Rebecca Musser, an attractive, poised blond in her early 30s who left the sect, testified Jeffs pressured her to marry again soon after the death of her spiritual husband, who was a church leader and Jeffs’ father.
“Within one month of his father’s death, he started marrying his father’s young wives,” Musser said during a hearing out of earshot of the jury.
Then in her mid-20s, she butted heads with Jeffs because she didn’t want to remarry, she testified in the trial of Raymond Merril Jessop, 38, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She testified that Jeffs told her, “I will break you. I will train you to be a good wife.”
Her testimony is important because she is a former member of the Mormon sect Warren Jeffs used as his own personal pedophilia playpen. She stood up to Jeffs when he came after her, and now she’s standing up to the defense attorney for the accused child rapist, Raymond Merril Jessop.
What trial? Graham had a really excellent post last week regarding the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints member’s trial in San Angelo.
I’d like to point to the San Angelo Standard Times’ coverage (they’re the local daily) of the ongoing matters in this trial.
Raymond Merril Jessop stands accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at the Yearning For Zion Ranch, site of the Texas Children’s Protective Services / Department of Public Safety / Rangers’ investigation.
Houston’s Chronicle is doing a decent job keeping its readers apprised of developments in the trial as well.
The really good stories ought to come out of the Eldorado paper, a weekly; the editor was the first prospective juror excused last week.
(Crossposted to Corrente)