E182: Marcus Delon Wesson

What started out as a routine custody dispute at a house in Fresno, CA, escalated into the worst mass murder in Fresno’s history, when Marcus Delon Wesson murdered nine people, one adult and eight children. All of the victims were his own children, fathered by incestuous relationships with his daughters and nieces, as well as the children by his wife.

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We dive into the setting (06:39), the killers early life (14:08) and the timeline (16:10).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (45:49), our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap, followed by “Where are they now?” (55:03).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered and our shout outs (01:04:04). 

This episode was researched & scripted by Wendy & Beth Williams.

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Footnotes:

Articles/Websites

Murderpedia. (n.d.). Marcus Wesson. Retrieved 12/09/2022 from https://murderpedia.org/male.W/w/wesson-marcus.htm

True Crime Seven. (05/29/2019). Marcus Wesson – The Horrific True Story Behind Fresno’s Worst Mass Murderer. Retrieved 12/09/2022 from https://truecrimeseven.com/marcus-wesson-the-horrific-true-story-behind-fresnos-worst-mass-murderer/

Wikipedia contributors. (11/28/2022). Marcus Wesson. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12/09/2022 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Marcus_Wesson&oldid=1124354739

Schadler, Jay; Phillips, Harry; Stohler, Elissa. (07/05/2010). Family Brainwashed by Dad Struggles to Heal. ABC News. Retrieved 12/09/2022 from https://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/marcus-wesson-mass-murder-surviving-family-speaks-abuse/story?id=11089648

Louise, Brynley. (04/27/2020). Surviving the vampire cult: What became of Marcus Wesson’s family? Film Daily. Retrieved 12/13/2022 from https://filmdaily.co/news/marcus-wesson-cult/

Guthrie, Julian. (09/14/2009). Survivors recall horror of Wesson mass killing. SF Gate. Retrieved 12/13/2022 from https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Survivors-recall-horror-of-Wesson-mass-killing-3287074.php

History:

Tobias, Manuela. (06/17/2020). How Fresno is confronting its history of racism. CalMatters. Retrieved 12/09/2022 from https://calmatters.org/california-divide/2020/06/west-fresno-racism-black-communities/

BBC. (07/30/2009). Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved 12/11/2022 from https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/seventhdayadventist_1.shtml

Books:

Sofios, Alysia; Rother, Caitlin. (2014). Deadly Devotion. Gallery Books a Division of Simon & Schuster. New York, NY.  

Sofios, Alysia; Rother, Caitlin. (2009). Where Hope Begins. Pocket Star Books a Division of Simon & Schuster. New York, NY.  

Podcasts:

Sinclair, Roseanne. (Host). (06/18/2019). Killafornia Dreaming: #094 The Tale of Marcus Wesson: The Monster of Fresno. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved 12/12/2022 from https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/94-the-tale-of-the-monster-of-fresno/id1250294822?i=1000441928642

Sofios, Alysia; Dahl, Ronnie. (Hosts). (02/24/2022). Crimecasters Network: WESSON FAMILY MASSACRE: Surviving Daughter Speaks Out. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved 12/12/2022 from https://www.crimecastersnetwork.com/post/wesson-famiy-massacre-surviving-daughter-speaks-out

How Not to Get Murdered:

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is free, confidential, 24/7 access to resources and support. Call, chat, text or just find resources available to you.

Love is Respect: Free, confidential, 24/7 access to resources and support specifically aimed at teen and young adult relationships. 

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