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84 Responses

  1. Wendy Bell

    I’m so proud to be from the state of Texas where we don’t put up with the sexual abuse of children! Kathy…I saw you on Dr. Drew and came to this website after hearing you tell about it. My prayers are that you will find the answers to what happened to your brother. I’ve read Elissa Walls and Caroline Jessups books and found myself wanting to DO SOMETHING but I don’t really know what to do…except pray (to the real God) that truth will somehow come to these people and set them free. It boggles my mind that this “sexual slavery” goes on in the “Land of the Free!” I wish you the best as you journey through the rest of your life…a FREE woman! :)

  2. Lisa

    Good for Texas for sentencing Warren Jeffs to life!

  3. Lisa

    Lee: here’s a link for who to contact in Arizona:

  4. Lisa

    Also, in my post above, I was referring to fumarase deficiency aka “polygamist downs” – I also think it’s horrific what happened to Brent Jeffs when he was a child, it’s just awful.

  5. Robin K

    Kathy Jo…

    I just watched Dr. Drew and your segment, and my heart goes out to you. I cried with you and for you. I am so sorry for everything you’ve gone through and continue to go through. I hope one day you are able to be free from the suffering and live freely. Know that Warren Jeffs will never be able to hurt another child and will never be free again!!!

    Many people support you. I know I do!!! :) Best of luck to you always, Kathy Jo! ~Robin

  6. Raquel

    This is a SICK cult these poor women are forced to be a part of! Let’s STOP this abuse! I will sign any petition to discourage this sick way of existence!

  7. Penny

    Excellent site. I’m so sorry for your loss. God give you strength to keep up the “GOOD” fight. There is so much to say about this topic, where does one begin? But I do think that when religious groups hide away in secret and keep out the outside world, there is a good chance for these types of things to happen (yeah, all in the name of religion). Also, when one man is given so much power over a group of people or country, that power is more often than not, going to corrupt… happens ALL the time. Also, maybe it’s time for religious groups TO pay taxes.. might help to keep them accountable. Now that all this is out in the open, thanks to yourself and others like you, hopefully the laws will be changed to protect the children and hopefully stop this cycle of abuse!!!! The government needs to open their eyes and protect the people they’re sworn in to protect.

  8. stephanie

    I just finished watching kathy jo on the dr. drew show and was appauled at her ordeal. i hope that justice is served for johnny and the flds is exterminated.

  9. CRK

    Thank you for your strength and fortitude to bring this story to light. I live in the East Kootenays British Columbia near Bountiful. Regularly I see women from the FLDS in my town shopping if they are lucky enough to be able to keep enough money to feed their kids. Today I saw a lady and her daughter from the FLDS while packing my groceries next to them. The little girl wouldn’t look me in the eye as she was terrified of me but I didn’t let that stop me from smiling my biggest smile at her. She was around the age of 11 and I almost started to cry when I realized that that beautiful precious child was only a few years away from becoming some old mans 10th wife. I wanted to shake her mother. I walked away. We are trying to stop them from claiming religion as an exemption here and trying to stop the child trafficking across our borders but the fight is hard and they have AMAZING lawyers who will sell the rights of young children for money. Our court case is ongoing in the court of appeals but in the court of opinion around here??? We are ALL disgusted!! Thank you for your voice. Thank you and God Bless you and your families.

  10. Steven Patterson

    In 1963 I quite the Mormon faith at 13 yrs old…I never felt comfortable with Joseph Smith’s concept of reality…Its a shame the death of your brother and the real brain washing of the youth that has and is taking place…Utah will never get to the root cause of your brothers death…Speaks volumes about there true intensions…Warren Jeffs and the established Mormon belief will be dealt with…God Bless

  11. vivian

    I have been watching you speaking on various television shows about Warren Jeffs and the FLDS. I just wanted to tell you how well put together this website is. Your story is moving and I am so sorry about your brother and the frustration you must have in not knowing what really happened to him. I admire you very much and wish you all the very best.

