WTF is this guy doing in Fresno?!?

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  1. JSinNOLA

    JSinNOLA F1 World Champ
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    What is the deal with this 57 year old man who was arrested today in Fresno? I read that he killed at least 9 people, and that the scene inside of his house was so gruesome and macabre that officers wept and were put on administrative leave! All victims under 20 years of age, most were little children.

    What a sick bastard :mad:
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  3. CarlDog

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    Very sad. May all victims rest in peace.

    F'n lunatic.

  4. SrfCity

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    I think it was some kind of warped ritual. Yes, RIP to the poor victims.
  5. aawil

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    Pretty crazy stuff that was.There's some pretty strange people out there.RIP.
  6. PeterS

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    This is from our local news: 3/13/04:


    A man suspected of murdering nine of his family members apparently was involved in polygamy and incest, fathering two of the victims with his own daughters, police said Saturday.

    The bodies of six females and three males, ages 1 to 24, were found tangled in the back room of Marcus Wesson´s home Friday. Fresno´s largest mass slaying ever quadrupled its homicides for the year in a single day and disturbed officers so much that some immediately needed counseling.

    Wesson, described by police as "very calm," was arrested Friday after emerging from his home covered in blood.

    Wesson, 57, has fathered children with at least four women, two of whom are his own daughters, said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

    "We are exploring the possibility that there were other women he was involved with, either sexually or in some sort of polygamist relationship," Dyer said.

    Police said they believe all the victims are members of Wesson´s family, but they declined to release names pending notification of kin.

    Wesson was cooperating with authorities, who planned to charge him with nine counts of murder, Dyer said.

    "If this does not qualify for the death sentence, then there is no case that would," Dyer said.

    Dyer said police believe they know the cause of death, but would not release that information.

    "I can tell you that there were no mutilations," Dyer said. "The bodies were intact."

    Six coroners, triple the typical weekend staff, were working Saturday to identify the victims and determine how they were killed, Deputy Fresno County Coroner Sarah Davis said.

    Officers were originally called to the home Friday afternoon for a child custody dispute.

    Inside was a discovery so grisly it reduced Dyer to tears. The bodies were so entangled in a pile of clothing that it took hours for investigators to reach a final count, police said.

    Police were not sure of a motive, but Dyer said "there may have been some type of ritual" involved. Ten coffins lined a wall inside the home´s front room.

    "I´ve been with the Fresno Police Department for 25 years, and I´ve never experienced anything of this nature," said Dyer, who wiped his eyes Friday night as officers carried bodies out of the home, cradling the youngest ones in their arms.

    The scene was so gruesome some of the first officers into the house were placed on administrative leave and received counseling Friday night. Six police chaplains were at the house throughout the evening as detectives continued to gather evidence.

    Officers were called to the home by two women who said a man had their children and would not release them.

    The man initially ignored orders to come out, running into a back bedroom as two other women fled the house. They were unharmed.

    A neighbor, Chris Tognazzini, said he heard two gunshots moments before police arrived.

    Dyer said the women who called authorities told them they had given custody of their children to Wesson two years ago and now wanted them back.

    The slayings shocked authorities in Fresno, a city of 440,000 about 190 miles southeast of San Francisco. Dyer said the city had seen three murders in the last 2 1/2 months, the fewest number for a 10-week period in more than three decades.

    The nine deaths represent the largest mass killing ever in this San Joaquin Valley city. Seven people were killed in rural Fresno in 1993.

    "The only thing we can do now is mourn. We mourn for the kids, we mourn for the police," said Mayor Alan Autry. "We will never be the same again."

    Wesson had a strong influence on his sons, said Florian Tan, who in 2001 took over the martial arts school where three of the sons attended classes.

    Each boy had
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  8. LAfun2

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    To answer the title of this thread,

    These kind of crimes do happen in smaller towns where such practices are easier to hide. You can't really committ 9-10 murders in your house and be involved in Poligamy in the heart of Los Angeles. So they go out to rural towns like Fresno, Bakersfield and do it out there.

    Nonetheless, a very sad situation :(
  9. PeterS

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    Fresno is not a rural town
  10. LAfun2

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    Sorry, I was comparing it to San Francisco/Los Angeles
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    I think he meant to say Non-BigArseMegalopolis. I've been following this story, as I have ties to Fresno. I wonder if my Cousin will try this case.

    Basically, literally and figuratively, this guy thought he was some kind of Rasta God pulling a Jim Jones - after a neighbor heard some shots and stepped outside (why do they always step outside - shouldn't you hide?) - one of the women was heard to cry out "It wasn't supposed to happen like this."

    As noted by peters article cut'n'paste - 2 of the Mothers of his Grandkids were his own Daughters. Some things not expanded upon in the article but reported elsewhere (take memorized info for what it's worth) - the boys who attended Martial Arts classes had to have Black Belts in Aikido before being allowed to move out of the house - to reach Manhood, as it were. The 4 "wives" wore black skirts and white or grey tops - forbidden to make eye contact - (just as he pointedly never made eye contact - with neighbors, etc.. Neighbors noted that if any of the women left the school bus in front of house he was working on after dark - he'd pull them back in by their hair or shoulder - regardless, women and kids held flashlights while he was working on bus only between sundown and @ midnight+. The caskets had been purchased a few years ago, he liked the patina on the antique, oversize pieces - said he was going to use them as furniture (For instance - I know a couple of cool/creepy guys that use [1 and 2, respectively] antique, angular coffins as display pieces/bookshelves). He bought, renovated and sold houses, with his "wives" practicing absolute fealty before him. A surviving son who lived in Santa Cruz said he wasn't abusive and he's surprised/giving his father the benefit of the doubt until he's got proof it was indeed, his father. Roeding Park/Fresno Zoo, where many kids seek good times, just as my cousin and I did so many years ago - is too close for comfort to where this all happened.
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