Netflix continues its exploration of true crimes with an uplifting new documentary series “Keep Sweet: Pray and Shut Up”. In four episodes, the platform returns to the frightening story of Warren Jeffs, a polygamist guru.
After serial killers, roommates from hell, and top-notch hustlers, Netflix sets its sights on a hair-raising new story. With Keep Sweet: pray and shut up, the platform is interested in the case of Warren Jeffs, nicknamed the “polygamist guru”. The four-part documentary chronicles how this man indoctrinated an entire community and used his power to dominate women, both physically and psychologically.
In the United States, Warren Jeffs, 47, became head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2002 following the death of his father, Rulon Jeffs. This movement, which belongs to Mormonism, has thousands of followers and seems cut off from the world. The women, submissive to the men, are dressed in period dresses in different pastel colors.
The supreme leader of the movement uses his superiority to practice polygamy. According to one of the doctrines of the community, if a man has at least three wives, paradise will open its arms to him. In total, Warren Jeffs had 78 and 24 of them were minors. The youngest was 14 years old.
Polygamy being prohibited in most states of America, the movement isolates itself in isolated territories of Utah, Arizona and Colorado, where plural marriage is not considered a crime. Trapped because cradled in this universe from their childhood, women have no choice but to wall themselves in silence.
A call to social services from one of the wives – aged 16 – upsets the “balance” of Warren Jeffs. In 2006, he was accused of complicity in rape and pedophilia. On the run, he is on the FBI’s most wanted list with Osama bin Laden. He was finally arrested in September 2007.
The official judgment fell in August 2011: he was sentenced to life in prison in Texas. Between 2007 and 2011, Warren Jeffs continued to manipulate his followers from his cell. His wives came to visit him. After his arrest, 468 children were placed.
Keep Sweet: pray and be quiet is available on Netflix.