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25 People Confess Their Family’s Darkest Secret

Shame. Deception. Abuse. No family is perfect, but when you’re dealing with dark and harrowing secrets of close and distant relatives, the truth either comes out and ruins people’s lives or it continues to fester in a poisoned family tree.

Maybe it was your great uncle who was a known pedophile. Close younger relatives have been put in danger for decades all because your great aunt refused to believe that he was a sick monster. Unhealthy and manipulative families tend to sweep secrets and problems under the rug — until one day — when someone decides to air out the dirty laundry on the internet.

Be thankful if the darkest family secret you have is your dad accidentally killing your pet gerbil when you were younger. The depths of lies and anguish go deep within others.Let’s just hope that you don’t have any Nazis, murderers, violent criminals, and abusers in the family! But the way the world works, you probably do.

These 25 families have been harboring some of the darkest secrets imaginable:


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Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.