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Polygamist Mafia: Escaping The Kingston Clan

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Although the mainstream Mormon church abandoned polygamy over 100 years ago, many splinter groups across Utah still practice plural marriage. One such group is the Kingston Clan, known to members as The Order. The Kingstons live in Salt Lake City and run their religion like a secretive business empire. VICE meets Joe Robinson, a young man banished from The Order and trying to build a new life around his true passion: being a magician. WATCH NEXT: The Mexican Mormon War: http://bit.ly/25O3utU Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag
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NY C50 (3 days ago)
look at what that idiot Joseph Smith started
ginger snaps (5 days ago)
🗣don’t be like you’re father young man BE BETTER AND BE GREAT MUCH 💕
Epic PC (9 days ago)
Everything can be taken to excess; and every excess can be taken to perversion. These 'men of god' are the classic example. Abusers, psychopaths, womanizers, control freaks and sex addicts. In fact; world class deadbeats as this points out. Stockholm syndrome ring a bell? While I personally don't mind poly relationships I cannot stand to let another man do so by force and violence. I also cannot see the honor of one who would let his progeny suffer in neglect nor one who would require a ransom to return home to family. Those are not signs of a prophet or a man of 'god' - those are signs of a 'satanic' tyrant who hath fooled thee into believing his lies. I'm not religious - I am faithful in a different way - perhaps that is what allows me to see the black marks upon religion and the evil residing within; thankfully I am not the only one.
salt life (10 days ago)
Just when I thought my life sucked
Boi_Better_Know (12 days ago)
Dirty inbreeding cunts
hahagotcha!!!! (14 days ago)
"I found golden plates from god!!! Now lets fuck our siblings and collect women like baseball cards" -Joseph Smith .....Mormons are fucked
Some Person (16 days ago)
So this means Utah is pretty related to each other right? If one dad here has 145 kids another dad there has 160, but both dad's are probably siblings too. I feel bad for all these weak people who fall into cults, they need help. And like he said, education and dreams can get you out. Wait she married her brother and had kids? No wonder she had multiple misscarrages. And I'm sorry, cults are all bad there is no good. I get that they're comfortable there, and have a leader to tell them what to do. But no they need to be removed from this planet. God be with these people, and I don't mean their made up God who they think they are prophets for... Anonymous if your hackers are bored why not get into their phones and computers and find proof how illegal these cults are, 12 year old girls should never conceive...
ALi Sevgi (17 days ago)
I am a religious person but i also cant deny that the abuse of religion is one of the most dangerous things ever. I have seen these kind of horrible stuff, in africa, middle east, asia and in europe. All these cases had in their narrative religion, bad and naive people.
Tracy Hubbard (17 days ago)
Fucking someone in head is the worst....it will take years of brainwashing to correct and then to find a way to live..has to be hard..I pray for all lost souls and for those that have no clue that they are lost...I could not image seeing family making babies together and not knowing that it's wrong
IntheTickofTime (18 days ago)
"we should get our choice, just like if you chose to be gay" You don't choose to be gay. It's who you are. Fuck you and your abusive cult.
Erika Miller (18 days ago)
His mom and dad are 1/2 siblings. I cannot even.
SlimeQueenSupreme (19 days ago)
Their problem is that they are in a cult, not that they are polygamists. Co-habiting extended families and community rearing are successful models for raising children when they are performed by non-abusive adults. You can't even legislate against a person having children from multiple parents.
Me Me (20 days ago)
You can get away with anything - A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G - in the name of religion.
Rose Curtis (20 days ago)
he's a babe wtf
Woo Woo (20 days ago)
Joe didn’t seem so sure if he wanted to go back or not.
Woo Woo (20 days ago)
Wait that Christina lady was helping the FLDS keep their property.
patricia treslove (20 days ago)
I don't agree with it, however, Muslims have more than 1 wife so just how fair is it to victimize one religion over another, to me, it looks like Muslims can do whatever they like, they have the own law, I certainly think there should be an open debate. It is a known fact that some Morman, do have plural wives living in Utah, but they are careful to keep it a secret. You can't have a law for one and another law for others. There is already a two-tier Justice system, just look at what the Clinton's have been getting away for years. We voted for Trump because he said he would deal with them, but as soon as he got our votes he did a U-turn, that has made him just another liar. I don't understand how people think America is great, we seem to have lost again.
