Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs will serve the rest of his life behind bars for sexually assaulting two of his wives. Now a third wife has come forward to describe the horrors she had to face as a member of the fanatical Mormon polygamist cult.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a controversial sect of the Mormon faith that split from the mainstream Mormon church. Rebecca Musser was one of Warren Jeffs 19 wives and she is speaking out about the horrors she faced as well as how she escaped from the cult.
Musser revealed in her new book, The Witness Wore Red, that before being forced to marry Jeffs, she had first been forced to be married to his father Rulon Jeffs. Musser was one of Rulon Jeffs 65 wives and was subjected to unspeakable sexual abuse by his hand.
Musser wrote, “There were things he did to me sexually, that if I said no he was extremely upset. He said ‘Fine, but you’ll be damned.’” Rebecca Musser lived in Jeffs Utah compound for 26 years and shared how miserable she was when she was told by her family that she would marry Rulon Jeffs.
“I didn’t want it”, Musser revealed. “But rejecting that ‘blessing’ would have brought tremendous shame to my family.” Musser’s description of the condition Rulon Jeffs was in on their wedding day is disturbing.
She wrote that, “feeling Rulon’s hand and how bony it was on our wedding. I had to pull him out of the chair because he couldn’t walk by himself. I kept thinking, ‘This is what I’m supposed to be in love with?’”
Rebecca Musser’s life in the cult’s Utah compound didn’t get any easier when Rulon Jeffs. Instead, she was ordered to get married to his son, Warren Jeffs. She claims that Jeffs told her that it didn’t matter if she wanted to marry him or not.
Musser claims that Warren Jeffs told her, “I will break you and train you to be an obedient wife.” In 2002, Rebecca Musser fled the compound and started her quest to put Warren Jeffs and other cult leaders in jail for the heinous crimes he’d committed at the compound.
Testifying in 11 different trials held in Arizona, Texas and Utah, Musser was able to assist in seeing many of the church’s elders in prison. She wrote, “I knew what sexual violations I’d endured in the name of God, and I wanted to put a stop to it for others.”
Starting up a foundation named, “Claim Red”, Rebecca named it that way because red was a color that was forbidden in the cult. Her foundation educates former human trafficking victims’ new life skills.
If you’re interested in reading Rebecca Musser’s book, “The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice”, it is available on Amazon.com.
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