Deadly Devotion

Deadly Devotion

[Marcus Wesson Held His Family Host-age and Killed Nine of His Children in A Twisted Murder-suicide Pact --]

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the story of a California reporter who adopted six of the surviving offspring of the Wesson family, children whose father subjected them to abuse, oppression, and isolation before murdering nine of their siblings in 2004.

Simon and Schuster
For decades, the family of Marcus Wesson—his wife, Elizabeth, and seventeen children—lived sequestered in a social and emotional prison, enduring his tyrannical reign of physical, sexual, and mental abuse. Then came the terrible day when a family confrontation erupted into a harrowing standoff: with police and SWAT teams descending on a small blue house in central Fresno, Marcus Wesson murdered nine of his children.

Television reporter Alysia Sofios got the first tip about Wesson’s arrest and was witness to every twist and turn of the horrific case through to Wesson’s trial. Risking her job and her life to offer friendship and support to the traumatized family members—scarred by memories and guilt, reviled for having the Wesson name—Sofios chronicles the case that shocked the nation, and gives voice to their astounding stories of survival. This is a stunning account of healing from one man’s unimaginable acts, and how each, in time, learned to break free from a deadly devotion.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781439131510
Branch Call Number: PB 362.88 SOF
Characteristics: 374 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sofios, Alysia
Rother, Caitlin


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