Polygamist Cult Founder’s Daughter, Rachel Jeffs, Gives Her First TV Interview | Megyn Kelly TODAY

Polygamist Cult Founder’s Daughter, Rachel Jeffs, Gives Her First TV Interview | Megyn Kelly TODAY


WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? THE ANSWER IS COMPLICATED. AND THE RELATIONSHIPS ARE COMPLEX. BUT AT THE HEART OF THIS MYSTERIOUS GROUP IS THE JEFFS FAMILY, INCLUDING WEATHER, WARREN, AND HIS FAVORITE DAUGHTER, RACHEL. * THE IMAGES LOOK LIKE SOMETHING FROM A HOLLYWOOD FILM. WOMEN IN PRAIRIE DRESSES. HOMES THAT SHUN CONTEMPORARY LIFE, INCLUDING TELEVISION, POPULAR MUSIC, THE INTERNET. NO PUBLIC SCHOOLING. NO MINGLING WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD. FOR RACHEL JIF JEFFS, THIS WAS NO MOVIE. THIS WAS HER LIFE.>>WE WERE TAUGHT THAT THE WORLD WAS WICKED.>>Reporter: THE FLDS, THE RADIC RADICAL OFFSHOOT OF MORMONISM IS BEST-KNOWN FOR ITS PRACTICE OF POLYGAMY. AND FOR ITS LEADER, RACHEL’S FATHER, WARREN JEFFERS. WH HOW MANY WIVES DID YOUR DAD HAVE AT THAT TIME?>>UNTIL I WAS 7, FATHER ONLY HAD TWO WIVES. AFTER THAT, HE GOT THEM EVERY FEW YEARS. BY THE TIME I WAS 18, HE HAD AT LEAST 30 WIVES.>>Reporter: THEY CALL HIM THE PROPHET. AND WHAT HE SAYS, GOES. BUT RACHEL SAYS HER FATHER’S RULES GOT INCREASINGLY BIZARRE. HE BEGAN BANNING CERTAIN FOODS, TOYS, EVEN FUN. THAT HE FORBADE HUGGING AND BROKE UP FAMILIES ON A WHIM. AND HIS MANY BRIDES WERE GETTING YOUNGER AND YOUNGER. HIS FOLLOWERS, INCLUDING RACHEL, WERE NOT ALLOWED TO QUESTION HIM. BUT QUESTION, SHE DID. STARTING AT AGE 8, WHEN RACHEL SAYS THINGS WITH WARREN TOOK A VERY DARK TURN. ONE SHE WAS UNEQUIPPED TO HANDLE. ONE NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO FACE. RACHEL JEFFS’ NEW BOOK IS CALLED “BREAKING FREE, HOW I ESCAPED POLYGAMY, THE FLDS CULT AND MY FATHER, WARREN JEFFS.” SHE JOINS ME NOW FOR HER FIRST LIVE TELEVISION INTERVIEW. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW IS YOU HAD, IN MANY CASES, A HAPPY CHILDHOOD.>>YEAH.>>HOW CAN THAT BE? WHAT WAS HAPPY ABOUT IT?>>WE DID A LOT OF BASIC THINGS THAT OTHER KIDS DID. WE HAD BIKES. PLAYED TOGETHER. HAVING LOTS OF SIBLINGS WAS FUN BECAUSE YOU HAD LOTS OF FRIENDS. IN THAT WAY, IT WAS REALLY ENJOYABLE. WE DID PROGRAMS. WE SING TOGETHER. WE WENT TO THE PARKS. WE PLAYED, YOU KNOW? WE HAD LOTS OF FUN TIMES.>>YOU WEREN’T ALLOWED TO HAVE CONTACT WITH THE OUT WORLD, RIGHT?>>NOPE. NO. WE WERE TAUGHT, THEY WERE VERY WICKED.>>WICKED. IF YOU HAD — IF YOU BROKE A LEG, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? COULD YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL?>>IF ALL THERE IS SAID. I BROKE A BONE. BUT IF WE GOT SICK, WE DIDN’T GO TO THE DOCTOR OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.>>NO MUSIC. NO MADONNA. NONE OF THAT.>>NO. MUSIC WE MADE OURSELVES. THAT’S ALL THAT WAS ALLOWED.>>TALK ABOUT THE NEED TO, QUOTE, KEEP SWEET.>>WE WERE HOLD WE HAD TO KEEP SWEET. THAT’S HOW WE KEPT HEAVENLY FATHER’S SPIRIT. WE COULDN’T GET ANGRY OR MAD OR JEALOUS OF ANYBODY. WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE SUBMISSIVE AND SWEET.>>IT’S NOT THAT YOU COULDN’T EXPRESS ANGER. THAT WAS NOT ALLOWED. YOU WERE NOT ALLOWED TO FEEL ANGER.>>EXACTLY.>>OR WHAT? OR ELSE YOU GET PUNISHED. YOU WOULD BE GONE AFTER, BY THE PISTE, YOUR FATHER OR THE PROPHET. IT WASN’T ALLOWED. YOU HAVE TO BE SWEET ALL THE TIME.>>HOW MANY YEARS DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?>>UNTIL I WAS IN EIGHTH GRADE.>>WHO TAUGHT YOU?>>FATHER WAS THE PRINCIPAL. WE WENT TO A CHURCH SCHOOL. LEARNED THE BASIC SUBJECTS. ESPECIALLY PRIESTED SUBJECTS. THE CHURCH TEACHINGS WERE PARAMOUNT IN THAT SCHOOL.>>THERE CAME A TIME WHEN YOU WERE 8 YEARS OLD, WHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM CHANGED. HE CALLED YOU INTO HIS OFFICE. WHAT HAPPENED?