Polygamist's fugitive daughter on 'most wanted' list

Monday, August 14, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY -- A relative in prison tipped the Houston FBI -- now the fugitive daughter of a deceased Utah polygamist is on the agency's "most wanted" list.

Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron has been on the run since 1992. She's wanted in connection with four 1988 murders in Houston and Irving, Texas, according to her wanted poster on the agency's Web site.

A telephone message left by The Associated Press with the Houston FBI office was not returned Saturday.

LeBaron is a daughter of Ervil LeBaron, the former leader of the Church of the Lamb of God -- a polygamist sect with enclaves in Mexico. Investigators say her father ordered the executions of rival polygamists in the 1970s. He was convicted in 1972 in Utah of ordering family members to kill his brother, who was said to have disobeyed church laws.

Ervil LeBaron died in a Utah state prison in 1981. He reportedly wrote a "bible" that included a commandment to kill disobedient church members.

It was also rumored that he left behind a "hit list" and that some of his 54 children were carrying out his commands.

Authorities think Jacqueline LeBaron is in Mexico, where she was born and where the family had several polygamist colonies. She is one of six LeBaron family members charged with the June 1988 murders of three men who chose to leave the sect and an 8-year-old daughter of one victim. Each was shot in the head with a shotgun.

Houston FBI special agent Todd Burns said police care about Jacqueline LeBaron now because her half brother claims to have had a religious conversion in prison. He came forward with new information.

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