Keeping Sweet: Pray and Obey is Netflix’s latest docuseries, a four-episode real crime documentary. The show centers on FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, who had enormous power over his followers. The FLDS is a violent polygamist cult that split from the Mormon Church more than a century ago near the Arizona-Utah border in a place called “The Creek.”
As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, under Jeffs’s leadership, church leaders advocated for underage marriage by stating it was in the name of God. Prior to being arrested in 2011, when he was the FLDS leader, Jeff had amassed at least two felony charges of sexual behavior with minors, in addition to two instances of rape. In 2011, he was found guilty of sexually assaulting two minor girls and sentenced to life in prison + 20 years.
Warren Jeffs Is the “president and Prophet” of The Fields, Even Though He Is Currently in Prison for Fraud. His Father Rulon Jeffs, Who Died in 2002, Left Him the Post, and He Quickly Rose to The Top, Marrying a Slew of Women (but More on That Later).
According to Entertainment Weekly, He Took Control of The Members’ Finances and Cut Them Off from The Outside World. He Allegedly Sexually Assaulted and Segregated Girls Into Groups for His Older Male Followers to Marry in Exchange for Their Loyalty, According to Entertainment Weekly (ew).
Rulon Jeffs, His Paternal Grandfather?
In the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rulon T. Jeffs Served as President. According to The New York Times, Rulon Was the Eighth Prophet of The Mormon Church, the First Being Joseph Smith in The 1820s.
According to The New York Times, Rulon Jeffs Was the Leader of The Largest Religious Sect in North America that Still Practices Plural Marriage—a Practice that The Mainstream Mormon Church Has Opposed. Mormon Polygamy Was Outlawed by The Salt Lake City-Based Mormon Church in The 1890s.
According to The New York Times, Rulon Jeffs Was 92 Years Old at The Time of His Death, and He Was a Father to About 60 Children and Hundreds of Grandkids. Having Several Wives Was Encouraged by Him and Inspired His Son’s Practice of “gifting” Girls as Spouses.
Warren Jeffs Is What Age?
On This Day in 1966, Warren Jeffs Turned 66. Do You Know How Many Wives Warren Had in His Lifetime? He Was Rumored to Have at Least 20 Wives by The Time He Became Fields President. as Of His Arrest, There Were 78 Children Under the Age of 17 in Addition to His One Legal Marriage, the Washington Post reports.
It Appears that Jeff’s’s Primary Sources of Wealth Were Real Estate and Construction, as Documented by Distractify. His Property Holdings Amounted to $100 Million by The Year 2006. Warren Owned Real Estate in the Multiple States and Major Utah and Arizona Communities, in Addition to His Ties to The Fields. According to Distractify, He Also Received Free or Low-Cost Labor from His Followers, Including the Men and Boys Who Built His Projects.
A Recurring Monthly Charge.
The Church Also Collected a Recurring Monthly Charge of $500 to $1,000 from Fields Members, but It’s Not Known if Warren Kept This Money for Himself. Members Who Didn’t Please Jeffs Faced Losing Their Jobs, Homes, and Communities if They Didn’t.
According to A 2016 Indictment by Utah’s Attorney General, Jeffs Deceived the Government by Utilizing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (snap) Money, Which Is Meant to Help Individuals in Need Buy Food Using Government-Provided Debit Cards.
Non-Authorized Individuals Were Allegedly Directed to Use Snap Funds to Purchase Food, According to The Indictment. Fields-Owned Firms Then Distributed the Food Products from A Joint Fields-Run Storeroom. the Fields Essentially Profited from Free Meals Through Money Laundering Because Members Were Obliged to Buy Food Items only At These Enterprises.
Warren Jeffs Has Vanished without A Trace.
As Reported by A&e, He Was Arrested and Charged with Felony Sexual Activity with A Child in 2005 by Arizona Authorities. Afterward, He Was Indicted on Two Counts of Rape and Found Guilty of Complicity in The Marriage of A 14-Year-Old Girl and Her 19-Year-Old Cousin in Utah. However, the Fbi Reported that He Had Not Been Seen in Public Since 2004.
According to A&e, He Was on The Fbi’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List as Of May 2006. Finally, in August 2006, He Was Detained in Las Vegas with A Number of Cell Phones, Wigs, and Disguises, as Well as $55,000 in Cash, According to A&e.
However, It Wasn’t until 2011 that He Was Put on Trial in San Angelo, Texas, Where He Represented Himself, Abc News Reports.
On August 9, 2011, He Was Found Guilty of Two Charges of Child Sexual Abuse and Sentenced to Life in Prison Plus 20 Years, According to Cnn.