  12. Jackie

    Kathy Jo, you are an incredibly brave & strong woman to speak about this, bring awareness to something our whole country seems ignorant about. Our country is either unaware of by CHOICE (like the Utah Attorney General) or because most people simply don’t KNOW the details of how horrifying this situation is. I’m not Mormon, but have read several books written by excommunicated members of the FLDS and am truly terrified for the women & children who live that life inside. People say Casey Anthony is the most hated person in our country; why isn’t Warren Jeffs on top of that list? I wish there was something I could do to help this cause. As a mother of a 16-month-old beautiful little boy, my heart breaks for these poor kids & it brings tears to my eyes to think about what they’re enduring, and what they don’t get a chance at-a real life.

  13. Dorothy H

    I am so sorry for the suffering you have endured. I think it is important to educate people about the FLDS and by your posts about the Mormons you are leading others to believe that this is the same church/religion. It’s not! Please be very careful in your quest that you dont tear down a church that has not wronged you.

  14. Kate Teas

    I would like to send love and energy to Kathy Jo. I just saw her on Dr Drew and am very touched by her & the others’ stories. I am so sorry about your brother’s death. It sure seems as if his life was taken by the hands of the FLDS. It is terrible how a few crazy “men” can turn hundreds of others lives into turmoil and pain. I hope that the awareness of the people of this world can come to a higher level and get justice done. What goes around, comes around. Sometimes it seems way to slow for our liking. My thoughts and my love goes out to you Kathy Jo. I hope the best for you and all others that are touched by this.

  15. P.W.

    I just saw part of the Dr. Drew show. As a retired correctional officer from a level 4 CA prison I can tell you this. Most inmates have children and
    regard a pedophile as the lowest form of life. Some believe that it is their duty to rid the world of them as you would any vermin. Many of these
    inmates have nothing to lose. That angry look on Jeff’s face in his mug shot that was so upsetting to you is very likely to be replaced by the
    familier look of terror that he saw on the faces of his innocent victims. I also have a great deal of faith in our Lord, who is the ultimate Judge.
    I pray for your healing and happiness and for all of the victims of this depraved individual. I have always found great comfort in the truth, that
    the Good Lord ultimately gives everyone what they deserve. God Bless you.

  16. Letty

    I just the watched Dr. Drew and want to say I really admire your efforts and applaud you for not giving up on those women left behind. I can tell that you are going through a lot of pain. I quickly logged on to this site and looking at your photographs gave me an eery feeling that unspeakable events have occured and that no one was held accountable. I want you to know that I have sent an email to the attorney generals in Utah, Colorado, and Arizona urging them to bring the leaders to justice and to investigate the mysterious deaths of your brother and the Jeff nephews. I am hoping that many will also do the same. I will also be sending an email to attorney general in Texas praising him for the conviction and his passion to put an end to what is happening to the children. Stay strong and brave.

  17. Starr Green

    Kathy Jo, I want to thank you for your courage and strength to see this through… I’am so very sorry to hear this about your brother…I’ll be praying for you and all that you do towards to finding justice for your dear brother…Praise God, you had an angel on your shoulder to guide you to get out…Its hurt my soul to know we have people there that are so brainwashed form birth, children that don’t know the real truth….I can’t seem to quite understand how our government can allow this to keep going on…..God does not want you to have 16 wives, thats just nuts….I also don’t understand how the people (not children) couldn’t just read the word of God for them selves….the ones that were once out in the world before all deceptions ….there’s much I don’t understand,…..I do pray you found some peace since you been away from all that hell on earth. I thank God for you my dear for stepping up to the plate. This needs to get bigger!…and your in the front lines….just know that there are people out there pulling for you and praying for the justice of your precious brother. I and many other’s will be watching for you and praying our hearts out that this polygamist so called life STOPS…because this is not the life Our Lord has en-stored for us, its just wrong…and I think alot of those followers know it, and some don’t……I do understand that…..Thank you again…I just seen you on Dr Drew and went right to you website…its very important that you don’t stop saying your address to your website….Keep up the good fight Kathy Jo!..and God bless you

