Courtesy Elizabeth Wesson
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    Marcus Wesson had an extraordinary power to control the minds of his wife and children. Here, Wesson is pictured with his niece Rosie Solorio, left, and daughters Lise and Gypsy Wesson, right. Wesson fathered two children with Solorio -- Ethan and Sedona -- who were killed in a mass murder on March 12, 2004. His daughter Lise Wesson also was killed.
    Courtesy Elizabeth Wesson
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    Over the years, Wesson collected bizarre beliefs and welded them together to create his own religious vision, which he imposed upon his family. Wesson had his family pitch a huge army surplus tent where they lived for the better part of 12 years, away from the prying eyes of neighbors, social workers, and police. Pictured: Sebhrenah Wesson, Marcus Wesson's daughter, in a blue shirt, who was part of a suicide pact. Marcus Wesson claimed his daughter was the one who led her son, sister, nieces and nephews to the back room, and then killed them all with a single gunshot wound to the head. Kiani Wesson is shown in the center with her baby girl, Illabelle, who also was killed that day. Cousin Rosie is to the far right.
    Courtesy Elizabeth Wesson
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    Wesson's nieces Ruby Ortiz, left, and Sofia Solorio, right, are pictured here, pregnant with his children, Aviv and Jonathan. Eight years after this picture was taken, the young women attempted to reclaim their children from Wesson's home. Most speculate that may have provoked Wesson to put in motion a family suicide pact.
    Courtesy Elizabeth Wesson
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    In what began as a routine domestic dispute call, police were summoned on March 12, 2004 to Wesson's house of horrors that stood at 761 Hammond Ave in Fresno, California. It was here that Marcus Wesson reigned supreme over his family, abusing them mentally, physically, emotionally and sexually.
    Courtesy Fresno Bee/Darrell Wong
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    Fresno Police Officer Eloy Escareno, far left, was one of the first officers on the scene and the first to confirm everyone's fears: nine bodies lay in a tangled pile on the bedroom floor. Seeing the carnage firsthand, Escareno, a former Army medic and hospital nurse, immediately broke down. Escareno, who had lost his father several years earlier to gang violence, decided to stop being a victim and chose instead to help victims of crime. He said he believes the experience made him a more compassionate officer.
    Courtesy Fresno Bee/John Walker
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    A grief-stricken Elizabeth Wesson had to be restrained by two of her sons after learning that nine of her family members, including two of her daughters, were killed inside the Wesson home. Elizabeth Wesson married Marcus Wesson when she was just 8 years old. By 14, Elizabeth Wesson was pregnant, and by 26 she had given birth 11 times.
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  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    Marcus Wesson was arrested and taken to the police station to face murder charges. Wesson's younger son Serafino Wesson, 25, who had always looked up to his father, said seeing his dad handcuffed tore him apart.<P> "I saw this mighty lion, this king. For the first time in my life, I saw him shackled down and he had a look of defeat in his eyes, like just in that orange jumpsuit, helpless," he said. "It tore at me."
    Courtesy Fresno Bee/Eric Paul Zamora
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    The surviving Wesson sons -- Adrian, Serafino and Dorian -- pose in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where they lived as young men, isolated from the world. After their family's brutal mass murder, the sons, loyal to their father, were determined to clear Marcus Wesson's name of the charges of murder, rape and sexual assault. <P> ABC News correspondent Jay Schadler talked to five of Wesson's surviving children, who opened up about their haunting memories and struggle to heal. During the interview, Schadler took a series of photographs of the survivors.
    Jay Schadler/ABC News
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    Dorian Wesson, 35, is the oldest of all the Wesson children. He defended his father initially after the murders, saying that his father was the best dad in the world. Today, Dorian Wesson has come to grips with his father's dark side and calls him delusional and narcissistic.
    Jay Schadler/ABC News
  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    Adrian Wesson, 34, the second oldest child in the Wesson clan. Adrian Wesson said he always suspected his father's incestuous relationship with his sisters because the children they birthed looked so much like Marcus Wesson. He has said that his dad was intelligent, but insane. Adrian Wesson currently is a fitness trainer in California.
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  • Family Secrets: The Marcus Wesson Story

    At 25, Serafino Wesson, or Fino, is one of the youngest of Wesson sons. Fino Wesson got a beating from his father for 30 days straight for sneaking a spoonful of peanut butter. He is currently a security guard, but wants to be a cop -- even though his father brainwashed him to believe that any law enforcement was the devil and would surely split up the family.
    Jay Schadler/ABC News
  • Inside the Marcus Wesson Massacre

    Gypsy Wesson, 26, described the isolation and the hopelessness she felt growing up, being kept out of school. Wesson forced the family to live below deck on a rusted out sailboat for four or five months at a time. "It felt like being in a prison, very depressing, and you felt trapped, like there was nowhere to go," she said. "We stayed below deck [on the boat] because if we were above deck people would see us and question why aren't we in school. He couldn't have that happening."
    Jay Schadler/ABC News
  • Inside the Marcus Wesson Massacre

    Kiani Wesson, 33, is the oldest girl in the Wesson clan. She bore two girls, Illabelle and Jeva, from her incestuous relationship with her father. Both of her daughters were killed in the suicide pact. Kiani Wesson said she didn't believe the sexual abuse she endured from her father was abnormal because it was all she had ever known. "I thought it was OK because we were being a surrogate mom, a surrogate mother. So that's how I justified it," she said. "I was always afraid to disobey the rules or leave because I felt I would be cursed. To not have my dad's blessings or to not be blessed by Jesus, I didn't want that."
    Jay Schadler/ABC News
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