Wednesday, July 28, 2010

life in the Texas compound

I am reading this book when this happen in Texas I was very critical of the state for what they did to these people. So far this woman is siding with the state and sense she lived as the 4th wife of the leader of this group until she fled with her children she has a more of right to form an opinion than I do. I am 1/3 finished so I will see if she remains a friend to the state in this manner.

The author of The New York Times bestseller Escape returns with a moving and inspirational tale of her life after she heroically fled the cult she’d been raised in, her hard-won new identity and happiness, and her determination to win justice for the crimes committed against her family. In 2003, Carolyn Jessop, 35, a lifelong member of the extremist Mormon sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), gathered up her eight children, including her profoundly disabled four-year-old son, and escaped in the middle of the night to freedom. Jessop detailed the story of her harrowing flight and the shocking conditions that sparked it in her 2007 memoir, Escape. Reveling in her newfound identity as a bestselling author, a devoted mom, and a loving companion to the wonderful man in her life, Jessop thought she had put her past firmly behind her. Then, on April 3, 2008, it came roaring back in full view of millions of television viewers across America. On that date, the state of Texas, acting on a tip from a young girl who’d called a hotline alleging abuse, staged a surprise raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, a sprawling, 1700-acre compound near Eldorado, Texas, to which the jailed FLDS “prophet” Warren Jeffs had relocated his sect’s most “worthy” members three years earlier. The ranch was being run by Merril Jessop, Carolyn’s ex-husband and one of the cult’s most powerful leaders. As a mesmerized nation watched the crisis unfold, Jessop once more was drawn into the fray, this time as an expert called upon to help authorities understand the customs and beliefs of the extremist religious sect with which they were dealing. In Triumph, Jessop tells the real, and even more harrowing, story behind the raid and sets the public straight on much of the damaging misinformation that flooded the media in its aftermath. She recounts the setbacks (the tragic decision of the Supreme Court of Texas to allow the children in state custody to return to their parents) as well as the successes (the fact that evidence seized in the raid is the basis for the string of criminal trials of FLDS leaders that began in October 2009 and will continue throughout 2010), all while weaving in details of her own life since the publication of her first book.
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sunnycalgirl said...

Patsy, I read her firstbook, Escape. I really liked it. When I lived in Southern Utah we live not far from Hilldale and Colorado City, the polygamist population . I worked with a lady that had gotten out and away. It's not easy for the women and they were actually kicking out the boys. Someone has started and organization for them called the Lost boys. I have interest in all of this cause I lived in that state for four years...There are a few other excellent books written by women such as carolyn..

Anonymous said...

Hi Patsy, I also read Escape and loved the book. I could not put it down until I finished it. I will have to get this one, too. I did not know she had a new one out. The polygamist thing has always fascinated me. I feel sorry for these women but like this girl did they need to help themselves as well.