be yes it was our choice to leave but if we left then we would be raped and used up and honestly at a time I thought well being rape and used up doesn’t sound too bad I mean I had my sisters praying to die and my mom about to lose her mind and we left we didn’t take nothing yeah I lived here when I was little but it was a lot different than it is now Mike there were three wives that lived here one of them had 12 kids one of them had 13 and my mom had 14 kids one of these rooms used to be the baby room but mom had for her kids but it wait whenever mother had flushed her toilet and it would leak down the wall and there was mold and mice just everywhere down here and there was cockroaches and when you went to bed then you could feel the mice like nibbling on your hair it was gross and you could see up into the study and that’s where the big girls used to comb their hair and I guess the first then like the town was combing their hair in like a different way and then all of a sudden they came out with these hairstyles and this lady would come and teach you how to do your hair and all the big girls took that class and learned how to comb their hair these two we kind of talked about it like you know kind of jokingly or like who would you marry or you know and then we like we try and be mean to each other and like put our names with like people we didn’t like there was this one kid who was named Denham Levi yeah as we got older I think we started getting a little more afraid so we didn’t talk about as much [Music] well it’s the one on the corner that big house on the corner we lived in the half of it the tall partner this is their air yeah I tried to get one test I want to put you know I want to live in there and I also want to put some businesses initial pay for itself [Music] I lived in this house for like four months oh they weren’t very good tents I was kind of confused and we were always taught they were after us the world was after us they wanted to get us and break our faith they wanted to take our virtue and just even kill us you know they lock up a lot of people they locked me up I tried to run away on the streets people would call and tell you know that I was running my mother would show up and you know yell at me and I didn’t have a choice but to come back and they went so they locked me up with two screws in the window and the door knob turned on backwards and I found some scissors and secreted one side and then I started pounding on the other side until it broke off I just hopped out and ran away I didn’t take anything with me cuz I think I’d beat you don’t even make it you know I took back roads went through the creek went over to a house that I knew was people that were on the outside so before the end of the day I was completely out of this town [Music] right after I got baptized into the United order when we when you’re in you all you’re supposed to fill this out every night along that’s right a journal of what you did to bless other people in detail isn’t yeah in detail yeah well no offense to Michelle but when she went in to get her interview the only reason she was not picked was because she was heavy I guaran-damn-tee you that was the reason I cleaned every week that house from top to bottom because they told me I was positive no one would help me there at all look away you know go away when I go in their room and start cleaning they were all alienating her and none of them could say anything to her so she’d just lay on her bed and cry and Ava told me I could hear Michelle over there crying but I couldn’t get up who the over and say hey show me you want to talk about it you know cuz she was in the you oh she couldn’t doctor and my sister wife was asking her everyday are you doing what they said you’re not talking to Michelle are you you know so she had she had a monitor right there in the home so she couldn’t walk in the room and they would walk out [Music] PTSD is like what soldiers get when they’ve been through traumatic things I have PTSD the way that they taught us to pray is actually feeling brain waves through the mind and it’s it’s making people go ahead and catch it was a long path in recovery find those triggers you know what was real you know I’m just glad that I caught him eventually [Music] we’d come up here and walk around the reservoir to when I was like 13 14 15 and you can’t really get lost here so you just walk and walk and walk and tell huh he hit tired I had a lot of bad memories here but I also had a lot of good ones and that I can come down here now and you know it won’t be so foreboding anymore like more and more that foreboding feeling that depressing feeling is going away but I can see why some people want to go away and never come back though because for how bad I had it I actually had it really really good in there like at least I wasn’t a Jaffe’s and you know made to live in that fortress and trapped [Music] you

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  • Africa is the future says:

    Hmm from what i know, spritual marriages/spirit sppuses are what occurs when you share your intimacy/(your spirit) with many people. Thereafter is a life of constant breakups and contant divorces and unhappy relationships. Its the wrong place to use the word "spiritual marriage" though everything they did was wrong anyway. Sigh. Poor kids though.

  • Robbie Robinson says:

    I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which condemns this practice, and I want reiterate what Vice has said that this is a breakoff group. Though this was practiced in the past in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for various reasons both known and unknown, it is clear we do not now practice it. If someone want's an explanation as to why we practiced polygamy many years ago versus now, MY best answer would be to point to the Bible. Many practices are instituted, adopted, changed, forsaken, and at times, reinstituted. I only say this as a personal satisfying explanation. However, I would suggest to anyone that want's to find out the reason for themselves to check out ChurchofJesusChrist.org or ComeuntoChrist.org.

