One Man Has Six Wives And 29 Children (Polygamy Documentary) – Real Stories |
Interviewer: Have you got a girlfriend? Uh-huh Interviewer: What does that mean? Yes or no? Yes. Interviewer: What’s her name? Barbara. Interviewer: How old are you? Eleven. Interviewer: And how many wives do you want to have? As many as I can. Interviewer: What would you think would be a good number? Hmmmm… Twelve. Interviewer: Twelve? Don’t you think that would be rather a lot of women to have to talk to and look after? Mm-hnn Interviewer: Why do you think that would be nice? Because. A big family is a nice family. Interviewer: There are nearly fifty thousand polygamists living illegally in the southwestern American state of Utah. This is the home of Tom Green and his six wives. Linda, Shirley, June, LeAnn, Carrie, and Hannah. They have chosen to live in the desert two hundred miles from Salt Lake City in order to freely practice their fundamentalist Mormon belief. But the greater the number of wives and children one man can have, the more elevated his status will be in heaven. I am twenty-eight. Interviewer: And when did you get married to him? I was married when I was fourteen. Tom was, uh, thirty-five. I had my parents’ permission. Because they thought Tom was a very good man and and they could see his heart that he was not just out to take advantage of a young girl. He wanted to build a family and we really did sincerely truly love each other. I met Tom when I was just fifteen years old and I spent a month in his home working for his wife and I got to know his family and I became very close with Linda. Interviewer: And who did Tom marry after you? Tom married my mother after me. Interviewer: How did you meet Tom? My older sister was married to Tom. and, uh, I lived in southern Utah. And she brought him down to meet us. And. Things just went from there. I thought that he was strange. Cause he was an outsider when he came. Maybe that’s why I fell in love with him, because he was different. I don’t know. I met Tom when my mother moved to Salt Lake and married Tom. Interviewer: You were Tom’s step-daughter? Yes. I was. I didn’t see him as a father figure for very long. I think I fell in love with him right away. And, I have been married to him for nine years now. He let me know that he was serious. And if I was serious, was serious that I needed to let him know. And so I told him yes, I want to marry you. I want to be your wife. From the time that we first kissed, to the time that we were married was about two days. So it went quite fast. He reached over and took hold of my chin, and kissed me really nice. Interviewer: And how long was that after your sister, Carrie, had married him? Um. Two, three weeks. Two, three weeks. And then after that, I guess the next thing that happened, was, uh, they had a reception for Carrie and Tom. His family and everybody got together and a lot of my family came. And after the reception, on the way back, Carrie, Carrie wanted me to marry Tom, too. And so she says, why don’t you sit in the backseat with Hannah. Tom and I sit in the backseat. And then we were sitting in the backseat and it just, it just came up and I was looking at his eyes and I just loved his eyes, and I said, I want my children to have eyes like yours. And he says, I know how we can make that possible. Interviewer: Tom is fifty-one years old. His three eldest children from a previous marriage have left home. He now has twenty-six children aged twelve years and under, living at Greenhaven. When I first saw this property, I hated it. It was ugly. It was dry and barren, and brushy. And I wanted someplace beautiful and pretty. But we were forced to move our home, and we had to get it parked somewhere and this was the only place I could buy with nothing down. And so we bought it began scraping all this brush off. And uh, these mobile homes are only temporary. They’re like tents. We moved one out, and it got destroyed. The wind came along and demolished the first homes we got. So we bought more old mobile homes. But, in time, we’ll have these homes parked in a circle, all the way around here and all this in the middle will be lawn and trees and flowers and little benches to sit on and a playground for the children. And they’ll be able to come out of any one of the homes and go into this inner courtyard area and we won’t have to worry about them wandering into the bushes with the coyotes and the snakes, And they’ll all be right here. Interviewer: Tell us, though, why you choose to marry the wives so young. I’ve married the wives that I have because those are the wives that God brought to me and, and informed me that these are the girls that I should marry. These girls wanted to marry me, and demonstrated to me their extremely rare quality of being capable of handling responsibilities at such an early age. You know, a lot of people have criticized me, soundly, for marrying young girls and I agree that there’s hardly at that age that are ready for marriage, but these girls were. These girls have demonstrated that they really were not not too young because they have succeeded in building a successful relationship in marriage. Which people sometimes twice their age or more have not been able to do. Each of Tom’s wives have a trailer where they have a bedroom in it. And, um, this is where mine is. This is a