PRINGLE, S.D. ‚ÄĒ Just down the dirt road that passes Cookie Hickstein's home, an isolated group of neighbors has drawn intense interest here in the sparsely populated Black Hills.
The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) has put roots on 140 acres of rugged territory. It is the same sect as at the ranch near Eldorado, Texas, where the practice of men taking multiple wives and allegations of sexual abuse of underage girls have sparked a custody battle over more than 400 children.
No such allegations have been made here, but local police worry about whether they can do their job when many of the people in their jurisdiction live in a closed, secretive society....
I must have missed something. The Sheriff says: "I don't get precise answers, and yes, that concerns me." Answers to what? These people haven't been accused of a crime, have they? Is it a crime to be different? Is it a crime to believe differently? Or, is it a crime to lock your doors?