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“At eighteen, I became the fourth wife of a fifty-year-old man. I had eight children in fifteen years. When our leader began to preach the apocalypse, I knew I had to get them out.”
Raised in a radical offshoot of the Mormon Church, Carolyn Jessop felt the weight of its authority when she was forced to marry a much older man. For years she endured his manipulation and abuse, labored under the watchful eyes of his domineering wives, and tried to raise her children with a love condemned by their prophet, Warren Jeffs. But as Jeffs began to preach about “the end,” Carolyn knew she had to escape. With only $20 in her pocket, Carolyn took her children and began a courageous fight to reclaim her freedom…and her faith.
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