Carolyn Jessop: Crimes of "Religion"-3/6

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“He owned me. He would decide in the next life whether I could be a member of his family or whether I had to go to hell; whether I was a wife or whether I would be a servant through all eternity. So if you displease you husband and he'd feel in himself enough grace in the next life, he may allow you to be a servant in his home through all eternity, but you would never become a goddess.”

Carolyn Jessop is a former member of the radical polygamist FLDS cult. Working with the Utah attorney general on church abuses, she was crucial to the arrest, conviction and sentencing of FLDS leader, Warren Jeffs. Ms. Jessop’s memoir Escape traces her life, born into the sixth generation of polygamists and forced at 18 to become the 4th wife of a 50 year old man who fathered her 8 children in 15 years. She is the first woman to be given full custody of her children in a contested suit involving the closed world of the FLDS, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.