Mr. RIZZ (20 days ago)
I feel for Joe...he didn't choose that life he was born into it. Just when u say life isn't fair....u see this.
princessinfinty (21 days ago)
I'm so hurt for him. I'm praying for you Joe.
DaRkSouL 1121 (21 days ago)
This kid absolutely broke my heart to hear him talk....
The Bread Man (22 days ago)
K JC (22 days ago)
what a moron. that one guy saying gay people choose to be gay. morons.
K JC (22 days ago)
nobody talks to you too when you leave the LDS mainstream church too. like every church.
LeMan Booker (23 days ago)
Polygamy itself is not a bad thing. White people pervert every damn thing and turn it into something ugly.
ash S (23 days ago)
fuck that cult
Datzenuff (24 days ago)
Is there an update on Joe? Hope he's doing well. Wishing him the very best. Lots of love from Thailand
Sasha K (26 days ago)
Best of luck to you Joe. ❤️
Sean Mehegan (26 days ago)
I feel so bad for that kid. MO has problems with this underage marriage with this religion. In a small step we rose the age from 14 to 16, i believe. Still is child abuse, in my opinion, but its a step, i guess
BBB (29 days ago)
He said he never found the "real" magic... oh but he did. He will one day realize his consciousness and plasticity was the most miraculous and magical thing of all. He literally broke through a spells and curses that he was born into.
Autumn Rose (30 days ago)
“My mom and dad have the same father” holy shit
Offspring Gaming (1 month ago)
Joy Nakibuuka (1 month ago)
God gas aspecial hell for parents who mistreat their kids ,Kids come frm GOD, gifts to the world.
Frank Abignale (1 month ago)
what kind of life is that? sad to see people are brainwashed enough to fuck their own family members like some 1600's aristocrat royal family BS.. BRAINWASHED INCEST CULT SHIT... " MY MOM AND MY DAD, HAVE THE SAME FATHER" LOL WHAT THE FUUUUUCCCKK
Nirvana Is bliss (1 month ago)
Nice they are ALL inbred.....
Andre Summers (1 month ago)
Don’t worry man! You cousin fucking dad will get murdered soon!
YAASSS QUEEN (1 month ago)
My heart breaks for this young man. You can see the terror, the torment from mental and physical abuse. I pray he finds peace and realizes this is a great misrepresentation of God! These people are so brainwashed they literally do not even know who they are unless their "prophet," (puke) tells them who, what, where etc. Its truly heartbreaking.
Jon B. (1 month ago)
the amount of pain that is in this mans voice from all the trauma is staggering. God Bless Joe.
starting over (1 month ago)
This is why I hate religion... Its nor right at all. These people need to be helped out of these mind controlling manipulative places and people. Its heartbreaking. Its not easy because to leave they lose everything and everyone they know. Recovery will be slow.
Marissa (1 month ago)
Why do these men in the order have all these kids and literally not care about their wives and children. Meanwhile the order has tons of money but the children live in poverty
Sparke Dawg (1 month ago)
As someone who is in the group it's true.
Rhonda Bell (1 month ago)
His mom and dad are brother and sister?? So, his mom is also is aunt and his dad is also his uncle.... So disgustingly sad
John Leautaud (1 month ago)
This is what's embarrassing. I live in Utah
Sparke Dawg (1 month ago)
it's even more embarrassing when you're a part of the group...
Daniel goff (1 month ago)
Not a big deal but the LDS church did away with slavery in 1890
Stacey Hubmann (1 month ago)
We allow gay marriage and not polygamy? Seems a bit obsurd. Both are "socially wrong" but neither are none of our business if its consensual. Plan and simple mind your own damn business lol
Jacqueline Garay (1 month ago)
I had to pause the video after he said "just like you chose to be gay"...ummm what?!?...they just try to find a way to make themselves look "okay". Like cool have multiple wives but how about not marrying CHILDREN. Letting women and men be themselves and EDUCATING them. One leader in this "order"...hmm it sounds like religious communism led by a man believing he's GOD. If this were a WOMAN led cult or religion marrying multiple men and telling them what to do...I bet that even the president would get involved in trying to dismantle this so called "religion"
Evan Gray (1 month ago)
I basically don't care about Polygamist and I don't see why it should be illegal but when there's inbreeding involved it should definetely be forbidden by law!
