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BY THEIR FATHER'S HAND
MONTE FRANCIS
ISBN# (10): 0-06-087824-X /(13): 978-0-06-087824-5
May 29, 2007
HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback and E-Book
$7.99 U.S./$10.99 Canada
285 Pages
Harper True Crime
Rating: 4 Cups

Marcus Wesson gave most of his children names similar to those of vampires. He made the younger Children sleep on mahogany coffins and hardly let them see the light of day. His orders were the only ones that allowed them to go out to play. His whole lookout with the way he interprets Biblical verses made him appear insane.

Elizabeth Wesson married Marcus when she was fifteen he was twenty-seven. Four years later when another woman enters their life, Elizabeth is shocked when he takes a second wife to live with them. Afraid to leave her husband because she has no skills she stays with him and lives in fear.

Mark Wesson and his family are not the average type family. They live in an undersized house, so small, even the neighbors have no idea how many children reside in the small home. In fact, by zoning laws, the family should not been living there at all. Many things in the yard were violating city code. Marcus has a strong obsession to vampires, as well as a belief in polygamy and incest. He insists he is there to educate his daughters on the proper way to please a man to prepare them for marriage. He shares unofficial marriages with his own daughters and three of his nieces. Falsely gaining government funds, he also uses the women in the household to help provide income to his advantage. After two of the nieces try to take two of the children away, Wesson becomes irate, prompting devastating events. His insanity, along with his obsession with vampires and controlling the minds and bodies of the women, causes a bloodbath that shocks all when he ends up controlling their deaths.

This book, though indeed true, is quite gruesome with all the acts committed by Marcus Wesson. The stacking of the bodies, after fired upon, cut into my heart. I could visualize walk through the house with the police, seeing all the mayhem and carnage left by Mr. Wesson in this mass murder. Monte Francis carries the reader into the terrifying ordeal of the women and children in Wesson’s world of craziness. From campsite, to boat and to rundown houses, the reader gets the feel of the real people and their horrific nightmare. The trial held me spellbound, along with the inquest of questions, not to mention the coroner needing someone to identity nine victims. It still amazes me how people can be so taken in by the love of a man, then to be so controlled by him they cannot walk away. Yet they still say they love them. This story definitely lends thought while capturing the reader.

Cherokee
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