For some odd reason, the producers of Polygamy, USA chose not to fill the overbearing convert's background to viewers.
Face it, this guy set off EVERYBODY'S weirdo meter, so I let my fingers do the googling to find out what the deal is with this guy. This is what I found out.
Stan Shepp started out as a Catholic, living in Pennsylvania. He converted to Mormonism in 1989. In 1992 he got married to Tracey Roberts (also Mormon), who had 3 children from a previous marriage. In 1993, she gave birth to another daughter, her only child with Shepp.
For some reason, Shepp became interested in Mormon Fundamentalism. When he started talking sister wives with wife Tracey, she said thanks but no thanks and left him in April 2000. In February 2001, Tracey was granted a divorce. A month later, the LDS church excommunicated Shepp for his views on plural marriage.
Now here is where things get a bit...crazy.
Stan and Tracey shared custody of their young daughter. Stan wanted his young child to be a plural wife. According to court records, his ex-wife testified that not only did Shepp's interest in polygamy break up their marriage, but that he planned on preparing his pre-teen daughter to be married at age 13. A county judge prohibited Shepp from teaching his child about plural marriage at least until she reached the age of 18. The county judge's ruling was upheld by the state Superior Court.
In September 2006, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the lower courts and ruled in Shepp's favor. His discussion about religion was protected by the constitution and that the court did not find evidence that his discussing plural marriage would "constitute a grave threat of harm to the child."
Some other tidbits I found:
In court, Shepp's ex-wife claimed he also wanted to marry her daughters from a previous marriage. Shepp of course denied the allegations.
Shepp apparently considered himself an "adopted son" of polygamist Tom Green. You know, he was the polygamist sent to prison for welfare fraud and - hold on to your hats - marrying the underage daughters of his wives. Of course Shepp distanced himself from Green when he was convicted and sent to prison.
And now we have the recent ( February 2013) exchange between Shepp and Ezra Hammon on Ezra's Facebook page where Shepp attempted to slap down Ezra because his dating Tiffany was "against the teachings of the community..." Ezra's reply was simple: "...we are taught that we have choice. And many people in the world don't think we do...I don't need someone that I attend meeting with to accuse me of my personal choices, especially when it has nothing to do with you."
I'm impressed...nice job by the grandson of the co-founder of Centennial Park to a measly convert!
I wonder if Polygamy, USA will address Stan Shepp's past since they made such an effort to introduce him last week.
I also found an article written by Charles T Cawley (on the Priesthood Council with half-brother John W Timpson) that is simply eye-opening. What is most interesting is his reason why Centennial Park is reaching out to the public via a reality show on the National Geographic channel.
He explains their actions were necessary because "Other television programs have aimed at more sensational (and often misrepresentative) aspects of life in plural marriage, at best a half-truth about the lifestyle..."
Hmmmm....now I wonder what other TV programs he could be referring to? Read the full article here: Why We’ve Opened Our Doors for Polygamy USA
And from the sublime of Polygamy, USA to the ridiculous. So what have the Browns been up to, lately? Ho hum....
Well, Aspyn and Mariah officially graduated from high school. Strange no tweets from Christine but at least Meri made sure she included her bonus child...when she wasn't proudly showing off Mariah!
Proud Mama reports all of Mariah's high school accomplishments...
So when asked if Mariah was going to medical school...oh heck, here's the conversation you can read for yourself!
@stormin_steve Westminster first, then on to the U
— Meri Brown (@MeriBrown1) June 9, 2013
Of course I just had to look up Westminster College...it is a 4 year liberal arts college in Salt Lake City. So she's going to Westminster college for 4 years then transferring to the University of Utah. I wonder if Mariah will be establishing Utah residency in those years so she can qualify for in-state tuition. Just something that makes you go...hmmmmm.
So what did the proud papa have to say?
"@thedargerfamily: Is it just us or is anyone else alarmed by government intrusions on our press, our email, and now are phone records?"Gee Kody (and Papa Joe)...I suppose if you had something to HIDE you might be alarmed, but if the government wants to be bored by reading my emails or reviewing my phone calls, go for it! My tax dollars at work!
— Kody Brown (@realkodybrown) June 7, 2013
And will someone at TLC get Kody and Meri on that show that does makeovers? They are embarrassing...
Maybe if they dressed like z-listed stars, Robin Leach will write more than one sentence about them in the Las Vegas Sun, or at least pretend he knows them....
Here's what Mr Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams had to say about the less than dynamic duo:
"Oddest sight at The Tenors in The Smith Center on Sunday night: reality TV show polygamist Kody Brown, his four wives and one of his mothers-in-law."
OUCH!! Let's hope the mother-in-law he was referring to was a real mother-in-law and not Meri.
Read more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jun/03/strip-scribbles-2013-miss-usa-pageant-lv-chef-phil/#ixzz2VqyVLolr
Finally, we have Janelle tweeting out a commercial of all things for a local Vegas store. Nice job, too...
I haven't had time to read Robyn's newest TLC blog...I simply haven't the strength.
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edited on 6/10/13 at 10:51PM PST