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Murder Is A Family Affair Paperback – November 4, 2013
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Donalie Beltran lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband. Her father, Ray Tuxhorn, said as a boy he heard rumors there was a killer in the family. The adults would not answer questions about such a shameful family secret. Donalie decided to research the family tree, to find answers. She found more than one murderer. The Tuxhorn name made NATIONAL headlines, more than once, for their evil deeds. The research went on for almost ten years, when she finally decided it was a story that needed to be told. After two years, Murder Is A Family Affair is ready for you to see what evil can exist in a family’s genes. Can evil be inherited? You decide.
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Was the violence carried in the Tuxhorn blood, or was it a result of their brutal treatment at the hands of their fathers? Either way, it was the wives and children who suffered.
This is a powerful story that the author needed to share. It would have benefited from an editor or proofreader as there were errors on practically every page.
Reviewed by Walter Danley 17 November 2013
A grisly tale told with love in the tender prose of debut author, Donalie Beltran, is an anomaly I did not expect as I read Murder is a Family Affair, but that is what this talented and original author delivers. I highly recommend this novel which has earned Five Stars.
The story spans three generations of the Tuxhorn clan, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century with Henry Tuxhorn’s funeral in Prussia, his son, August fleeing the corrupt Prussian government, and the oppressive Catholic Church, August brought his angry violent nature to the new land and made it a tool to his success and subsequent suicide. Henry’s grandson, Charles is the primary focus of this mystery. He is the final inheritor of the evil hatred and brutal Tuxhorn curse.
The Tuxhorn’s are psychopathic killers and thieves, devoid of the love they never received in childhood. Totally amoral and deliberately cruel, they leave a trail of viciousness across the mid-west and into the twentieth century. The wicked Tuxhorn crimes are shocking, but Beltran’s writing unfolds the evil actions with an understanding worthy of a Freudian scholar.
Beltran has accumulated extensively researched facts about the Tuxhorn family as well as their victims, family members, neighbors, and townsfolk. She describes the houses architecture, furnishings, and buildings in the towns from her research efforts. Beltran knits her found facts together with a bridge of narrative and intelligent dialog that create images in the readers mind like a faded sepia daguerreotype.
The author develops her characters thoroughly so that the reader feels that she is reading about a person known well. Good writing demands that the pace of the story keeps the reader “hooked” throughout, and Murder is a Family Affair does not disappoint. From the opening paragraph through to page 308, a reader will turn each page, eager to see what comes next! The author has left us a clue to the content on the back cover of the book. I received an Advance Review Copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. The Beltran clue that grabbed me when I read it is;
THE STORY IS TRUE.
THE FAMILY IS REAL.
THE FAMILY IS MINE.
The author gives you a "sense of time and place," showing how easy it was to kill someone and get away with it. So many people dead and gone because of a glitch in this family's bloodline.
The family members were never spared mercy, given love and many of the children suffered so greatly at the hands of their fathers', the damaged was irreversible. I had to stop reading, to wipe the tears away. I wanted to go back in time and free them from a life in a hell they didn't deserve.
Sure left me wondering? If the children were loved, would their inherited anger be subdued by kindness. What had become of the ones that got away and their children? This is important, to see if their environment contributed or accelerated to the evil gene?
Write another book - this is a movement - Transgeneration Trauma and Evil Genes are Family Secrets that need to be shared or someone may die.
Linda Lee King, Author
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Modeling behaviors has long been a reason for a child’s development, good or bad. That’s a given. So abuse is said to be handed down from parent to child. Taking abuse to incredible levels and watching it be passed along makes a very compelling plot. Violence and abuse begets violence and abuse. Factor that along and a psychopath/sociopath begets bigger and better psychopaths and sociopaths.
Beltran’s book draws real characters from her research and brings them to life. The writing is straightforward and pulls no punches. Fleshed-out through the points of view of these evil men gives this book a twisted rationality that kept me turning pages. I won’t issue any spoilers, but the ending really creeped me out.
I can honestly recommend this book.
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I didn't want it to end,,, Very disturbing, but written beautifully!