Murder Is A Family Affair

Murder Is A Family Affair

by Donalie Beltran


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Some stories just have to be told and so it is with the Tuxhorn family.

MURDER IS A FAMILY AFFAIR follows August Tuxhorn to America in the mid 1850s where Charles was born in Illinois. The boy grew up with a beautiful face and a stone heart.

Evil set in motion by his grandfather and then his father, Charles carries on the family's violent temper and disregard for human life. Did he inherit these traits shared by others? More important, did he pass them on?

Follow their lives and watch the carnage they leave behind. Many lives were lost or destroyed in their wake.

After particularly gruesome murders, Charles Tuxhorn disappeared into thin air. How? Pinkerton looked for him around the world, but couldn't find him. Where did he go? Is this the last of the evil?


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989636209
Publisher: Killing Time Press LLC
Publication date: 11/04/2013
Pages: 462
Sales rank: 783,240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Donalie Beltran lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband. Her father, Ray Tuxhorn, said as a boy he heard rumors there was a killer in the family. The adults would not answer questions about such a shameful family secret. Donalie decided to research the family tree, to find answers. She found more than one murderer. The Tuxhorn name made NATIONAL headlines, more than once, for their evil deeds. The research went on for almost ten years, when she finally decided it was a story that needed to be told. After two years, Murder Is A Family Affair is ready for you to see what evil can exist in a family's genes.

Can evil be inherited? You decide.

