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.

(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.

Alicia

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Alicia, center, holds her children Rachel and Joshua tight while a family member recounts their experience in the 2008 raid on the YFZ Ranch.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Alicia, center, holds her children Rachel and Joshua tight while a family member recounts their experience in the 2008 raid on the YFZ Ranch.

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.

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…

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…

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…

EddieCraft

Eldorado - wood furniture at the YFZ Ranch. Wednesday, January 7, 2009.; 01.07.2009

Eldorado – wood furniture at the YFZ Ranch. Wednesday, January 7, 2009.; 01.07.2009 Polygamy in the American WestFLDSYFZEldoradoTexasUnited StatesCanon EOS-1D Mark II N20090107-yfz

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

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

YFZ Gate

Eldorado - new gate at the YFZ Ranch Tuesday, July 22, 2008.

Eldorado – new gate at the YFZ Ranch Tuesday, July 22, 2008. View 3 More Photos from this Post

YFZ Grand Jury

Eldorado – at the Schleicher County Courthouse Tuesday, July 22, 2008, where a grand jury met to hear evidence of possible crimes involving FLDS church members from the YFZ ranch. Eldorado – at the Schleicher County Courthouse Tuesday, July 22, 2008, where a grand jury met to hear evidence of possible crimes involving FLDS church…