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Anderson Cooper investigating polygamist cult - another WACO?

Posted by news snoop on May 11, 2006 at 06:12:53

*I can imagine that Mama Maria and Petie are shakin' in their boots that this cult is in the news. Warren Jeffs is now on the U.S. MOST WANTED List.

Here's the link and some quotes to the one-hour show's transcript:

WARREN JEFFS, POLYGAMIST LEADER: Many young men, when they receive their first wife, they're just so untrained. And the woman, if she's not careful, will be overbearing and always ask permission for what she wants. And, ladies, build up your husband by being submissive. That's how you will give your children the success. You will want your children to be obedient and submissive to righteous living.


COOPER: Jeffs also spews hate, warning his believers of a wicked world.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP) JEFFS: You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, or rude and filthy, uncomely, disagreeable, and low in their habits, wild and seemingly deprived of nearly all of the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind.


COOPER: Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs. Here's how he describes his uncle.

BRENT JEFFS, NEPHEW OF WARREN JEFFS: He puts on a front like he's a very nice man, a very giving man, very happy. But, underneath all that, he's very dark and very evil. And he will do anything to hide himself and get away from all these charges. And, so, all I can say to everyone out there is, just keep your eye out open for him.

SANCHEZ (voice-over): This is south central Texas, isolated, quiet, but there's a building boom of sorts here, around this temple erected by Warren Jeffs' polygamist followers. And look at this, a rare glimpse into this new world of Mormon fundamentalists, one of the only photos of women and children working the fields of this 1,700- acre compound under construction by Jeffs' chosen followers.

It's called YFZ, or Yearning For Zion, because this is where the man they call "The Prophet" has told them they need to be when the world as we know it comes to an end.

For other residents here, though, it sounds alarmingly like what happened in another Texas town.

(on camera): Are you worried that this could be the next Waco?




UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They have the manpower. They have the financial resources, and they're in an isolated area.