Tara D Nair (1 month ago)
I hate people have to go through all this. Power and only good wishes to everyone. Must be so hard to deal with.
TTstone616 (1 month ago)
Pretty much ALL religions are BULLSHIT but this is beyond wrong. The kid needs to PAY to get back into his family?!? HELL NO! That's just flat out GREED.
Jovanna Flor (1 month ago)
My heart breaks for this young man...
Steelcitychick (1 month ago)
Christine made a very valid point, one that I've many times questioned when seeing people whom want to live their religious doctrine!...as an adult you have the right to chose that lifestyle for you and your partner, but are you taking into the account the children's wants and needs!? To shun, and cast away a child, who's formed his/her own thoughts, wants, and needs, just to preserve your own idiology, makes you an unfit parent!
Elena Rothfuss (1 month ago)
It seems like Joe's father and the Kingston Clan is entirely money-oriented. I don't understand this concept of having to pay a fee to return to The Order..is it collateral? I don't understand why Joe would have to "buy" his mother's items from The Order. How can you say you care about your family if you treat them like disposable income? I wish Joe and the other former members the best of luck in their life outside of the Kingston Clan.
All knowing (1 month ago)
God Bless him may you find your own way and all be good.
brit. ann (1 month ago)
I love the older blonde lady with the glasses 😍😍😍 Such a loving soul
who dat boy? (1 month ago)
*Joe....your dad sucks. but you my friend, your precious. I hope you hang in there.*
smeggers allsorts (1 month ago)
2:45 he will be a strong man and will do well in life
*Cory in the closet* (1 month ago)
badbromance (1 month ago)
Kids every single year but stay skinny?jesus. Literally seems like women are just baby makers
nicole elizabeth (1 month ago)
joe, if you see this, so many people think youre a hero
Stacie Larson (1 month ago)
Wonderful lady
Masoud Sarvin (1 month ago)
Much love to jim & Priscilla, hang in there, you are brave and you will get to live your lives as you choose.
Vekieba King-Shelton (1 month ago)
You can feel and see Joe's pain. Praying for him
Vekieba King-Shelton (1 month ago)
So your dad is your uncle too? Wow, that's sad
leeann Desjarlais (1 month ago)
Isn’t incest illegal?
Marguerite21 (1 month ago)
Sorry. But I don't believe in polygamy. People who do really shouldn't because it's enslavement. It's like a pimp owning prostitutes. Polygamy should be illegal, the same for incest and especially pedophilia. Marriage is a very sacred union only between two adult people.
Alana Rose (1 month ago)
This form of polygamy is clearly manipulative and dangerous for those not in power (women and children). But polygamy in general simply means multiple marriages. A healthy loving relationship, whether between two or more people is a positive influence on one's life.
Chime In (1 month ago)
mormons are the biggest capitalists you will EVER meet. Uncles marrying neices and men taking other mens wives--- and people go into FLDS and LDS willingly.
nifty1940 (1 month ago)
And the lunacy marches on.
Noelle B. (1 month ago)
The toll these horrific cults not a religion, a cult. Joe that poor baby. He was completely traumatized and the toll is so evident. I will pray for him.
Bridget Curren (1 month ago)
these poor people:( I wish they knew others are here for them to help!
Katharine W (1 month ago)
you have to have a baby every single year? thats sick
nope datt (1 month ago)
Good job, Joe. I hope you're doing well and thriving.
Estrella del Mar (2 months ago)
Estrella del Mar (2 months ago)
Stupid woman... se dejan lavar la mente de un hombre, la pologamia es creada por hombres que No son capaces de serle fiel a una mujer,,, entonces les hace creer que la poligamia es normal y que es mandato de Dios, cuando No es verdad, la poligamia fué permitida por Dios en el Antiguo Testamento para poblar la tierra, pero despues... en el Nuevo Testamento... prohibe la poligamia y el incesto, estos poligamos se casan hasta con sus propias hermanas.... que locura!
