The Truth About The Marcus Wesson 'Vampire' Cult

So a guy marries his eight-year-old daughter and, by the time she's 26, she's had 11 kids. But, this guy also engages in sexual relationships with each of his ... other daughters? Reason being: he says it's how fathers show affection. And each of the daughters believes him, defends him, claims there was never any rape involved, and the guy's sons call him the gentlest, sweetest dad in the whole wide world. But this guy, by the way, believes that he's Jesus — actually believes that he's Jesus. And of course, Jesus was a vampire. And, because Jesus drank blood to become immortal, so must he. And he buys coffin beds for his kids. And in the end, his incestuous family cult becomes the site of a mass murder because he just shoots everyone and walks out of his front door in Fresno saturated in blood.

As mad as this is, it isn't the plot of a B-movie horror film, or a discarded Hollywood mashup of Stephen King Meets Anne Rice. No, Marcus Wesson was an actual person who lived this demented story, and according to All That's Interesting, is still alive and hanging out on death row in San Quentin State Prison. In 2004, the self-proclaimed vampire god murdered his entire family because he'd rather they went to heaven together than go into child custody services apart. Uncle-father to some, husband to nieces turned wives, Wesson believed he was "making children for the Lord."

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Eleven of Wesson's children, ages 1 through 25, were killed on that day: March 12, 2004. Following a call to police over a domestic dispute, officers arrived a mere 90 minutes before the murders and spoke with Ruby Ortiz and Sofina Solorio, two of Wesson's nieces (also mothers to some of the children) who hadn't been won over by Wesson's cultish dogma about how incest "produces the seed of perfection of one's self," reports Medium. The officers let Wesson and his family talk amongst themselves, and gunshots rang out across the neighborhood.

Wesson, born in 1946, had grown up in a sadistic, abusive, hyper-religious household. His father was an alcoholic who left the family to be with his male lover of years. His mother was a Seventh Day Adventist who would conduct Bible school at home and whip her kids with an electric cord. Wesson's favorite game growing up was "playing preacher." Wesson couldn't cut it at school, and dropped out to join the military at age 17. Afterwards, he floated around a bit, had his first daughter Elizabeth, whom he later married, and managed to hold down a job as a banker for a limited time. As True Crime Seven tells us, however, he believed that heads of households shouldn't have to work.  

It was over this period of time he developed the self-deification and vampire-god philosophy that resulted in polygamy, incest, and the brainwashing and, eventually, death of his children.