(Photo courtesy of Kollene Snow) Kollene Snow, 16, poses in her dress before her 2009 marriage in West Valley City. "He said, `You can leave, but you can never come back.' Allison, a 17 year-old ex-Kingston member says not much has changed since Lu Anns day. The ones that misbehave, they try to push them to marry as soon as they can, Hansen said. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges Washakie made almost no biofuel and instead bought and sold products and fabricated papers to collect a tax rebate from the federal government. The two were playmates when they were boys. Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. Elden had predicted that he would be resurrected from the dead, so clan members kept his body on ice for three days, to no avail. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Kollene's father, John Daniel Kingston has 14 wives, and she is the fifth of her mother Shirley Hansen's 12 children. The judge gave the couple until June 11 to request new birth certificates. The judge opted to let the women remain free without a bond, though they need to surrender their passports, wear ankle monitors and remain in Utah. Now, former members say, girls who will be plural wives meaning they have only a spiritual marriage to their husband are left alone until they are 18 so laws about sex with a minor wont apply. The teacher was like, You can never get that out, that is always there now, recalled Jessica, now 29. Isaiah Kingston is charged with 19 such counts. She says girls don't have a choice. Asked about these legends, Kingston spokesman Kent Johnson, explained via email that on occasion Order families have asked to spread the ashes of a child lost before or after birth at the Holy Spot. She wants to be adopted by her foster family, and one day become a police officer and help abused kids. Recordings of church testimony given by various Kingstons serve as further evidence of the cults bigoted teachings. Due to the Kingstons convoluted genealogy, Lu Ann was both his first cousin and his aunt. . Its all political, Jessica said. 1 choice [of whom to marry] in The Order, Jessica Kingston said. He told her he believed one did not need to practice polygamy to reach heaven. There shouldnt really be a reason for an age limit, she said. If God gives him direction on whom to marry, he goes to his dad. He then pinned her on a bed, the documents say, and wouldnt let her call for help. The lawyers words call to mind another heavenly curse, described in 2 Nephi, Chapter 5 of the Book of Mormon, where God caused a skin of blackness to come upon a group called the Lamanites, supposedly ancestors of Native Americans. He would talk to them about marriage and thinking of whom to marry, Hansen said. According to written histories, John Ortell Kingston, father of the current leader, also encouraged his family members to marry other kin to improve their own bloodline. Utah woman reveals what life was like growing up in a polygamist CULT Rolwing said some computer hard drives remain missing, though federal agents were available to recover emails and other data on a backup server. Snow said her marriage fell apart over her not liking the Kingston Group and her husband wanting to have another wife. One is a first cousin. A $300-million (minimum) gondola to Dodger Stadium? No child deserves to be beaten or threatened with being beaten, and when they do, they deserve the help of our court, said 3rd District Judge Andrew Valdez. A juvenile court judge ordered Kingston not to see his children, but the state is working to reunite Mattingly with her children. Members who have left in recent years say that changed after some of Paul Kingstons brothers were convicted of crimes related to child abuse, sex with a minor or incest. sltrib.com 1996-2023 The Salt Lake Tribune. They believe were Gods chosen people, Snow said of the Kingston Group followers, so you should start having kids as soon as possible.. Local Policing and Immigration Enforcement, Request for Legal Assistance Economic Justice. "I could taste the blood from my nose," she said. The Tribune, with assistance from former sect members who reviewed the records, also found 20 cases in which both the bride and groom were at least 18. Former sect members testified in favor of the measure, but its unclear whether the pressures faced by teens in the Kingston Group constitute forced marriage. She wasnt allowed to leave the house until she decided whom to marry. If that child comes to her at age 16 wanting to marry, she said, she will have questions. LGBT people fare little better in the Kingston clan. Besides, the mother said, the girl needed her husbands health insurance to treat her condition. 1 choice was not her fathers. An account controlled by the sect then returned $4.5 million to Washakie. Paul E. Kingston, considered the top man, signed as a witness for four of the marriages that The Tribune found outside Utah. According to the victim, David was already. I could see that the leaders of The Order really did believe we had black ancestors, Ron explained, with Christy next to him, and his adult daughters Emily and Julie nearby. Blood Cult | Southern Poverty Law Center WREs influence earned special scrutiny in February 2016 after the IRS, the EPA and other government agencies raided owner Jacob Kingstons house as well as The Orders bank and other locations, carting away bankers box after bankers box of records. Intelligence Report then read the names of women believed to be his wives four in all. The mere rumor of black blood could condemn someone in the eyes of Order members. Somehow LaDonnas curse was transferred to the Tuckers via Christy, Rons