KRISTIN (2 months ago)
Joe, you are such a strong person, don't ever doubt your own abilities !
Brad Carroll (2 months ago)
That father had the balls to say he’d be charged about $4,000 to go back!!!!
Brad Carroll (2 months ago)
And I thought the Duggars were fucked up!! Not you Joe. You had the strength and intelligence to not let yourself be another torchbearer of their ways.
Paperwing (2 months ago)
The lost boys of these religious groups is heartbreaking.
Kitty Katt (2 months ago)
Joe seems to have so much anxiety and fear. I really feel for him, he doesn't seem to understand whats going on around him or world now-a-days. Its really scary.
Fatimah Conteh (2 months ago)
His mom and dad have the same father wow
Snitch The big leg (2 months ago)
Fuck mormon cults
Markus VanTassell (2 months ago)
This despair is not Mormon. This practice is not Mormon. These people are not Mormon. Please don’t mix these horrible things with actual Mormon actions.
200stars (2 months ago)
They seem so heartbroken and traumatised. It's very sad, I hope they find peace
Nuveaumind (2 months ago)
Bruh. Fucking your blood sister and having kids with is the sickest thing ever. I only needed to watch 5 mnts of this shit. I’m good on these sick mofos
john gomez (2 months ago)
john gomez (2 months ago)
Dudes dad had 157 kids?!?!?!
xavier daniels (2 months ago)
What the fuck!?! Not trying to be mean, but only white people do this shit here in America. I mean damn, they all inbred damn near
king chris (2 months ago)
These guys don’t help the Utah stereotypes lol
First is inbreeding next is von willebrand hemophilia disease.
Rachel S. (2 months ago)
They leave a cult just to go into another one. The devil that is in polygamy is in magic. You are never truly free until you friend Christ for yourself.
lotee (2 months ago)
14 siblings...Male Mormons burn challenge
Prince Fwego (2 months ago)
Joe needs a youtube
Jackie Fox (2 months ago)
How is this legal by any means in America?
Jackie Fox (2 months ago)
+Captain Caterpillar but the video mentions the need to recriminalize, which means it's at least decriminalized
Captain Caterpillar (2 months ago)
Jackie Fox - It’s illegal but not prosecuted in Utah since it’s controlled by Mormons.
The sad part is there are a lot of kids like Joe that have the same kind of potential....Can't wait to see these kids out!
dylan myers (2 months ago)
Being born into a cult is one thing, but I cannot fathom why someone would willingly join a cult.
Captain Caterpillar (2 months ago)
dylan myers - The weak look for something and cults exploit that. It’s not hard to fall into cult like behavior.
Sharon Davis (2 months ago)
They all need to turn away from Warren jeffs
Becca Angel (2 months ago)
Wow. Are you lonely?Pay a fine if you want to come back son. WTF?!
shane lauer (2 months ago)
The purpose of your lives is NOT TO HAVE SEX WITH YOUR FAMILY!
shane lauer (2 months ago)
Dumb, just straight stupid. Terrorists also have sex with family. Miscarry? Sounds like Gods talking to you. Stop with the weird religion. You’ll resent that stupid religion when you pass. Worship God and for Heaven sake stop doing horrible things with your own FAMILIES! Ooh, look at my sexy sister! NO-JUST NO!
Captain Caterpillar (2 months ago)
shane lauer - So I didn’t love God enough and that’s why I lost my child? You’re a sick fuck and you claim to worship God. You’re going to end up in hell unless you clear that hatred in your heart.
Kelly Trindles (2 months ago)
Keeping them barefoot and pregnant
J Lesh (2 months ago)
these people need their fuck holes puttied shut
Emily Carter (2 months ago)
my favorite thing is how Priscilla's dad was like "this was her choice to leave we respect that" but if you watch Escaping Polygamy, you know that they sent her to a troubled youth camp after she tried to escape the first or second time. It took her three tries to get out.
i eat plants (2 months ago)

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