A family is an oven where love, respect, and ethics are all baked to form sane individuals. What happens when lousy parents pass down their bad behavior genes?
Outlaws, serial killers, or religious fanatics, this list of 15 awkward families has everything. Still think your folks are crazy?
1. Shamed Teacher Loves Student
When it comes to inappropriate relationships, nothing beats classroom romance.
However, the case of Mary-Kate Letourneau and Vili Fualaau, her 12-year-old student pushed the envelope. Letourneau spent 7 years behind bars for doing something entirely innapropiate. Obviously, some saw in what she did a manifestation of genuine love.
Upon release, Mary-Kate went on to marry Vili, as their relationship now met all the legal requirements. You will be happy to know they are still together and have two daughters. Both were conceived while Vili was underage.
We started the list of awkward real-life families quite in force. You will be surprised to know the next ones set the bar even higher.
2. Outlaw Family
The days of the Wild West might be gone, but outlaws still exist. Give a family enough guns and a weird sense of justice, and they would keep anyone away.
You could call the Gray family farm in Texas an enclave on American soil, living according to its own laws and completely ignoring the authorities. It all started when patriarch John Joe Gray resisted arrest after a 1999 felony.
The largest standoff in American history lasted until 2016 when the charges were eventually dropped. In the meantime, the Grays resorted to a primitive lifestyle that culminated with them being completely cut off and independent from the outside world.
Armed to the teeth and prepared to kill officers or any other trespassers, the Grays waited for a siege that never came. Although now able to leave the farm, the Gray senior owes the state thousands of dollars in back taxes.
If you have second thoughts about ordering the stork to bring another child, just wait until you meet the next family on the list.
3. The Duggar Family
Having 19 children all with names starting with J seems like a logistical nightmare.
Not for the Douglas family! For parents Jim Bob and Michelle, it was God who decided the number. As you probably guessed the two are against contraceptive measures.
The Douglas family became so famous it ended up on the small screens. TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” offered curious minds a peek at one of the weirdest families of recent history.
We can’t highlight enough the negative impact of turning families like the Douglas into celebs. Our planet is already overcrowded, and having so many children in one generation guarantees a future war for resources.
Therefore, let’s move on to the opposite side of the spectrum – clans that killed each other in the course of a long feud.
4. The Bloodiest Family Feud
Even if you are not an American, the names Hatfield and McCoy probably reached you in one of the many ways popular culture chose to remember the feud.
The dispute at the borderline of West Virginia and Kentucky was somehow fueled by unresolved issues of the American Civil War. It’s still unclear what started it all, but the feud survived as longs as there was a thirst for revenge.
The strife between the Hatfield and the McCoy evolved into an intricate plot were inter-marrying and even switching sides augmented the hate. A total of 12 members died, and many were injured or jailed.
Once the hatchet of war was buried by later generations, the Hatfield-McCoy feud evolved into folklore, attracting scores of tourists into the region. The two families learned to get along and even staged reunions. 5000 descendants showed just how much family trees can branch out over the years.
What we’ve seen so far was awkward, bloody, or left you with a bitter taste. Prepare yourself for something that proves we live in a sick world!
5. Too Weird, Even For The Internet
Some dismissed the story as a fake. What a grandmother and her grandson did was too weird, even for the Internet.
Let’s get down to facts, shall we? When 72-year Pearl Carter and 26-year-old Phil Bailey admitted their love to each other, it was a bit too late for the lovely old lady to get pregnant.
The story doesn’t end there. The grandson went the extra mile and paid for a donor’s egg and for a surrogate mother to have the baby.
You might say that there is nothing to see here, just a weird twist of feelings across a two generations gap. We have a different opinion on that!
The worst part has passed. If your stomach barred with you the ordeal, the next family is disturbing in a more orthodox way.
6. Man Married 39 Wives
When religion allows it, men are not shy to admit their polygamous instincts.
Ziona Chana is one Indian that has a hard time keeping track of the 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren, all sharing a single house. There are no words to describe this large family that might one day take over the world.
The 66-year-old is not shy about admitting he is still open to adding another woman to his impressive collection. Of course, the lucky one would have to share a single bedroom with the rest of the wives.
We tried in vain to come up with a plausible explanation for building such a vast family. By the looks of it, they are far from living in luxury. Someone should stop this man before it becomes the future common biological ancestor of all humanity.
The next weird story retraces the story of probably the worst mother in history.
7. Whatever Mother Says
Don’t let your children read this story! They might grow suspicious on you.
Theresa Knorr is a name that marked one of the most horrible chapters in criminology. Not only that he tortured and killed two of her six children, but she also used the others to cover the acts.
Knorr murdered her first child, Suesan, convinced that the 18-year-old became a witch that throw spells to make her fat. The mother used two of her sons as accomplices.
The second victim was the other daughter, Sheila. The boys obeyed their mother again and disposed of the body.
Knorr was eventually caught and sentenced to life in prison. What she left behind was a family in ruins and children having a hard time confronting their past.
Let’s move on to something less horrific. No one died, but they all lived on the knife’s edge so many years.
9. The Lion Is Family
The next family was completely unaware of the risks involved in keeping an adult lion around the house.
Hollywood makes ordinary life seem dull. That’s when actress Tippi Hedren decided to bring a taste of wild Africa in her impressive LA estate.
