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15 Dark Secrets People Found Out About Their Family Members

Every family has secrets. Most of the time, these wind up being perfectly harmless and otherwise insignificant. But every once in a while, a truth bomb explodes with the potential to tear a family apart.

Below is a collection of dark secrets that people found out about their family members. Have a look below and come to discover what skeletons may indeed be hiding in your own family's closet.

That's pretty messed up.

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It isn't always a given that parents love their children. According to Reddit user haroldtitus425, his paternal grandmother hated their mother so much that she shot herself and arranged it so that the mother (her own daughter) would be the one to discover her.

This sounds like something out of a movie.

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Reddit user Kkarotcake was led to believe that their father died of cancer. In reality, he killed himself in a bizarre murder/suicide after he discovered that his wife was cheating on him with his psychiatrist.

All you need is love.

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"Grandma was gay and grandpa was her best friend. She wanted kids so they had kids but she had her love "Auntie Doreen" we called her. Grandpa was free to do whatever he wanted and to our knowledge never had a dedicated partner besides my grandmother." - Reddit u/Eas_Mackenzie

The award for "Worst Father Ever" goes to...

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Reddit user Human_Commercial_406's grandmother was raised in a catholic orphanage and was always told her parents died due to Spanish Influenza. In reality, her father survived but didn't want to take care of her — so he left her there.

He ain't heavy, he's my brother.

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While out for a night of drinking with their father, Redditor Cheese_Pancakes received the startling revelation that their brother may only be their half-brother. At the time their parents got together, their mom had recently ended things with an abusive boyfriend and the paternity of the first child was always in question.

The scar tissue from sexual trauma never heals.

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One night, Redditor k_sharpie's mother drunkenly told them about how their grandfather was sexually assaulted in the army. For the rest of his life, he would always sit with his back to the wall in order to help avoid a potential attack.

Have you ever heard of the Harpe Brothers?

Reddit user MindlessBenefit9127 claims to be related to the Harpe Brothers, albeit distantly. In case you were curious, the Harpe Brothers are considered by historians to be among the very first serial killers in the United States.

Hopefully, in time, you and your sister can meet.

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"My Dad had a daughter before I was born and never admitted it to anyone in the family. He was basically on his death bed when he admitted it to me." - Reddit u/Hamfiter

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and quacks like a duck — it's probably a cult.

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Reddit user Phant0m640's great-uncle was the head of a secret society, comprised of friends and fellow family members. They would swindle their neighbors and fellow townspeople out of their money and life savings. Apparently, this went on for years.

Do you think they all know?

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Reddit user RunFaster481 claims that every single one of her uncles is currently entangled in an affair. They didn't say how they came to know this information, but they assert it with absolute certainty.

Everything you've been told is a lie.

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In the wake of their great-grandmother's death, Redditor justcougit was gifted the secret recipe for her delicious pecan pie. Not long after, they realized that the recipe is the same one printed on the Karo syrup bottle.

What a horrible situation to be in.

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"My mom lied to a man and told him I was his son and frequently extorted money from him by telling him she needed it to raise me. I found out when he showed up with gifts shortly after I had moved out on my own." - Reddit u/Brilliant_Succotash1

Trust me, she knows.

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Reddit user MDF87 says that her father smokes, yet her mother has no idea. How he is able to get away with this, considering they all live in the same house, is beyond comprehension. I guess ignorance really is bliss.

What would you do for your brothers and sisters?

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Reddit user RedCapRiot's great-great-grandmother murdered her abusive husband. In order to avoid her going to jail, her brother took the blame for it and claimed that it was a crime of passion/temporary insanity.

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"My welsh great-grandmother had passage booked on the Titanic in 1912. She ended up not going because she "fell ill". Turns out it was actually an out-of-wedlock pregnancy that gave her such bad morning sickness, she couldn't go." - Reddit u/sassy_steph_