September 29th, 2010 12:57 EST
Julia Dudley Najieb chats with Judyth Piazza about The Marcus Wesson Story
"The Marcus Wesson on TV I don`t recognize. That`s not my son," Carrie Wesson said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times from her home in Washington state. "The Marcus Wesson I raised was a brilliant, loving, God-fearing child."
"To make him do this, there must have been some big trauma. Something that pushed him over. This is a Christian family. This is not a cult."
Wesson, 57, was charged with nine counts of murder. The victims he allegedly shot to death included children ages 1 to 17, as well as his 25-year-old daughter, who was the mother of one of the slain infants.
Carrie Wesson said her son sounded upbeat when he called her two days before the March 12 killings, asking about his father, who has cancer.
She said her son always ended their conversations with "I love you." She added, "He never forgot our birthdays. Never forgot Mother`s Day."
As a boy in Kansas, Marcus Wesson assembled puzzles that stumped adults and built go-carts and electric cars out of scrap parts from flea markets. He passed on that knack for building things to his kids.
"If I wanted a toy, he`d buy the wood and supplies and tell me to use my imagination and create what I wanted," said his oldest son, Dorian Wesson, 29. "He didn`t trust the outside world. Public schools, kids taking drugs, gangbanging, computers and TV. That was considered corrupt."
Marcus Wesson and his family were Seventh-day Adventists. They worshipped on Saturdays, avoided dances, dressed modestly and were vegetarian.
He loved animals, caring for lizards, snakes and toads, his mother said. He once found a near-dead dog in a trash can and cared for it.
"I told him, `That dog`s dead,` but he wouldn`t believe me. `Momma, I can hear a faint heartbeat.` He fed it milk all day and night and brought it back to life," his mother said.
Mysterious Web of Deception
by Julia Dudley Najieb
Marcus Wesson: Mysterious Web of Deception entails the true accounts of one of the largest and most unusual mass murders to ever plague the San Joaquin Valley.
On March 12, 2004, chaos broke the peace of the close-knit community at 761 Hammond Ave., Fresno, Ca. The bloodied, accused Marcus Wesson surrendered himself at gunpoint to Fresno police officers and the SWAT team. His cooperative and emotionless demeanor was disturbing to all who watched the plot unfold. Inside the house was a horrid crime scene, where a heap of nine bodies lay intertwined in a bedroom corner: nine victims of a bizarre shooting, each shot in the eye. All of the deceased victims were offspring of Marcus Wesson; no signs of struggle from any of them were apparent before their murders. Several coffins were found at the murder scene causing some to believe the homicides were premeditated.
Join the author Julia Dudley Najieb as she unweaves the sticky web of deception and brings light to the darkness discovered:
Marcus`s incestuous relations and lewd s*x acts with his daughters and nieces who became his wives
Significance of the gunshots to the right eyes
The lasting impact of the insidious, emotional rape of the women in the family
The meaning of the coffins made of antique wood found at the scene
Marcus`s dominating religious beliefs
The meaning of Marcus`s long, unkempt shaggy dreadlocks
Wesson children who had no birth certificates or academic records
Interpretations of the Wesson family dynamics by Dr. Eric Hickey, a criminology professor and author of the book, Serial Murderers and Their Victims
Read about the upcoming trial and possible judgments Marcus Wesson will face from Fresno renowned criminal defense attorney Ernest Kinney and other experts offering commentary
Also find other ambiguities and Wesson family secrets exposed
The above information is from the book`s back cover.