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25 People Describe Their Scariest Family Secrets

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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.

  • 1

    Upholding the Family Name

    "We have [an unsavory character] in the family, one who also [has a bias against females], so he [inappropriately touches] girls with the sole purpose of ruining their lives. He had [harmed] all of my aunts, and [had forced relations] a seven-year-old girl who lived next door, and probably a lot of others that I don't know about. Everyone kept it pretty quiet until his wife filed for divorce because he was cheating on her, and used the molestation cases for her benefit. 

    He has three sons who still don't know what their father is.  

    He isn't in jail because THAT would be bad for the family name, because you know, 'we're all so proper and law abiding.' I keep trying to get my parents or other relatives to take action, but his wife refuses any suggestions of the sort. She also thinks that the other girls were 'asking for it'. It gets me really [angry] that these people are related to me."


    Is this disturbing?
  • 2

    A Need for Milk Turns Dark

    "My great grandfather hit his wife with a fire poker, and slit her throat. He then proceeded to blow his head apart with a shotgun. He sat in a rocking chair and used his cane to push the trigger.

    All over an argument whether it was too cold for me to walk to a grocery store to get some milk."

    Is this disturbing?
  • 3

    Who's Who?

    "My older sister is actually my mother, my father was my mother's (actually grandmother) husband.  

    They don't think I know."

    Is this disturbing?
  • 4

    Cult Mother

    "I am pretty sure my mother was in some sort of cult or something as a child (parents forced her and [assaulted] her, I think). She would tell me these pretty creepy stories of bodies being chopped up and thrown down a well.

    It's incredibly disturbing and I really don't want to know what really happened."

    Is this disturbing?