Benjamin Bistline

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Who's creepier: Warren Jeffs or Nancy Grace? And FLDS' new Web site about YFZ's "captive children."

    Warren Jeffs, in his infamous mugshot. The Queen Bitch of Broadcasting, and winner of the who's creepier contest, hands down! (photo by Vidiot) Watching CNN's continuing coverage of the custody war underway in Texas over the kids rescued from the FLDS' Yearning for Zion ranch, it's a jump ball in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Short Creek redux? Colorado City historian Ben Bistline on the FLDS, Warren Jeffs, and Yearning for Zion.

    Yearning for Zion? Yearning for the light of day is more like it... With shades of Roman Grant's nefarious Juniper Creek Compound on HBO's Big Love and echoes of Arizona Governor Howard Pyle's disastrous 1953 raid on Short Creek, Arizona -- the community that became polygamist haven Colorado City ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2007

    Persecution Complex

    Prophet Warren Jeffs' conviction won't stop underage marriages among his followers, much less end polygamy

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    May 25, 2006

    It Practices What They Preach

    Cast into the spotlight by fugitive polygamist Prophet Warren Jeffs, the mainstream Mormon Church's trying to distance itself from its infamous cousin

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    April 13, 2006

    Authorities Swarm Polygamists

    State and federal law enforcement launches a multifaceted campaign against fugitive fundamentalist Mormon Prophet Warren Jeffs and his followers

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    December 29, 2005

    Forbidden Fruit

    Inbreeding among polygamists along the Arizona-Utah border is producing a caste of severely retarded and deformed children

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    November 10, 2005

    Wanted: Armed and Dangerous

    As the FBI chases polygamist Prophet Warren Jeffs, work continues 24/7 on his religion's foreboding new Texas capital

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    June 30, 2005

    On a Wing and a Prayer

    Finding the Colorado City school district's airplane could lead to polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs' arrest

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    May 19, 2005

    Education Reclamation

    A new state law wrests control of Colorado City schools away from polygamist zealots

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    August 21, 2003

    Utah Targets Polyg Prophet

    While Arizona authorities languish, the Utah Attorney General's Office focuses on the leader of the fundamentalist Mormon Church

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    March 13, 2003

    Bound by Fear: Polygamy in Arizona

    For decades the state has let a feudal colony of fundamentalist Mormons force underage girls into illegal polygamous marriages