Every family has its secrets, right? You may be thinking of your own family and some particular secrets that most people don’t know. But are those secrets scary and you feel scared into silence? These people felt comfortable enough to share their secrets with you behind the veil of their computers.
The Secret Brother
There’s nothing more scandalous than a secret sibling. Could you imagine growing up with your life a certain way, your parents telling you things about your family and life to have everything change all of a sudden? It probably feels like the rug being pulled out from under you.
This person tells a story about how that happened in their family. It was discovered they had a maternal half-brother they never knew about. And how they found him? “Found him on Facebook, he is a very decent human being and has been nothing but friendly towards me. His childhood sounds horribly sad at the fault of my mother.” How horrible.
There can’t be a full list of secrets without cheating secrets. Cheating and infidelity are some of the worst kind of secrets. Infidelity is all about deceiving the one you supposedly love. Who would want to intentionally hurt someone they love? Maybe you should ask a cheater what their mindset is around their decision-making.
This person describes how their parents met. They met while the mother was still married to her first husband. “My mother PURSUED my father while she was married. My father MOVED IN with my mother and her husband-at-the-time for a couple months before the husband moved out. Poor guy.”
Ordering a Mail Order Bride
A mail order bride is a woman who comes from a different country and is basically purchased for marriage by a man who wants to have an instant bride. Obviously, this method of forming a lasting relationship doesn’t make much sense, but many men feel it is the easiest way for them to get what they want—an attractive wife.
So here, this person explains how this whole situation went for their grandfather. “Around 1910, after a few years of living alone in a sod hut, he basically ordered a mail-order bride from the U.S. — a girl from the same national/ethnic group as him. She moved to the wilds of Alberta without ever having met him and they married. After doing some digging, we discovered that my mother’s eldest sibling was born in western Canada only a couple of months after my grandmother arrived at the homestead. My granny wanted to escape the shame of being an unwed mother.”
“What Did That Guy Do?”
Sometimes, a secret can come out just from a simple question. In this case, this person was 18, and simply cleaning out their grandparents’ house after their death. Then, someone dropped a picture frame and a photo fell out. The way it was placed in the frame, one guy in the photo was cut off. That is when things changed.
“I made some joke like, ‘sheesh, what did that guy do? Are we hiding him?’ And everyone looked at me with these stunned looks on their faces. Everyone just sort of changed the subject and wandered away. My parents later explained to me that he was my great uncle and he murdered his wife and tried to kill his children…who were among those standing there when I said it.” That is the definition of awkward moment!
Sons Murder Their Father
Another secret, another murder. Murderous behavior in a family can not only be scary, but it can make someone wonder if murder is a hereditary trait that can be passed on to others in the family. It can make someone wonder if someone in their family could possibly behave the same way. This person shares how their two uncles ax murdered their grandpa and then shot the body 15 times with a .22 rifle.
“After grandma suddenly left grandpa, and two middle uncles alone, grandpa kicked the two uncles out of the house (they were high school aged). The uncles, instead of leaving and finding a new home or finding grandma, snuck into the attic and lived there for a few months. Eventually I guess they just decided grandpa needed to die — so they buried an ax in the back of his head and shot him 15 times with a .22 rifle.”
Your family’s heritage can either be a thing of pride or something you aren’t particularly excited about. But what if you grew up thinking you were one thing, but found out that wasn’t true; like if you went your entire life identifying with one thing but it is not the way it is.
“Went all my life being told my mom’s side of the family was Arabic. Didn’t put much thought in it until I saw my grandma’s maiden name was super Jewish — ‘Toviyah.’ Did a bunch of research which confirmed my grandma’s family were probably crypto Jews. I did a DNA test to find out our ancestry and we are Ashkenazi Jew.”
She Only Told Us
From time to time, secrets come up between two people. Whether it be because the two people experienced this together or one person confided in the other. Whatever the circumstances may be, sometimes, a big secret remains between two people who cannot share it with anyone else.
Here, we have a secret between a dad and his child. After the grandmother passed away, her daughter (the child’s mother) was an absolute wreck over it. But she didn’t know everything about how her own mother (the grandmother) passed away. “My dad and I were complete realists and came to the conclusion that grandma wanted to die. She couldn’t handle doing all the work around the house with her husband and mentally disabled 50 year-old son at home yelling at each other all the time. When dad and I were at the hospital with her, and mom and grandpa left to get a bite to eat, grandma opened her eyes and told me and my dad ‘I can’t live here anymore. I’m just tired. I want them to let me go.’ We swore we wouldn’t tell and she died 2 hours after saying that.”
