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Nate Carlisle
Reporter Nate Carlisle and photographer Trent Nelson cover polygamy for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow the Polygamy Blog on Twitter at @tribunepolygamy. Follow Nate Carlisle on Twitter at @natecarlisle. Follow Trent Nelson on Twitter at @trenthead.

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Rebecca Musser, the 19th wife of former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints prophet Rulon Jeffs, makes her first statement to the media after a jury sentenced Warren Jeffs to life plus 20 years in prison for one count of sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. (AP Photo/San Angelo Standard-Times, Patrick Dove)
54 plural wives in a photo, but can you name them?

Last week, Rebecca Musser visited a few Utah television stations to discuss her Claim Red Foundation.

While she was at Fox 13’s studios, she shared an old photo. It was of Musser and (by my count) 53 other wives of Rulon Jeffs.

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The Tumblr page dedicated to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (What? You’re surprised?), called The Principle, posted a copy of the photo. The Principle counted 64 wives.

Regardless, The Principle asked readers if they recognized and knew the names of the wives. Readers have been chiming in with names, some family histories and whether the wife is still alive, creating a sort of stroll (or maybe scroll) down memory lane.

I don’t know who the posters are. I’d be curious to know whether any of them remain in good standing with the current FLDS leadership.

If the postings on the The Principle represent joyful reminiscing, I don’t know if that’s what Musser intended. She works to raise awareness of abuse against women, including women in the FLDS.

—Nate Carlisle

Twitter: @tribunepolygamy



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