Seth Tupper offers a powerful profile of Roy Jeffs, son of convicted child rapist and religious despot Warren Jeffs. Roy Jeffs lived—or should we say was held prisoner?—at the secretive fundamentalist Mormon compound southwest of Pringle in the Black Hills in 2007 and 2008. He escaped from his father’s cult in 2014, literally running away from a job site in Des Moines.
Roy Jeffs returned to the Hills last week to participate in discussions accompanying Rapid City screenings of Prophet’s Prey, a documentary about the polygamy and child rape perpetrated by his father and the FLDS.
If that creepy criminality cloaked in godliness isn’t enough to get the state of South Dakota to monitor, search, and shut down the FLDS Pringle compound, maybe poaching is:
Guards constantly walked the perimeter of the compound. The guard tower was outfitted with surveillance cameras that could peer far up the gravel road leading to the compound, and alarms were sounded whenever non-FLDS “gentiles” or excommunicated FLDS “apostates” approached. At such times, Roy said, the compound dwellers were ordered to retreat into their homes and buildings.
Yet some of the men at the compound routinely drove to cities in the Black Hills to obtain supplies, while young men like Roy, and the women and girls, were mostly cloistered. The compound residents ate food grown in large gardens, and Roy said the men also poached deer and wild turkeys [Seth Tupper, “Son of FLDS ‘Prophet’ Peels Back Curtain on Secretive Black Hills Compound,” Rapid City Journal, 2016.05.08].
Game Fish & Parks, maybe it’s time to send the game warden out to the FLDS compound… with some back-up.