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While Black may be innocent of murder, people in Short Creek have little doubt he's guilty of having sex with underage brides.A federal complaint against Black alleges he fled to Mexico to escape sex charges filed in Arizona, where he's still wanted.In Short Creek, it's widely believed the three men were Black's sons.The question now is whether Black killed them, and if he did, what motivated him.By that time, he had at least three wives, two of them teenage sisters he'd married in Short Creek."The truth is this piece of shit was a pervert," Jessop says.Black grew up in Short Creek, the oldest child of a deferential and quiet father who took orders from FLDS higher ups without question, and an enterprising mother who ran the community thrift store and taught Black a streetwise attitude that eventually put him at odds with church leadership."He just disappeared into the sagebrush," is how one of his friends puts it.
In the mid 1990s, Black soured on the church, perhaps disappointed he hadn't become prophet, but stuck around the community, marrying other apostate wives and opening a shop called Mojave Minerals, where he claimed he was making gold out of rocks.
As a member of a polygamist Mormon splinter-sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, Black had always been a rebel – even by the twisted standards of Short Creek, the dusty desert hamlet that straddles the border of Utah and Arizona at the base of soaring vermillion cliffs.
Unlike most FLDS men, known for their meek manner and Amish-like dress, Black did pretty much whatever he wanted.
It's one more sordid chapter in a saga that's been playing out in Southern Utah for decades, and it comes at a time when the FLDS are facing an existential crisis.
Tucked away in one of the most remote places of America, they ran Short Creek like a theocracy since the 1930s, with virtually no intrusion from outside authorities, and at their peak claimed over 10,000 members.