20 Disturbing Secrets People Were Holding On For So Long

We all have secrets, those hidden truths that we carry deep within us. Some are harmless, just stories from our past. But others are darker, more complicated, and deeply troubling. Recently, a Reddit user created an online thread with a seemingly innocuous question that sparked a profound and revealing conversation on the social media platform, asking, “What is your most disturbing secret?” What followed was a flood of confessions, each unveiling a glimpse into the complexities of the human psyche.

Here are some of the haunting secrets that people have been harboring:



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Vinasu: At my great aunt’s funeral, everyone was talking about how sad it was she didn’t have kids. My grandma told me that it was because she’d gotten pregnant in the 40’s out of wedlock and had a coat hanger abortion. The resulting infection rendered her sterile.


Keep it safe and legal, folks.


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SketchesFromMidgard: I went through a nasty break up with my oldest kids mom that lasted several years. We were never married and she was crazy as hell so she told the hospital she didn’t know our kid’s father just so she could have leverage over me. You know, like a sane person does. Years later and after several investigations into child abuse she lost custody. 


Over the next several years we kept getting oddly specific complaints about things going on in my house and my daughter and her step mom specifically. Dumb s**t like matching clothes or details about how we do time out.


My mom died 2 years ago and when we switched her facebook to memorial mode I saw that she had been talking bad about me for years to my ex and was essentially spying on me for her and twisting information. I’m guessing it’s because she felt bad for a mother that lost her kid but it was still a d**k move. It’s been 2 years and I still refuse to visit her grave with my siblings and havent shed a tear for her since. 


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Chardagoat: I received a phone call from my late husband’s girlfriend the day of his funeral. She was phoning his cell phone which I had turned off while he was in the hospital. She told me that my husband had been paying her rent for the last year. The bank had recently foreclosed on our house. I had no idea he was unfaithful to me but she knew all about me.


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TheSentinelsSorrow: Woman in my town, after she died, people were clearing her garden and found what they thought was a model skeleton Yeah her husband went mysteriously missing in the mid 90s…


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DeeSkwared: My BIL died in an accident, and his wife found out by going through his phone that he was sleeping with several other women. Many of whom were pretty close in our “friend group” and some were also married. It was quite awkward and got pretty messy.



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Mistealakes: My ex-husband told me one time that he didn’t think it was wrong for a father to be sexually intimate with his daughter, as long as she was “old enough.” No one will ever know why we truly divorced, because I don’t think anyone would believe me. He started talking about children. I’d never let my daughter be his.


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Justjelly3Lucille: My husband passed away a few years ago. I tell everyone how much I loved him and only talk about the good times we had and how great he was. In honesty I hated him for every bit of the 33 years we were together. He was so mean to me, both physicaly and mentally-every single day. He hid it well and in front of anyone he was okay to me but when we were alone he was terrible. I hated him so much I live alone now and am just finding myself. I moved to a different state and have made new friends and everyone seems to really like me and I even like myself now too. It’s been really hard to tell myself that I am okay. I have never said any of this out loud. I feel bad that I am happy he is gone.



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123fofisix: A few years ago one of our cats died after we had her for 14 years. We were all heartbroken and devastated by her loss. We noticed something was wrong on Thursday, took her to the vet on Friday, and she died late Sunday night.

The night she died, I sent everyone to bed and I stayed up with her. She kept getting into the bathtub and lying down as opposed to a bed we had set up for her.

Just before she died, she let out a horrible scream and went into convulsions. Then she just stopped breathing.

I never told my spouse or kids about that last few moments. I just told them she just slipped away. I still want to cry every time I think about it. I will never tell them about that.


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Dry-Communication901: A few years ago I used to work at Home Depot at the returns desk. It was mostly very elderly people who worked alongside me in our store. I was the youngest in the team.

We had a lady, Margaret, who had issues with bowel control due to her medications. She used to fart without even realizing she’s farting. Usually loud but harmless ones even when she was having a normal conversation. So we got so used to her doing that, even though it was awkward in the beginning.

One day we were having a team huddle and it started to smell like fresh manure..such a strong stench..and then one more with different flavor this time. The manager dismissed the team huddle…and one of the team members murmured “My God, Margaret, what was that!!”