wife, because, Christys mom left The Order and married an Irishman, before leaving him and returning to the fold. When Jessica Kingston was 15, her father told her she had four choices apparently the number of suitors who had spoken to him about marrying her. That wasnt the only reason Jessica liked him. Kingston's attorney, Daniel Irvin, argued that his client had done nothing wrong and was being persecuted for his. He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. If someone is mature enough, they should be able to do whatever they want.. When someone is interested in marriage, the process is something more like a job interview than a courtship. Her father, John Daniel Kingston, has 14 wives. At age 15, Snow wanted out of the Kingston Group. At one point, she said, he reached over, pulled her to him by her hair and slugged her in the face. The young women ranged from about age 18 to 22. 1 choice for marriage is. Rather than submit to DNA tests, which could have revealed the incest in his brood, he coughed up a more than $200,000 settlement. And when her children were abused, Foster stood by. Yet its teen marriages in the Kingston Group that spurred the Utah Legislature to act this year. Valdez ordered the girls to remain out of their home: The younger girl will remain with her aunt and uncle, and the older teen will be placed in a high-level foster home, with extended visits at home. Blacks were the less valiant people in heaven who sat on the sidelines while others took sides, according to The Order. In another, Order attorney Carl Kingston warns listeners about marrying up with Hams kids, a reference to the aforementioned Biblical curse. She ran away several times, but was always sent back to her family. Okay, I have one legal wife, he said. only for your personal, non-commercial use. Jessica has begun working with Hope After Polygamy, a charity started by the cast of Escaping Polygamy and other former Kingston Group members to assist people leaving polygamous sects. Daniel Irvin, Kingstons defense attorney, had characterized the case as about a stupid pair of earrings, kids who want one thing and parents who want another in his closing arguments. Sometimes she cries because she sees her kids getting beaten and she cant do anything., Kingston subjected his children to abandonment and illegal behavior, Brewer said, noting the children are aware of his relationships with 14 women, three of whom are his half sisters.. Her parents and siblings eventually left as well. Former 'Two by Twos' sect leader faces abuse charges, Allene and Mollie Hari found after chase leads through Carroll Co, Father's child abduction trial gets under way. What he told me was, Hansen said, Get her married so we dont have to take care of her anymore.. Had Snow been a better behaved, more devout member of the Kingston Group, Hansen said, there may not have been a push to have her legally marry at 16. But age alone wont determine her answer. The Washakie Renewable Energy facility in Plymouth, Utah, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. She since has been placed in foster care. Eventually, there was a meeting between Jessica Kingston, her parents and Paul Kingston. John Daniel Kingston did not return messages seeking comment Tuesday. Jeremy was nearly 10 years her senior at the time. Their divorce was finalized in July 2012 a little more than three years after they married. The parents of the 16-year-olds also completed a form granting their permission. It still hasnt been explained how anyone at Washakie would have known about the raid. Colorado does not require an officiant or a ceremony to marry. Donate to the newsroom now. She told police she was David Kingston's 15th wife. But given that the Kingstons command an estimated 6,000 adherents, boast a business empire reportedly worth as much as $1 billion and have outlasted myriad bouts with law enforcement and the press, these dreams of world domination may be less delusional than they first seem. John Daniel Kingston regularly subjected two of his teenage daughters to abuse and neglect, and the girls mother Heidi Foster, one of Kingstons estimated 14 wives failed to protect them, a juvenile judge ruled Thursday. The ones they dont think they have to worry about, they dont push them as hard.. But moving forward isn't always easy. Paul would rather have the wealth and the money than the isolation and the conflict, he said. In 1999, Pauls younger brother David Ortell Kingston was convicted of taking his 16-year-old niece as wife number 15. The girl suffered a swollen nose, cut lip and deep bruises on her arms, buttocks and legs, according to testimony. DeRieuxs marriage effectively ended in June 2010. John Daniel Kingston did not return messages seeking comment Tuesday. Hansen, Fosters attorney, said he would explore an appeal. Each daughter married one of their cousins, who also are pictured with their parents. More recently, the Kingston-owned Washakie Renewable Energy (WRE) agreed to pay a $3 million fine after it was sued by the federal government for raking in tax credits for biofuels it never produced. During his parole hearing in August, he admitted for the first time that he had had sex with the girl. All rights reserved. Four of those appear to be couples from polygamous groups. Young also claimed Desert Tech had sold guns to Picatinny Arsenal, the research division of the U.S. military. (Photo courtesy Shanell DeRieux) John Daniel Kingston, front center, kneels in front of three of his daughters as they hold their wedding certificates July 3, 2008, in Grand Junction, Colo. Shanell DeRieux, second row left, was 18; the other two girls were 16. Snow and her