There’s No Evidence
Can something be true if you can’t prove it? Yes, but if you can’t prove it, many people don’t have to accept it as truth. So what if you heard that your aunt and her sister murdered a man? But there’s no evidence, and the case remains unsolved? Would you believe it?
Here this person describes hearing this news but not being sure what to do with it. A family friend said on the night the victim was murdered, he saw two blonde women walking down the road away from the victim’s house, in the dark. They said, “My aunt and her sister are both blonde. My aunt was madly in love with the dude, and he was getting married. He was found dead in his home, beaten to death with a bat. The police believe he knew the killer(s), there was no sign of forced entry.” Intriguing…
This Is Really Sad
In this day and age, medical treatments are not taken lightly. Typically, there is a good amount of investigation and research involved before deciding to move forward with a major surgery. But in the past, if you were suspected of having a condition, more times than not they just moved forward with treatment.
In this case, this person’s great grandfather had a lobotomy because of “unknown mental issues.” He was basically a zombie afterwards, and died shortly thereafter. They said, “It’s so sad. I always heard he was a wonderful guy, and it must suck to see that happen, and now I know why my grandmother never speaks of him. There’s also quite a few family members on that side with anxiety disorders, myself and my sister included. They’re all very well controlled and not a hindrance for the most part at all, because of modern medicine and such. He probably just needed better treatment.”
Some secrets arise from conniving, scheming, and conning people for a long time. This story is about this person’s aunt who cut off communication with the whole family after the grandparents died. She was their caretaker and after they died she just disappeared. Sure, people can take death hard, but that wasn’t the case in this situation.
The truth came about a year or so later: “My dad gets a call from Florida P.D. saying he needs to come claim/identify my aunt’s body. We heard she had cancer but when my dad and sister got down there, they’re told she killed herself in a hotel room by drinking antifreeze. She never had cancer. When she stopped talking to my family, she took money from grandparents and traveled the world; when the money ran out, she offed herself.”
Most secrets arise from disgusting behavior—there’s no getting around it or tip-toeing past it’s disgraceful fact. People do things they aren’t proud of; things they don’t want to think about or have to explain to anyone. They don’t want to think that the decision they made should be a direct reflection on who they are. But it is a fact that is hard to escape.
This was a pretty deplorable secret that would make anyone think twice about their grandparents: “I just found out that my grandparents were having trouble getting pregnant so they adopted a toddler-aged brother and sister when my mother was seven. Soon after, my grandmother got pregnant, and that is when things got weird. The girl died from a very mysterious fall down the stairs and the boy was quietly given to another family. They never, ever spoke of either child from that day forward.”
There are movies out there about horrible, abusive mothers who basically despise their children and treat them in unspeakable ways. While we watch it on movies, there are people who live that horrifically but just don’t speak of it. It is a sad truth that eventually becomes a secret. Who could imagine their mother, who is supposed to protect them and love them unconditionally, being abusive?
This story is about such unthinkable abuse. “My mother abused me my whole life, and one day I finally couldn’t take any more and told a teacher. CPS was called, and she didn’t hesitate to tell them that I had gone crazy and tried to kill my baby sister so that I looked like the crazy one. After that, nothing I said would be taken seriously. I was removed from the school in handcuffs and immediately taken to the county courthouse, where I had to face my mother in a trial. In the end, the judge realized that she was crazy and I wasn’t.”
Not too long ago (but long enough ago to be considered “back in the day”) teen pregnancy was a regularly kept secret. Girls would get pregnant, and would either be pulled out of school and hidden away from public eye, or secretly carry the baby to term and give it up for adoption immediately following birth. But in some rarer occasions, the family would want to keep the baby and incorporate a lie into all of their lives.
And sometimes, teen pregnancy happens when something horrible occurs in the family. You get what we are saying right? Just read this account: “My whole family doesn’t think I know but my “older sister” is actually my mother. My father was my mother’s (actually grandmother) husband.” A criminal act.
A Need for Milk Turns Deadly
Sometimes, something happens and it is enough to “break the camel’s back.” And this is especially true for married couples. A fight that ensues over something simple can change everything. And that is the case in this story.
