My grandparents were dyed-in-the-wool fundie Utah Mormons. As a kid, I sometimes got the feeling there were things I didn’t know about them.
In my late twenties I got the story:
-Grandma had pre-marital sex and got pregnant ca. 1924.
-She and grandpa got married and had the baby.
-Grandma named the baby John.
-John was the name of the guy grandma was apparently two-timing grandpa with.
-So, John maybe wasn’t grandpa’s kid.
-John was killed in a weird hunting accident when he was 24yo. He and a friend were climbing a fence, John dropped his shotgun, and it discharged into his chest.
-Grandma was convinced, until her dying day, that God took John away from her as punishment for her sexual impurities.
-John may have actually been murdered by his hunting partner, not by accidentally shooting himself. There was no investigation because the friend belonged to a “Utah Royalty” family (i.e. powerful Mormons) and no one wanted to rock the boat.
-John and friend/possible murderer may have been in a secret homosexual relationship.
-John’s wife was pregnant and had the baby shortly after John died. The kid was born profoundly retarded and with physical birth defects. Grandma took this to be more punishment for her sins. BTW, the kid lived into middle age.
What juicy family secrets did you learn as an adult?