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People Are Sharing The Dark Secrets That Were *Finally* Spilled In Their Family

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Every family’s got its secrets, ranging from children nobody knew about to actual bodies buried in the backyard. Sometimes, families share their truths with the younger generation when they’re finally old enough, but some secrets are meant to be taken to the grave and end up exploding when it’s least expected.

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However they first became known, Reddit loves coaxing people into revealing those stories to a whole internet full of strangers—and the latest AskReddit thread looking for just that doesn’t disappoint.

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1.

That my parents “had” to get married. They always told us they got married in 1961, but it was 1962, 3 months before my sister was born.

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2.

My uncles are infamous criminals who killed multiple people. I thought they bred dogs.

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3.

Grandpa was a serious Nazi German war criminal.

Heiminator

4.

My father’s brother killed 4 girls when he was in high school. My father was the one who found out and told the police.

yeshelloitme

5.

My great great grandfather was exiled and banned from Missouri for being a sheep thief.

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We found out after my grandfather died that none of his seven children with my grandmother were his and that they all likely had different fathers.

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7.

My uncle was chopped to death by his sister with an axe.

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My grandparents are first cousins… an uncle on the same side of the family is in prison for the assassination of a presidential candidate(family still says he was framed and is innocent).

Cervesaz

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That my uncle was married for ten years… when we read his wife’s book obituary in the newspaper. He never mentioned getting married, and he hasn’t mentioned her passing since. We always knew that he liked his privacy, but dang…

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The scars on a elder family member’s wrist were not from a botched suicide. They were from her mom trying to ‘protect’ herself and her kids from the approaching red army. (That was at the end of WW II in Germany). This made it so much worse.

gabrieldevue
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My grandmother recently died. She was famous in our town for her amazing cooking/catering, in particular her turkey dinners. Notably, her gravy was absolutely amazing…When she died this spring, I was going through her pantry and found an entire bucket of KFC gravy mix. She was literally using KFC gravy mix as a base to make her incredible gravy.

beaubandit

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My great grandfather didn’t die of cancer. He died from complications after being shot when one of his businesses was being robbed. Maybe. He also spent a lot of time in Atlantic City. He also had a lot of partners in the Teamsters and other unions in coal country. Also, everyone called him “smiling Tony’ but his name wasn’t Tony.

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When my mother fell ill and I took over her finances I found thousands of pounds of gambling debt on her credit cards. Then I found adoption papers for a child she’d had before me that she’d never mentioned. Then another family member told me my dad didn’t die in a car crash but committed suicide in prison.

Cocobean4

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My great-grandmother wasn’t actually Mexican but rather was adopted by a Mexican family from a Chinese family who was being kicked out of Mexico when railroad construction was over. She always had more typically Asian features but only spoke Spanish and it was never really questioned.

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My cousin is actually my sister. Apparently my mom got pregnant really young and her much older sister adopted my sister and raised her as her own. It was actually an amazing moment when we found out. My cousin (sister) and the sister I was raised with and I are really really close. Just happened last year. We’re all old now (I’m 50 and my cousin/sister is 58) so it’s just a really neat thing that makes us all happy.

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16.

We went to my grandmother’s for Christmas dinner like we did every year and my uncle drank too much, and kind of hinted that he had an affair with my mother. A couple of months and two DNA tests later we found out my sister is actually his daughter. My dad never spoke to his brother again.

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