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House Of Secrets [Mass Market Paperback]

Lowell Cauffiel
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July 1 2000
On an October night in 1993, at one of the campgrounds dotting Florida's Gulf Coast, ex-con Eddie Lee Sexton told his daughter Pixie to silence her crying baby. Incredibly, the young mother smothered the helpless infant, stuffed its tiny corpse into a gym bag, and then buried it in a shallow grave, less than a moth later, Eddie Lee ordered his son Willie to strangle the baby's bereaved dad during a family picnic. Sexton was priming his third victim when the FBI and Florida Cops finally caught up with him. Authorities soon learned that these killings were the final heinous acts of a sadistic, incestuous monster whose reign of psychological and sexual violence had begun back in Ohio. For years, Eddie Lee whipped his children daily, raped his daughters, abused his sons and even fathered three inbred Sexton babies. But in early 1992, after teenaged Michelle Sexton's courageous flight to authorities, the walls of silence surrounding this house of horrors crumbled. By 1995, Sexton would be sitting on Florida's death row."House Of Secrets" is a story of tragedy and dark horrors. With terrifying detail, Lowell Cauffiel takes us into a shocking world of abuse, incest and family murder - a world ruled by a psychopath whose ability to manipulate his children produced one of the most sensational cases in true crime history.

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"Eddie Lee Sexton is evil incarnate. Like Charles Manson, he exercised a cult-like mind control over others who did his dirty work. But unlike Manson, both Sexton's victims and his subjects were his very own flesh and blood." As strong as they are, these words from an assistant district attorney barely hint at the depravity hidden for years within the Sexton family. Strange notions about "Futuretrons" and hand markings that convey absolute power, revelations of incest and physical abuse, bodies buried in the camping area of a Florida state park-- House of Secrets has so many layers of weirdness that it will amaze even seasoned readers of true crime. Lowell Cauffiel has a talent for combining quotations from interviews and unembellished facts into prose that reads like a novel. Two people are dead, and the children who suffered the cruel fate of being born into the Sexton family may never completely heal from their injuries--but at least their story has been told. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing Aug. 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just read some scathing commentary on L. Cauffiel's Forever and Five Days. I decided to see what the commentary was on this masterpiece of a story Buried Secrets, and low and behold, here we go again.... I'm reading about spelling errors. What in heck does that have to do with the story or the writing?
This is a page-turner that most authors would give 5 years of their lives to be able to relay as well as Cauffiel has and someone is barking about commas and spelling. WHO CARES??? I happen to be a pretty good speller and I really did not notice any errors, I was too busy reading the story.
Next, someone complained that they didn't want to see the dead baby picture. How could you read a story this unbelievably disturbing and freak out about the picture? That picture more than anything else drove home to me that this bizarre tale actually occurred. I wish there were more pictures. Not necessarily of dead babies, but as thorough as this story was told, it did make me want to find out more, very much like the Mansion Family books. If you just see a photo of Charlie Manson as weird as he is, can you really understand the gravity of his crimes? Its the photos of the murders and the horror they invoke that bring it to hideous life.
I'm hoping that most of us are so removed from this type of experience that it is hard to believe. My life has been good. I'm not a ghoul, but I do need pictures or I can't grasp these atrocities. I think it is important that we do not hide or heads in the sand because that's how this creep Eddie Sexton managed to evade capture all those decades. I want to be as aware as possible of the Eddie Sextons of this world. I think that was one of the chief purposes of this book.
Ps. Sorry if I misspelled.
