Long and twisted true story. Some surprising ambiguous aspects - really leaves open ended questions about how children growing up in such a home are scarred by the experience - some of them were adults and did their own criminal acts by the time authorities intervened.
not your typical true crime book but well written. very disturbing.
Eddie Lee Sexton is evil incarnate. Like Charles Manson, he exercised a cult-like mind control over others who did his dirty work. But unlike Manson, both Sexton's victims and his subjects were his very own flesh and blood." As strong as they are, these words from an assistant district attorney barely hint at the depravity hidden for years within the Sexton family. Strange notions about "Futuretrons" and hand markings that convey absolute power, revelations of incest and physical abuse, bodies buried in the camping area of a Florida state park-- House of Secrets has so many layers of weirdness that it will amaze even seasoned readers of true crime. Lowell Cauffiel has a talent for combining quotations from interviews and unembellished facts into prose that reads like a novel. Two people are dead, and the children who suffered the cruel fate of being born into the Sexton family may never completely heal from their injuries--but at least their story has been told.
Difficult to put down, but tragic. It seems unbelievable that this type of horror goes on in America and no one saw it!
ON AN OCTOBER NIGHT, AT ONE OF THE CAMPGROUNDS DOTTING FLORIDA'S GULF COAST, EX-CON EDDIE LEE SEXTON TOLD HIS DAUGHTER PIXIE TO SILENCE HER CRIYING BABY. INCREDIBLY, THE YOU MOTHER SMOTHERED THE HELPLESS INFANT,STUFFED IT'S TINY CORPSE INTO A GY BAG, AND THEN BURIED IT IN A SHALLOW GRAVE. LESS THAN A MONTH LATER, EDDIE LEE ORDERED HIS SON WILLIE TO STRANGLE TH BABY'S BEREAVED DAD DURING A FAMILY PICNIC. SEXTON WAS PRIMING HIS THIRD VICTIM WHEN THE FBI AND FLORIDA COPS FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH HIM THEY HID HIS CRUEL ABUSE TUHORITIES SOON LEARNED THAT THESE KILLINGS WERE THE FINAL HEINOUS ACTS OF A SADISTIC, INCESTUOUS MONSTER WHOSE REIGHN OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE HAD BEGUN BACK IN OHIO. FOR YEARS, EDDIE LEE WHIPPED HIS CHILDREN DAILY, RAPED HIS DAUGHTERS, ABUSED HIS SONS, AND EVEN FATHERED THREE INBRED SEXTON BABIES. BUT IN EARY 1192,AFTER TEENAGED MACHELLE SEXTON'S COURAGEOUS FLIGHT TO AUTHORITIES THE WALLS OF SILENCE SURROUNDING THIS HOUSE OF HORRORS CRUMBLED. BY 1995 SEXTON WOULD BE SITTING ON FLORIDA'S DEATH ROW.