  18. karen

    Dear Kathy; I am so sorry for what has happened to your brother and what you and so many innocents have had to endure at the hands of such sick sick people. With the popular show “sister wives” that was on tv, I am afraid that polygamy is becoming just an everday thing for the entertainment of the public in a lot of cases. It’s scary when such things are becoming socially acceptable. Although those particular people seemed very nice and not to be following the perverted teaching (as far as we know), it still helps to make people more accepting of the lifestyle and that is not a good thing! There needs to be a zero tolerance for this kind of thing when it comes to this kind of thing because the children cannot be protected. They are going to be affected in some way shape or form no matter how good one’s intentions may be! Thank you for being so brave to step forward at great personal cost to bring awareness to this problem. Although you can’t bring your brother back, I’ll bet he is smiling down from heaven at you and is some proud of you! Being cut off from family is the hardest and even though most of your family is still involved with the group, they are still your family and it must be very difficult for you. I admire your strength and sense of purpose. Keep of the good work. Don’t let anyone quiet you! Public education is the best weapon…….women on the ranch are ignorant but slowly your message will filter down and it will start to change lives and each life that you impact can then start a chain reaction. Don’t stop, you are literally saving lives. It may be too late for your brother but it isn’t too late for the thousands of women and children that are still in those ranches. Keep up the great work, you will be heard!.

  19. Jennifer

    Now that Warren Jeffs has been convicted, I believe that they will have more of an incentive to murder anyone who dares to expose them. This is a crisis. It is a state of emergency. Why is the government sitting on their hands? It can start with a Social Services Welfare Fraud investigation, IRS investigation, and an investigation into the suspicious circumstances of the death of this young man. They need to disable these community leaders’ power and THEN go in to take down the guilty and save the innocent. It’s not rocket science. The lack of justice and level of corruption makes me sick.

  20. Darlene

    How can we help? What is the greatest need? Reach me at the email that was required to leave a reply.

  21. barbara

    dear kathy jo i am sorry for your lose. i have watched you and you are an awesome young women and strong god is with you .i will be praying that justice is served for you keep strong will pray everyday for … to you allways a friend in virigina

  22. Deanna

    What can the average person do to help??

  23. A.M.

    My heart goes out to you the more I learn about the things that go on in these places the more absolutely horrified and discusted I become. I wish you the best of luck to find the answers about your brothers death! Your story will change lives I know it had a large impact on me.

  24. Laurel

    Dear Kathy Jo, What an amazing survivor you are and a fighter for freedom. Your bravery is a beacon to others who still don’t have a voice. There is no doubt in my mind that your brother was a fighter for freedom, too… and his voice was cut short purposefully. This website is already the beginning of a tribute to his life as is your voice. Your standing up like the collossas of liberty is a living legend and justice is only beginning to be served in the exposure to truth. It cannot happen soon enough as there are still so many that are in this predicament. So much human trafficing being used under the auspices of religion. It is outrageous. We must fight for the freedom of all, as the slavery of one affects the entire world.
    I admire your human spirit and wish for you and all the victims…peace. We must not stop until each and every one of these compounds are infiltrated and the criminality stopped. You are doing such a great deed for the plight of freedom. I join you in this effort.

  25. Laurel Kadouri

    Dear Kathy Jo, What an amazing survivor you are and a fighter for freedom. Your bravery is a beacon to others who still don’t have a voice. There is no doubt in my mind that your brother was a fighter for freedom, too… and his voice was cut short purposefully. This website is already the beginning of a tribute to his life as is your voice. Your standing up like the collossas of liberty is a living legend and justice is only beginning to be served in the exposure to truth. It cannot happen soon enough as there are still so many that are in this predicament. So much human trafficing being used under the auspices of religion. It is outrageous. We must fight for the freedom of all, as the slavery of one affects the entire world.
    I admire your human spirit and wish for you and all the victims…peace. We must not stop until each and every one of these compounds are infiltrated and the criminality stopped. You are doing such a great deed for the plight of freedom. I join you in this effort.

