Invisible Children

16 Children of Marcus Wesson

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.


Marcus Delon Wessen was convicted of 9 counts of first-degree murder and 14 sex crimes. He raped and molested his underage daughters, even fathering children with some of them. He homeschooled the children and taught them that he was God and that they must prepare for Armageddon. He taught the girls that they were to be his future wives, and “married” some of them in private ceremonies. He kept the boys and the girls separate so that they would not develop attachments. At one point, they lived in a shack and a rundown boat. On March 12, 2004, extended family members descended on the family compound demanding the release of the children. Police were called, and a standoff followed. Wessen then shot and killed nine of his children. The family lived in California.

Date: March 12, 2004
Location: Fresno, California

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Marcus Wessen