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Marcus Wesson: Control, Incest and Murder

Suicide Pact

Jeva Wesson
Jeva Wesson
The sisters knew they faced an uphill battle when they arrived at the house. Marcus Wesson had made a deal with them long ago: if they ever abandoned his home, they had to leave their children behind.

In the event that Child Services or another government agency came to split up the family, Wesson gave his offspring chilling instructions, which were later related in court by Sofina Solorio.

If the authorities tried to remove the children, Wesson told his daughters and nieces to first murder their offspring before killing themselves. He would stay alive to explain their decision to the public, according to the plan. Solorio said the family held monthly meetings to discuss the details of the suicide plot, including how to shoot to kill.

Police remove a coffin from the scene.
Police remove a coffin from the scene.
Rosa Solorio later testified that Wesson frequently talked about the second coming of Christ and asked his children whether they were ready to "go to the Lord" — or kill themselves.

Shortly after they moved into the Fresno home, Wesson purchased 12 mahogany coffins at an antique store.

Perhaps the coffins figured into Wesson's obsession with vampires. The family watched dozens of vampire movies and took vampire middle names. Wesson didn't see any conflict between his belief in a Christian god and vampires because "they are both immortal," according to the Fresno Bee.

The owner of the antique store told the press that a group of somber children loaded the caskets into a yellow school bus. How chilling to think they may have carried the same coffins in which Wesson intended to place their corpses.


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