Convicted of nine counts of first-degree murder and 14 sex crimes, including the rape and molestation of his underage daughters.
Marrys his 8 year old Daughter (God told him to do it)
Wesson became involved with Rosemary Solorio, a married woman living in San Jose, California. Soon Solorio broke up with her husband, and Wesson moved in with her and her children.
In 1971, Solorio gave birth to Wesson's son. At the same time, Wesson was cultivating a relationship with one of Solorio's daughters, Elizabeth, telling her that God had chosen her to be his bride. In 1974, at the age of 8, Elizabeth was "married" to the 27-year-old Wesson in a home wedding ceremony. He began sexually abusing her at age 12. At age 15, they married legally when she became pregnant. Four months later, she gave birth to her first child. Eventually the Wesson and his daughter had 10 children together
One of Elizabeth's younger sisters left her own seven children with them, claiming to be unable to care for them. Wesson never held a steady job; he lived off welfare, and had his adult children work and give him all of their earnings.
Wesson was abusive toward his wife and children. He prevented Elizabeth from participating in the children's upbringing. He home-schooled the children and taught them from his own handwritten Bible that focused on Jesus Christ being a vampire. He told the children that he was God and had them refer to him as "Master" or "Lord".
He taught the children to be prepared for Armageddon and said that the girls were destined to become Wesson's future wives. He separated the boys from the girls, fearing they would develop sexual feelings for each other. He had the boys stay in a shack in a heavily wooded area and the girls on a rundown boat for several months.
Wesson sexually abused two daughters and three nieces, "marrying" each in home ceremonies when they were around 7 to 9 years old. Each of the five girls became pregnant as a result of the incest. The mothers never disclosed the paternity of their children because Wesson threatened to harm them and the children if they did so. Court records indicate that Wesson fathered up to 18 children with 7 women, including his five daughters.
Prior to March 12, 2004, Wesson had declared his intention to relocate his daughters and their children to Washington state, where Wesson's parents lived. On March 12, 2004, several members of Wesson's extended family, along with two nieces who rebelled against him, converged on his family compound demanding the release of their children.
Fresno police were summoned to what was described as a child custody issue, and a standoff ensued. Fresno police testified they did not hear gunshots being fired shortly after, though other witnesses present at the standoff testified they did hear gunshots fired at that time. In the aftermath, police discovered nine bodies, including two of Wesson's daughters and a total of seven of their children, in a bedroom filled with antique coffins. Each victim had been fatally shot through the eye. Wesson's other children, who were not present inside the house, survived the incident.
- Sebhrenah April Wesson (age 25)
- Elizabeth Breahi Kina Wesson (age 17)
- Illabelle Carrie Wesson (age 8)
- Aviv Dominique Wesson (age 7)
- Johnathon St Charles Wesson (age 7)
- Sedonia Solorio Wesson (age 2)
- Marshey St Christopher Wesson (age 2)
- Ethen St Laurent Wesson (age 4)
- Jeva St Vladensvspry Wesson (age 1)
At Wesson's trial, the prosecutor was Chief Deputy District Attorney, Lisa Gamoian. Wesson was represented by public defenders Peter Jones and Ralph Torres. They presented the defense that his 25-year-old daughter Sebhrenah, committed all the murders, including of her son Marshey and then committed suicide. The murder weapon, a .22 caliber handgun, was found with her body, and Sebhrenah's DNA was found on the gun, which lent credence to Wesson's claim. The jury declined to find that Wesson fired the fatal shots, but convicted him of murder anyway, presumably finding that he had persuaded his children to enter into a suicide pact.
Conviction and sentence
Wesson was convicted of nine counts of first-degree murder on June 17, 2005, and also found guilty on 14 counts of forcible rape and the sexual molestation of seven of his daughters and nieces. Wesson was sentenced to death on June 27, 2005 and is currently in San Quentin State Prison.