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Polygamy, incest suspected in Fresno mass murder
Fresno Bee ^ | March 13, 2004 | Associated Press

Posted on 03/13/2004 9:03:01 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah

Edited on 04/12/2004 2:11:07 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of murdering nine of his family members apparently was involved in polygamy and incest, fathering two of the victims with his own daughters, police said Saturday.

The bodies of six females and three males, ages 1 to 24, were found tangled in the back room of Marcus Wesson's home Friday. Fresno's largest mass slaying ever quadrupled its homicides for the year in a single day and disturbed officers so much that some immediately needed counseling.


(Excerpt) Read more at fresnobee.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: incest; marcuswesson; polygamy

1 posted on 03/13/2004 9:03:01 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
If only we had legalized polgamy and incest - those kids would be alive today...
2 posted on 03/13/2004 9:15:58 PM PST by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right, never in doubt!)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
This is such a shocking crime for those of us who live in this area. I saw a picture of this monster on the news, and he looks like some kind of wild creature. My prayers go out to the victims and the family members left, and to the officers who are now so disturbed after viewing this unspeakable act.
3 posted on 03/13/2004 9:19:40 PM PST by ladyinred (democrats have blood on their hands!)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Reports are that there were ten wooden coffins found, which he had built previously, according to neighbors. There were nine dead bodies found, but he surrendered.

Interesting also, on a Google search, the French have really picked up on this family tragedy.

4 posted on 03/13/2004 9:25:58 PM PST by xJones
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To: xJones
"Fresno Police booking photograph of Marcus Wesson. Police in Fresno found the bodies of nine people in a home in Fresno, California, following a domestic dispute and a police standoff with Wesson, 57, a suspect in the murders, the Fresno Bee and CNN reported on March 13, 2004."REUTERS/Fresno Police Department/Handout
5 posted on 03/13/2004 10:05:07 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: BenLurkin
That's one handsome dude!
6 posted on 03/13/2004 10:42:38 PM PST by glorgau
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To: glorgau
I can see why the chicks lined up to marry him.
7 posted on 03/13/2004 10:44:05 PM PST by breakem
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To: glorgau
Honestly, he looks like the black version of the monster that killed Polly Klass.
CREEPY!

8 posted on 03/13/2004 10:45:07 PM PST by Monty22
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
I am sure this has to do with the evil courts and the way they favor women over men in custody suits......*sigh*
9 posted on 03/13/2004 11:38:52 PM PST by cherry
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Why the surge in the brothers as serial killers? (Chickenhawk Mohammed and his "boy" Malvo)

I thought that was the domain of peckerwoods and peckerwoodesses?
10 posted on 03/13/2004 11:43:48 PM PST by wardaddy (A man better believe in something or he'll fall for anything.)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Fresno's largest mass slaying ever quadrupled its homicides for the year in a single day and disturbed officers so much that some immediately needed counseling.

Counseling ... Balm of Gilead for the modern man.

11 posted on 03/13/2004 11:49:56 PM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: wardaddy
Why the surge in the brothers as serial killers?

How about Mormon brothers?
Amy Smart comes to mind, as well.

13 posted on 03/14/2004 12:26:10 AM PST by PRND21
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
They still have police working in this area? Why? I thought anything goes. Laws are just suggestions.

Murder? So?
14 posted on 03/14/2004 12:29:00 AM PST by whereasandsoforth (tagged for migratory purposes only)
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To: PRND21
There was a piece on TV a couple of weeks ago about the polygamist Mormon communities on the Arizona Utah border, and it's amazing how brainwashed the wives and children are.

I can easily see one of those towns or families doing a mass murder/suicide bit.

Ed
15 posted on 03/14/2004 1:02:27 AM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: glorgau
He'd look a lot more handsome wearing one of these:
16 posted on 03/14/2004 5:15:23 AM PST by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trap-door if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: BenLurkin
Was that photo taken during a full moon?
17 posted on 03/14/2004 6:01:55 AM PST by xJones
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
This is Evil.
18 posted on 03/14/2004 6:12:06 AM PST by Lady Eileen
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Dyer said police believe they know the cause of death, but would not release that information.

If the victims had been shot, we probably would have heard about it by now, and Diane Feinstein and Ted Kennedy would be dancing in the blood.

19 posted on 03/14/2004 6:13:20 AM PST by aomagrat
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To: wardaddy
Why the surge in the brothers as serial killers?

This guy is a mass murderer, not a serial killer. Mass murderers kill their victims all at once, usually in one location. Serial killers kill sporadically/methodically over a period time.

20 posted on 03/14/2004 6:25:15 AM PST by rabidralph (Crush Kerry's berries.)
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To: rabidralph
Good point...a nuance I neglected.
21 posted on 03/14/2004 8:13:27 AM PST by wardaddy (A man better believe in something or he'll fall for anything.)
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To: PRND21
I used to think I would have liked a bunch of wives, but now I know it would have been a hard road dealing with them.

(kidding)

Seriously, on the surface...it would appear that women must "submit" for polygamy to work and that could be brainwashing or cult-like.
22 posted on 03/14/2004 8:15:49 AM PST by wardaddy (A man better believe in something or he'll fall for anything.)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Wow, people from Fresno County sure are weird!
23 posted on 03/14/2004 11:17:05 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: whereasandsoforth
They still have police working in this area?

The U is one of the worst if not the worst place in Fresno. I know cops and paramedics who are afraid to go there. The likelihood of getting killed is very real.

24 posted on 03/14/2004 11:19:52 AM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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Inside was a discovery so grisly it reduced Dyer to tears. The bodies were so entangled in a pile of clothing that it took hours for investigators to reach a final count, police said.

Police were not sure of a motive, but Dyer said "there may have been some type of ritual" involved. Ten coffins lined a wall inside the home's front room.

Whatever it was, it was warped. It takes a lot to make cops cry.

25 posted on 03/14/2004 11:21:34 AM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: nickcarraway
Hey!
26 posted on 03/14/2004 11:21:54 AM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
This guy reminds me of the black guy in "The Devils Advocate".
27 posted on 03/15/2004 6:35:43 AM PST by biblewonk (I must try to answer all bible questions.)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
Fascinating observation by Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who on Saturday said, "It is possible the suspect and the individual at this location had a different belief system and we are exploring that."

Ya think?

28 posted on 03/15/2004 7:48:19 AM PST by daguberment (Mexifornia, a state of becoming.)
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