It was me. I did that Margaret, I’m sorry.


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KittysOnKeyboarghjfg: I hid the remote control to the living room TV for absolutely no reason at all, and kept it hidden for probably a week. My dad began to have a meltdown by the 6th-7th day, so I just put it under a random blanket on the couch where I knew he would find it. What a weird kid I was.


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rebel_nature: My buddy’s mom totally killed my buddy’s dad. She had taken a $200k life insurance policy out on him 6 months before he died, and he died from not taking his medication that he’d taken no problem all of his life. My buddy was away for the weekend so wasn’t home when his dad died. After his mom died, we found out she’d taken a life insurance policy out on my buddy at some point too, and she’d also forged his signature to sign over $100k my buddy’s dad had left to him. She also faked illnesses to get prescription drugs and had little books filled with info on what she’d sold and how much she’d made from selling them.


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xXDuBXx: After my father died a few years ago, we learned that he had taken out about 40k of loans on my name. We share the same Initials (and surname obviously). He forged my signature, and kept on applying for loans and credit, got approved and never paid a single dime back. Seeing as he was the main contact, no-one ever called me to ask me why I wasn’t paying my debt … So only after he died we got contacted by institutions informing us that my father owes them money, just to find out it was actually on my name … 


So now my credit record is f****d due to years of payments not being made and I need to pay back all of these loans. Fun times right


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Brelalanana: Maybe not disturbing, but after my nanas death, I found out that she married my papa, had three kids with him all as a cover story for him being gay. This was during a time of LGBT violence in America. 

The kicker is, they really pulled off the married couple routine.



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Mommy-Smash: When my neighbour died of old age her adult children were organising her funeral. Her husband had died many years previous. A woman arrived from England upon hearing of her death. It turns out she was their sister. Their mother had had her when she was a teenager and gave her up for adoption. They kept up regular correspondence up until the mother died. No one knew. Her other children were shocked. I’m not even sure if her husband knew. 


Her children were really upset that she never told them. On a positive note, I think they all keep in regular contact now. This is Ireland by the way, so there was huge stigma at the time about having children outside of marriage.



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MSeanF: That for the first few months my mother was pregnant with me the entire family thought she was dying from an ovarian tumor. She was 41 and it was the 1960s, her doctor at the navy hospital just assumed she was too old to get pregnant.


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TwistedNoctrnlBtrfly: An old, rich man my mom use to run errands for not only offered her $5000 to sleep with him, but he also told her he couldn’t wait till I was 18 (I was younger than 12 at the time) and tried to make an arrangement to pay for my presence once I was 18.



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TrafficTruck: one of my good friends was shot last year, he was one of the nicest guys i knew, he always calls everyone he knew checked up on them made sure everyone was okay and was really supportive of everyone. 

move forward a week or two after his murder someone was arrested due to a murder that happened a few days before my friends. turns out the guy who was arrested was the cause of multiple murders (yet he had perfect alibi’s everything) except we later found out that my friend was working for him, was getting paid 5-10k per person. when my friend got murdered it wasn’t a random shooting. it was a revenge hit. no one saw it coming but everything soon made sense



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mjzim9022: Nothing terribly exciting but I found my mother’s rehab journal a few months ago, 15 years after she drank herself to death. Guess she cheated on my Dad with that guy from the gastric bypass support group who she brought around to our family functions quite a few times. Not sure if my Dad ever read the journal and found out, but him and his husband are living the life now and I’m not going to bring it up.


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poundmypoontyrone: Not a single person I’ve met in the last 10 years knows anything true about me. Not my name, not my profession, not my family life, not where I’m from etc. I’ve created an entirely fake person, and that’s who I am to everyone that I meet now. Even my girlfriend.



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Lolaiero: I’m an alcoholic. no one is aware of how bad it’s gotten but i’m drinking to almost blackout daily and going to work ill every single day. i still do my job fine but the second i’m off it’s all i want to do and i can’t stop myself anymore. it’s been like this for almost 2 years now

what i’m doing to myself while acting completely fine to everyone disturbs me but i’m really struggling to get myself help :/.

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