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Murder Is A Family Affair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first pages skillfully set the dark mood of the story, with a smooth, flowing narrative, which transports the reader from Europe to the United States. The reader is quickly drawn into the protagonist/antagonist's lives, persons filled with pain and anger that passes from father to son and on through the descendents. Her adept manner of providing back-story between snatches of the funeral lethargies, adds pathos and details necessary to propel it toward its chilling conclusion. Ms Beltran writes, not judging, only stating the facts, letting the reader draw his or her own conclusions about the characters. I could not put the book down until I turned and read the last page and was ready to reread it. Readers interested in murder mysteries, human psychology, a look into 19th century immigrant history and a darned good story should find this fascinating.
KKScaramuzzo More than 1 year ago
Wow, you see all the commercials about checking out your ancestors online and think it would be a fun thing to do. Turns out it wasn't so fun for Donalie Beltran. This is the story of her family history. This is not a story to be read and taken lightly. Ms Beltran has done her research and I bet at some points in time, she wishes should could unring the bell of truth about her family. Finding out you have murderers, psychopaths and child abusers just several generations away is enough to make anyone cringe with regret. The author did a great job describing this sad and sick tale without being too morose or grotesque. The writing puts me in mind of V. C. Andrews and her twisted family tales. Read this book and you will never look at a family portrait or reunion the same again!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Murder is a Family Affair by Donalie Beltran describes a family that begs the question - can evil be inherited? The Tuxhorn family takes us to Illinois in the mid 1850s, where Charles was a boy with a hard heart and a lovely face. Evil is then set in motion by Charles’ grandfather and the younger man carries on the family’s violent tendency for destruction. The Pinkertons end up looking for him when he disappears following a rash of gruesome murders. Is he truly gone or is something worse coming next? This book really brings to mind the old school of thought - is evil inherent in people, is it learned or is it maybe a mixture of both? What is scary is that this is based on a real story and really, if you look into the pasts of some of the other evil men of the world, you can find similarly based stories, maybe not as twisted but close. Donalie Beltran has done a fantastic job of writing this and laying it out in a tale that is both gripping and terrifying, all in the same book. I found myself biting my lip often when I was reading this book and to me that is the sign of reading something good. I can say I have not read of a family or a story as twisted and truly evil as Charles and his family, bringing a whole new definition to the phrase “screwed-up family.” They truly prove there is evil in the world. With that said, this is a good book and an interesting read, one I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to start off by saying that I’m a nineteenth century history buff, and so I took to this book instantly. Murder is a Family Affair tells the harrowing story of three generations of the Tuxhorn family, the patriarchs of which apparently suffered from mental illness. The tale begins in Prussia, then moves to New Orleans, Illinois and eventually to Kansas. While relating these fascinating tales, the stories are interwoven with major historical events, including the Civil War. What struck me most was that when I finished, I discovered the stories were true. Instantly, my mind raced back to the tragedies these families experienced, and I felt the pain of the spouses and children who suffered under the hands of their tyrant fathers. This book gives a real sense of what it would be like to live in an abusive family. I would definitely recommend this book. It reveals a piece of American history that deserves to be told. The book is well written, fast paced and page turning. Three days later, I still find myself thinking about these stories, and hoping they will never be repeated.
sharonrl1 More than 1 year ago
“This is the book to read when you begin to think there isn’t enough evil in the world.” Most people’s search for ancestors ends with stories that hold little interest for anyone else, but Donalie Beltran has uncovered a family history that will keep you rapt until the end. She narrates the lives of three generations of good-looking men with cold hearts, and the misery they caused those closest to them in a time when women and children were considered “property”.  The writing is clean and flows naturally through this tale that begins in the 1850’s and ends in the 20th century. And all is not unrelieved horror; there are moments of love and tenderness as well as illuminating details about pioneer and farming life in the American Midwest.  Murder Is A Family Affair is well worth reading. I wish Donalie had been able to include more photos, but that’s a minor quibble. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to get this book. The first chapter gets you hooked & you don't want to put the book down. I couldn't to get to the next chapter. After about 3 weeks or so I have started reading this book again for the 2nd time and I have NEVER read a book twice. I'm ready to read the next book she come's out with. Ms Jane
Walter_Danley More than 1 year ago
REVIEW: Murder is a Family Affair by Donalie Beltran Reviewed by Walter Danley  EVIL CAN BE INHERITED, AND IT WILL BE MUCH MORE VICIOUS! A grisly tale told with love in the tender prose of debut author, Donalie Beltran, is an anomaly I did not expect as I read Murder is a Family Affair, but that is what this talented and original author delivers. I highly recommend this novel which has earned Five Stars. The story spans three generations of the Tuxhorn clan, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century with Henry Tuxhorn’s funeral in Prussia, his son, August fleeing the corrupt Prussian government, and the oppressive Catholic Church, August brought his angry violent nature to the new land and made it a tool to his success and subsequent suicide. Henry’s grandson, Charles is the primary focus of this mystery. He is the final inheritor of the evil hatred and brutal Tuxhorn curse.  The Tuxhorn’s are psychopathic killers and thieves, devoid of the love they never received in childhood. Totally amoral and deliberately cruel, they leave a trail of viciousness across the mid-west and into the twentieth century. The wicked Tuxhorn crimes are shocking, but Beltran’s writing unfolds the evil actions with an understanding worthy of a Freudian scholar.   Beltran has accumulated extensively researched facts about the Tuxhorn family as well as their victims, family members, neighbors, and townsfolk. She describes the houses architecture, furnishings, and buildings in the towns from her research efforts. Beltran knits her found facts together with a bridge of narrative and intelligent dialog that create images in the readers mind like a faded sepia daguerreotype. The author develops her characters thoroughly so that the reader feels that she is reading about a person known well. Good writing demands that the pace of the story keeps the reader “hooked” throughout, and Murder is a Family Affair does not disappoint. From the opening paragraph through to page 308, a reader will turn each page, eager to see what comes next! The author has left us a clue to the content on the back cover of the book. I received an Advance Review Copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. The Beltran clue that grabbed me when I read it is; THE STORY IS TRUE. THE FAMILY IS REAL. THE FAMILY IS MINE.
AJRaven More than 1 year ago
 Murder Is A Family Affair by Donalie Beltran actually gave me chills. The fact that it’s a true story really made me wonder about my own family tree. No doubt, it’s very different from the books I’m accustomed to reading. I mostly read about magic and the paranormal, but MIAFA got me hooked from the very first page. You can easily tell if a book is good or not by reading the first few lines. I instantly knew that what I was reading was going to be a splendid experience.  The story opens with a funeral: The funeral of Henry Tuxhorn and the author does an amazing job explaining about the characters and August Tuxhorn. August is the person we get to know more about in the coming chapters, and it’s not pleasant. You try to feel sorry for him, considering what his father, Henry, did, but it’s hard. August is not a character you can feel sorry for. It seems that the evil runs in his blood and I guess that’s what the author is trying to tell us. It’s really weird to see how August, one who hated his father, slowly turns into the person he detests. We see the transformation unfold as the story progresses and trust me; you too will feel sorry for the characters that cross his path. Just when you think it’s all over, Charles, August’s son comes into the picture….shivers! I really liked how the author treated the father-son dynamics. Not only that, the female characters especially Elizabeth, deserve a mention as well. I enjoyed Elizabeth’s character. I feel for her and can understand her actions because of the experiences she went through. The character that took me by surprise was Charles’s wife, fondly called Nettie by him. Can such a woman really exist? There are also other things touched upon. Such as the things women had to face back in the 1850’s, even in America. Women were helpless at that time. John Friesen’s character was a pleasant surprise, trying to make up for his daughter’s wrongs. Charles and Nettie seem to be ‘perfect’ for each other, but I was glad to see that end: birds of a feather do flock together, even they both are crazy. I actually let out a breath of relief during the Epilogue once the fate of the other Tuxhorn kids was revealed. At least some of them got the freedom they deserved. MIAFA is one of those stories that leave you with a peculiar feeling. You will feel glad to have read the story, but uncomfortable because the end didn’t feel ‘complete’….remember the film ‘No Country for Old Men’? Or the Goosebumps series? Not uncomfortable in a bad way, but just an uneasy feeling regarding what you just read and how all of this was actually true!