COLORADO CITY, Ariz. — There is nothing physically imposing about Warren Jeffs. He's tall and reedy with a quavering voice and, acquaintances say, an especially limp handshake.
Family members describe the church leader as secretive, strict and "very militant about his religion."
Jeffs, 50, grew up in a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints compound in Salt Lake City, where he served first as a teacher and then principal of the sect's Alta Academy.
"Warren was very reserved, very starchy," said his brother Ward. "He was an intelligent man, and my father always favored him."
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