Utah B&B opens at former polygamous compound site

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2014 at 9:51 am •  Published: July 29, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect.

America's Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name from Warren Jeff's time on the list of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives. Accommodations in the Hildale, Utah, bed-and- breakfast run from $85 to $200 a night.

Hildale and neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, are both home to members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Former Jeffs bodyguard Willie Jessop runs the bed-and-breakfast. He took ownership of the $3.6 million compound in 2013 in a successful lawsuit he brought against the church. Jessop says only one family is living full-time in the compound after a fire destroyed their home.

Jeffs is in a Texas prison serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting girls he considered brides. Members of his church, an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism, believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven.

Even though its title refers to the imprisoned leader, the bed-and-breakfast aims to help the community move past its dark history, Jessop said.

"Jeffs has never seen it and he never will. It was never lived in, it doesn't have any spooky history," Jessop said.

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