kitchen, which is going to be turned into a walk-in closet. And, um, we’ll put up a wall. And um, isolate itself from my bedroom, which is right here. And it used to be our living room. It’s now my large bedroom. This is where I spend my evenings when I’m not with Tom. Tom has his own bedroom, and each of his wives spend their nights there. This room is my bedroom. And um I spend all my nights here. Each wife, uh, comes here at their, according to their own schedule and spends their time with me. Um, the only furniture I really have in here is my armoire. You may notice there’s, there’s seven drawers, so, there’s room for two more wives there if things happen that way. Interviewer: Do you ever feel promiscuous? (laughs) Promiscuous. You mean with the wives that I have? No. I’ve entered into solemn covenants with the wives that I have. We’ve had, each wife has been married to me by a very special and sacred religious ceremony. And so, um I don’t feel the least bit immoral or promiscuous in what I’m doing. My covenants and my bonds with each wife is just as sacred as it is among any person of any other faith. Down the hall here, I have my nursery. And this is where Melanie and Elizabeth spend their time. This is for Elizabeth and Melanie. And um, this bedroom here is a spare bedroom. We’re gonna combine it with the bathroom bedroom and turn it all into a large bathroom. And here is where the B team girls spend their time. This is their bedroom. My name? Oh. Joseph. Interviewer: How old are you? Eight. Interviewer: And what team are you in? B Team. Interviewer: Who else is in B team? Lauren, Mindy and Kelly, and Sarah. Linda has Melvin. And then Johnny. And then Lauren. And then Phillip. And then Rebecca. And Rosanna. And those are Linda’s six. And then Shirley had seven children with me. She had Chris. And then Hyrum. And then Sierra. And then Gerry. And then Alonzo, or Lonnie. And then she had the twins, Elizabeth and Melanie. And those are Shirley’s. And then let’s see, uh, next was LeAnn. LeAnn’s first one was Kelly. And then she had Misty. And then Emerald. And then Hunter. They’re all named colors. And then, uh, next was Carrie. And Carrie had Bonnie. And where is he? And then Wesley. And then Benjamin Franklin. And then Hannah has had two with me. She’s had Sharon. And Brigham Young. And those are all the children of each mother. All of us try to get pregnant at the same time. Because we really like having children at the same age. Close together, like, four or five of them. And we’ve managed to do that several times. We’re down to an E team now, starting from A, and every one of those teams are just unique in their own little way. And it’s a lot of fun to have teams. I think that most people when they see plural marriage they see this horny old man that wants to have sex with young women. And that’s not Tom. That’s not him at all. It’s a woman’s choice. It’s a woman’s issue, you know what I mean? It’s more about our rights and our freedom than it is about his. I mean, we get to decide when we’re going to have sex with him. He doesn’t ask. It’s not his place. It’s a young, it’s a girl’s place to choose her husband. And, we chose Tom. I chose him. I, he, you know, he didn’t ask me. He let me know that he was interested. But, but it was me that went to him and said I’d like to be your wife. Interviewer: Do you love him very much? I do. I love him very much. I am very madly in love. My life would not be the same and I would be a very lonely woman if I had to live without him. I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t want to do that. But, if I had to I would. I hope that God never asks me to do that. Then I would be forced to find out how strong I really am. Interviewer: Do you mind sharing him? Um No, I don’t mind sharing Tom. Um. He’s a very good man, and I, and I would feel very selfish and very guilty if I, if I had him all to myself because he is very capable and of loving other women and taking care of them and feeling their needs and he’s a very good father and I would feel, would feel very selfish limiting him to just me and my children. Ok, are you ready? Is everybody here? Hey, Hannah. Sneak around and sit down over there. Carrie? Kelly, take over. I’m the old person. Children, are you ready to sing? Brigham, Brigham, let’s sing to mother Hannah. You ready? Ok, everybody. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Happy birthday, mother Hannah. Happy birthday to you. Stand up, stand up, stand up and take a bow, a bow. Stand up, stand up, stand up and take a bow. How old are you now, how old are you now? How old are you, Hannah? How old are you now? Twenty-two. (Cheers) At last. Finally. Hey, Alonzo, wait just a minute. The what? Tell her. Tom: Say heavy, heavy hangover. Heavy, heavy hangover, thy poor head. What do you wish this person with a bump on the head? I wish you a horse. A horse! (cheers) Interviewer: The Green family have barely thirty-thousand pounds a year to feed, clothe, and house all thirty-three of them. Hmm… I wish you, what do I wish you? I wish you a dolly named Emerald. (laughs) I wish you a horsey. Do you want a horsey? And a cow. And a cow? Ok. Interviewer: To preserve their fundamentalist way of life, the children have little contact with the outside world and are educated at home by their mothers. I wish you a husband that