If you’ve never heard about the horrible things now-incarcerated FLDS church leader Warren Jeffs has done, prepare yourself: this is deeply unsettling stuff. The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is, as the name implies, a fundamentalist offshoot of the LDS church (commonly known as the Mormon church). Before being sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison in 2011, Jeffs was the President and “Prophet” of the FLDS, notorious for its polygamy and child brides.
Warren Jeffs’s biography is still being written, but he’s already done a lifetime of gut-wrenching things. He reportedly still leads the church and community from behind bars, meaning he might yet add a few things to this list via one of his many proxies. If you can stomach it, here are some facts about Warren Jeffs and his long, strange history as a “Prophet.”