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Last Updated Jun 29, 2016 03:06PM

Ben Bistline, who wrote a well-received book that documented the rise and shifts of polygamists living in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., and the forces that created the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, died Saturday. He …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A woman works outside the home where up to a dozen FLDS kids were found last week in Pocatello, Idaho Wednesday August 20, 2014.  Polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs has a network of hiding spots he’s used before
    Rachel Jeffs didn’t even know where she was living. Somewhere in Idaho is all she knew. She never learned the address. She didn’t have a reason to le...
    Updated Jun 27 2016 11:17 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah mother charged in daughter’s vehicle death is negotiating a plea
    A mother charged with negligent homicide for a car crash that killed her daughter waived her preliminary hearing on Thursday and is discussing a plea ...
    Updated Jun 25 2016 09:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Hildale - A Marshal with the FLDS Hildale/Colorado City Town Marshals on patrol in Hildale, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune)  /Trent Nelson; 12.20.2006 FBI visits polygamous town cops who plan to cooperate in search for Lyle Jeffs, lawyer says
    The FBI on Monday visited the offices of the police force that has been found to discriminate against people who don’t follow the polygamous Fundament...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 07:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, Lyle, foreground, and Nephi, leave the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. Though Warren Jeffs been in jail in Utah or Texas continually since 2006, he is believed to still rule the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through letters and phone calls from prison. Lyle Jeffs makes sure Jeffs’ commandments are carried out. To his followers, roughly estimated to be about 6,000, he is a prophet who speaks for God and can do no wrong. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Before running, polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs spent years looking over his shoulder
    Lyle Jeffs believed the FBI was out to get him. He warned the people living in his huge home in Hildale about former followers of the Fundamentalist ...
    Updated Jun 24 2016 09:24 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Courtesy  |  Sam Brower   Lyle Jeffs poses for a photo with seven of his nine wives circa 2005. From left: Luella Roundy, Lenora Bauer, Mable Jessop, Dianabel Barlow, Charlene Jeffs, Pauline Barlow and Margaret Stewart. Charlene was legally married to Lyle, but divorced him in 2015. Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs absconds pending trial over alleged food-stamp fraud
    Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs has absconded from home confinement — less than two weeks after a federal judge let him out of jail pending trial on...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 07:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Julie Jessop  |  The Associated Press)   This undated photo provided by Julie Jessop shows the 12,000-square foot house where she grew up in Hildale, Utah. The home is one of 150 that were seized by Utah state officials running a former church trust, from people refusing to pay a $100-a-month occupancy fee. Ex-polygamous sect members buying homes in isolated towns
    Julie Jessop is planning a fall wedding in the backyard of the 30-bedroom house where she spent her childhood with some 50 siblings in a polygamous co...
    Updated Jun 11 2016 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Water Canyon School fans react to a missed half-court shot during halftime of the first high school basketball game in the school’s gym, which used to be the FLDS bishop’s storehouse, in Hildale, Wednesday December 2, 2015. 11 years after state takeover, residents of polygamous towns gain sway over their homes
    On Jan. 27 in Salt Lake City, 3rd District Judge Richard McKelvie gathered in his courtroom various beneficiaries of the United Effort Plan, the state...
    Updated Jun 05 2016 09:28 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Southern Utah Pecan Ranch, near Hurricane, Wednesday September 24, 2014. Children in polygamous community were forced to work fields, judge says
    A federal judge has found that a southern Utah company violated a court order by requiring children from a nearby polygamous community to harvest peca...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 09:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Marshal on patrol Monday, February 18, 2013 in Hildale, Utah. Law doesn’t support disbanding polygamous towns’ cops, defense lawyers say
    Problems in the polygamous community along the Utah-Arizona line are not so egregious that the towns should lose their police force or have a monitor ...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Lyle Steed Jeffs.  Courtesy  |  Davis County Jail Polygamous leader Lyle Jeffs again asks to be released from jail
    Lyle Jeffs says he should be let out of jail because his trial in a multimillion-dollar food-stamp-fraud scheme has been pushed back to October. The F...
    Updated Jun 21 2016 07:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 booking photo released by the Davis County, Utah Jail shows Lyle Jeffs. On Tuesday, several top leaders from Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect, including Lyle Jeffs, were arrested on federal accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering — marking one of the biggest blows to the group in years. (Davis County Jail via AP) Food stamp fraud trial for polygamous church members set for October
    A federal court trial for 11 members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints accused of food stamp fraud has been...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    Documentary short tells a family’s escape from the FLDS
    How did Brenda Nicholson, her husband and their six children leave the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? In the middle of t...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Utah Highway Patrol  A wrecked sports-utility vehicle sits on its side in the sagebrush along U.S. Highway 89 in Sanpete County on June 20, 2015. The crash killed 12-year-old Easton Taylor, of West Jordan. Child deaths prompt question: Do Utah polygamists buck buckling up?
