Warren Steed Jeffs, born on December 3rd 1955, is the current president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This polygamous denomination caused him to be convicted and given a life sentence plus twenty years in 2011 for two felony counts related to child sexual assault.
In 2006, the FBI placed Warren Jeffs on their Ten Most Wanted list after he fled from charges of illegally marrying his adult male followers to underage girls in Utah. In the following year, they charged him with eight additional counts across two cases involving incest and sexual conduct with minors.
Who Is Warren Jeffs Wife?
Millie Blackmore was just 13 when she married Warren Jeffs in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church). Over a decade later, Jeffs was arrested and convicted on two felony counts of child sexual assault, for which he is currently serving a life sentence plus twenty years. Millie’s story is one of the most tragic stories to come out of Jeffs’ reign, and it sheds light on the realities of life within polygamous communities.
Millie was born in 1992 near Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of Merril Jessop, a prominent leader within the FLDS Church. Growing up in a polygamous family, Millie was taught from a very young age to obey her elders and the FLDS Church’s teachings. At just 13 years old, she was married off to Warren Jeffs in a ceremony arranged by her father.
While it is unclear whether or not Millie consented to this union, it is highly likely that she was coerced into it. In polygamous societies, women and girls have little to no agency or say in their own lives. They are taught to be obedient wives and mothers, with the goal of pleasing their husbands and the church.
Millie’s marriage to Jeffs lasted for two years before he divorced her so he could take a younger wife. After her divorce, Millie was sent to live in Colorado City, Arizona with other FLDS members. There, she was isolated from the rest of the world and taught not to speak out against Jeffs or her church.
It wasn’t until Jeffs’ trial in 2011 that Millie spoke out about her marriage to him. In her testimony, Millie revealed the emotional and physical abuse she endured during their brief union. She also testified that she was asked to lie about her age in order to make their marriage seem legal.
Today, Millie is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and an inspiration for those who have suffered at the hands of religious and cultural oppression. She has dedicated her life to helping other women in polygamous communities gain autonomy, dignity, and freedom. Millie is a testament to the strength and courage of those who have been victims of abusive relationships or systems within their own church.