LIFE WITH WARREN JEFFS: One of Warren Jeffs’ ex-wives opens up on life with the sect leader

(Briell Decker) So this right here is Warren’s room
Very small
He wanted everyone to think he was humble
(Matt Galka, reporting) Briell Decker showed
us around one of the mansions that used to
belong to Warren Jeffs – the polygamist FLDS
church leader and convicted felon
Decker also used to be married to Jeffs
(Briell Decker) I was the 65th wife of Warren Jeffs
(Matt Galka, reporting) 65 out of 79
Decker – born Lynette Warner – spent time
at the house while married to the child sex offender
(Briell Decker) This is the prayer circle. When we’re here, we all held hands
(Matt Galka, reporting) She says her time in the house was mostly positive, but the rest of her time in the
FLDS Church, and her attempts to escape it,
left her traumatized
Warner’s story started in Sandy, Utah and
carried over to the twin towns of
Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah,
an FLDS stronghold
She says she got attention from Jeffs at a
young age.
(Briell Decker) I was just a little girl, but he acted weird,
so people from ever since I could remember
said you’re going to marry Warren Jeffs
I had nightmares and things, I would wake
up thinking ‘oh my goodness’ what if it was true?
(Matt Galka, reporting) It was true
When she turned 18, her father “turned her
in” to be married
Then Jeffs called
(Briell Decker) I turned around and he had this look on his face, I just remember his look, and he’s like
‘we have to go on a drive.’
(Matt Galka, reporting) There was no ring and no white dress
Jeffs had already been on the run from the law
A kiss made it official after a small ceremony
(Briell Decker) He sent my father out and he started to talk to me, sat me down, and I resisted him
I didn’t know anything, I didn’t have any
sex education
He’s a pedophile, and I wasn’t young, so I
don’t think he was really that interested.
(Matt Galka, reporting) She says the marriage was never consummated
And Warner says the FLDS prophet took notice that she was different
She was then sent to Houses of Hiding across
the country – Las Vegas, Texas, South Dakota
(Warren Jeffs) I have been the most wicked man
(Matt Galka, reporting) Jeffs was eventually caught…but torture from church members was only just beginning
(Briell Decker) They told me one time if you kill yourself,
we’ll tell everyone it’s an accident, but if
you don’t we’ll kill you and tell everyone
you did it yourself
There was a time when they put a rope in
my hamper that had a knot on it and in code
that means ‘hang her’
(Matt Galka, reporting) Eventually it was back to Colorado City, where Warner’s own brother
Following the church, locked her in a room with the windows nailed shut
(Briell Decker) He went around to all the neighbors and told them that if they saw me I was trying to escape
Trying to get away, I was crazy
(Matt Galka, reporting) But she did escape
Barefoot and running through the town…a
trusted neighbor eventually put Warner in
contact with Krystyn Decker and the Sound
Choices Coalition – a group that helps women
escape polygamy
Krystyn ended up adopting Lynette Warner
She then changed her name to Briell Decker
(Briell Decker) I got legally adopted so that, no matter
what, I would not be in the FLDS”
So this room right here is the one he told
me to stay in
(Matt Galka, reporting) Today, Decker is back in Colorado City
Back in one of the houses she and the other
wives stayed at
She says she wants to be there for others
who flee the church
(Briell Decker) So my dream was to have
transitional living
I’m 65, the other 78 ladies would have somewhere
immediately when they get out
(Matt Galka) Do you hope they all get out?
(Briell Decker) I do. I know the route that they’re going
The psychological abuse, the physical that I believe is coming more and more, is …
Is sad. That’s heart wrenching
Matt Galka, FOX 10 News

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