Courts & Crime

Family scarred by murder, incest comes out of the shadows

FRESNO, Calif. -- Marcus Wesson is in San Quentin prison, waiting to die. In 2004 he murdered nine of his children, exposing a Fresno family scarred by incest and violence to a horrified world.

Speaking publicly for the first time since Wesson's trial, surviving members of that family say they remain tormented by memories and by guilt. And they say they still suffer humiliation and rejection by some outsiders who know their past.

"I wish with all my heart some days that I was somebody else. But I have to live with this the rest of my life," said Gypsy, a 25-year-old daughter of Marcus Wesson.

"There are some good days and then there are some really bad days," she said. "People can be so low and so hurtful."

Many who recognize the Wesson name see family members as part of the evil, not as victims struggling to recover, Gypsy said.

"They should say 'These are the people who survived' -- and see that we aren't bad people."

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