  26. Nicole

    My dearest KJ, my heart just aches for you as I watched you on Dr. Drew today and you spoke of this website. I have followed the case and believe that Warren will not pay for his sins until judgement day with the Good Lord. I have a very close friend Joao Pavao that was murdered April 6, 2001. aka Johnny. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time and I was on the phone with him when he took the bullets to his skull. Although his name is the only comparisson to your brother, I believe that the Good Lord shall give eternal life to all “Johnny’s” that lived to save the lives of others that could not speak for themselves. Investigating the thousands of people that are still in the cycle of abuse, I want to personally thank YOU for taking the time to continue to speak for all those that continue to suffer at the hands of the vicious animals that hide behind a falsehood of religion. May God Bless you and your family, the brothers and sisters of the nightmares endured. If you ever need a friend, you have one in me. Don’t stop looking for answers girl.. you and your story are being heard… one person at a time.. across the world. Your reason for life is to be heard. I hear you. Nicole

  27. Monica

    What really at times gets to me(and it does drive me crazy) is that women and even the young men stays in the FLDSand tolerate all this nonsense and abuse! I know that they are brainwashed but isn’t there any reasoning against all th amoral stuff that the older men perpetrate to their families?
    Isn’t there common sense to where if you hear or read certain doctrine that it may be one that is used to their advantage and have no meaning for good deeds or salvation?

  28. Monica

    I saw you in the Dr Drew show along with the other two ladies. I am so sorry of your loss. I am praying that God protects those that are still there and ores should be held accountable for allowing and abetting the crimes that are being perpetrated against children. If there is suspicion of murder the authorities should open an investigation.

  29. Carolyn

    I was a member of mainstream Mormon church for a few years in Jr. High. I left the Mormon church, but I continued to study Mormonism, their history, and their doctrines. I remember reading all about the early church’s polygamy, blood atonement, and the priesthood.

    I saw you on a television show the other night, so I jotted down this website. I am really glad you put this together, and my heart really goes out to you and your family. I don’t understand why mainstream Mormonism, who controls so much of Utah’s government does not step in. I know they renounced polygamy so that Utah could become a state, but these rogue communities obviously have become closed systems for child abuse and murder.

    I wish that they would solve this murder, and like Warren Jeffs said he knows he deserves, I wish they would hang him by the highest tree. Thank you for getting your message out on this website. Our prayers are with you.


  30. Donna

    I have watched you on several shows over the past few weeks. I can not believe that our government allows this in our country. We go to war to protect the right of women and children in other countries while we allow the same kind of crimes against the women children of our “great nation.” I can’t even begin to imagine what you have been through and I pray that you will find the peace that you deserve and that someday the officials of our country will step in and do something. I am curious as to whether this cause has ever been taken to Washington?

  31. melissa bolden

    i’m so proud of all of u thats come forward and told ur story . i know it has been so had for u. but in the long run its worth it . if u hadnt spoke out how would people ever know but by letting people share ur story , it will make people wake up . the world has some people in it that need to be shown for what they really are. hold ur head high because u’ve done the right thing i am so proud of u keep fighting the good fight it will be worth it…..

  32. Judy

    To Kathy Jo, who I saw on Drew Pinsky’s program – to assist you in litigating “all” the abuses (including public assistance fraud), contact Barry Scheck (Innocence Project Founder) for direction in creating a FLDS Victems Justice Program, including ‘deprogramming and cultural rehab’.
    Other resources in Arizona who sponser Justice Projects are The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Tempe, and Northern Arizona University, Dept. of Criminal Justice. Getting some Hollywood starpower on your side would be helpfull, too……

  33. Tavon

    I really wish that we could figure out what was going on. i really am sorry for the lost of your brother.

  34. Amy

    Wonderful photo essay. I have just finished reading Lost Boy and am brought to tears to find out that not only has Clayne passed away but also David. God bless all of these boys. Warren Jeffs will get his. I too am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and I applaud Brent for coming forward. It takes a REAL man to stand up and do what is right!!!

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