The Family Leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne Has Died

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14 June 2019

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The Age

Notorious cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne has died.

The 98-year-old was the leader of “The Family”,a and considered herself the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.  She has been suffering from dementia for more than a decade. 

She founded The Family in the 1960s – a cult which acquired children through adoption scams and imprisoned them. It’s alleged the children were starved, beaten and brainwashed.

Former Victoria police detective Lex de Man, told The Age he regretted she never faced justice due to technicalities.

"I shed not one tear today," he told the publications. "Today for me brings to an end the life of one of Victoria's most evil people.

"My hope is that those who suffered, the survivors who are the former children, if there's any way they can receive compensation for what they went through that should happen."

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