Breaking Free From a 'Prophet'

The families escaping life defined by jailed FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.
2:18 | 11/23/12

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Inside a tight knit and secretive sect in Arizona women now fighting back. ABC's -- robot getting answers tonight. While Warren -- no longer lives here his presence is everywhere and this act. The intense and the control he exerts from behind bars is palpable. The entire time in -- -- -- city -- secret police known as the god squad is watching us constantly. They're following up so they're monitoring -- where we are the party and pictures on our vehicle and -- -- steed a former sect member was our -- There -- again so we decide to confront that and find out what may. -- -- -- Yeah ABC news began investigating just control last year. After Jeffs began ordering bizarre edicts to followers from prison the most destructive. Banishing hundreds of men women even children from the community he says I never thought -- -- -- count. -- -- -- Golf car off -- -- -- its -- Stanley was torn apart after jets without explanation. Cast out her husband his. Can't grabbed my hand. -- -- Then she was banished as well she took her children with her why do you think your mom was -- toll. -- one -- questions. She want to know where future -- us. That was ten months ago now the children are in school but still caught between world it's. Women in the at -- never cut their hair we're train your -- your crown. And you need to keep it out on hand so when they meet the decision to cut it it's a milestone on their way to a new life -- -- That was quiet -- -- Yes we get emotional news talk about it. We have to move on and -- he -- -- home. Leading their past behind and their father who is still trying to return to the church meaning these children will likely never see him again. -- -- ABC news Colorado City Arizona. Our thanks to -- this evening she reports a riveting hour tonight on 20/20 breaking polygamy that's at 10 PM. 9 central.

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