Wesson relative speaks out
ABC Action News
April 30, 2004
Someone you’ve never heard from in the Marcus Wesson murder case broke their silence, speaking for the first time since Wesson was charged with killing nine family members.
The defense in the Marcus Wesson case has indicated that they believe Wesson’s daughter, Sebhrenah, may have fired the gun the day of the murders.
But, others in the family make it clear that they believe whatever happened that day, Wesson is responsible.
Now, we are learning why the nieces went to the house the day of the murders and who in the family will testify against Marcus Wesson.
Because of the deep division in the family, Action News is not revealing the identity of the close relative.
The relative says they may never get over the murders. “A day doesn’t pass that I don’t think about those 9 children. I don’t know how were going to get over this.”
That fateful day two women approached the house of Marcus Wesson to take their children away.
Ruby Sanchez and Sofina Solorio are Elizabeth Wesson’s nieces. They lived with the Wesson’s and have told police they endured years of sexual abuse. Marcus Wesson fathered two children with his nieces.
What enabled Marcus Wesson to get into the life of these girls, said the relative. “The media says he’s articulate and good with his words. In his youth he was the same way. He had a way with words and he was persuasive causing people to think or believe as he thought. He’s always controlled women and children but not so much with men.”
The relative says Wesson used many ways to control people such as “religion, threats, and a whole array of stuff he used towards these kids.”
According to the close relative, once the nieces escaped from Wesson, exposure to the outside world made them realize they didn’t want their own children
to grow up in such an abusive environment.
The relative explained that this led the women to want freedom for their children. “I believe they knew how they were raised, and they wanted better circumstances for their children no matter what the cost would be.”
Members of the Solorio family showed up that day to get the children out. Sofina was inside the house and was holding seven-year-old Jonathan’s hand.
But, during the confrontation, the relative says her son got away. “There was an altercation with the mothers (nieces) and she lost little Jonathan’s hands. She turned back and he was gone … that was the last time she saw him alive.”
The relative believes Marcus Wesson is responsible, “Whatever happened, I believe Mr. Wesson was the cause of all this. Everybody is not on trial, but only Mr. Wesson. He will stand trial for coercive persuasion, for the things he trained these kids to do …”
Marcus Wesson taught the children how to kill themselves, the relative agreed. It is true, that Marcus made a pact with the children … that if the police or CPS come in and take the family … that this is who you’re going to shoot, this is how you’re going to shoot.”
Since the murders, Wesson’s family, including wife Elizabeth, daughter Kiani and niece Rosa Solorio have supported Wesson, denying that any abuse ever took place. They also said he was a good husband and father.
According to their claims, the relative said, “They are either confused or in denial. How can they sit and in front of the camera, or even in court, saying they love their dad? Both of their children are dead and buried. What does it take for somebody to wake up? What will they say when the prosecutor asks them who is the father of your children? How will they respond to that?”
This close relative says the family is shattered and the Wesson and Solorio families are bitterly divided. “It’s really sad. We have lost nine family members, but we also have lost our brothers and sisters. I can’t imagine how anybody can take that.”
Despite the sadness and pain, three of Wesson’s nieces plan to testify against him. The relative says the truth will be told. “Three girls have been bereaved of their children – why should they lie? The truth must be told. Yes, I believe justice will prevail.”
Tonight, Action News will continue the exclusive interview. And, the close relative will reveal what happened before the day of the murders.
We will also hear how Wesson’s relationship with his family has a history of more than thirty years and learn what happened when his family tried to intervene before the day of the crime.