    The sport utility vehicle blew a tire while driving up U.S. Highway 89 in Sanpete County. When it rolled, centrifugal force hurled three of the boys w...
    Updated May 23 2016 03:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    FLDS women and children from the YFZ Ranch are escorted by Texas Child Protective Services workers and Schleicher County Sheriff’s deputies from the First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall to waiting buses Sunday, April 6, 2008. Here’s an inside look at life in the FLDS during the 2008 Texas raid
    “Oh Heavens! You will never guess what has happened! Oh! The Government raided Eldorado ....” That’s how then 16-year-old Jessica Rohbock began her j...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    Water Canyon High School is shown Friday, May 13, 2016, in Hildale, Utah. The school in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border that reopened two years ago unveiled a new building for high school students as the rebirth of the public education system in the town sets more roots. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Video: Walls come down around old polygamous storehouse
    At various points over the years, leaders in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have predicted walls would come tumbling d...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 booking photo released by the Davis County, Utah Jail shows Lyle Jeffs. On Tuesday, several top leaders from Warren Jeffs’ polygamous sect, including Lyle Jeffs, were arrested on federal accusations of food stamp fraud and money laundering — marking one of the biggest blows to the group in years. (Davis County Jail via AP) Bank records, thousands of hours of video built polygamous sect food stamp fraud case
    Court filings offer new details of how federal agents built a fraud and money laundering case against members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church ...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016 photo, Water Canyon High School students receive home economics instruction, in Hildale, Utah. The school in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border that reopened two years ago unveiled a new building for high school students as the rebirth of the public education system in the town sets more roots.  (Chris Caldwell /The Spectrum via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT High school opens in polygamous town on Utah-Arizona border
    Hildale • A school in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border that reopened two years ago is unveiling a new building for high school studen...
    Updated May 14 2016 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Jerry Henkel  |  The Associated Press)    Kody Brown sits with his wives in July at one of their homes in Las Vegas. They are the polygamist family featured on TLC’s ’Sister Wives’ program.  Pictured are: top row, Janelle, left, and Christine; bottom row, Meri, left, Kody and Robyn. Appeals court denies rehearing request in ‘Sister Wives’ polygamy case
    A federal appeals court on Friday denied a request to reconsider its earlier dismissal of a decision that decriminalized polygamy in Utah. Kody Brown ...
    Updated May 13 2016 08:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Young women on a walk in Hildale Monday, February 18, 2013. Defense for polygamous sect members wants jury to consider religious right to share food stamps
    Attorneys are sparring about whether a jury should be allowed to consider if members of a polygamous sect accused of orchestrating a multimillion-doll...
    Updated May 14 2016 05:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rulon Hamilton in his room. Hamilton grew up in the FLDS polygamous sect before being adopted as a teenager by Laura Hamilton, left, and Daniel Hamilton, right. He now lives with his new family in West Valley City, Thursday April 7, 2016. Family helps teen put abusive polygamous sect behind him
    West Valley City • It was Rulon’s first week with the Hamiltons. That’s when they received what Laura Hamilton calls the “downloads.” Each night, 1...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:08 pm   |     |   Share
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    (File photo of FLDS ’prophet’ and convicted child-bride rapist Warren Jeffs, whose life sentence was determined by a Texas jury in August  2011. (The Salt Lake Tribune)  ) Petition tells Texas to monitor Warren Jeffs’ prison visits
    A Change.org petition is asking Texas’ prison system to prohibit Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints President Warren Jeffs from having unsuper...
    Updated May 07 2016 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Elissa Wall, who is the victim the Warren Jeffs case, talks with reporters at the Matheson courthouse in Salt Lake City, about the Utah Supreme Court ordering a new trial for Jeffs Tuesday Jul 27, 2010. Former child bride, polygamous trust settle lawsuit for $2.75M
    Former child bride Elissa Wall has reached a $2.75 million settlement with the United Effort Plan, the trust that oversees homes and other real estate...
    Updated May 06 2016 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   People gather to look at the Short Creek Wash in Colorado City, Arizona, Wednesday September 16, 2015. The Utah National Guard and law enforcement on Wednesday resumed searching for the last known victim of a flash flood that tore through this polygamous border town home to followers of Warren Jeffs, leaving 13 dead and three injured, all of them women and children. Photo preview: Here’s a child’s life in the FLDS
    On Mother’s Day, The Salt Lake Tribune will publish the story of a 16-year-old boy who used to be a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of ...
    Updated May 06 2016 08:10 am   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Sam Brower   Lyle Jeffs poses for a photo with seven of his nine wives circa 2005. From left: Luella Roundy, Lenora Bauer, Mable Jessop, Dianabel Barlow, Charlene Jeffs, Pauline Barlow and Margaret Stewart. Charlene was legally married to Lyle, but divorced him in 2015. Feds call for judge to disband police in polygamous towns
    The police department should be disbanded in polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona border found guilty of violating the constitutional rights of nonbel...
    Updated Apr 30 2016 04:02 pm   |     |   Share