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Warren Jeffs Mansion, Minus 'Spooky History,' Now Bed and Breakfast

By    |   Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 10:12 AM

Warren Jeffs' mansion in Utah, a compound that was part of the convicted polygamist's properties before his conviction, is now a bed and breakfast offering rooms to travelers from $85 to $200 a night.

The compound, purchased by Jeffs' former body guard Willie Jessop, does not shy away from its controversial history, with the name America's Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast in Hildale, Utah. Jessop took over the $3.6 million grounds in 2013 after a successful lawsuit he brought against the church, according to The Associated Press.

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

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Jessop told the AP the mansion was built in 2010-2011 when Jeffs, who ran an offshoot of mainstream Mormonism sect, was awaiting his trial on assault charges. Residents told The AP that the compound was created for Jeffs and his family with multiple wives.

Families from Jeffs' former sect who need a place temporarily to stay will use rooms intended for Jeffs and will not be rented out to the public, Jessop said.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the 14 rooms that will be rented out all have their own bathrooms and closets. Breakfast will be served on site or down the street at Merry Wives Cafe. The Tribune said Hildale and adjacent Colorado City, Arizona is home to many members of the polygamous church.

Jeffs is currently serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for sexually assaulting girls who he claimed as brides.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had openly practiced polygamy on Jeffs' Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Texas. Church members had denied allegations of sexual abuse despite reports that young girls had been forced into marriages to much older men.

Texas authorities seized that 1,600-acre ranch in west-central Texas in April. The state's attorney general's office started legal proceedings to grab the property in 2012 and forfeiture of the ranch became final earlier this year.

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