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In Utah, Hope and Healing After Escaping a Cult

For Briell Decker, marriage to Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints prophet Warren Jeffs—a convicted sexual abuser serving life plus 20—was its own kind of prison. Jeffs forced her to live in one of his many homes with 30 other wives; Decker hid herself away, refusing to ever consummate the marriage. Faced with death threats, Decker miraculously managed to break free and start a new life far away … before something called her back to the town from which she escaped. Today, Briell Decker is determined to help other ex-FLDS members embrace freedom. And she’s doing it in Jeffs' own house.

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