What is This World Coming To? Roy Jeffs, Son of Polygamist Cult Leader and Child Abuser Warren Jeffs, Commits Suicide at 26

Roy Jeffs, son of jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs, leaves the federal courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Lyle Jeffs and another polygamous sect leader in Utah are pleading not guilty to orchestrating what prosecutors call a wide-ranging food-stamp fraud scheme. Roy Jeffs is former member of the sect. (Rick Bowmer | AP file photo)
Roy Jeffs, son of jailed polygamous leader Warren Jeffs, leaves the federal courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Lyle Jeffs and another polygamous sect leader in Utah are pleading not guilty to orchestrating what prosecutors call a wide-ranging food-stamp fraud scheme. Roy Jeffs is former member of the sect. (Rick Bowmer | AP file photo)

Roy Jeffs, a son of Warren Jeffs who was among the first to say the polygamous sect prophet sexually abused his own children, too, was found dead Friday in Utah. He was 26.

One of Roy Jeffs’ half-sisters, Rachel Jeffs, said he killed himself at his home in Salt Lake City. She placed blame on her imprisoned father.

“Father didn’t love him. [Roy] knew it,” Rachel Jeffs said in a phone interview. “All of us knew it. We all got told Roy was a bad boy.”

When Roy Jeffs began telling his story in the fall of 2015 about how his father abused him, it gave new insight into the man considered a prophet by people still following him in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

“I remember him saying you should never do this,” Roy Jeffs told CNN in 2015. “And then he did it to me.” A half-sister, Becky Jeffs, appeared on that program, too, to also accuse her father of molesting her.

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SOURCE: Nate Carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune