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Carolyn Jessop

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy. Carolyn's every move was dictated by her husband's whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse-at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife's compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name. Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her childr

The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy. Carolyn's every move was dictated by her husband's whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse-at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife's compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name. Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her childr
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The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman's courageous flight to freedom with her eight children. When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man thirty-two years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church that had settled in small communities along the Arizona-Utah border. Over the next fifteen years, Carolyn had eight children and withstood her husband's psychological abuse and the watchful eyes of his other wives who were locked in a constant battle for supremacy. Carolyn's every move was dictated by her husband's whims. He decided where she lived and how her children would be treated. He controlled the money she earned as a school teacher. He chose when they had sex; Carolyn could only refuse-at her peril. For in the FLDS, a wife's compliance with her husband determined how much status both she and her children held in the family. Carolyn was miserable for years and wanted out, but she knew that if she tried to leave and got caught, her children would be taken away from her. No woman in the country had ever escaped from the FLDS and managed to get her children out, too. But in 2003, Carolyn chose freedom over fear and fled her home with her eight children. She had $20 to her name. Escape exposes a world tantamount to a prison camp, created by religious fanatics who, in the name of God, deprive their followers the right to make choices, force women to be totally subservient to men, and brainwash children in church-run schools. Against this background, Carolyn Jessop's flight takes on an extraordinary, inspiring power. Not only did she manage a daring escape from a brutal environment, she became the first woman ever granted full custody of her childr

Language:

English

Narrators:

Laura Palmer, Alison Fraser

Length:

4h 56m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:35


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:50


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:23


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:48


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:47