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The eleventh of fourteen siblings, Briell Decker grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS)—an offshoot of the Mormon church that practices polygamy and upholds a belief that only one living person can share God’s word with the faithful.

By the time Briell turned 18, that person was FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs. Among the prophet’s many powers was deciding who would marry who, and he chose Briell to be his 65th wife. What the world knows now is that among an eventual 79 wives, Warren would marry girls as young as 12. His crimes would put place him on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list and eventually land him a prison sentence of life plus twenty.

For Briell, marriage to the prophet was its own kind of prison. Warren moved her into one of his many homes, where she lived with 30 other wives. Dismayed by her circumstance, Briell hid herself away, refusing to ever consummate the marriage. From prison, where Warren maintained control of the FLDS, he retaliated, sending FLDS faithful to intimidate, drug and even threaten to kill her.

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By Sage

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