Most families have deep, dark secrets in one form or another. These secrets usually aren't great, but they also aren't completely terrible. The worst secrets that most people are forced to hide have to do with things like alcoholism and illegitimate children.
But when Redditor beardfella began looking into his family tree, he didn't learn some run-of-the-mill family secret. He found out that he was related to a serial killer.
The Redditor's dad never knew his biological father. All he knew of the estranged man was that he might have murdered someone.
When beardfella went digging for more information, he found a marriage certificate between his grandmother and a man by the name of Edward Wayne Edwards. Once he had the name, he decided to do some Googling.
That's when he discovered a serial killer by the same name. At first, he thought it was just a coincidence, but then he realized how much Edwards looked like his dad. That's when beardfella called an author who had written about Edwards. That writer confirmed his worst fears. He was, in fact, related to this ruthless killer.
According to police, Edwards was responsible for about five brutal murders between 1977 and 1996.
During his youth, Edwards was a criminal and a drifter, but he was eventually arrested. In 1955, he made a famous escape that landed him on the FBI's radar. He was released on parol in 1967, at which point he resumed a secretive life of crime and murder.
Edwards wrote a book in 1972 entitled Metamorphosis of a Criminal: The True Life Story of Ed Edwards.
The book was actually well received, and Edwards traveled the country speaking about it. He even appeared on several television programs.
Despite his outward appearance as a good citizen, the man continued killing until he was caught yet again in 2009.
The elderly Edwards confessed to five murders, and he was sentenced to life in prison. He died there in 2011.
Oddly enough, Edwards was also a suspect in the Zodiac killings during the 1970s.
Can you see the resemblance?
That is one heck of a family secret to stumble upon. The unfortunate Redditor says that he's still not sure how to handle the news. I can certainly understand why he'd feel that way.