THE FAMILY A CULT REVEALED

THE FAMILY A CULT REVEALED

THE FAMILY A CULT REVEALED

For some, Anne Hamilton-Byrne was a yoga teacher with a tendency to plastic surgery. For others, it was a bad leader of La Familia – an apocalyptic cult with about 500 followers and over 28 children. Some were children of worshipers, others were newborns who came from one mother who thought their children were in good homes, some people went out and were stolen, the researchers say.

Now some children say that Hamilton-Byrne is trying to build the perfect race through children’s collections – some were forced to have blonde bleached hair, were educated at home on an isolated property, and injected LSD as part of an initiation ritual.

Some women called “aunts,” loyal members of the cult, lived and taught the children. The children believed they were brothers and thought that Anne and Bill Hamilton-Byrne were their parents until they were rescued by police and the cracks would burst.

“Family” is also the story of the incredible determination of a detective in Australia and an FBI agent who joined forces to bring Hamilton-Byrnes to the judge.

THE FAMILY A CULT REVEALED

“Throughout my life I participated in this investigation,” says Lex de Man, a former detective from the Victoria Police Department in Melbourne, Australia. Says correspondent “48 Hours” Peter Van Sant: “The cleanest person I have ever met”.

In Catskills, New York, Lex de Man is far from home. He is here to reconstruct the steps of his greatest career – hunting for a dangerous cult leader.
Peter Van Sant: Lex, for a man who has been emotionally and professionally involved for many years to see this house for the first time today, what is happening to you today?

Lex de Man It was a hard day. He brought memories of some victims.

Innocent victims – children who have no choice – and true believers say they have fallen into the spell of Anne Hamilton-Byrne, a yoga teacher who has become a cult leader who convinced her followers that she was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

Father Anne Hamilton-Byrne: If you learn how to follow the path of accomplishment, you must go to the one who has successfully passed through it.

His cult was known simply as Family.

Peter Van Sant: The family is still alive.

Lex de Man: Well, even today, the family still lives in Australia. Still remains. There are still supporters.

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