Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Interview with a so-called 'lost boy'
Editor's note: Johnny Jessop, 18, is suing polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to force him to locate Johnny's mother. Jessop, a so-called 'lost boy,' says he was kicked out of his polygamous home at the age of 13. He believes Jeffs knows his mother's whereabouts. CNN's Gary Tuchman interviewed Jessop for tonight's show.

Posted By Gary Tuchman, CNN Correspondent: 11:39 AM ET
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Since Johnny Jessop was kicked out of his home at age 13, isn't this considered some kind of child abuse where authorities can intervene?

All of these "lost boys" should file lawsuits and keep Warren Jeffs and other polygamist leaders tied up in the courts for years.

I wish Johnny Jessup the best of luck.
Posted By Anonymous Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 12:03 PM ET
It's sad that this young man has to resort to legally suing Jeffs just for a chance to find his mother. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders for all that he has been through. However, what is even more disturbing is that his mother (or father) didn't even tried to find or contact him the last five years. I can only hope it's not true that the reason he was kicked out was because he was a boy and they'd rather raise more girls. Now, there's a topic for debate!
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 12:16 PM ET
I find it very sad that these people would follow Jeffs so far even as to throw out their own children. Isn't there a law that they could be imprisoned for abandonment or something? If not then these states need to add them to the books so that these children can finally get some justice!
Posted By Anonymous Cynthia, Covington,Ga. : 1:11 PM ET
Gary,
I can not begine to imagine how difficult and traumatic this situation has been for Johnny Jessop. How sick and twisted that this boy would be turned out into the streets at the tender young tender age of 13 and has survived on his own or five years! How disgusting that the older "stallions" in this cult kick out the young males to have more "fillies" in their herd, and all in the name of Jesus. How in GOD'S NAME do people get so brainwashed? Warren Jeffs is a mentally ill control freak. Freak best describes. I hope and pray that Johnny gets to see his Mother. I know she must be heartbroken about Johnny's unfortunate, unnecessary situation he has been forced into. God bless Johnny and help all those who are under Jeff's evil spell be able to see through God's loving eyes.
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 1:19 PM ET
Hey Gary,

I read "Under the banner of heaven" from Jon Krakauer about the history of the FLDS and it disgusted me. They talk about Warren Jeffs & the Jessops.Forget about the religious babbling,it is pure & simple abuse(physical,psychological & sexual).
I also saw the story you did on the "Lost boys". Maybe it's hard for me to understand that people can live like that because I'm so independant. And I understand that most have been raised like that and it's "normal" for them. But I raise my hat to those who question(by the way,they are subject to more physical abuse when they do it) and when they finally leave. For those who stay, I feel sad and yes mad at them. My son is almost 12 and I can't imagine kicking him to the curb.And there would be hell to pay if anyone touched even one hair on his head.I hope that young boy will find his mother and that she will want to speak to him. As for Warren Jeffs and his fellow abusers, I hope they burn in hell because the legal system won't take care of them,I'm sure.

Joanne R.
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne R.Laval Quebec : 1:33 PM ET
Hi Gary,
Why isn't his Mom looking for him? Obviously, she believes in Warrren Jeffs beliefs. I hope Johnny finds her, but I'm not sure he will find the mother he wants or deserves. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 2:16 PM ET
Why doesn't he go in on the internet and try and find her? Also, maybe she will see this herself on the internet.
Posted By Anonymous Tally West, Anaheim, Ca : 3:00 PM ET
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