This Friday, “20/20” will air an investigation a year in the making into the secret lifestyle of the polygamist community located in Colorado City that call themselves The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The community, which is home to 10,000 people, is ruled by convicted child abuser Warren Jeffs, who was sentenced to life in prison last year. Although he now resides in prison, instead of among his flock of brainwashed followers, Jeffs still seems to have complete control over the community.
Dr. Maryam Holm, the primary health care provider for the Colorado town, said “We miss our prophet, Warren Jeffs. We know he is innocent and we all yearn for his deliverance, to be able to see him again."
Jeffs sends out orders to his followers, controlling their lives and perpetuating the fear in which they have lived. One follower, Willie Steed, chose to leave the community because of the tyranny and controlling nature of the prophesized leader.
"The church can just totally kill a family.” He says, “In just the matter of three days, two days, an hour. And they can break the spirit of their people, and as you've seen coming out to this place they have nothing left, they have no hope, and they can see no future."
The report, led by Amy Robach, follows a family excommunicated from the community by Jeffs after his incarceration as they struggle to live in mainstream society after a sheltered life in the polygamist Colorado town. It airs this Friday on “20/20” on ABC Television Network.