I was forced to have sex with twisted cult leader aged 19 – he was 85

A teenage bride of a religious cult leader spoke of the desperate measures she took to avoid having sex with the decrepit pervert.

The first disturbing episode of Netflix series 'Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey' sees several ex-wives of Rulon Jeffs discussing the horrors they faced in his polygamous US cult.

Girls were forced into marriage, while the men were revered for taking multiple wives. And a specific handshake was given by their leader if he fancied taking one as a bride.

One of the victims was Rebecca Musser, who became Jeffs' wife when she was just 19. He was 85.

She recalled being disgusted at having to have sex with the self-proclaimed Prophet of God.

"You got undressed and then you went down to his bedroom," she said.

"I remember him rolling on top of me and saying 'spread your legs'.

"I felt like, this is everything that we were told was bad.

"Why… why is a man doing this, let alone the Prophet of God doing this to me?

"At 19, I did not know what it took to physically get pregnant. I did not expect Rulon Jeffs to touch me in any way, shape, or form."

And she took desperate measures to try to avoid having sex with the ageing pervert.

"I was clever. I knew he was tired, so I'd have him get in bed and I'd rub his feet and get him to sleep," she explained.

"I'd do anything I could to make him fall asleep. And then I would pass by another night without having him touch me.

"And it worked for a while until it didn't."

Called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the secretive religious cult was forced out of mainstream Mormonism when the church outlawed polygamy over a hundred years ago.

Leaders of the cult preached the more wives and children you have, the higher in heaven you'll be. Men's status in the cult depended on the number of their wives.

Rulon reportedly had 62 children – 32 sons and 30 daughters.

One of his sons, Wallace, told the documentary: "We were taught from birth that in order to get what they called the highest degree of the celestial kingdom you had to have at least three wives while you lived on Earth.

"And if you did not, you could not reach that highest degree.

"If you reach the highest degree, you will be able to create spirit children.

"You'll be able to create worlds, galaxies, universes. Basically become a god."

The documentary heard that "plural" or "thorough" marriage as it was called, despite being illegal, was almost never prosecuted.

But the leaders of the Salt Lake City cult still knew their way of life had to be concealed.

Anything from the outside world was "purged". Sections about reproduction and the solar system were ripped out of science books.

Rebecca said: "They didn't let us work. They didn't let us go to school.

"All our sole purpose was to be with Rulon Jeffs, pray, and to be obedient. To be adoring at all times."

Another young woman became Rulon's 23rd wife on leaving high school.

"Your brain runs away with you and you think it's gonna be magical," she said. "Yeah, it wasn't magical."

Members of the cult were taught Rulon would never die.

So his 19 wives and 60 children were understandably confused when the old leader kicked the bucket on September 7, 2002.

But the sick cult continued in his absence. Warren Jeffs succeeded his father, married 12-year-olds and kept them hidden away on a farm.

He is currently serving a life sentence for child sex assault.

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey is currently showing on Netflix.

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