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January 29th, 2013
04:49 AM ET

Woman escapes with kids from Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

CNN's Gary Tuchman tells story of Ruby Jessop, who escaped with her children from Warren Jeffs polygamist Church.

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  1. Detra Blatt

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    July 28, 2013 at 1:43 am |
  2. Sarah

    I'm very glad this young woman was able to escape from her molester and in truth her rapist and the others striving to perpetuate the cycle. I'm also very glad that she was able to take her children with her. Huzzah for her and her children and her sister.

    February 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  3. rbsg

    Warren Jeffs hasn't done anything different than what Joseph Smith and Brigham Young did. The information is freely available in libraries and on the web, and even some in church history books. They just don't like to talk about it.

    February 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • Sarah

      I feel that there is a huge difference between what is happening now with Warren Jeffs and what happened with the founders of the LDS church. When they were forced to escape from those who wished to end their lives or their freedom, they fled across the United States and settled in what is now Salt Lake City. Upon arrival, there had been many deaths due to all sorts of hardships. If you think logically, many more men died than women and children as they were likely under much more strain from having to protect everyone (remember this was over 100 years ago). So, in those times, a woman was not really allowed to work for herself nor would she be expected to be a ward of the community along with whatever children she had. The solution: polygamy. Everyone is provided for and as soon as it isn't needed, end it. That's my view on this anyway.

      February 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
  4. Matt G.

    All these foolish cults in the US gotta go! Religion in todays World is followed by the under educated, poor, mentally deranged of society. Religion is just a bunch of businesses that make money, employ, and provide a service( a service that makes people hate others, and tears the World apart). I look forward to the demise of religion as people all over the World become more educated, and more free to make up their own decisions on what path they should choose in life. A weak mind is easily swayed and captured!

    February 27, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  5. JOSH P.

    Good for her.

    February 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  6. Dave Green

    What a great religion Romney belongs to. How wonderful it would have been to have HIM as our president. heh

    February 22, 2013 at 3:33 am |
    • yahoobug

      Romney is LDS, these people were members of the FLDS church. Very different beliefs and religion. Don't be ignorant.

      February 22, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • nomadpunk

      Actually the FLDS and LDS are are very similar, Its like comparing a red apple to a green apple.

      February 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • AverageJoe

      @nomadpunk
      If by 'comparing a red apple to a green apple' you mean that they came from separate trees, then sure, I agree with you.

      February 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • jm

      Romney belonged to The LDS faith, not the FLDS... do your research.

      February 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
  7. Davin

    No religion =world peace.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  8. PL

    Why are people currently trying to re-package marriage as a "freedom"?

    February 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • clarity

      Where did you see that? Is your question related to the video above? Explain thyself.

      February 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  9. Joe Zamecki

    Text! It's still relevant!

    February 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  10. Boomer here

    Since there's no captions, and no text, and I'm deaf, I sure would like to know what the video says.

    February 12, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • Deaf Martha

      Me, too. I can't understand the video. Why not have an article for us to read?

      February 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Rick Shultz

      I don't understand why CNN does not seem to care about the deaf and hard of hearing but they don't. I will try to provide you with a short summary. The girl Jessup was forced into marriage at age 14 and has worked with the help of her sister who escaped from the church several years ago to get free of them. She has been working with the legal sysytem and finally won custody of her children and promptly left town with them before the police who are enforcers for the church basically could do anything about it. She has now filed for divorce from her "Husband" who refused to be interviewed by the producers of this video.When asked whether she believed Warren Jeffs was a prophet answered emphatically NO. I hope this helps.

      February 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  11. JanetMermaid

    I fully support polygamy AMONG CONSENTING ADULTS. That's not what happened here. Children being forced into polygamist marriages. Women being veritable slaves. People should be truly free to marry whomever they choose - gays, polygamists, etc. What Warren Jeffs did is create a cult for himself.

    February 12, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • JohnathanA

      so very muslim like!

      February 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • larry

      another stupid woman

      February 15, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Bob

      JohnathanA:so very muslim like!

      Speaking of blind biased idiots- LDS are not muslims. They are christians. Typical right wing christina- blame other relgions for the sins that yours commits.

      February 22, 2013 at 2:47 am |
  12. rotorhead1871

    warren jeffs.....will never see the light of day......

    February 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
  13. CrossCountry

    Escapes is the key word here.

    February 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
  14. emmettlee

    ruby jessop i could have sworn it was jodi arias

    February 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  15. Cindy

    I DONT GET HOW THEY ALLOW A CRIMINAL FROM BEHIND BARS FOR LIFE TO EXUDE CONTROL? CUT THIS LOSER OFF FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD AND THROW AWAY THE KEY. WARREN JEFF IS PURE EVIL.

    February 7, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Tom

      We treat criminals like Jeff's too well. Throw away the key

      February 10, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • Yo Mama

      Caps lock is more evil. Shift key is your friend.

      February 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  16. laststonecarver

    Let's get meta-physical!!
    Folks talk about the soul, and its possible destinations. But really what they are talking about is, who is in control of each individual's thoughts, and what causes them to decide, one path or another. That is really what religion is.
    For instance, tell me one thing about your soul, as is. Not where its going, not which designer applique, with which it is festooned. It is pretty hard to describe, just like your mind. But your mind is where the religion thing is really taking place.
    Those incorrect decisions, causing incorrect actions, And influencing other minds. How perverse, and there should be some excruciating pain that can be administered.
    Or those wonderful fuzzy, huggy thoughts, which you can share with the survivors of mass genocides. How thoughtful.
    I guess bottom line is, that you are gonna have to break down, and think for yourself, and not just be sheeple, letting someone else think for you.
    You are going to have to create a decision making process, which can afford/reward with beneficial results.
    It is not what you know, but what you do, with what you have been made aware.
    With some practice, you may think your way through the wonderwall that is Life.
    Maybe the soul is the thought of Life.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:50 am |
  17. achepotle

    I would like to see more feel-good stories like this from the Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, Episcopalian, Muslin, Hindu and Buddhist sects.

    February 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Davin

      The world will know peace when religion is dead!

      February 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • Average Joe

      @Davin
      Unfortunately the world will only know peace when the entire world is dead, regardless of whether or not religion still exists.

      February 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  18. Annie L.

    Flora must be so happy to have her little sister back!! It has been her dream for this for years. I know it broke her heart to have her sister left behind. I am very happy for both of you. Ruby, we love you. I know this wasn't an easy decision to make but it was the right one.. You are very brave and have given your children a chance to make their own decisions in life. I wish you all the best..

    February 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
  19. John the Historian

    The book of mormon as Mark Twain said chloroform in print.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
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