However, we will focus on the daughter, seen here just inches away from having her flash ripped from the leg. Golden Globe winner Melanie Griffith was 14 at a time and completely unaware of the risk involved.
Just take a look at the pic below! The father, Hollywood agent Noel Marshall, had a real hard time doing any work when Neil was not in a good mood. Although it looks stuffed, the animal is as real as it gets.
The next story doesn’t involve a family in the traditional meaning of the term. However, their gruesome acts are worthy of remembrance.
9. The Manson Commune
Charles Manson commanded his “family” members to commit a series of killings that made him an emblem of insanity and violence.
The most notable victim of the murder spree that spread across five weeks in 1969 was actress Sharon Tate, wife of renewed director Roman Polanski. The cult members have killed a total of nine people before authorities stepped in.
If you wonder what kind of followers would go as far as killing someone, just take a look at the pic below. Susan Atkins, Linda Kasabian, and Patricia Krenwinkel were three lovely young ladies that resorted to brutal methods.
And all because their spiritual father Charles Manson instructed them so. The psychopath became so famous it inspired band names like Marylyn Manson.
The next family went from being the wealthiest in the world to begging for someone to grant them political asylum. You must read the story!
10. Pablo Escobar’s Family
Some would rush to say that Pablo Escobar’s family was cursed.
But that would be an easy way of putting it. Not only they lost all the money Pablo had (some estimate wealth that peaked at $25 billion), but they had to run away from Colombia following Escobar’s death in 1993.
The wife, son, and daughter of Pablo Escobar moved to Argentina in the hope of starting a new life there. Of the three, the most notable acts came from son Juan Pablo Escobar Henao.
Juan came forward and took the heat for being Pablo Escobar’s son. He even released a documentary called “Sins of my father.” Juan’s approach was one of dialogue and reconciliation, and he apologized to his father’s victims and the whole Colombia.
We can call that a successful outcome. Not the same could be said about the next family.
11. A Family Of Serial Killers
Years spent alongside bloodthirsty parents are enough to make a murder look like something normal.
Former teacher Inessa Tarverdiyeva, 46, and her dentist husband Roman Podkopaev, 35, were involved in one of the most shocking cases of serial killings. To make matters worse, they actively involved their two daughters in the crimes.
The hellish Russian family operated over six years, during which they killed at least 30 people, including women and children. Crimes were committed in the Rostov area, and even six police officers died as they tried to stop them.
The two pics depict Inessa as she cooperated during investigations, reenacting some of the murders.
You read enough about families spilling blood. It’s time for a clan that resumed at hate speech.
12. The Most Hated Family
Most families do their best to please friends, neighbors, or the critical eye of society. That’s not the case with the most hated family in America.
Fred Phelps was a Baptist minister that thought it was a good idea to start a modern day crusade against gays, lesbians, and other sexual minorities. He didn’t do this alone. The man pushed his family in what is arguably the worst case of hate speech ever allowed on public display.
Phelps based his entire work on the idea that divinity hates people who deviate from the norm. His interpretation of the Bible is that every tragedy happening in the world in our modern times, including US war casualties, are God’s way of punishing us for our ever expanding freedom.
The next time you will see individuals holding highly-offensive signs you should count them as part of Fred Phelps’s family or adherents to his beliefs. The man must have been really convincing to push so many towards intolerance.
The next creepy family will make you think twice about not wearing a turtleneck. They are real-life vampires!
13. The Vampire Couple
For people with a strange and disturbing lifestyle, the only shot at love is finding someone just like them.
Take this vampire couple and its obsession with drinking blood. Even in today’s context, Lia and Aro have a hard time sharing their hobby without making others feel sick in the stomach.
The two love birds don’t hang out in the hours after sunset or prey on the unlucky commuters not wearing a crucifix. Instead, they do what vampires are best at – drink blood, even if it’s of a controlled animal origin.
Take that perfect date image out of your head! When it comes to vampire lovers the most romantic thing ever is drinking a bit of each other’s blood.
Think twice next time you hear someone describing his girlfriend as sweet. He might have just tasted her blood before coming to that conclusion.
The next family reunites a contemporary of WWI and someone listening to Justin Bieber, but not in the way you would expect. It’s weird, we promise!
14. Huge Age Difference
Some would say that love conquers all differences.
We doubt it works to make a 95-year gap appear less awkward. That’s what you get when you pair an 112-year-old man with a 17-year-old girl.
The “lucky” couple comes from Somalia, and we doubt our modern European society would have accepted such a union. The girl could easily go as the man’s great-granddaughter.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any other information coming from the two. Given the groom’s age and the average lifespan, it’s highly unlikely that he survived.
Love probably had nothing to do with the bizarre marriage. As it often happens, the family of the girl had a debt to pay and no cash. Such transactions raise no eyebrows in the less civilized world.
We left for the end the family everyone expected the find on the list. Check it out!
15. The Kardashians
The Kardashian family has a well-deserved place on the list.
We won’t deliver any secrets here as the most controversial family in showbiz took the time to answer any curiosity and reveal their dirtiest clothes in public.
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” just entered its 12th season, and it is simple to assume we will have Kim and company around for good years to come.
Why are the Kardashians awkward as a family? Maybe because they got an undeserved shot at fame. Doing nothing all day long and cashing in millions of dollars sounds like the best family venture ever imagined.