Family Brainwashed by Dad Struggles to Heal

Marcus Wesson Marcus Wesson committed the worst mass murder in Fresno’s history — killing two adults and seven young children.

Neighbors’ accounts led police to believe that Wesson controlled his family in a cult-like manner, and that he possibly had fathered several of the deceased children with his own daughters and nieces.

Several of Wesson’s sons initially rose to his defense, but in tonight’s ABC Primetime they tell ABC News correspondent Jay Schadler that only now, years after the crime, can they see their father for what he was: psychotic, delusional and narcissistic.

House where Marcus Wesson killed nine of his own children demolished

FRESNO, Calif. – The house where a convicted murderer molested and killed nine of his own children was demolished on Monday. Marcus Wesson, patriarch of the cultlike clan that lived in the home, was sentenced to death in 2005 on nine counts of first-degree murder, and to 102 years in prison for sexually abusing the […]

Wesson Diaries, Other Evidence Released

February 3, 2006 – It was the evidence used to convict Marcus Wesson of murdering nine of his children. Now, newly released family diaries are giving new insight into the convicted killer. Last year, Marcus Wesson was sent to death row for the murder of nine of his family members. Now, the damaging court evidence […]

Judge Denies Elizabeth Wesson’s Request

February 2, 2006 – A judge has denied a request by the wife of Marcus Wesson to give back hundreds of items seized from the family’s home in Central Fresno. There is an automatic appeal on the way for Marcus Wesson, and some of that evidence could come back into play. But even now, the […]

Wesson trial costs over $1 million

The trial of condemned mass murderer Marcus Wesson cost Fresno County more than $1 million that could have paid for law enforcement or to fix up parks and rural neighborhoods. The $1,095,479 figure released Tuesday by Wes Merritt, chief county counsel, does not include the expenses for Wesson’s entire time in the jail, nor the […]

Judge sentences Marcus Wesson to death

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Marcus Wesson was sentenced to death Wednesday for the murder of nine of his children, many of whom were born of incest and sexual abuse. “Marcus Delon Wesson, it is the judgment and sentence of this court that you shall suffer the death penalty,” Judge R.L. Putnam said after lengthy and […]

Wesson new trial denied

Judge R.L. Putnam rejected Marcus Wesson’s requests this morning for a new trial or a reduced sentence from the death penalty to life in prison. Wesson, 58, could be formally sentenced to death by lethal injection this afternoon for slaying nine of his children inside his Fresno home on March 12, 2004. Fresno’s worst mass […]

Wesson lawyers ask for retrial, cite orders to jury

Defense lawyers want Judge R.L. Putnam to grant Marcus Wesson a new trial or reduce his death sentence to life in prison, according to Fresno County Superior Court documents made public Tuesday. In a 17-page legal motion, lawyers Peter Jones and Garrick Byers said Putnam didn’t give a fair recitation of the law when he […]

Jury Recommends Death for Wesson

FRESNO, Calif. — Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a large clan he bred through incest, should die for the murders of nine of his children, a jury decided Wednesday. Wesson, 58, was convicted earlier this month on nine counts of first-degree murder, more than a year after the bodies of the victims — ages […]

Last plea for life of man convicted of killing 9 kids

FRESNO, Calif. – Marcus Wesson‘s defense attorney addressed the men and women who found his client guilty of slaughtering his children and pleaded for his life, saying Wesson was a flawed man and his crimes were inexcusable, but his death would not bring back any of those he killed. If sentencing Wesson to die by […]

Father convicted of murdering 9 of his children

Wesson’s conviction on nine counts of first-degree murder makes him eligible for the death penalty. FRESNO, California (AP) — Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a clan bred through incest, was convicted Friday of murdering nine of his children, whose bodies were found in a bloody pile last year at the end of a police […]

Judge dismisses alternate juror, rules on evidence playback

The judge in the Marcus Wesson case dismissed an alternate juror for hardship on Wednesday. Fresno County Superior Court judge R.L Putnam told the jury deciding Marcus Wesson’s fate that alternate juror number one was dismissed before telling them court would be dark on Thursday and Friday, and reminding them not to mention the case […]

Wesson Family To Hear Verdict

New developments in the Marcus Wesson trial Tuesday, as there were unexpected moves by both the prosecution and the judge in the trial. Marcus Wesson was inside the courtroom Tuesday for a special hearing. All this, while jurors continued to have testimony from Sofina Solorio read back to them. Tuesday, Judge R.L. Putnam released two […]

Courtroom Questions From Wesson Jury

Jurors is the Marcus Wesson trial requested information from the judge on Friday and an important ruling was made on whether Wesson’s family will be in the courtroom when the verdicts are read. The jury has been deliberating since late Thursday. They came back Friday afternoon and told the judge they wanted to re-read testimony […]

Judge says jury will begin deliberating in mass murder trial next week.

Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of accused mass murderer Marcus Wesson next week, a Fresno County Superior Court judge said Wednesday. Judge R.L. Putnam said he expects testimony to be completed Tuesday, followed by closing arguments and jury deliberations. Putnam’s announcement means Wesson likely won’t testify. Wesson, 58, is charged with killing nine of […]

Prosecution phase of Wesson trial ends

Psychologists will not testify, judge rules. Two psychologists will not testify for the prosecution in the murder trial of Marcus Wesson because their testimony “would create substantial prejudice” toward the defendant, a Fresno County Superior Court judge ruled this morning. Judge R.L. Putnam said Dr. J. Reid Meloy’s and Dr. Kris Mohandie’s potential testimony about […]

Evidence Surprise in Wesson Trial

May 19, 2005 — Police say one gun killed all nine children in Fresno’s worst mass murder. But Thursday, the jury learned something else about that gun that could clear Marcus Wesson of murder charges. Most times, when a gun is fired, a residue is left behind. But, the FBI insists that wasn’t the case […]

Wesson prosecution nears closing

The prosecution’s case against accused mass murderer Marcus Wesson will end soon, Judge R.L. Putnam said Tuesday in Fresno County Superior Court. The surprise announcement likely means the prosecution will not play several hours of tape-recorded interviews between Wesson and Fresno police detectives and that his lawyer soon will call witnesses on his behalf. Marcus […]

Neighbors describe Wesson family

Marcus Wesson and his family lived on an decrepit tugboat moored in Tomales Bay and kept to themselves, his neighbors in the northern California town of Marshall told a Fresno jury this morning. If the family came to town, Marcus Wesson would do all the talking, while his daughters and nieces stood silently behind him, […]
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