mother, Shirley Hansen, have differing stories on what the moms role was in her daughters marriage. A juvenile. Stephanie, who just turned 17, told us and has testified in court that as a young girl she was emotionally, physically and sexually abused by her father, John Daniel Kingston. He walked out the front door at the prison about 10 minutes ago, said Jack Ford, spokesman for the Corrections Department. Jessicas dad told her the wife can get only as high as her husband rises. That usually means marrying a Kingston descendant. Because that one is going to be genius-level purity, and thats what The Order is looking for., Photo Credit: AP Images / Leah Hogsten, Pool (John Daniel Kingston); AP Images / Jeffrey D. Allred / Pool (Jeremy Kingston), SPLC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization (EIN: 63-0598743). A nationwide debate is underway about teens, especially girls, marrying. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. deductible, Report a missed paper by emailingsubscribe@sltrib.comor calling801-237-2900, For e-edition questions or comments, contact customer support801-237-2900or emailsubscribe@sltrib.com. rules, Utes seeing transfer portals impact on college gymnastics, plural marriages that happen outside the law, two stars of the television show Escaping Polygamy,", Shanell DeRieux, a former Kingston Group member, stigmas that often come with being associated, Kent Johnson, a spokesman for the Davis County Cooperative Society. Jacob Kingston has filed a motion for pretrial release and offered to post $10 million in bail. Utah meteorologist makes a special forecast, Tammy Daybell may have been restrained when she died, Utah medical examiner says, How newest signee Dawson Baker will fit with BYU basketball, Provo culture, Flooding, avalanches impact communities in Utah as record temperatures continue, South end of Great Salt Lake up nearly 4 feet since berm raised in February. The new indictment charges Jacob Kingston with 43 counts of filing false returns with the IRS, money laundering, threatening a witness and obstruction of justice. John Daniel Kingston seen here in 1999, pleading no contest to beating his 16-year-old daughter after she attempted to flee an arranged marriage with her uncle David, Kingstons brother. But 16- and 17-year-olds in Utah need only the consent of a parent to wed. Idaho, Colorado and Nevada, where the The Tribune also found Kingston Group marriages, have similar age and parental-consent requirements. We would cause harm, he confessed. The plans fizzled because her mother didnt believe DeRieux had received direction from God to marry the man. If that father says yes, the groom talks to the girl. (Jessicas dad and the young man had taken courses together at the University of Utah.) . Black people supposedly suffered from multiple scriptural curses, from the mark of Cain and Noahs curse on Ham in the Old Testament to the racist tenets of early Mormonism that have since been renounced or abandoned by the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the LDS or Mormon church. Kingston is the brother of church leader Paul Kingston. She grew up in Woods Cross and hated The Order all her life, she said in a recent interview. While much of the focus of any polygamous group is on plural marriages that happen outside the law, records and interviews with current and former first wives in the Kington Group lend insight into how legal marriages are facilitated. The marriages, former followers say, can be used as a tool to keep girls in the Kingston Group, known among younger members as The Order. For their part, the brides sometimes see legal marriages as a way to avoid becoming polygamists later (and consequently being matched with a husband perhaps twice their age) or a means to escape their parents crowded households. Stephanie Mattingly is the daughter of John Daniel Kingston and Heidi Mattingly. But lots of people in the sect are already descended from that family, Hansen said; thats why there are so many cousin marriages in the Kingston Group. Stephanie told our Sandra Yi she doesn't want to go back. As far as how you end up in heaven, thats up to God.. Photographs of the injuries were introduced at the hearing. DeRieux did marry the next year at age 18 to a cousin who was 19. Her husband knew she didnt want him to have a plural spouse, she said, but his father told him he needed to have one. In response to questions from the newspaper, Kent Johnson, a spokesman for the Davis County Cooperative Society, sent an email saying marriages should occur within the age of legal consent and not be coerced. Over the years, state law enforcement and the courts have sporadically addressed the incest in the Kingston ranks. A member of a polygamist clan today was convicted of incest with his 16-year-old niece, who testified that she had been forced to become his 15th wife. Twenty-eight times her father, John Daniel Kingston, whipped her, she testified, before she apparently passed out.On Wednesday, 1st District Judge Ben Hadfield ordered Kingston, 43, a prominent member of a Utah polygamist group, to stand trial for the May 24 assault on the girl. The familys dedication to the principle of polygamy already had been established by Kingstons father, who had three wives. Some shed tears as the girl testified. Kingston, 44, pleaded no contest in April to child abuse, a third-degree felony, for belt-whipping his then 16-year-old daughter after she fled from an arranged polygamous marriage to his brother last year. Both are barred from contact with their father. Jessica Kingston said within a year of getting married, her husband started looking for a plural wife. At 15, Snow