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House of Secrets
     

House of Secrets

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by Lowell Cauffiel
 

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"Horrific, totally engrossing. . . A compelling look at insane brilliance." —Ann Rule

A psychopathic mastermind whose reign of terror had no limits—even murder. . .

For years, Eddie Lee Sexton ruled his family with perverse domination. He enforced every cruelty imaginable, from vicious beatings to raping his daughters and fathering their

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"Horrific, totally engrossing. . . A compelling look at insane brilliance." —Ann Rule

A psychopathic mastermind whose reign of terror had no limits—even murder. . .

For years, Eddie Lee Sexton ruled his family with perverse domination. He enforced every cruelty imaginable, from vicious beatings to raping his daughters and fathering their children. Yet the sadistic father nearly escaped death row on a legal technicality.

Lowell Cauffiel's unsparing non-fiction thriller reveals a house of horrors Eddie Lee Sexton thought no one would ever see. Now updated, it shows how Sexton's sick genius ultimately dodged justice, and investigates the tragic aftermath of his victimized family.

"An odyssey into American pathology. Deeply disturbing." —Detroit Free Press

"A balanced and grimly engaging true-crime account." —Publishers Weekly

"Cauffiel knows how to dramatize true crime." —Elmore Leonard

Warning! Contains 16 pages of graphic photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786034154
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
222,139
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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House of Secrets 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am willie sextons neighbor it was true that the father was a sicko i fell sorry for the children they was at there fathers mercy just to survive.
Nay_bug More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Wonderfully disturbing. Some people are so sick! I see one review standing up for the family. Obviously someone close to the family. You would have to be crazy to believe these people were innocent!
TammyR More than 1 year ago
This is a really sick book. It is very detailed and really grabs your attention. Its horrid what these kids had to go threw. I just hope these kids have moved on and dont carry on the abuse. You may think these kids are to blame but they grew up like that. They were manipulated and didnt think the things they were doing were wrong. Its hard to feel bad for the mother, Yeah Im sure she was afraid of her husband but to let all that go on..I feel she is just as guilty. The real hard-breaker is that Joel Good got trapped in this. They should have just let him go back to florida. Sick story of incest, abuse and murder. I highy recommend this book for people that love True Crime.
MNgirl69 More than 1 year ago
These book was grafic and detailed. It is not for the faint at heart. It is a sad look into the life of a controling cultish man and the people he controled. There were times that I was so disgusted that I didn't want to read anymore but yet it had captivated me and I had to go on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I live only 8 miles where the Sexton's lived in Massillon (Jackson Twp), Ohio. The house still stands but people move and out on a regular basis. The pond in front of the house has a strange green slim on it all the time. You can only wonder what is in that pond, from what i read I can only image. Not only is the book gross but when you drive past the house on Wales Road you can feel the erieness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt it important to respond to the slanderous review here that House of Secrets was a work of 'fiction' and contained numerous lies. As stated in the preface, everything in the book is taken from police and court records and hundreds of hours of taped interviews with key participants. My investigation took three years on this case and there's not a single sentence of 'fictionalization' in the work. Unfortunately, for those impacted by the Sexton crimes, it is all true.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lived with the family and whent to the police about one year befor things got the way it did. The police treated my complaint like as if I was trying to get them in trouble. Nothing was done just after I did this Willie was ordered by his father to burn the house witch he did.It did not burn completly and was rebuilt. I lived with them for two years and was never ask any questions about what I seen, Eddie ordered a hit on me for going to the police. I changed my name and whent on the road driving truck for a large co. I lived out of my truck for several years and stayed on the move so that I could not be found by them. Now that I am retired I move a lot to keep from being found and killed. This is no way for any one to live this book dose not begine to tell what whent on in this house.
JennieGee More than 1 year ago
If you like True Crime books, this is a good read. I was disgusted with the way this father controlled his family and the perverse mind he had. It's almost unbelievable that people can commit such crime against their own children and make them think it's ok-normal. I can't believe that women like his wife stood by and allowed him to violate the children, she should have been forbidden to have children! I am giving this review after years later of reading this book, it is a book that has never left my mind. I value my family, my children, perhaps that is why.
DinoMunkie More than 1 year ago
My family still lives across the street (wales)... I have a couple of stories that I would like to share, but was never asked... PS: The pond has a nickname that I don't think I should share... Higgins
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooo good! I didn't want to ever put it down. I don't think i have ever read a book so fast! It was full of twists and turns. READ IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Engrossing- i read about 6 books evry 12 days and this i finished in 1 1/2 days -, it is disturbing but also very real. I know this goes on every day in someones house and that is whats more scary then the book--read it- learn something- this book will haunt you in your dreams.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. This is by far one of the best true crime stories I have read. It is unbelievable what kind of sick people are in this world. Must read.
cherriesSL More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS VERY WELL WRITTEN BY LOWELL Cauffiel and very well detailed. It very sad what the children went through as well as becoming vitims to there father
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I am a loyal Ann Rule fan! I only read true crime, because they truly catch my attention. Lowell really did a wonderful job getting into the mindset of a complete and total dysfuctional family on this one. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never boring, kept me reading! Tastefully done without leaving out the awe or edge of events happening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I live close to where this happened. The name 'Sexton' still makes most residents' hair stand on end in the area. This is a compelling read that you cannot put down. Equally as horrifying is the atrocious spelling in most of the reviews of this book.
Anonymous 12 months ago
The account of this family is gruesome and unbelievable . To say the facts are chilling and thought provoking , is an understatement . Thanks go to all who brought this to light especially Mr Caufiell. Knowledge IS power.
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Not as good as I figured it would be . .
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MommyOfMunch More than 1 year ago
This was a true crime novel depicting the crime and trial of Eddie Lee Sexton, the head of "America's Most Dysfunctional Family". It was a detailed and shocking description of the crimes of the Sexton family, which included many different forms of incest (he fathered three of his own grandchildren!), abuse, and murder. Eventually convicted for ordering the murder of his infant grandson and son-in-law, the crimes this man committed to his own family are absolutely beyond comprehension. I read this book incredibly fast, kept hooked by the disturbing and graphic details. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for gaudy entertainment (made harsher by the fact that it is a true story) that can rival any horror movie.