  • ANAL TERROR says:

    Beautiful lady dude

  • Megan Perkins says:

    Its sad these little girls only childhood memory was talking about who they would marry! So sad!!

  • Rue U says:

    People so gullible

  • Im Sorry Darling says:

    Some people are really defending this

  • Henny305 says:

    What in the caucasian did i watch

  • Justin Akers says:

    My sister just married a Mormon. If you’ve ever heard someone say that Mormons “brainwash” young women, take it from me, it is frighteningly accurate. Their rhetoric has turned her against her family. We were so close six months ago, then they moved to Alaska, and now that she’s back she seems to hate me. It’s really sad that this is happened to her. I love her so much and I wish she could see what is happening to her.

  • Justin Akers says:

    My condolences go to all the families whose daughters have been victimized by the sick cult. They rip daughters and sisters from their homes and tear that family apart just to add one more person to their already large family. I have experienced this first hand and truly wish I hadn’t. Somehow, they really do manage to convince young girls that there is something good about Mormonism. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

  • Valentina Sanchez says:

    I hope she can solve the rocker feller population control by not having children like the u.n. Wants her to do

  • Jay Pastrana says:

    Wait what now??. Is this in Utah??.

  • Jay Pastrana says:

    The Lord wanted Trump to win: So how do we cope with Mr. Sander's word if this is all so false..

  • Jay Pastrana says:

    Don't bother your lord. At the moment; or even the past/future seems that your personal lord can't seem to be bothered. At the moment do what you can to be a better person instead. And don't listen to religious mediums. The Catholic faith seems to think on the same conclusion. Mohammed also didn't spawn this stupid idea. Mashallah.

    How can any belief/religion say they want a harmonious existence when all the can do is eliminate/discard humanity. This isn't an original idea and it is proving to be a deprecated view.

  • crystallinebeauty says:

    How would they have known to escape? I am really glad they did but I mean they would have been brainwashed from when they were children and not known any better?

  • Megan Rasmussen says:

    Reminder that the Fundamentalists aren't members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I really, really wish people wouldn't confuse the two of us.

  • Skyerzen says:

    I lived in Utah for a year. On the weekends I would ride around the mountains. Once, at a gas station a van stopped at the pump next to mine. Out came a sea of kids, three women came out and one man.
    The women just interacted with the children.
    I took a quick look at the whole scenario playing out in front of me while I was doing mental math of what was going on and then noticed the man was giving me a look.
    I was like. "I'm not going to take your women away asshole"

  • gabby campbell says:

    Their clothing and hair remind me of that Netflix show the unbreakable kimmy shmidt. I can't imagine going back to that place after everything they went through.

  • Mischievous Muffins says:

    White people man

  • Jonni says:

    these gals are cool. glad they can have a sense of humor after going through some dark shit. shows how far they have come

  • Gizeluna11 says:

    people are blaming muslims while this is also a huge problem in America that nobody talks about.

  • Matt McC says:

    And this is why Mormons and Jehova’s freak me out

  • Kristýna Kociánová says:

    their clothes are so similar to the ones in kimmy schmidt

  • Sarah Roddey says:

    Not picking a child of incest to be in a incestual marriage because she looks “defected”… maybe don’t have children with your children?

  • EvanescentTuber says:

    So, gay people are the ones destroying marriage, huh?

  • Sis Marion says:

    FLD or RFD (Reality Field Distortion)

  • Leo Andriasyan says:

    Why would you return to this hellhole? These women are still trapped in their minds.

  • unknownpleasures says:

    mormons = scientology/freemasons

  • Gideon Binge says:

    thats a dope slide

  • Sarah Sanusi says:

    Get your education kids.

  • Rauley Shar says:

    Why there is an age restriction to get married? Guys only care for young and fresh. All this drama is created by older female hogs left to rotten.

