People Reveal Dark Family Secrets That They Can Never Tell Friends About.

As we grow older, we find out different things about our families and ancestors, and sometimes what we found out can be downright disturbing.

Below are 21 stories of family secrets that are dark and disturbing. Check them out!

1. My grandfather managed to get his three kids and his wife out of Europe just before the Nazis invaded their country. The rest of that side of my family, every one of them, stayed behind and were killed in concentration camps.

Decades after this, after my grandparents had died and even their kids were quite old, we found a trove of letters. Dozens of them. They were from those family members, clearly responding to my grandfather's repeated pleas to leave as well. Each and every one said they were absolutely certain they would be fine, and it seemed as if they thought my grandfather was an alarmist and a bit of a kook. So many letters, from so many people he was trying to save and just wouldn't let him do it.

I never met my grandfather because he died of a mysterious condition soon after they emigrated. Now that I think about it, in light of him writing his original letters and getting those responses, I think he died of a broken heart.


2. My grandpa's grandpa (or maybe it was his uncle? I don't remember) was a doctor who used to sterilize Black women after delivering their babies without telling them so they would stop reproducing. Just awful.


3. More cool than disturbing, but my great grandma went on a date with Al Capone, and my great grandpa ran a speakeasy in Chicago in the 1920s.


4. My dad's brother was best man at my parent's wedding in 1950, left the reception and was never seen or heard from, again. He just disappeared.


5. My grandfather was the only son of an unwed Mexican immigrant in Chicago. One day when he was only about 7 she didn't come home. He spoke very little English and had no other family. After she'd been gone for a week and a half he left their small apartment to find food. He passed away in the 90s but never knew what happened to his mother. He didn't even know her real name.


6. The first person in my family to immigrate to America was granted an insane amount of land in order to help settle and lead a town in Virginia. 31 Years Later he testified against his 2 eldest sons for skipping church 3 Sundays straight. They were fined 100 acres of tobacco each. 2 weeks later he threw the first stone in a public stoning that resulted in their deaths. They had been convicted of Devil Worship after skipping church 5 Sundays in a row. He was then forced to resign from all public offices he held.

The following Sunday while everyone was in church, he and his only remaining son burned down every building in the town except for the church. They skipped town and set fire to every tobacco field that had been forfeited on their way to Texas. They changed the spelling of our last name when they settled in Texas. The only reason we know this happened is because census records show both of them mysteriously appearing in a town in Texas with an almost identical name. They simply changed the spelling to the phonetic version of spelling it. Didn't bother lying about their ages or where they came from at all. The surviving son had only 1 child that survived birth. That son became a bank robber in his late 60's so that he could pay for his children to go to law school.

Somehow our family is known for famous lawyers and not the first 3 generations of criminals in America.


7. Grandpa went to prison in the 70s for trying to sneak in 10,000 lbs of weed on a tug boat .


8. My great grandpa on my mother's side was a raging alcoholic. While drunk one day, he caught my great grandma cutting their neighbour's hair. He got insanely jealous and shot them both and himself leaving all 12 of their children without parents.


9. My great-great-grandmother had to burn her husband's German military uniform or else the Russians would've killed her and her children.


10. My great great great grandmother threw her son (my great great grandfather) and his sister down a well. They were rescued by their father who then put them on a ship from Ireland to Canada. The father (my great great great grandfather) when missing shortly after.


11. Great grandfather served as a sort of "angel of death" in WWII. He was an airborne medic and always told tales of putting injured soldiers out of their misery if they were in too bad of shape by overdosing them on morphine. Think that messed him up pretty bad.


12. I heard this one just last week. My great grandpa had 4 kids pretty young and was dealing with some depression due to how hard his life was. He left my great grandma out of nowhere when she was only 28 and years later she saw him again with his new wife and 4 new kids (with the same damn names). He pretty much made a new version of his old family once he had the money to support them. Their last name is now infamous to my family and I've actually met a kid with the last name and I've always wanted to ask who is great grandpa is to see if he's somehow related to me.


13. My grandfather when he was younger would take my aunts, uncles and my mother free range camping. On the way they would take massive sacks full of acorns.

Along the way they would plant an acorn every 5-10 meters. And they would do this maybe once a month, which is about 200-300 acorns a month.

Since then for about 40 years Dendrologists have been scratching their heads about how massive forests of oaks appeared suddenly and completely changing how nature worked in that area.


14. So my father's parents and their siblings all lived through the Chinese occupation of Taiwan under Chiang Kai-shek, also known as the "White Terror."