will treat you like an angel. Each of my wives have their own independent personalities. And I encourage them to develop their personalities individually. I, I find that I relate with each one of them differently. Linda is, uh, she’s very level-headed. She’s very mature. She’s very intelligent and has a fantastic memory. Just so amazing in her abilities that I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to have her as a partner in my marriage. And Shirley is as devoted and diligent as a mother as I have ever seen. I won great respect for Shirley because of that. Shirley’s just a lot of fun to have around. And, um, LeAnn keeps life really fun, for the family and for me. Besides that, I really like the way she dresses. It, it’s just fun to look at her walk by. I get a thrill just out of watching her walk by. And um, Carrie is such a stalwart. Uh, Carrie amazes me how she just diligently, devotedly works her heart out for this family, without complaining, ever. In eight years of marriage with Carrie, we’ve never had an argument. Carrie’s like the pillar that holds up the family. And uh, Hannah is uh, Hannah’s an amazing girl. She’s, she’s athletic and she’s strong and she’s competitive. And she’s extremely committed to this family. It’s just really dazzling to me to see how she’s striving to do the best she can in this family. Interviewer: So you have five wives that are all very attractive, they’re young, they’re very lively, how do you satisfy them? Which aspect of satisfaction are you talking about? I, I, I, there was a truck driver one time that was talking to us on the CB radio, and, and was talking to my wives and discovered they’re all married to the same man. And he was fascinated, and so he, he asked me how do you, how do you do it, I’d like to get a bunch of wives. And I said, well it’s very simple. All you have to do, is be able to satisfy all their physical needs. And he says, oh, yea yea, I can do that. But he was only thinking of their sensual needs. He wasn’t thinking of all their physical needs. And I said, and you must be able to satisfy their intellectual needs. And their emotional needs. And their spiritual needs. And if you can meet all of those needs, you’ll find all kinds of women that will come to you. And he, when he really thought about it, he said well I don’t want a bunch of wives that bad. You see, there’s a great price to pay. But um, Were you referring to the sensual? The physical? Interviewer: Yea, yea, yes, and then as individuals. Interviewer: You know. There’s a big volume. Oh. All of their needs. Interviewer: Well, let’s talk about the sensual needs first. Interviewer: That’s a lot of sex, isn’t it? A lot of, um, sex you’re having, times five. No, no, I, I, I have the average amount. And they’re the ones that go without. Listen. Stand up. Sit up. That’s enough. Sit back. LeAnn, put her out front. Sit back, please. Sit down. (whistles) Quiet. Are you ready? How many. Raise your hand and don’t say a word. If, if you want to go on the safari. Ok? Has Phillip gone to sleep already? Phillip went to sleep. Wesley, do you want to do the safari? Ok, everybody. Get your gun. Put your gun on your shoulder. Ok? Got your binoculars? Put those on. Now, open the door careful. Look outside. Is it all clear? Is it all clear? Ok. Le’ts go down the path. Our nights are scheduled on a rotational basis. Um, it’s not up to Tom at all. It is left up to the wives. And we have all decided together that if it’s just one right after another and in turn then it would be a lot simpler to keep track of and also to help deal with, you know, jealousy. And uh, when it is our night with Tom, it is totally up to the woman to initiate whether or not she wants to be intimate with him or not. Through the tall grass. Quiet, Misty. Ah, here’s a tall tree. Let’s climb it real slow. Keep climbing. Don’t climb it fast. Interviewer: What was Tom like on your wedding night? So, of course I’d have to say he was experienced. So, he’d tell me and explain things. One thing he did is he would draw on my belly where the, the, what. (laughs) Back, rewind, forget that part. Interviewer: He would what? Explain. Uh. (laughs) Uh. (laughs) No! This isn’t, ok, let’s not do this part. Interviewer: What, he’d draw on your belly and tell you where a baby would be? Uh, well. (sighs) Well, how it works, actually. Like where the uterus is, where the ovaries are. And would explain. Just, explain it. The reproductive system of the female. Get your binoculars. Look all around. What do you see? A lion! Oh no! Quick! Down the tree! In the water. Swim the river. Quick! Down the path! I see our cabin. Quick inside and shut the door. Slam! Hooray! (Clapping and cheering) Interviewer: It’s unusual for a mother and daughter to be married to the same man. I’ve heard of a lot of them, but, most people think it’s wrong. I don’t see anything wrong with it, really. It, it is kind of rare to have your mother marry your husband, but, in some areas and regions it’s not. Interviewer: But isn’t it strange to see your mother going off to spend a night with your husband? It may sound very strange to think that my mother was with my husband, but you have to realize that this is the way I believe life ought to be lived. and this is very deeply held religion for me and my family and through my whole childhood growing up I was