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21 People Spill Shockingly Dirty Family Secrets

Almost every family has a secret they can’t reveal. A user asked the forum, “(Serious) What is your dirty family secret?” Here are the top responses. 

MOM HAS AN ESTRANGED BROTHER 

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“My mom has an estranged brother. My siblings and I have never gotten all the information about him, but we have gotten little comments where we know he committed some grave crime towards the family. I don’t even know my uncle’s name because everything is very hush-hush. 

All I got is that he very possibly harmed my mother, and from the stories I heard from my grandmother when he was a little kid, he had a lot of psychopathic tendencies. Stuffing my mother under her bed and keeping her there, pathological lying, and harming animals.”

GOT AWAY WITH THE MURDER

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“My grandfather got away with the murder of a guy for decades. One of my family was in some old western book as having ridden with one of the notorious gunslinger gangs (I think I may have been Butch and Sundance. Fairly sure it wasn’t Billy the Kid or Jesse James.”

GRANDMA MARRIED A CON MAN 

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“My grandma married a con man in the 90s and lost everything she had to him. I didn’t even find out about this until my uncle made an uncomfortable joke about it at Christmas.”

AUNT GOT PREGNANT AS A TEENAGER

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“My aunt got pregnant as a teenager, and to this day, they still act like her son is her brother.”

GRANDFATHER MARRIED ANOTHER WIFE 

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“My grandfather left my grandmother in the 1930s.

Not sure if there was a bigamous marriage, but he subsequently had another ‘wife.’ My Mother and uncle were told he died.”

FAMILY WAS INVOLVED IN DRUG SMUGGLING 

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“It’s almost certain that several parts of the family were involved in drug smuggling in the ’80s. A suspicious amount of aircraft, large boats, jet skis, automatic weapons, and real estate. A suspicious lack of things like jobs or investments to explain any of it.”

MOTHER IS A HOARDER

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“My mother is a hoarder and refuses to throw away rotten food. She even keeps a pile of her own soiled depends. She lives in a rat-infested trash heap. She uses cancer (which she no longer has) to get free stuff to add to her pile.”

AUNT ABANDONED HER DAUGHTER 

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“An aunt gave birth to a daughter at age 13. I told my grandmother they were moving away to a different part of Mexico, then wrote her a letter saying the little girl died. My grandmother didn’t believe her and began investigating. 

My aunt had moved but abandoned her daughter with a neighbor who turned her over to an orphanage. My grandmother located the little girl and brought her home. She was raised as my mom’s sister and our aunt.”

MOMS HALF-BROTHER IS HER COUSIN 

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“My mom was told her half-brother was her cousin her entire life.”

UNCLE TRIED TO TOUCH ME 

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“When I was 16, my uncle tried to touch me. My dad knows and still invites him over when I’m visiting.”

UNCLE SLEPT WITH MY OTHER UNCLE’S WIFE 

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“My uncle slept with my other uncle’s wife. My uncle took her back. They are still together. Family acts like it didn’t happen, and no one knows.”

PARENTS GOT MARRIED WHEN I WAS FOUR MONTHS OLD 

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“My mother was my father’s secretary. They got married when I was four months old because they were waiting for her divorce from her first husband to be final.

They hid their wedding pictures and lied to me about it for years. When I was 17, my grandmother spilled the beans at Christmas dinner.”

PARENTS PRETENDING THEY WERE POOR 

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“My parents do everything possible to pretend they’re poor and get the most benefits when they make $200,000 a year. They live in their mom’s trailer.”

HUSBAND’S GRANDPA SMUGGLED PEOPLE AND ALCOHOL 

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“My husband’s grandpa smuggled people from China and alcohol from Canada to Washington. It was during prohibition. His house was in Woodinville. He had a tunnel under the house. It was caved in by the time I came along. The door to the tunnel was hidden behind a bench with a large backing.”

DIED OF HEART ATTACK 

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“I have a great-great-grandfather who, on paper, died of a heart attack. What was left off the paper was that he died of a heart attack during a klan raid. He was a raider.”

COUSIN CREATED A FAKE ACCOUNT 

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“My cousin created a fake user account to check out my other cousin’s OnlyFans account.”

I AM GAY

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“I’m the secret. I’m gay, and my entire extended family is made up of traditional Catholics. I’m slowly being phased out of my second cousins’ lives because I may spread the gay around.”

DAD WAS ABUSED BY HIS OLDER SISTER 

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“My dad was abused by his older sister as a child. When he finally gathered the courage to tell his priest, he was told to say ten ‘Hail Marys’ and forgive her. 

The trauma and depression caused him to become a person with alcoholism, which killed him this summer at 53/54 (he was found shortly after his birthday, but he had been gone for a while).”

DAD HAS A HALF-SISTER 

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“Grandpa was naughty at some point. So my dad has a half-sister somewhere he doesn’t want to meet or acknowledge. (dad is in his 80’s, so grandpa is long gone.) I had no idea until my mom was on Halcyon or Valium for the dentist. She was like, “Want to know a secret?” 

GRANDMA’S FATHER HAD TWO CHILDREN WITH ANOTHER WOMEN 

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“My grandma found out a few years ago that her dad doubled up and had two children with another woman. This absolute joker named the kids the same names as grandma and her brother, so he never had to worry about mixing up names.”

MOTHER HID MY HALF-BROTHER FROM ME 

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“I just found out this year that my mother hid a brother from me for 23 years. My dad had him between his ex-wife and my mother, and she didn’t want it to ‘ruin her image,’ so she made my dad hide it from us as well. I found out when my older brothers told me at my dad’s memorial.”

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