One interesting nugget is that my great-grandfather was a doctor during the time, and he had to remember a set of passwords while moving throughout the streets. If he didn't remember one or mixed up the passwords, the Kuomintang guards would shoot him on the spot.


15. My mom's uncle, lived modestly in a trailer and had no job, outside of a few manual labor jobs here and there. He would routinely get behind on bills and often had his water and other utilities cut off or threatened to be cut off. On several occasions he would disappear to a large city 3 hours north of his home for a few days. Every time he came back , he had tons of cash. One night over a poker game, some people were talking trash and he mentioned that none of them had any idea what it was like to kill a man. One of the people there was my mom's cousin who claimed that he overheard the conversation. Of course they probed him for more info, but he wouldn't say anything else. Everyone in the family knew he had a knack for coming into large sums of cash, but no one ever really knew how he got it, other than maybe poker. He died about 10 years ago. I'm 37 and I just heard this story for the first time over Thanksgiving dinner last week.


16. My Grandma pulled off the ole have a baby at 16, but have her mother claim the baby as hers, so the actual mother is raised as the baby's sister thing. She then left that son/brother in Canada to move to the US and get a job. . None of us knew about this until grandma died at the age of 86, when her first son found the family.


17. My mothers side of the family hails from Munich, my great-grandfather etc. all have been relatively close to Hitler and the Nazi Regime, as in attending parties with them and having been in there homes and going out to diner with them and so on


18. Not so disturbing but more could've prevented my mum's side of the families existence. That being my great great grandad being late for the titanic and missing it's departure. If he was there 5 minuets earlier could've been another story (or none at all).


19. My grandma's first husband was driving her and their new baby (a few months old) home when their car got stuck on the railroad tracks. His seat belt wouldn't unbuckle and the door wouldn't open. Grandma threw the baby from the car into some bushes and managed to escape before the train slammed into the car. Grandpa was killed in the crash.

Another is that Uncle Moose fell asleep while driving and crashed into a bridge killing everyone in the car.


19. I don't consider this dark, more an act of compassion. My great, great grandfather was a doctor in rural Ohio after he came back from WW1. One thing he did when he met a terminally ill or gravely injured patient in pain he would leave a whole bottle of morphine and "warn" them not to take a certain dose or they would simply go to sleep and never wake up.


20. Not really disturbing, but kinda neat.

There was a set of female twins in my family that got married to another set of twins. They all had babies with their spouses. When they hit their 50's they got divorced and switched spouses.

Not sure why, but it was a quick mention in the family history.


21. My mom's dad was a spy in WW2. He killed lots of people and lived off his lies. He once killed an entire German farming family and lived in their house for a little while till he could contact his people again. When the war ended. He faked his death to my great grandma and started a family in France and just abandoned them to come back to America to work for the precursor for the CIA.


22. My mom is Italian and my great great grandfather was Liam Neeson before Liam Neeson.

As the story goes they lived in one of the mountainous regions of Italy and he had a daughter who one of the local men in town became obsessed with. She turned down his proposals for marriage and one day he decided he was going to kidnap her and take her up to the mountains.

My great great grandfather was pissed and wanted his daughter back. He put together a group of men and went up into the mountains. They found the man and my great great grandfather killed him and found his daughter alive and took her back home

I've been meaning for a while to look more closely into the story because I wonder if there ever was a written record.


23. My Grandpa died watching porn. I'm the only one who knows about it. Your secret is safe grandpa.


24. My grandfather was a badass. He was part of a resistance movement in Denmark during WWII. We never knew most of the details, but based on hints and rumours, we're pretty sure he was tasked with taking out a few collaborators.

But that's not the disturbing part. He and my grandmother dated when they were very young, but broke it off when she moved to Sweden. A couple of years later she moved back to Copenhagen with an abusive, alcoholic Swedish husband in tow. While she was away, my grandfather joined the Danish Royal Guard. According to my grandmother, shortly after my grandfather and some of his Royal Guard colleagues were introduced to her Swedish husband, the Swedish husband was found dead in an alley under mysterious circumstances. She'll say no more about it, and never spoke a word about it when my grandfather was present.

Long story short, we're all pretty sure grandpappy straight up murdered that Swedish jerk and then turned around and married his widow.


25. My great grandpa was a Nazi soldier. He didn't wanna kill people so he ate soap so he would get sick and not have to guard the concentration camps.

My grandpa also has twins before my dad and uncle were born that died shortly after birth. I always find it upsetting.



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