What Goes On Inside (And On Top Of) The Heads Of FLDS Women


Anderson Cooper 360 interviewed FLDS member Betty Jessop, 19, who had escaped the ranch with her mother and seven siblings, but then chose to return on her own, saying the “outside world” provides no satisfaction.

Betty’s one of the 54 children of Merril Jessop, who is believed to be the leader of the sect. Her mother Carolyn left Merril after 17 years of marriage, and fled the compound with her eight children. She wrote about her experiences in her book Escape. Betty is the only one of her children to return to the ranch and the religion, saying that life outside the compound is “shallow.”

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