taught, taught the values and the reasons and the whys and the hows and and for me it was natural. Interviewer: And what was it like to have two baby boys on the same day by the same man and be mother and daughter yourselves? (laughs) She was real mad at me. Yea, cause I was first. I was gonna have the first born. I had my baby in the morning and she had hers in the evening and, and, I just moved over. She had hers in the same spot I had mine. Interviewer: And they were both Tom’s children? Yes. Yes, they were. Interviewer: What were your boys’ relationships to each other? They were brothers to themselves and they were, they were sons to us and and they were also her child was my brother and my child was her grandson. So it’s, I think there’s about every relationship you can have. We are very closely related. Interviewer: Sam, the baby on the left, was born with Down’s Syndrome. Gerry, the baby on the right, died in a fire three years later at the Green’s home. He’s not died. He’s in heaven, not in died. Um, a couple winters ago our home burnt down and Gary and Linda managed to get all of the children out and Gerry was the only one they could not get out. and, and, he burnt. He died in the fire. And um, we all miss him. The night of the fire I had made plans to go to Salt Lake because I was a month prior to having my twins and, um, we weren’t sure if they were going to come early. And we had made plans to go to town that night. And I had made a point to not say goodbye to my son because he gets so sad when I do. And several hours after going to bed that night we got a call on the phone and Tom answered the call and it was Linda. She was at a neighbor’s home. And said, she had told him that, she said, Tom, the house burnt down And we got everybody out. And he just, his chest just gave a sigh of relief and then she says, except for Gerry, which was my son, my fourth child. And um, there were twenty-five children in the old homestead we were living in. Later on we found out that it was a wiring problem. Well, Gerry died right here. And we used to put a board over it, but now my mother, the one who borned Gerry, she has his body in a little container. And his body is ash now but they did find a couple bones and stuff, so we had a funeral and I just didn’t like the fire. (sigh) And Gerry died here. Interviewer: Do you come here often? No, not so often. We go to here more than his grave, though. I go to his grave more often. Hardly anybody’s gone to his grave. I got to help bury him. I…. I….. just didn’t like it. When that fire occurred, the shock of knowing that my son did not get out I, I just kept shouting no, I mean, in my heart you know when something happens that you just don’t ever want to have happen and you want to make it unhappen, but you can’t, you know? And then I thought, but it’s winter, and the snow’s deep. And we don’t have any shelter. Where am I going to put all my children? Interviewer: Do you have enough time to attend to all your children? I don’t have enough time to attend to my children. I know that I’m, I’m in over my head. But I’m also convinced that we can make the time. For the last two or three years I’ve been saddled with the just trying to to cover the basic necessities and it seems like every time we start getting close then, then, a wind comes and demolishes our houses or a drunk runs into one of our homes and demolishes it. Or a fire burns it down. Or other things come along just when we’re ready to settle in and sets us back. And, you know, we’ll never quit. Interviewer: Why have you done this to yourself, though? Put ourselves in this position? What we’re doing is a very key and elemental part of our religious belief. And it’s tremendously challenging and commensurately it’s tremendously rewarding. If it wasn’t challenging, it wouldn’t be just and fair to pour out the kinds of rewards and blessings that we receive, so it has to be tough. (Classical music playing) Interviewer: What are your dreams for this place? To have a great big grassy area for the children to play on and a covered sand area where they won’t get so sunburned and a waterfall. And we’ll have a skating rink and in the wintertime it’ll be an ice skating rink. Pour the ice over the cement and there’ll be a fireplace in the center in it. Might be covered. And Self sufficient. Everything we need to be self sufficient. Graineries, and cows for milk, and make our cheese and yogurt and butter. And horses to go explore everywhere. With, with the different teams, take different teams at a time and go explore. Interviewer: Tom used to be in the dry cleaning business. But now the family support themselves selling magazine subscriptions door to door in Salt Lake City. They make the eight hour return trip once a week. It’s an erratic business, but Hannah and LeAnn are often successful, especially when accompanied by a couple of children. Tom: Now we’ll have you divide up as we usually do, work towards each other. I’ll be working elsewhere. You’ll have to take us around or let us figure out where we’re going. Tom: We’re not gonna make much. We’ll just do this one section right over there. What it is is the TV Guide is setting up a service route in your area. Where they deliver the TV Guide right to you through the mail each week. And as an incentive to get the route set up they’re offering what