Disturbing details of the bed polygamist Warren Jeffs ordered to be specially made for the purpose of sexually assaulting hundreds of young girls were outlined in pages of a diary he referred to as 'priesthood records'.
He told his followers the bed must be made of hardwood, sturdy so it wouldn't rattle, long enough to hold his frame and covered with a plastic sheet to 'protect the mattress from what will happen on it'.
Prosecutors read out excerpts from the diaries on Wednesday as part of an attempt by the State of Texas to seize the multimillion dollar ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Among the thousands of pages of journal entries, Jeffs gave detailed instructions to his followers on how they were to relocate and build a secret compound in West Texas, where he said God had led him to.
Initial descriptions of the bed Jeffs ordered to be made were first heard shortly after the raid on the 1,600-acre compound. Investigators found the altar-like bed on the top all-white floor of the towering limestone temple.
More details were available in the journals, in which he said the bed should have padding on either side to hold him in place as 'the Lord does His work with me' but can easily be disguised as a table.
'It should be made so the table top can come off. It will be on wheels. When the mattress is in place, this bench will be to the right side the bed. This will be made so that it can be taken apart and stored in a closet where no one can see it.
'When I need it, I will pull it out and set it up. The bed will be a size big enough for me to lay on. ... It will be covered with a sheet, but it will have a plastic cover to protect the mattress from what will happen on it.'
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