Graveyard Shift

People Reveal The Dark Family Secrets That They're Not Supposed To Know 

Sarah Blumert
Updated January 22, 2020 29.6k views 20 items

Every family has secrets, but some are darker, more disturbing, and even more frightening than others. The people of Reddit united to share their darkest, most disturbing family secrets - specifically those they aren't supposed to know about.

Whether these discoveries drew them closer to their families or gave them pause, each will make you reconsider what you think you know about your own family ties. Here are the dark family secrets Reddit has to offer.

Her Grandfather Sold Her Aunt Because He Didn't Want A Daughter

From Redditor /u/Halleon:

When I was a kid, I knew my grandfather was odd. He'd call me his grandson even when I was wearing a dress and [was] clearly female, but my parents would tell me to ignore it. Then I found out that when my dad was a kid, grandpa sold my dad's sister Barbara to someone and kept my dad and his brother because he didn't want a girl in the family.

My dad found his sister Barbara around the time I was in middle school via calling around to get records, they were reunited, [and] she's my favorite aunt now. No one liked grandpa.

Their Aunt Agreed To An Arranged Marriage With Her Sister's Betrothed

From Redditor /u/TemporalBreak:

I found out one of my aunts had an arranged marriage. She wasn't the one who was supposed to be in the arranged marriage, but her sister was adamant against marrying the dude, and I guess my grandma decided to persuade my aunt into replacing the sister's part of the marriage.

Aunt and the dude got married and moved away and had kids. They lived far away, so I barely ever saw them, but only as I got older did I learn that the dude [mistreated] my aunt, to the point where she still had some intense mental breakdowns long after he [passed].

Their Grandfather Went After Their Father With An Axe

From Redditor /u/billbapapa:

My grandfather tried to [take out] my dad with an axe. Literally showed up to his place of work and went looking to cut him down... and somehow, my unprepared dad fought him off bare-handed. So grandpa escaped and came back the next day to finish the job with a [firearm], but my dad didn't show up to work, so dude offed himself in the parking lot...

Their Great-Grandmother Had An Affair With The Mailman

From Redditor /u/_ryannyce:

During WWII, my great-grandmother had an affair with the mailman while her husband was away [in the service] and ended up getting pregnant on accident. To save her marriage, she decided to put my grandfather up for adoption before her husband came home... and nobody ever found out. Somehow (and I have no clue how) she managed to keep it a secret until she was [about to pass], and [she] ended up telling her two daughters who were born after my grandfather.

Sometime later in the early 1990s, they hired a private investigator to find their long-lost brother, and when they found him, they waited in the parking lot for him to get off work and broke the news to him that they were his sisters. My dad told me he remembered going to a Christmas party with them as a child and that was about it, they lost contact. I’ve never met them, but the story still fascinates me...