  • Cutie B says:

    This so called religion is illegal for the multiple wives feature of it which is basically a cover for rape n pedofiles so why isn’t the law being enforced !! Seen so many of this cult n it’s spin off fractions that all do the same , one white guy marrying underage girls over n over and keeping them isolated n brainwashing them that they are god n they will end up In hell if they don’t do as there told !! Putting up walls everywhere don’t make this crap legal 🤬

  • Jessie Perkins says:

    God this breaks my heart

  • Alex Stepnowsky says:

    13:28 what the fuck did she just say

  • Desire Cloete says:

    Warren Jeffs is an inbred paedophile

  • Michael Dobson says:

    Keep them young and stupid and unquestioning (religion's favorite trick), then rape them (religion's second favorite trick.)

  • Bhakta Stone says:

    The same kinds of folks who will turn will a blind eye to these sorts of atrocities are the same kinds of fools who rant about how if we're not careful "Sharia Law" is going to take over our country…

  • H. J. says:

    2016 Vice: Polygamy is a dangerous practice that systematically harms women and must be addressed

    2019 Vice: hey guys, forget kale and avocado, Polygamy and open relationships are the new trend! What 2016 documentary? Come on guys, it's'' progressive'!

  • Miguel Lira says:

    Far Cry

  • Baby Boy says:

    Who would marry these unattractive women out there in the real world?
    They are ugly AF.

  • Stephanie Rodriquez says:

    Ugly pedoz and ugly hags and dumb skinny bitches

  • Jeffrey Paasch says:

    I've never understood WHY some people can't See Through religion?
    It's nothing but a bunch of Bull Shit even the (so called) legitimate ones.
    Maybe you need to Tune In to George Carlin?
    He's got a GOOD view on Religion 🙂

  • Scott Benoit says:

    why would they go back to there old house to many bad memories

  • ogmius2001 says:

    Make one valid argument that polygamy should be illegal between consenting adults. you cant

  • dede4004 says:

    A cult ALWAYS uses fear and intimidation to control, and it almost always involves sex abuse, because the ones in charge are usually sex addicts.

  • Edward Lomaseng says:

    These men r so sick by using God to raped children. I hope when u get to hell n hell is not too hot for u.

  • gothicman03 says:

    This is really what all those "pro-life" bastards that are banning abortions are wanting to do. Sick fucks.

  • ShadoStorm says:

    Christians disagreeing with polygamy but have no idea how many wives Solomon had according to the Bible.

  • elessar29311 says:

    Pure fucking evil

  • Juliet&Bitsy says:

    the question is how rich is this guy feeding all these people and supporting them? clothes, food, etc….??
    how did he make money?

  • Amy Dearing says:

    I find the Utah accents & dialect hard to understand. Don’t know if it’s the Mormon influence or just regional?

  • GRAWLIX 19xx says:

    FREAKS

  • k1j2f30 says:

    The people who were responsible and running this cult should have been been locked in stocks and chains in the desert and severely whipped and beaten daily for what they did to all the young girls and their families. They ruined these girls lives and they will never be free from the torment and Hell they were put through. These kind of memories cannot be simply wiped away and will affect their entire lives and their families. I have never understood how so much evil in this world has been done in the name of religion!!

  • Wiener Videos says:

    This just proves that women deeply want to submit to a strong patriarch.

  • Tina's baby says:

    Good for her, something good should be made of that mess Jeff made.

  • Bee Thao says:

    Believe in God n u will be there a slave there is no god u r ur own god history writes it’s self but wat have god done to this world

  • Daniel Downs says:

    Good for the girl taking that house back. She’s in control now. These women are strong as hell ❤️

  • Nirisi Castillo says:

    I think they are still controlled by the movement so to speak ……. why the hell would they wanna go back and live in these houses ???

  • Samuel Michelson says:

    People like this guy shouldnt have the decency of trial and comfort of a prison cell. Should have been hung by his toes naked in town square with a bullseye around his junk for people to stone. Leave him there till the death stinks too much…

  • Justine Brown's Bookshelf says:

    What happens to the men who are left out of marriage in this model? The sexes are split 50-50.

  • Lucio Innocenzo says:

    Mohammed did way worse, why don't they ban islam then?

  • Biscuit Gidoni says:

    I just watch a documentary about tom.green who married under age girls.. wonder if he was a follower of this guy

  • Bianca Baea says:

    WOW! I can only imagine how they are coping, this kind of experience will definitely scar the psyche but these girls are doing so well considering their trauma. I have met a few girls with stories that are quite similar to this and the same thing appears in there healing and that is confronting the fear that the experience nurtured. I personally like talking to my therapist at the Susan block institute, it really helps me identify the points of trauma and allows me to tackle that issue one day at a time, whether it be in my decision making or my daily choices. (Their number is 1-2l3-29l-9497 I think). Hope they get the help they need. Life in prison doesn't even begin to cut it compared to all the damage this man had done to all these people SMH!

