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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 Over Looking Childrens Pain Sept. 13 2004
By Katy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 there telling all of them it would never be over. the strong win always and the kids proved it! in my own mind, and in so many others as well, this can not be real, are people really like this. the sad truth is yes! and evil has a name and a face in this real life story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing Aug. 29 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a must-read Jan. 6 2004
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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. I couldn't put it down, and I'm not someone who regularly gets like that with books. The author is not the best writer, in my humble opinion (there are a lot of punctuation errors and some of the text can be unclear at times, although there are a lot of people in the family), but I'm trained as a journalist, so I can't help but notice mistakes. The book really leads you to wonder about who your neighbors really are and makes your skin crawl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down Sept. 23 2003
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I had to give this book five stars. Lowell Cauffiel did an amazing job getting all the facts for this twisted family. Ed Sexton and his wife were demented people and the only people suffering from this was his children.It really made me think about how lucky i am to have a good family.. Theres some sick, twisted people out in the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! Sept. 11 2003
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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.. It will shock you what this family did and make you wonder how many more families are out there like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolting. July 23 2003
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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.
The father, Eddie Lee Sexton had so much control over his children that he was able to order his kids to commit murder. One night at a Florida campground, Sexton told his daughter Pixie to silence her crying baby. She fed the infant Nyquil and smothered her son. Two days later they buried the body in a gym bad. Less than a month later, Eddie Lee told his son Willie to murder Joel Good, the father of the baby, because Good was going to the authorities. Just as Eddie Lee was preparing for his third victim the FBI and Florida police finally caught up with him.
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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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