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Murder Is A Family Affair Paperback – November 4, 2013
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
What struck me most was that when I finished, I discovered the stories were true. Instantly, my mind raced back to the tragedies these families experienced, and I felt the pain of the spouses and children who suffered under the hands of their tyrant fathers. This book gives a real sense of what it would be like to live in an abusive family.
I would definitely recommend this book. It reveals a piece of American history that deserves to be told. The book is well written, fast paced and page turning. Three days later, I still find myself thinking about these stories, and hoping they will never be repeated.
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.
The story takes you back through generations of Beltran men. They used their good looks and what brains they had only for financial gain. These were sick sadistic men who oozed the kind of hatred and evilness that only the devil himself could ever understand. As I read this book I couldn't help but cry. My heart ached for the women and children in this family.I couldn't wrap my head around what they had to endure. I just couldn't believe the kind of cruel and unusual punishment these evil men put their own families through.
This is a book you have a hard time putting down. And when you do stop reading it even if its for an hour, you cannot stop thinking about what will happen next.
If I could have given Murder Is A Family Affair ten stars I would have. Yes it was that good. The writing is perfect. There's no doubt Donalie Beltran did a lot of research for this book. And you can tell that the editing was done professionally. This is an indie author who did everything right. Read this book and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
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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Beltran’s style is refreshing: She narrates in short, declarative sentences that move the story at just the right pace in a warm, personal way. Murder Is a Family Affair is True Crime at its best… and the “True” part is the scary part. - James Gary Vineyard, author of The Grave on Peckerwood Hill
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't want it to end,,, Very disturbing, but written beautifully!