Again, thanks Lowell, you are amazingly good. Keep it up please.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Book! April 15 2003
By Mia
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When you read this book you already taking into it and it's a page turner but it start to get confusing and moving too slow and too fast sometime near the end, it start when they some part of the family try to escape to Florida in their trailer. You got too many peoples talking at the same time and changing their oppinions, saying they didn't said this or that it got very confusing but at first it was a page turner, you could not stop reading it coz you could not beleive how a family like that can existe and why the children didn't said anything for so long? They even at first protect their parents. You try to know why? You got some answers sometimes but it's still troubeling because some of the children are once in their parents side, after they are not after they are. It disturbing book, you got the father who abuse sexualy all his children and control them but you got also the mother who do that too. At first before knowing she do that too, you think well she may was afraid of her husband so she didn't protect her children but after who heard that when her own children cry for help she laugh and she even abuse them too sexually, how can a mother do that to her own children? I found the end weird, it end just like that with no real ending. Very shocking and disturbing book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mothers Perspective Aug. 16 2000
By Ruth
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am the Mother of the foster mother mentioned in the book. Needless to say, when I was given this book, it took me 5 hours to read it. Having being directly involved with this case, I was so ignorant of the magnitude of it all. This child was the same age as my youngest daughter, therefore I had the unfortunate opportunity to see many instances of acting out with Barbie dolls. My heart ached for this poor child. It was obvious she was the product of a mad man. Watching her actions at many family gatherings, you could see different things coming out, it was as though she had been created. Eddie Lee Sexton succeded in making these children into exactly what he wanted them to be. Truthfully I was afraid to love this child, I had no idea what kind of an influence she was going to have on my youngest daughter. This was first foster child they had, and I watched my daughter actually change before my eyes. The night my daughter came crying to me with information this child had revealed to her, I knew something had to be done, and some justice was right around the corner. That night in mid-October was one of the scariest nights in my entire life. I am so proud that my daughter had a part in putting this woman behind bars for a long time, too bad it wasn't longer. I am so greatful to have my daughter back, so much stronger and wiser then ever before. I believe this book could have been written in volumes. I think Mr. Caulfiel did an awesome job investigating this case. This is a MUST READ for ANYONE considering foster parenting. Not to scare them to death but to make them realize what kinds of things COULD and HAVE happened. GO GET IT TODAY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who could have ever imagined! Aug. 8 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My sister recommeded this book to me and my sister-in-law was reading it at the time that I was starting the book and she said that she couldn't finish the book because of everything that Sexton did to his family and she couldn't go on to the end, but once I started I couldn't put it down. This by far is one of the best true crime books that I have read. As far as the pictures are concerned I do agree with the reader that said they could have done without seeing the picture of the infant that was murdered. I do feel sorry for the Sexton children because they were raised to believe the life they were living was normal thus is why they never questioned their lives and the things that were happening to them. Now they are entering into a life that is nothing compared to what they lived while living with their parents and I am sure that it is a huge culture shock for them, but at the same time a wonderful change. Great book if you can finish it I recommend it to anyone that is trying to understand and get a concept of what is actually out in the world happening to others and their families, it is not just strangers that get victimized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over Looking Childrens Pain
This book was one of the best books i have ever set down with. your heart goes out to the children so much, it leaves you thining that in some way there was always something else... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2004 by Katy
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-read
As a life-long resident of Canton, I had heard heres-and-theres of the Sexton's, which is what aroused my interest to buy the book. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Pinknovemberksu
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down
I had to give this book five stars. Lowell Cauffiel did an amazing job getting all the facts for this twisted family. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by "anitaf76"
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
This book was excellent! I did not want to put it down, so much going on it definitely keeps you interested! I only hope that one day that man gets what he deserves.. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by Cindi Silverman
4.0 out of 5 stars Revolting.
There were so many times while I was reading this book that I actually had to put it down because I was so disgusted. This is not a normal family by any means. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by A. Vegan
3.0 out of 5 stars Family disfunction ... makes Manson seem tame.
I am a big fan of true-crime writing... but this book, well, it was just disturbing. More of a story of incest and family disfunction than a true-crime type of book. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by "kat84848"
3.0 out of 5 stars Dysfunctional Family Circus.
The tale of the Sexton's is not for the faint of heart.
This is a fairly well written book, although I will admit that the way the information was organized did not help the... Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by C. K. Ogi
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Amazing, Amazing
Lowell Cauffiel is one of the top three true crime writers alive today; his peers are Ann Rule and Jack Olsen. Read more
Published on July 1 2002 by Marifrances
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexton
I just got done reading this book. Very well written.
I am looking for more inforamtion on this case
and I can not seem to find much of anything on the internet about... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2002 by "apocalyptickiss"
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Bazarre Books Ever
It's hard to imagine anything more bazarre and disturbing than what Ed Sexton did to his family. It's almost hard to believe this story is true. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2002
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