Thursday, June 26, 2008

Does Merril Jessop refer to Warren Jeffs as "father" or "son"?

While reading more about Merril Jessop (see previous stories here), I ran across this story from April 14, 2005:

I'm my own Grandpa

The Success learned this week that Merrill Jessop, the man who is reportedly overseeing work at the YFZ Ranch, has very close ties to FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs. According to sources in Colorado City, Arizona, Jessop is Jeffs’ father-in-law and son-in-law. The two men reportedly married each other’s daughter in a double-ring ceremony held in Caliente, Nevada in 2002 or 2003.

But this is not the first time such a thing has happened. Remember how the Bill Wyman-Mandy Smith story ended up?

[O]n June 2, 1989, the least infamous Stone got his turn in the tabs when 52-year-old Bill Wyman married 18-year-old Mandy Smith, culminating a long, strange affair.

And it got stranger:

Wyman reportedly grew impatient with her health problems, and the 23-month marriage ended in a 45-second divorce. Smith won an $880,000 settlement; still bitter, she threatened to sue her ex-husband for having sex with her back when she was 14. Later, things grew stranger when it was reported in the spring of 1993 that Wyman's son Stephen, 31, was planning to marry Mandy's 49-year-old mother — which would have made Mandy her ex's granddaughter-in-law.

But Bill's divorce ended the "I'm my own grandpa" talk:

[Stephen] married the mother, shortly after his father's divorce. Had Bill and Mandy stayed married, Bill would have been Stephen's father and son-in-law. Stephen would have been his son, and his father-in-law. Mrs. Smith would have been Mandy's mother and daughter-in-law, and Mandy would have been Mrs. Smith's daughter and mother-in-law.

I have been unable to determine whether Stephen Wyman and Patsy Smith are still married.

But I'm thinking that Bill, who hates drugs but loves women, would be the perfect FLDS member. If he could be persuaded to live in remote areas.

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