Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a polygamous sect, moved to this remote part of the desert to get out of the spotlight. But the harsh glare of public scrutiny is all they've been getting lately.
Their self-proclaimed prophet, Warren Jeffs, is on trial charged with being an accomplice to rape for arranging the marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old first cousin. So, the news media has descended on the area in search of compelling interviews and unique angles.
It's a development that's upset many residents.
"You've probably noticed throughout the community there's a lot of people that have put fences, high fences, up around their places, because media and the public were just so obnoxious. They would go try to look into people's windows, they would go into their backyards, they'd wander all over," said David K. Zitting, the mayor of Hildale.
Zitting, an FLDS follower, also has done his best to avoid attention. Read full article »
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