May 15, 2006


The Electric New Paper

TO some, he is a prophet. To the FBI, he is a fugitive from justice.

To cult-busters, he's a Waco-style mass murderer waiting to happen.

And to at least 70 women and girls, he is their husband.

The name of Warren Jeffs, 50, was added to FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list last week, alongside the likes of Osama bin Laden, drug lords and other vicious criminals.

He is formally charged with sexual conduct with a minor and forcing teenage girls to marry older men against their will. But he is accused of much, much more.

Jeffs is a prophet to an estimated 10,000 followers of a secretive sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

According to the US authorities, Jeffs' male followers each 'marry' dozens of girls as young as 12.

Posted by kshaw at May 15, 2006 01:38 AM