By Lisa Pulitzer, Elissa Wall
In September 2007, a packed court in St. George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the superstar witness opposed to polygamous sect chief Warren Jeffs, gave pleasing testimony of ways Jeffs pressured her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vibrant account proved to be the main compelling proof opposed to Jeffs, exhibiting the tough realities of this closed group and the lengths that Jeffs went to as a way to regulate the ladies in it. Now, during this brave memoir, Elissa Wall tells her marvelous and inspirational tale of her time within the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), detailing how she emerged from its confines to aid carry one among America's so much infamous criminals to justice.
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When my classmates discussed ski vacations, I nodded as though I knew where Breadloaf was and tried to see the logic in wearing a down jacket with no sleeves during the winter. I wanted to ask, Aren’t your arms cold, too? Going five class periods without seeing a face like mine is not that big a deal, I told myself. I tried to call someone a “spaz” without it sounding ridiculous, but it always did. At first, it wore me out, made me grateful when I got off the bus downtown in a world that didn’t 35 No Place Safe Kim Reid expect anything more of me than what I was.
Hips dipping low and slow to match the beat. “I know. But I can’t help it. ” I wondered if that was true. I wondered if the boy from the skating rink had a girlfriend, if they’d slow-dragged one night and felt certain they’d be slow-dragging forever. “Forget all that tonight. It’s my birthday party. ” I listened to Peaches and Herb croon about how good it was to be together while I swayed slow and low against Kevin, certain I understood what they meant, thinking I was grown. I breathed in his scent, some cologne he probably borrowed from his father mixed with a little sweat that comes from the warmth of a basement full of teenagers dancing slow.
Ma put her hand into her purse. I was scared then, and realized I should be distracting Bridgette from what was going on, but I couldn’t help watching. “I’m making it my business. ” “It’s okay, he’s my man. ” I could tell from her shaky voice and her swollen face that nothing about her was all right. “Look, I want you to come with me,” Ma said to the woman. ” Before he could take two steps, Ma raised her purse in front of her, her hand still inside of it. ” I wasn’t sure if Ma was really carrying, she didn’t always when she was off-duty, but her voice must have sounded like she was.
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Lisa Pulitzer, Elissa Wall