>>VERY SHOCKINGLY, FATHER STARTED ABUSING ME SEXUALLY. FIRST, PRESENTING WHAT A MAN LOOKED LIKE. AND THEN, TO ME, AS A CHILD. AND THEN, HE STARTED SEXUALLY ABUSING ME, AS A YOUNG CHILD. IT WAS SO AGAINST HIS TEACHINGS, SO AGAINST WHAT HE HAD TAUGHT US, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. AND I FELT TERRIBLE. I DIDN’T KNOW WHY HE WAS DOING IT.>>HOW MANY TIMES DID HE ABUSE YOU?>>WAY MORE TIMES THAN I CAN COUNT.>>DID YOU EVER TELL ANYONE?>>I TOLD MY MOTHER WHEN I WAS ABOUT 10, AFTER IT WAS JUST GETTING SO BAD. AN I FELT LIKE I COULDN’T HANDLE IT ANYMORE. I REMEMBER THINKING, IF MY FATHER IS DOING THIS AND THE WORLD IS WICKEDER, ARE THE WORLD’S FATHERS WORSE THAN THIS? I REMEMBER THINKING, I SHOULD JUST BE GRATEFUL IT’S ONLY THIS BAD. I TOLD MY MOM. AND SHE CONFRONTED HIM. BUT IT KEPT HAPPENING.>>SHE WAS UNDER ORDERS TO KEEP SWEET, TOO.>>AND OBEY HIM.>>AFTER YOUR FATHER CONFRONTED HIM, THE ABUSE CONTINUED.>>YEAH. DIDN’T STOP.>>I UNDERSTAND HE WOULD TAKE YOU INTO BOOKSTORES AND SHOW YOU PORNOGRAPHY?>>YES. YES. YEAH. AS A VERY YOUNG CHILD, HE WOULD TAKE ME IN THERE AND EITHER SIT ME IN THE CHILDREN’S SECTION AND BRING A BOOK OVER AND FORCE ME TO LOOK AT PICTURES OF, YEAH, PORNOGRAPHY.>>ULTIMATELY, YOU GOT THE COURAGE TO CONFRONT HIM IN A LETTER AND TOLD HIM HE HAD HURT YOU. DID IT CONTINUE AFTER THAT? YOU WERE 16.>>NO. AFTER I CONFRONTED HIM AND LET HIM KNOW HOW I FELT ABOUT IT, I WAS SHOCKED BECAUSE THE REACTION WAS ONE OF DEFEAT. I’M SORRY, YOU KNOW? THAT’S WHAT HE SAID.>>YOU WEREN’T USED TO HEARING THAT FROM HIM.>>NO. IT WAS A DIFFERENT FATHER THAN I EVER KNEW.>>AND THEN, WITHIN TWO YEARS, YOU GOT NEWS YOU WERE BEING MARRIED OFF.>>YES.>>WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?>>I EXPECTED — I KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. I KNEW I HAD NO CHOICE. I KNEW IT WOULD BE HIS CHOICE.>>ONE DAY, HE SITS YOU DOWN. WHAT DOES HE SAY?>>HE COMES HOME AND SAYS, RACHEL, YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED TO THIS MAN. RICHARD ALL JUSTICE EALLRED. AND MY FIRST THOUGHT IS, I’M GLAD IT WAS A YOUNG MAN. I WAS AFRAID WE WERE GOING TO MARRY AN OLD GUY. WE HAD NO CHOICE. I WAS GRATEFUL TO HAVE A YOUNG MAN.>>DID HE HAVE OTHER WIVES?>>HE HAD TWO WIVES BEFORE ME.>>DID YOU GET TO MEET HIM BEFORE YOU MARRIED HIM?>>I GOT TO MEET HIM THE DAY BEFORE, YEAH.>>WERE YOU SCARED?>>I WAS VERY, VERY SCARED. I WAS SHAKING. I WAS VERY SCARED.>>YOU GO, IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY, THE NEXT DAY. YOU WALK DOWN THE AISLE. YOUR DAD GIAVE YOU SOME ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO ON THE WEDDING NIGHT. THE MORNING OF THE WEDDING, HE SAID, RACHEL, COME TALK TO ME. AND HE SAID, I WANT YOU TO ASK FOR A BABY TONIGHT. I WANT YOU TO ASK YOUR HUSBAND FOR A BABY TONIGHT. I WANT YOU TO GET CLOSE FAST. I HAD A HARD TIME. I SAID, DO I HAVE TO? HE SAID, YES. I WANT YOU TO DO THIS. PROMISE ME. AND I DIDN’T. I DIDN’T ASK HIM. I WASN’T READY. BUT WHEN I DID ASK HIM, I SAID, FATHER TOLD ME TO ASK YOU BECAUSE I WASN’T READY. AND HE WAS — HE WAS KIND. HE WAS, LIKE, HE WASN’T IN A RUSH. HE WAS NICE TO ME. HE WAS A LOT DIFFERENT THAN MY FATHER.>>BUT LIFE AS A SISTER WIFE WOULD BE FULL OF OTHER COMPLICATIONS FOR RACHEL. AND FOR THE SISTER WIVES, AS WELL. THAT’S WHERE WE’RE GOING TO PICK IT UP AFTER THIS BREAK, W * * In this home we make breakfast. Sometimes messes! But always masterpieces …together. What matters most is made at home. (AVO) When you have type 2 diabetes, you manage your A1C, but you also have a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. Non-insulin Victoza� lowers A1C, and now reduces cardiovascular risk. 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100 thoughts on “Polygamist Cult Founder’s Daughter, Rachel Jeffs, Gives Her First TV Interview | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. Ita crazy to still think these people that a man that sleeps with a 12 year old was a prophet.He told them they would be persecuted because he knew he would be found out one day. He's a paedophile end of!

