Spencer

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spencer was an 8-year-old boy when Texas officials removed 468 FLDS children from the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, Texas. He was photographed in Maxwell Park, Hildale, Saturday March 17, 2018.

Raid on Polygamy – First Place Photo Essay – SPJ

Eldorado, Texas - In April 2008, Child Protective Services (CPS) raided a polygamous sect's Texas ranch and removed 416 children after receiving phone calls, now believed to be a hoax, from someone claiming to be an abused sixteen-year-old girl. This raid on the FLDS Church's YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch became the largest child custody case in United States history. Here, on the first night of removals, young FLDS women and children are taken into shelter at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado, Texas.

This edit of my work on the Texas raid on the YFZ Ranch that won 1st place from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners. I could only submit twelve photographs in which to tell the story.

Best of Utah 2009 – City Weekly

How cool is this? I made City Weekly’s Best of Utah list. And just look at the name of the award: BEST RECORDER OF A BACK STORY BEHIND A MEDIA CLUSTERF*CK Thank you very much, City Weekly. My parents will be so proud! For anyone who came here from the City Weekly mention (which is…

People Walking Into Court … or … Having More Fun Than Humanly Possible

The last time I was in San Angelo I took souvenir photographs of the courthouse and grounds, thinking, “This is it. I’ll never be back to this place.” As you can guess, I was wrong. But so was the guy who told me something to the effect of, “Today’s custody hearing is going to be…

At the End of a Long Day

The photograph tells you where I saw the sun go down Wednesday night. Okay, if you don’t know it’s the FLDS temple outside Eldorado, Texas. This is how the trip goes: Wake up before 6am. Make my kids’ lunches for the next three days. Let my wife’s dog out to pee. Say goodbye. Drive to…

Meeting Betty Jessop

Eldorado - Betty Jessop at the YFZ Ranch. Wednesday, January 7, 2009.; 01.07.2009

NOTE: I have spent years covering polygamy and events in the FLDS community, including the first trial of Warren Jeffs and the 2008 raid on the YFZ Ranch in Texas. You can find all of my posts on polygamy by clicking here: https://trent.photo/category/polygamy/ There are two competing story lines to Betty Jessop, which I think…

Grand Jury – YFZ – The Rest

Eldorado - A grand jury reconvened at the Schleicher County Courthouse Tuesday, July 22 2008 to consider charges stemming from the raid on the YFZ ranch.Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune; 7.22.2008

Wow. A long, draining day. We sat outside the courthouse waiting for something to happen for about ten hours. It was hot and miserable, even with shade and the blowing wind. Now that my molten Twix bar has been reconstituted in the hotel room fridge, I’ll attempt to recount the day. Mostly in photos. Stephanie…

Grand Jury – YFZ – First Pic

Eldorado, TX – FLDS member Janet Jeffs arrives with an unidentified attorney at the Schleicher County Courthouse, where a grand jury reconvened to consider charges stemming from the raid on the YFZ Ranch. I just realized something funny. A real switch in how this story is covered. We’ve gotten to the point where we know…