• The Bender family of Kansas crushed the skulls of their victims, then slit their throats. • Roman emperor Nero came from a long line of sadists and loved to burn Christians alive. • For many years, Rose West cooked quite happily in her kitchen, knowing that her murdered stepdaughter Charmaine lay buried beneath the floor. What is it about certain families? Insanity runs in some of them. It positively gallops in others. But is it true that the apple never falls far from the tree? As the stories here show, the sins of the father may be visited on the son, but they’re soon passed on to innocent passers-by. From the vicious rulers of Ancient Rome through the Five Families of the New York Mafia to the crime gangs that rule the city streets today, the cases here demonstrate how malevolence grows in some families with terrible consequences for all concerned.