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"Horrific, totally engrossing. . . A compelling look at insane brilliance." --Ann Rule
A psychopathic mastermind whose reign of terror had no limits--even murder. . .
For years, Eddie Lee Sexton ruled his family with perverse domination. He enforced every cruelty imaginable, from vicious beatings to raping his daughters and fathering their children. Yet the sadistic father nearly escaped death row on a legal technicality.
Lowell Cauffiel's unsparing non-fiction thriller reveals a house of horrors Eddie Lee Sexton thought no one would ever see. Now updated, it shows how Sexton's sick genius ultimately dodged justice, and investigates the tragic aftermath of his victimized family.
"An odyssey into American pathology. Deeply disturbing." --Detroit Free Press
"A balanced and grimly engaging true-crime account." --Publishers Weekly
"Cauffiel knows how to dramatize true crime." --Elmore Leonard
Warning! Contains 16 pages of graphic photos.
Before his 1994 death sentence, Eddie Lee Sexton had masterminded the killing of his son-in-law, killed his grandson, raped four of his daughters (he had 12 children in all), sired at least three children by his favorite daughter, Pixie, and sodomized several of his sons. At base, Sexton is shown in this carefully drawn true-crime tale to have been a low-rent hustler, albeit a strange and terrible one. He collected over $750 a month in permanent disability from the state of Ohio for afflictions--blindness, multiple sclerosis--that he did not have. He burned his way through the real-estate market, buying new property with the money from repeated insurance claims. He claimed to be a minister, practicing a peculiar blend of Satanism and Pentecostalism that involved animal sacrifice, seances and mind control, and he also claimed that he and his family were "Futuretrons" from another planet. Cauffiel (Dark Rage) does well at depicting Sexton's erratic criminal behavior, his flights from the law and his attempts to charm strangers he and his family met on the road. Sexton's wife, Estella May, meanwhile, although sentenced to life in prison for her complicity in her husband's incestuous rapes, comes off here, not quite convincingly, as simply a terrified partner in an out-of-control situation. That flaw aside, this is a balanced and grimly engaging account of one of the weirdest domestic situations this side of the House of Usher. Photos not seen by PW.