10 of the Most Shocking Cases of Real Life Incest

Posted by Michael Avery in Bizarre On 20th April 2015

Much like the of Game Of Thrones Characters Cersi and Jamie Lannister, real life incest is highly frowned upon and illegal in most countries.

#1 Introduction

Most people find incest unacceptable, and there are compelling reasons for such a position: (1) culturally and traditionally, incest is largely considered a taboo, and (2) inbreeding those with close genetic relationships producing offspring greatly increases the chance of the child/children developing congenital disorders. Incest has, however, occurred quite often in history, the royalty of ancient Egypt using it as a means of perpetuating their royal lineage. Today though, incest is considered a crime in most territories with only a few countries like the Netherlands, Spain, and France being exceptions. In fact, even in these countries where consensual incest is legal, the public is still largely outraged by such relationships despite the fact that the state tolerates them.

Here are ten recorded or alleged cases of incest that have shocked the world:


#2 John Deaves and His Daughter, Jenny

John Deaves married, had daughter Jenny, split with his wife, then married another woman, Dorothy, in 1984. By that time, Jenny was fifteen years old, and she occasionally stayed with John and Dorothy. Then, in 2000, John and Jenny took a trip to Dubbo together, and John and Dorothy's marriage proceeded to break down afterwards. Shockingly, John and Jenny father and daughter proceeded to develop a romance together. Their incestuous relationship resulted in Jenny giving birth to a child, who died from a congenital heart disease likely a result of her parents' genetic similarities. However, the two had yet another child together, and at nine months old, that child, Celeste, appears to be fit and healthy. Later, an Australian judge found the couple guilty of incest but gave the couple a three-year good-behavior bond and ordered that the two end their sexual relationship. They have since separated.

#3 Daniel Rinehart and His Daughter, Ashley

Linda Rinehart knew that her husband, Daniel, had been raping their daughter, Ashley, in their family camper home since the girl was five years old, but the mother never lifted a hand to stop the abuse. Ashley's three sisters, meanwhile, were threatened with death if they ever discussed what was going on with anyone. However, in 2009, one of the daughters, Hayley, escaped from the home and called the Harrisonville, Missouri police. Hayley told officers that Ashley had given birth to four of her father's children with three of them dying. Two of the three babies that had died were disposed of in coolers and left on a farm, but the one Ashley had delivered when she was sixteen had surived and was a four-year-old then.

During the trial, Daniel insisted that his relationship with Ashley was consensual, that she showed her interest in having sex with him by rubbing his shoulders on two occasions. In 2010, a jury disregarded Daniel's claims by finding him guilty, the judge sentencing the man to life in prison plus 22 years for incest, statutory rape, felony murder, and abandonment of a corpse.


#4 Bruce McMahan and His Daughter, Linda Hodge

In 1987, Linda Hodge, an adopted daughter of a couple in California, turned eighteen and decided to search for her birth parents. A firm that specialized in such matters was actually able to find Linda's biological father, who turned out to be billionaire Bruce McMahan. The man then arranged to meet his daughter in 1990. The two got along and lived together; then, their relationship took a bizarre turn. Then then 63-year-old McMahan, who was married to his fourth wife, told the then 29-year-old Linda that they had been married in a previous life. Linda seemed to believe the claim, and they proceeded to begin life as a couple. However, the relationship later turned ugly with Linda vowing to "preemptively destroy" her biological father and Bruce filing a lawsuit against Linda for stealing his firm's trade secrets. The cases have since been settled.

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