they call a $1.98 special where that is…. (drifts off) Interviewer: LeAnn and Hannah manage to sell only one subscription, earning another eighty pounds for the family, enough to feed them for three more days. Tom is planning, hoping, to take another wife, to take a sixth wife. And so are we. We would love to have another sister wife. And uh, it’s I, I think it’s very exciting because it’s gonna be a new friend, you know. This is my courting shirt. I bought it two weeks ago so that when Candace comes to visit I could look nice. My wives all told me, get, get something nice, so that you’ll make an impression. Interviewer: Who is that Candace? It really tickles me that my wives are concerned about me making a good impression on her because they like her and they hope that she’ll choose to join our family. But Candace’s father is my adopted son. It’s a religious relationship that we have. And, though we’ve known Candace since she was young, it’s only lately, uh, in fact after she turned sixteen that she began to show an interest in the family in a different way than she had before. She has, uh, she’s begun to flirt with me a little and, uh, it’s kind of fun. (laughs) Oh, he’s, you know, he’s off in the clouds. He’s, he’s, falling in love. He’s, it’s that feeling that you get when you can’t think of much else except the person that you’re in love with and that you want to be with and and so that’s what we call la-la land. Interviewer: Are you allowed to fall in love with anyone else? Um……. No, I mean, am I allowed to fall in love with anyone else? No, we believe that, that uh, that a woman should only be involved with one man and love one man and uh, that’s, that’s how it should be. That’s how it works the best. Interviewer: The Green family are preparing for Candace’s visit. There’s a lifestyle on offer here, as well as a marriage. When a potential new wife is getting interested in our family it works the best when she spends time with the wives and the children and, and gets to know us, us first because, you know, that will be a very big part of her life. It’s, it’s important that, uh, that she does get along with us and does have a relationship with us because she’s also marrying us and not just Tom. Interviewer: Candace, tell us a little bit about yourself. Myself. Ummm…. Interviewer: Who are you? (laughs) Uhhhh (laughs) What, what, what, what do you want me to say?? Interviewer: Tell us where you live, how many brothers and sisters you’ve got, how old you are? Um…. I’m Candace McKinley. And I live in Manti, it’s, in central Utah. And I have thirteen brothers and sisters. And I’m sixteen. When she’s seventeen then I would, uh, be able to take her as a wife without having serious problems with the law. Even though this is the, this lifestyle is still illegal here in Utah, uh, this girl’s quite mature, quite capable. And She has a personality where she smiles all the time and that’s really, really fun to be around her. I guess if, say, Tom, is falling in love with another woman then I guess we’re all gonna have to deal with a sort of sense of jealousy watching him fall in love again, but at the same time, we are all involved in this new relationship at the same time when he is building a relationship so are we. It just makes you feel good inside, knowing that he’s falling in love again and that we’re gonna have an addition to our family. Someone that’s going to have more children and new relationships. Its, it’s, it’s exciting. Interviewer: Why aren’t you jealous? Well, I…. Because it’s what Tom wants. Um. And what he wants is what I want. And, I might get jealous. I don’t know, I’ll try not to, because I think it’ll just cause me more sorrow and sadness than there needs to be. But, (unclear) Interviewer: You see, I think most of us very hard to share somebody else. It’s very painful to share someone. And it’s very interesting that you don’t. So I want to know why you don’t. Well, the reason I don’t is because, because I love Tom and I, I like his wives and I, I want for them what’s gonna make them happy. And that makes me happy. So where’s the hammer? I don’t know. I set it down. Lauren, did you take the hammer? Turkey! Lauren. Give me the hammer, please. No. Give me the hammer. Ok, here it is. This is my son, Lauren. He’s a practical joker. Now give me my hammer. Quick. I can’t! (laughs) Interviewer: What do you have to offer a young girl then? A more likely question may be, what does a young girl have to offer me? Yes, she can give me children. But there are lots of young girls that can give me children. These wives have all given me children. Whatever a young girl has to offer me, I already have. There, I can’t think of much of, of, of much at all that a young girl could offer me that I don’t already have with the wives I have. What can I offer her? The same thing that these ladies have gotten. That’s this family. It’s not just me. It’s not me they buy when they, when they, they buy the whole package. To find a girl who would fit in a relationship like this and work well within a family like this is really rare. It has to be somebody who is secure in themselves. When I see a girl like that, uh, I want to at least get some exposure of my family to her, and vice versa, so that, should the Lord decide to put feelings in her heart for us, and put the idea in her mind that she could