House of Secrets

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"Horrific, totally engrossing. . . A compelling look at insane brilliance." --Ann Rule

A psychopathic mastermind whose reign of terror had no limits--even murder. . .

For years, Eddie Lee Sexton ruled his family with perverse domination. He enforced every cruelty imaginable, from vicious beatings to raping his daughters and fathering their children. Yet the sadistic father nearly escaped death row on a legal technicality.

Lowell Cauffiel's unsparing non-fiction thriller reveals a house of horrors Eddie Lee Sexton thought no one would ever see. Now updated, it shows how Sexton's sick genius ultimately dodged justice, and investigates the tragic aftermath of his victimized family.

"An odyssey into American pathology. Deeply disturbing." --Detroit Free Press

"A balanced and grimly engaging true-crime account." --Publishers Weekly

"Cauffiel knows how to dramatize true crime." --Elmore Leonard

Warning! Contains 16 pages of graphic photos.
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About the author

Lowell Cauffiel is an American true crime author, novelist, and TV producer. A native of Michigan, he was an award-winning reporter with the Detroit News and Detroit Monthly Magazine during the 1970s and 1980s. Cauffiel began his book-writing career in 1988 with Masquerade: A True Story of Seduction, Compulsion and Murder. That title and the 1997 New York Times bestseller House of Secrets have appeared on numerous critics’ lists of the best works in American true crime. In 2002, Cauffiel began writing and producing crime documentaries. Cauffiel is a surfer and motorcyclist. He has worked in alcohol and drug rehabilitation circles as a volunteer and headed a research grant about alcohol problems among young people for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) for the National Institutes of Health. Visit him on Facebook.
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Publisher
Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
448
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ISBN
9780786034161
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Criminology
Social Science / Violence in Society
True Crime / Murder / General
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