Hildale , Utah

Warren Jeffs House – The Round Room

view inside home built for FLDS leader Warren Jeffs

Only 24 men were deemed worthy to work on the home specially built for Warren Jeffs. Some had told us of a circular room in the home. Some people referred to it as a sex chamber. This is the view looking into that room, through a small hallway behind a soundproofed door. The doors throughout the home were thick and heavy, with soundproofing strips. We closed this door and had a guy on the other side talk loudly through it. All we could hear was a muffled voice.

The room had obviously been hastily remodeled before we got in. It wasn’t circular any more. Cheap carpet and poorly crafted woodwork and drywall were signs of the changes, along with some debris that hadn’t been cleaned up. Quick note: Warren Jeffs never even entered this house. He’s in prison.

But if you doubt the room was changed before we got there, look at the following two photos and take note of the vast differences in the quality of workmanship and features. Here is a typical room in the same home:

view inside home built for FLDS leader Warren Jeffs

And here’s the room that we’re told was altered:

view inside home built for FLDS leader Warren Jeffs

The carpet, light fixtures, woodwork and drywall texturing in the once-circular room were all of much lower quality. And here’s a detail of the bad drywall job, such low quality it wouldn’t pass any inspection:

view inside home built for FLDS leader Warren Jeffs

if you want to see more from inside the house, click here for thirty photos on the Tribune site.

Hildale , Utah

Short Creek

Tuesday, about to hit the road, headed south with JD2 to cover some stories in Short Creek. Not really sure how it will all pan out at this point. Willie Jessop is going to gain control of a large FLDS compound that includes a home built for Warren Jeffs. The whole thing is behind twelve foot walls and this specific home is secreted away. There’s also a school and a storehouse. Maybe we’ll get to see inside.

I love getting on the road. I love Short Creek.

.:.

By the time I’m writing this it’s already late Thursday night. I’m in my third hotel room in three nights. Lots of photos and thoughts to process. This sums up my mental state Thursday:

The walls of Warren Jeffs compound

We got inside the twelve foot wall, but just for a moment.

Friday we returned and were granted access to buildings that no non-member had ever entered. At that point my mental state went to this:

Wall in FLDS polygamist compound

Hildale , Utah

Bishop’s Storehouse


Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
An empty warehouse at the former FLDS Bishop’s Storehouse in Hildale, Friday April 26, 2013. The property was purchased by Willie Jessop who spent the day allowing former followers to see the inside of a compound they had previously not been allowed to enter.

Hildale , Utah

The Triplex Apartments


Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
A row of triplex apartments in Hildale, Friday April 26, 2013. The property was purchased by Willie Jessop who spent the day allowing former followers to see the inside of a compound they had previously not been allowed to enter.


Hildale , Utah

Warren Jeffs Home

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
A sign reads, “Zion”, over the door of a home intended for the family of Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Friday April 26, 2013. The property was purchased by Willie Jessop who spent the day allowing former followers to see the inside of a compound they had previously not been allowed to enter.

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
A series of doors and hallways lead to what Willie Jessop refers to as Warren Jeffs’ “rape room” (above) inside a home built for the polygamous leader and hidden behind multiple high walls in Hildale, Friday April 26, 2013.

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
a small changing room (above) inside a home built for polygamous leader Warren Jeffs and hidden behind multiple high walls in Hildale, Friday April 26, 2013.

 

Hildale , Utah

Warren Jeffs Home



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