  • hitheswitch says:

    America is a fuckin weird place.

  • Boo Boo says:

    How is this legal???

  • xydoit says:

    65 wives?

  • xydoit says:

    Michelle saved by he weight from child predator. She is hurt. But not physically.

  • handfulofrain says:

    The only way warren Jeffs could get a woman would be to brainwash and rape them. Just look at him. Guy is a total weiner. Not surprised he would be limiting the amount of other men around too.

  • Ggg says:

    Religion is for crazy, weak individuals… Unfortunately their kids get dragged into their world's

  • William Phillips says:

    My sister's ex husband was a son of Warren Jeffs. It gave me chills to see their last names were all Steed.

  • capricorn hippie says:

    This was amazing and I pray for each one of these women because they are brave and deserve happiness.

  • sillilil1 says:

    Im so sorry this happened to you! I hope you find recovery. Its never too late!

  • Ruben Whitter says:

    65th wife?!

  • Jennifer Royster says:

    This is so sad! I am 36 years old and I am planning my wedding for after my daughter graduates (she comes first) and my father tears up just thinking about the day he is going to walk me down the isle/give me away…at 36 years old!!! My family adores my fiance as his family loves me. How can these men hand their children, their babies, their little girls and so many of them barely into puberty, over to men the age of their fathers and sometimes older? So heartbreaking. So so heartbreaking. And even behind bars, Warren Jeffs still controls everything that goes on. He needs to be locked away with no phone rights or monitored phone calls and no letters to be sent out from him or in for him. He needs to completely be seperated from these people and maybe they will come to grips. They actually believe he is going to be coming home. I want to call them stupid but, it is the only life these people know.

  • S says:

    White people 😂

  • Tanya Opperman says:

    If you think about it. The Mormon church (LDS) is actually the FLDS waters down. Joseph Smith (founding father) was a polygamist. So who is actually the "splinter" grouo

  • Bear Bonez says:

    Called stuck raising retarded kids. Read ur bibles dummies

  • Faith Deen says:

    The filthy usa

  • Faith Deen says:

    Only in usa

  • Muhammad S Munir says:

    Shameless cult

  • Andrea DeTata says:

    Their life seemed like complete Hell. I feel bad for these women…..

  • Caprise Adams says:

    Someone should do a documentary about the Mormon accent.

  • Caprise Adams says:

    This is The Handmaids Tale.

  • Elizabeth Brown says:

    Why the fuck is this considered religious freedom instead of abuse?

  • Princess Mari says:

    Her sister was married to him too wtf

  • Julie says:

    I’d be jealous if my husband was with another woman even for a second!!! And how can they just look as if nothing is wrong!!????

  • adri8wog says:

    What do they do with the sons?

  • Zoefff _Bic says:

    America

    [slow applause starts]

  • Mister Hatley says:

    Freedom from religion

  • Marussha Mir says:

    where is money come from to let them maintain ? Totally brainwashed

  • Nick King Televised says:

    Funny Quote from my History teacher.
    "Muslims Believe they get 72 Virgins when they die" I said smiling.
    "Sounds like a lot of work" he immediately responded…LOL! I have to agree with him.

  • Chapterhouse86 says:

    I hope Warren Jeffs is raped to death in prison with a broom handle.

  • Real Kazekage says:

    How do these compounds exist ?!?

  • Public Public says:

    religious puritanism is a curse upon humanity.

  • Lewis C. says:

    This pedophile was marrying 12 year olds? WTF! I hope he gets raped in prison! He's a horrible person! All pedophiles need to die!

  • Rose A.h. says:

    HORRIFYING

  • Sem says:

    Joseph smith reincarnate

  • ladygabrielle36 says:

    Someone always will want to oppress another person/people. And they will always look for a way to segregate one from the rest. It’s a shame that even in a secluded place and religion, people will always choose to be biased towards another.

  • kaz kk says:

    There is nothing wrong with polygamy so long as you can manage it emotionally . This is about cults and religion not polygamy

  • carl bukauskas says:

    RIP Andrea

  • chas sisom says:

    Mormons like most cults are just a way to sexually abuse children and women.

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