  2. Escaping polygamy shed lots of light on this group. This brave woman and 3 others help other kids that want to leave.

  3. So very proud of her. It's taken more courage for her to do this than most people can every comprehend.

  4. This all started with the sleazy man Joseph Smith. If Joseph Smith never started the Mormon church, these women would have never been in this predicament….

  5. I love her, she is so down to earth and sweet. If we met in another life we could have been good friends. we are a lot a like. Keep your head up Rachael ! you're amazing

  6. The "Main" LDS church is SOLEY responsible for all this poligamy! This is who ALL MORMONS were in the 1800's!! This sickness has carried on. Their "sacred scripture" STILL says that poligamy is the everlasting covenant! These folks are the truest mormons! The "main" LDS church has been very very busy trying to mainstream into Christianity for the last 30yrs. And sad to say, for the most part- its working for them.

  7. Bless her heart. I’m in pure tears right now. She is so strong, beautiful, and very courageous for this.

  8. Wow so sad & sick. Poor girl, so glad she survived. Wicked man, he let his daughter down so badly. What a beautiful girl. Just makes me so sad. How does the law in the U.S allowed this. Just sick & cruel.

  9. I can't help but think of the prophet Mohammed when I hear this story.
    This is exactly what religion was designed to do: Manipulate people.

  10. Rachel is strong, confident, a super hero, and a total badass!! Yessss!!! Live your life the way YOU want to live it. Thank you for showing us what it's like to overcome a calamity and such adversity. 💛❤

  11. This must of been so hard
    For the children there at the compound. It was God that helped those who wanted out to get out. And also opened some of their eyes. Warren Jeffs was a sick man. Its good he is in prison.

