• Graveyard Shift

25 People Describe Their Scariest Family Secrets

List RulesVote up the freakiest family secret on this list

If you thought you and your family had skeletons in your closet, wait until you read these 25 shocking, scary, and salacious tales compiled from a Reddit thread. Some of these stories are harrowing, some unbelievable, and some downright disturbing.

  • 5

    Wicked Mother

    "My mother abused me my whole life, and one day I finally couldn't take any more and told a teacher. CPS was called, and as soon as my mom realized what was going on, she raced to the police station and told them that an hour previously I had gone crazy and tried to [end the life of] my baby sister so that I looked like the [unstable] one, and nothing I said would be taken seriously. I was removed from the school in handcuffs and immediately taken to the county courthouse, where I had to face my mother in a trial. I chose not to testify because I knew it wouldn't help, but in the end the judge realized that she was [unbalanced] and I wasn't.

    I had the choice between being put in a psychiatric hospital for teens or going home, so I chose the loony bin. Five days later my aunt came from another state and adopted me. My family doesn't talk about it, and to this day my mother maintains that I was a horrible child and I was 'sent away' for my 'own good,' and that she is so happy I am better now."

    Is this disturbing?
  • 6

    Foul Play?

    "I just found out that my grandparents wanted more kids, but were having trouble getting pregnant for a second time. They adopted a toddler-aged brother and sister when my mother was was seven. Soon after, my grandmother got pregnant, and the girl [passed] from a very mysterious fall down the stairs. The boy was quietly given to another family. They never, ever spoke of either child from that day forward. I thought my mom was pulling my leg, but a quick search turned up the girl's death record.  

    I was never close to that grandmother and can't help but think back to every weird aspect of that women, and all the strange relationships she had with her family."

    Is this disturbing?
  • 7

    The Heroic Serial Killer

    "My distant ancestor (great x8 uncle) was a sociopath and a serial killer. His name was Tom Quick and he was an 'Indian Slayer' who [pursued] the Delaware tribe. He claimed to have [terminated] ninety-nine members of the tribe by the time he [passed], including an entire unarmed family with two young boys and an infant, which he beat [...] with a rock.  

    It's weird. These days his monument in Pennsylvania had to be removed due to vandals, but when it was erected in 1889, he was considered a hero and a defender of the civilized settlers."

    Is this disturbing?
  • 8

    Crippling Mental Illness

    "My schizophrenic aunt has burned down her house and crucified her cats."
    Is this disturbing?