ran away from home, wound up in a foster home and later was returned to her mother. Kingston daughter's lawsuit accuses 3 of sex abuse In his ruling, Valdez ordered that the last names of all 10 children be legally changed to Kingston, dropping Foster, a fake last name sometimes used by their father. Andy Larsen: Heres where National Weather Service forecasts flooding, in the short term and the long term, Murray police officers were justified in their use of force against a 52-year-old man who died after arrest, Salt Lake County D.A. (Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above). Irvin, Kingstons attorney, said his client would focus now on healing and reuniting his family. Escaping Polygamy focuses on four sisters, Jessica & Andrea Kingston (daughters of John Daniel Kingston and his 6th wife Heidi Mattingly) and Shanell & Kollene Kingston (daughters of John Daniel Kingston and his former 7th wife Shirley Hansen). The girl, who as an adult would unsuccessfully sue the clan, then walked miles to the nearest gas station, where she called the police. Snow said the classes also taught the girls to be submissive to their husbands and to keep a good house for them. So what about polygamy? Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune John Daniel Kingston regularly subjected two of his teenage daughters to abuse and neglect, and the girls' mother Heidi Foster, one of Kingston's estimated 14 wives failed to protect them, a juvenile judge ruled Thursday. In a letter to the Intelligence Report responding to allegations made by former members, Kent Johnson, a spokesman for the Davis County Cooperative Society, claimed that The Orders foundational principles include the Golden Rule, and that the church rejects any form of racism or bigotry. "Warren Jeffs' 'lost boys' find themselves in strange world". Girls who reach their mid- and late teens can start to feel the pressure to wed. Jessica Kingston said when word gets out that a boy or young man has asked a girls father for permission to marry her, friends and family are walking up to that girl asking, Did you pray about him?. After driving some 80 miles to the ranch near Plymouth, her father ordered her into a barn. "He told me to take off my jacket. The couple have since divorced. John Daniel did not support her financially, in any way.". (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jessica Kingston was wed at age 16 in what she says was a marriage she felt pressured into by her parents and others in a polygamous sect. And they are growing. New allegations of abuse in the polygamous Kingston family That will open up for The Order to rise up and take over the world, Ron said. Once free of the cult, Lu Ann, Allison and other ex-Order members have had to unlearn the hatred that was drilled into their heads. Stoddard was the president of the Latter Day Church of Christ, the Kingston Groups incorporated religious organization. Finding one wasnt difficult. 2K views, 27 likes, 7 loves, 18 comments, 0 shares, Facebook Watch Videos from Dbstvstlucia: DBS MORNING SHOW & OBITUARIES 25TH APRIL 2023 APRIL 2023 No. Its ominous-sounding moniker, The Order, is a reference to the United Order, a quasi-utopian society proposed by LDS-founder Joseph Smith, and practiced in some Mormon communities under the leadership of early church president Brigham Young. Supposedly, LaDonna had a dream wherein it was revealed that anyone who left The Order would be tainted by black blood. New website targets Kingston polygamous group - The Salt Lake Tribune A few days later, the groom-to-be picked up Jessica and took her to Murray Park. The four sisters from Escaping Polygamy, Jessica, Andrea, Shanell, and Kollene Kingston are the daughters of John Daniel Kingston and granddaughters of John Ortell Kingston. Desert Tech and its rifles have been featured on Fox News, Mythbusters, Daredevil and The Blacklist, among other TV shows. Another of the cults teachings was that soy can make you gay, an anti-government conspiracy theory popular in some right-wing circles. Is it a requirement to gain the highest levels of heaven? Before the call ended, Young insisted that he didnt admit to any kind of incest or anything. When Intelligence Report inquired if Young thought there was anything wrong with first cousins getting married, Young opined that such issues were between the individuals involved and God. Chinese people were called stupid, and Mexicans were dirty, said Lu Ann, adding, because of their skin.. Girls are told they will need to pray to God so he might show them who their No. Dating or romance among young people before marriage is forbidden in the Kingston Group, but the sect does hold dances. One of polygamist John Daniel Kingston's daughters has filed a $12 million sexual abuse lawsuit against three relatives who left the group. minutes. Tucker is another of Ortells many sons, though not from the favored wife, LaDonna. The woman who married in 2014 at age 16 and asked not to be identified is still with her husband. Llewellyn, John R. Polygamy Under Attack: From Tom Green to Brian David Mitchell (2004) Dan Simon & Amanda Townsend (September 7, 2007). CNN. This racist display was no one-off. Still, he conceded that some Order members may have prejudiced beliefs because in our organization people have freedom of choice.. So, all five young ladies are cousins to the late Carolyn Yvonne Kingston. Twenty-eight times her father, John Daniel Kingston, whipped her, she testified, before she apparently passed out.On Wednesday, 1st District Judge Ben Hadfield ordered Kingston, 43, a prominent member of a Utah polygamist group, to stand trial for the May 24 assault on the girl.