In the horror crimes of the polygamous Mormon sect FLDS and their “prophet” leader Warren Jeffs, who “had 24 wives under the age of 17”

THE crimes and mysteries of the polygamous Mormon cult FLDS have been investigated for years.

Now the crimes of the cult and its “prophet” leader Warren Jeffs are fully exposed in a new Netflix documentary.

A new Netflix documentary explores the FLDS cult


A new Netflix documentary explores the FLDS cultPhoto credit: Netflix
FLDS is a branch of the Mormon Church


FLDS is a branch of the Mormon ChurchPhoto credit: Netflix
Warren Jeffs is the leader of FLDS


Warren Jeffs is the leader of FLDSPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty
The Yearning for Zion FLDS facility is located in Texas


The Yearning for Zion FLDS facility is located in TexasPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) is actually a branch of the Mormon Church.

When mainstream Mormonism stopped practicing polygamy in the 1890s — ostensibly as part of a deal to make Utah a recognized state — one group refused to comply.

It was at this point that the FLDS split off and became the cult-like group it is known as today.

Their leader, Jeffs, succeeded his father, Rulon T. Jeffs, who led the cult for some 15 years before his death in 2002.

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In an interview with the New York Post, Jeffs’ son, Wendell Jeffson, called his father “emotional” and “manipulative.”

“Warren Jeffs controlled everything from the things you eat to the things you wear and — if he could — even the things you think about,” Jeffson told the outlet.

Jeffson told Insider that his father wouldn’t allow music, internet, movies, candy and more.

“He just created an environment where we were only exposed to things that he wanted us exposed to,” Jeffson told Insider.

“He was in control of how we saw the outside world in every way.”

Jeffson also claimed that when he was 14, his father accused him and other FLDS boys of wanting to have sex with some of his wives — many of whom were similar ages to Jeffson at the time.

“I grew up with moms who were 15 years old,” Jeffson told Insider.

“It’s not true, but he married 12-year-olds and I was told they were my mother and not even that much older than me.”

Not long after, Jeffson was kicked out of FLDS along with his sister Sarah and mother Vicki.


Charges have been brought against FLDS for a variety of possible crimes.

Jeffson recently commented on these allegations, claiming that he and others worked long days on construction sites operating heavy machinery for little or no pay.

He told Insider that FLDS kids are often woken up around 5 a.m. to help cook breakfast and clean before being sent to work.

“I kind of freaked out when I was 14 and they said to me, ‘Go jump into this big heavy machine,'” Jeffson told Insider.

“I was pretty scared and I remember not wanting to, but at that point I was like, ‘I’ve got to learn it sometime,’ so I just did it and got over the fear.”

Jeffson said he and the other FLDS kids worked at a number of hotel chains. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, many FLDS families in Utah own and operate construction businesses.

The young man also told Insider that he was “not allowed to tell anyone I’m under 18.”

“In fact, I’ve been told to tell people I’m 19 as an electrician,” he said.

“I was asked for my ID by a person. I somehow struggled out of the situation. I was too young to have a driver’s license.”

The Department of Labor ordered FLDS to pay nearly $1 million in 2021 for violating child labor laws, CNN reports.

homophobia and racism

Jeffs has also been accused of teaching homophobia and racism within FLDS.

“The FLDS race was huge,” Jeffson told Fox News.

“We were taught very insistently that black people are very evil.

“I remember when I was young I had to leave the premises and go to the hospital, which most people didn’t have the opportunity to do.

“And we were treated very well by different people, including some black people. I started wondering at that point, ‘Why were they so bad?’”

In a 2001 sermon, Jeffs reportedly said, “People got so wicked, men started marrying men and women married women. Next to murder, this is the worst evil act one can do. It’s like murder. Whenever people commit this sin, the Lord destroys them.”

Jeffs is said to have said in a sermon: “The black race is the people through which the devil has always been able to bring evil to earth.”


According to court documents, Jeffs is said to have married couples of different ages, including minors, in an FLDS community on the Utah-Arizona border in the Colorado City area.

When police became aware of the situation and investigated the rape of a minor within the FLDS community, Jeffs’ name was involved and he was wanted as an accomplice to the abuse, court documents show.

But Jeffs, desperate to avoid the police, built an FLDS compound in Texas.

Known as the Yearning for Zion Ranch, Jeffs took on more women there.

The FLDS’ self-proclaimed president and prophet reportedly had 78 wives, of whom only 54 were over the age of 17, according to multiple media reports.

In fact, a member of the FLDS, Fredrick Merril Jessop, was later sentenced to 10 years in prison for holding a wedding ceremony between a 12-year-old girl and Jeffs, who was 50 at the time.

Jeffs was even placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list prior to his arrest.

He was arrested in 2006 when Jeffson was just seven years old after being on the run for about a year.

According to the FBI, Jeffs was wanted for the alleged sexual assault of a minor in 2002. He was also wanted for a conspiracy to sexually assault a minor, also in 2002, near the Colorado City area. He was wanted as an accomplice to a rape in Utah.

He is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting children.

But as Jeffson claims, Jeffs continues to run the FLDS from prison.

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Jeffson, on the other hand, is committed and lives in Guatemala and works in the insurance field.

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