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Just heard about Roy Jeffs’ suicide…

Roy Jeffs, for those who don’t know, is one of Warren Jeffs’ sons. Warren Jeffs is currently in prison for sexually abusing his child brides. Roy Jeffs was born on June 5, 1992 to Warren’s third wife, Gloria Barlow. He committed suicide on May 29th, 2019, just days before his 27th birthday. Roy Jeffs was notable because he was treated even worse than most of Warren’s other family members, forced to separate from his mother at age 14 and go work in one of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ construction companies in Wyoming.

Roy Jeffs left the FLDS in 2014, realizing that he would never be able to please his father. He came out about how badly he and his mother were treated by Warren Jeffs. He told about how he was one of 50 siblings and his father shunned him and tried to turn his other siblings against him by telling them he was a “bad” kid. Roy was also molested by Warren and he spoke about it, which was likely why he was ostracized.

For all of Warren’s efforts to demonize his son, at least some of his siblings knew the truth. Roy’s sister, Rachel, shared a Facebook post about her brother’s death. It was full of touching memories and comments about how proud she was of him for his courage, and how loving and fun he was.

I’ve done a fair amount of reading about the FLDS. I haven’t read anything recently about the sect, mainly because I’ve kind of lost interest in Mormonism lately and have been reading about other things. Also, I no longer have the stamina for reading that I once had. Nowadays, I start reading and soon fall asleep, even when what I’m reading is excellent. I don’t remember reading about Roy, although almost every book about the FLDS has a lot of information about Warren, who continues to rule the roost even from his prison cell at Utah State Prison.

I don’t often wish death on people, but I think Warren Jeffs is one of those folks who is just very dangerous. I don’t know if I think he should be executed, but I do think the world would be a better place without him in it. He’s damaged so many people.

I hope wherever Roy is now, he’s in peace. It sounds like he really suffered during his brief time down here on Earth. I remember being 26. Life was just getting started for me. It’s hard to believe that was 20 years ago… on the other hand, I was 26 when depression was at its worst for me. I can’t judge Roy for his last action. There’s just no telling what he’s been through. May he rest easy now.

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