28 Feb 2008

New Book on Warren Jeffs' Polygamy Sect Provides Insight into Lives of Women Enslaved by Fundamentalist Group

News Release - 2008-02-27

The Bohle Company Kelly Taylor, 310-785-0515, ext. 207 kelly@bohle.com

A new book, Inside the World of Warren Jeffs, by author Dr. Carole A. Western, takes the reader inside Short Creek, two nearby communities in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., where the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) leader ruled until his arrest and conviction in the fall of 2007 as an accomplice in the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Western details the experiences of several young women enslaved in Short Creek and lets them tell in their own words how they were coerced into virtual servitude and forced into unwanted pregnancies by the "husbands" they were ordered to marry.

In addition, Western explains the power of the "First Wife," family sleeping arrangements and how polygamists manage to receive support from the U.S. Government under its welfare programs as well as Medicaid.

Western also covers how teenage boys in polygamy sects are forced out of the colony, so as not to create competition for older men.

With Jeffs about to stand trial in Arizona on additional counts, Inside the World of Warren Jeffs is a timely read. The self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS gained international notoriety in May 2006 when he was placed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" List. Western's Prologue brings the reader up-to-date on Jeffs, who is currently serving two five year sentences at the Utah State Prison.

An English teacher, Dr. Western moved to Southern Utah a decade ago. Before long she began noticing young girls, 12 to 14 years old, pregnant with husbands in their 60's. It took seven years, death threats and undercover visits to Short Creek to glean information for her book.

Before attempting her expose, Dr. Western authored 15 other books. She holds a BA in English from Bedford University, an MBA from the University of Utah and a PhD in philosophy and creative writing, from Bedford.

Inside the World of Warren Jeffs is available at www.insidetheworldofwarrenjeffs.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million, Waldens and Amazon for a suggested retail price of $16.95.


No comments:

Post a Comment