be part of this, then at least the opportunity will be there. Emmy. Emerald, you must stay up here on this side. Don’t go down past those bushes or I can’t see you. It may be strange to our children if their father marries a woman that is close to their age. When I married Tom, he had children my age. So it was a little different. They’ll, they’ll probably won’t , uh, they probably won’t mother them like the other mothers wil. But I think that they could respect them and they could be friends. Interviewer: Do you have a girlfriend now? Yes, I do. Interviewer: Can you tell me about her? Yea, she’s absolutely gorgeous. She’s very smart, and friendly. She reads very fast. I don’t know anybody that can read that fast. And, she, she’s a really good card player. She plays cards a lot. And I really think she likes me. But not everybody thinks that. Interviewer: Do you like being with her? Yes, it’s, it’s pretty fun. But sometimes it gets a little embarrassing, because everybody teases me. Interviewer: Why do they tease you? I don’t know. It’s just that Chris and some of my other brothers they just really don’t understand what it’s like and so they tease me about it. I guess. Interviewer: Can you show us a picture of your girlfriend and tell us what her name is? Yes, I only got this picture. She gave it to me. Her name’s Candace. Interviewer: Who gave you that picture? Her. She gave it to me. Interviewer: Does she like you? She has a picture of me, right by her bed, too. Well, I think she likes me. She really expresses it. Interviewer: Do you worry that his heart will be broken? Yes, I’m concerned that it could be. But, uh, but I think that if he loved her enough that he would want her to do what she wanted and be happy. You had a joker? Interviewer: Is it confusing sometimes to know how to be with a girl? Mm-hmm. I think, you should, let her make her own decisions and be friendly around her, and I just feel like you should make them feel loved and needed. That’s kind of how father acts around my mothers and they just love it. If I do marry a young wife again, uh I would restrict her authority over the older children until such time as I felt that she had the experience and the maturity to effectively supervise them. And obviously the time will come when uh, the time may come when I have a wife that’s younger than the children that we have here. Interviewer: And just how do you expect children to understand that their father could have sexual relations with someone who is younger than they are? How are you going to face that in the future? The children that I have have been brought up in a plural family where their father has many wives and uh. I mean my children understand about sex and how it works and what it’s for. And that it’s confined to the bonds of marriage. And They understand that the way that we have more babies come into this family is that the mothers and I have sexual relations. They don’t think anything of it. And if I had another wife, no matter what her age was they would understand that I would be having children with her and that sex is the way you make babies. I doubt seriously they’d give it any thought. I really do. Interviewer: How do you deal with the sort of charges that could be leveled against you as by perhaps petitions? In Britain you’d be prosecuted for child abuse for marrying girls age fourteen. Hmm And how would I respond to that? For about ninety-five percent of the recorded history of man girls got married when they were ready to have babies physically. I think god had a design there. And, I think if it’s a mistake for a girl to get married when she’s able to conceive children, then the mistake is God’s for making them able to be mothers long before they were ready. It’s not God who made them physically able to have children before they were mentally able to handle it that’s at fault. It’s our society’s. Our western society’s that stopped preparing young men and women for the responsibilities of a family and began shifting that to preparing them to go to work in the workplace. Interviewer: In Utah, it is still illegal for a man to have sex with a woman who is not recognized to be his wife. The authorities do not acknowledge religious plural marriages as lawful. Interviewer: Are you likely to be arrested? Right now there’s a great push by an anti-polygamist group to get me arrested. Because they keep telling people that polygamy didn’t work for them and it can’t work for anybody. And then my wives tell people it works for us. And so they would really like to have me discredited by being arrested and thrown into jail. They’ve been pushing the county prosecutors to go after me and I don’t know what he’s gonna decide. There’s a chance that any day the sheriffs cars could roll up the driveway and handcuff me and haul me away to jail. We live with that fear hanging over our head, but if I go to jail for my religious beliefs I’m not ashamed. Interviewer: On July 9, 1999, Tom Green and his wives were ordered to appear in front of the county attorney. And there shall be no disputations among you. Interviewer: Tom is still waiting to hear if he will face trial. What are disputations? Does anybody know? Interviewer: If convicted on all counts of bigamy, Tom could spend up to twenty years in prison. Consequently, Tom has delayed any marriage plans with Candace.