This family secret entails a grandfather, a grandmother, and a murder/suicide. This person describes how this secret changed everything. “This was all over an argument whether it was too cold to walk to a grocery store to get some milk. My great grandfather hit his wife with a fire poker, and slit her throat. He then proceeded to blow his head apart with a shotgun. He sat in a rocking chair and used his cane to push the trigger.”
Upholding the Family Name
There are times when someone in the family makes a decision that no one is proud of. People can do sick things that you personally don’t want to be associated with and don’t want anyone to think is part of you. And that is the exact case with this family secret.
This person had a pedophile in the family, who was also is a misogynist. He molests girls with the sole purpose of ruining their lives. Here is the rest of the story: “He had abused all of my aunts. He even raped a seven-year-old girl who lived next door, and probably a lot of others that I don’t know about. Everyone kept it pretty quiet until his wife filed for divorce because he was cheating on her, and used the molestation cases for her benefit.”
Still Don’t Know What Their Father Is
Family relationships can get complicated—and sometimes, over time, these relationships become buried and hidden so people don’t know what the real story is. Especially those people who make decisions that are horrible and illegal.
This person’s uncle was the evil culprit in this web of lies and secrets. But the whole family was involved in the cover-up: “I kept trying to get my parents or other relatives to take action, but his wife refuses any suggestions of the sort. She also thinks that the other girls were ‘asking for it’. It gets me really pissed that these people are related to me.”
When someone has an affair, it seems like anything can happen. Some people resort to screaming and yelling, which is understandable—while others do crazier things like destroy property or commit murder. The latter options are not the norm but they are the stories that really stick out and scare us. Which is why it comes to no surprise that these actions remain secret.
For this person, it was an affair that ruined everything: “My great-grandfather had a 17-year-old mistress he put up in an apartment. Great-grandmother found out, confronted them at said apartment, shoots and kills 17-year-old mistress. Then, my great-grandfather serves the time in prison for the murder.”
The Dream Friend
Do you have someone in your family who you would consider to be gifted? We aren’t talking about gifted intellectually but gifted in the sense that they have the ability to see the future? Or speak to departed souls? You may believe in this or not, but here is a story that may give you chills.
This is a story of an aunt who committed suicide. But it was the nieces who made this story very peculiar. “I was three and my older sister was four— It was my older sister who told my mom that ‘Aunt Pam is playing in the garage.’ Sure enough they found her dead in her car. No one knew why my older sister knew this, and when asked about it, she said that her dream friend told her.”
The KKK and My Uncle
Would you want anyone to know if someone in your family was part of a cult or a historical hate group, like the KKK? Probably not. But since these groups existed, there are people who have family members who participated in these things. You may not hear about it though, because it is a well-kept secret.
“A great Uncle of mine passed away when I was little. He was a highly respected member of his small town; he was a banker of some sorts, deacon in the church, all of those things that made him a good person. But tucked away in the attic, not covered by any dust mind you, was a large wooden trunk. Inside this trunk were the purple robes of a KKK Grand Dragon. There were various member listings, meeting notes, and all other sorts of things related to the KKK. Turns out that my great uncle was a very active, although very much secretive, member of the regional chapter of the KKK.” Yikes!
Blackmailer Father and Killer Uncle
Are there family members you have never met? Either they are located farther away from where you live, or you have heard about them but haven’t had the pleasure of meeting. Here, we have an uncle who never met many people in his family because he is located somewhere where he can never get out.
Here is how the story goes: “I have an uncle I’ve never met (mom’s brother). He killed my mom’s parents when he was sixteen in a fit of rage, and burnt down their home in an attempt to cover it up. I’ve never met him. He has been in jail on a life sentence since before I was born. I was only informed of his existence because my dad was blackmailing my mom with this.”
And this story involves a super creepy, scary and troubling (whichever adjective best describes how you feel right now) secret is about a cult-loving mother. People are in cults for a variety of reasons. Some choose to go and some are forced to join. This story is a quick detailing of a child being forced to adhere to the cult’s ways.
“My mother was in some sort of cult or something as a child. Her parents forced her and raped her. She actually told me these pretty creepy stories of bodies being chopped up and thrown down a well. It’s incredibly disturbing—I really don’t want to know what really happened.”