  12. MASTURBATORIALLY SPEAKING

    I want Brother Warren to try and overcome his masturbatory habits. It is masturbatorically immoral, and needs to be masturbatized. Masturbology is not an exact science. Nor is it a fine art, and it is certainly not a noble gas.
    .

  13. Anger is an emotion that tells us – our values are being violated. Like, having boundaries, being respected, loved, cared for, listened to, protected, etc., etc., etc.! Take away your connection to the part of us that lets us know life or relationships are off, wrong, toxic or unhealthy renders us powerless.

  14. He has 40 wives but still turns to his sexual desire on his own daughter! Disgusting! This man is the devil himself.

  15. So much respect for this woman. I have seen, in my lifetime, SO many women who do not have 25% of this woman's strength, who accept what their husbands/partners do to them time and time again. The fact she is speaking out about it is wonderful.

  16. If u haven’t read the book escape it’s a true story of a girl who grew up in the flds & tells her story & accounts of everything that happened & talks about everything that happens

  17. Pornography should be banned that is not what women are or how we should be perceived it makes men look at women like whores

  18. I don't believe in polygamist relationships. I know they exist. How ever I want to be in an exclusive marriage.

  19. Why was Megan so easy going on Mr James Elefantes? The Pizza guy who had LOTS of strange connections to Obama and Hillary yet asked him ZERO hard questions? She is part of the MSM/WashingtonDC corruption and totally failed the children who are being trafficked by these scum buckets. She covered for that pedo and it will come back to bite her ….IMHO many of these MSM are way to connected to these individuals, Katie Couric is friends with Jeffrey Epstein even after he was first found out but the MSM wants to attach Trump to that guy THE PROPAGANDA AND HYPOCRISY IS DISGUSTING.

  20. I was in jail with Warren Jeff's I was in for a minor traffic ticket he was in a county jail where I lived. He screamed at the top of his lungs verses of the Bible and wouldn't eat for day.

  21. It sounds like the same cult as islam, but, for light skinned people. Most people taken young enough, can be brainwashed very easily…! ! ?

  22. I do not like Megyn Kelly's energy. She really over-sensationalizes what happened to her interviewees and it does not feel sympathetic.

  23. America should really do something about this. This is not life, this is pure nonsense being fed spoonful to spoonful to all these poor miserable peoples. Horrible and disgusting at the same time.

  24. It is very Sad to hear what happened to Rachel and her siblings. My late Father protected his four daughters
    He did not allow anyone to touch his daughters. We are now age 50+ 66yrs of age, we value our father for that.I am so sorry what happened to these Young ladies

  25. Not so easy to handle even one wife. How one husband can handle 4 or 5 wife's??? For sure their is no peaceful environment in poli family.

  26. qnimalizds human pecaminosos in seclude sin beend laws hiden among innocent huerfano hbran investigaciones en cconvents ldonacionees sobre los in ccharge ???

  27. salven los innocentes de laas monjas ysotanas churchesperversos claustros leyes a;licado a laas perversiones me muero de penaa !!!!

  28. I'm happy in Muslims no matter what u can't never do bad things 2 ur kids like that & u can't making love with ur daughter wtf so sad this

  29. I only learnt about this cult today, reminds me of a film I watched called "Ambush in Wacko", pronounced 'Wake-o'.

  30. This is a “Cult” but what about Muslims???? That’s where the Political Correctness begins. Marxist Communist Won’t touch Islam.

  31. I'm a man and no and I mean no woman should obey any man ever my wife and I are 50/50 in all things we love each other with all our heart and we respect each other opinion men like this should burn so sad

  32. What will the Lord say to these men on judgement day? I’m so tired of people twisting God’s word for their own pleasure which turns people away from God and leads them astray. Blood is on their hands.

  33. How does a father could do this to his own child?! This man is a disgusting monster. I really hope this brave girl finds happiness 😥

  34. This poor kid. God bless her heart. She has such sad eyes but she has a strong will and determination. You can see that in her eyes as well

  35. She has beautiful eyes. What a strong person. Having been to remote places in Utah/Arizona, I've seen polyg families at the store, etc…it always seems weird. It's always women (usually with handful of kids) who are extremely…quiet. A hard life for an 'average' FLDS person, I can't even imagine how it is for someone like Rachel. I am so glad she is free.

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