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February 6, 2023 97 mins

TRIGGER WARNING: This case covers some dark topics including child abuse and mention of suicide. If these subjects are triggering to you, please skip from 39:27 to 49:18. 

Have you heard of the Australian Family Cult? We hadn't either...

In this episode, Alana brings us the Cult run by the notorious Anne Hamilton-Byrne, in all of her evil. This Case goes from shocking to downright despicable as we discuss the many lives and many many crimes of Anne, many of which went undocumented, and unprosecuted. This is a real rollercoaster guys so buckle up, Alana has a story to tell.

Sources Cited:

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  • Cusack, Carole. “The Family (Australia).” English, https://wrldrels.org/2018/01/03/the-family/
  • Elias, David. “Missing Girl.” Newspapers.com, 8 Sept. 1983, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104855488/missing-girl/
  • Haworth, Abigail. “Growing up with the Family: Inside Anne Hamilton-Byrne's Sinister Cult.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 20 Nov. 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/20/growing-up-with-the-family-inside-anne-hamilton-byrnes-sinister-cult
  • Johnston, Chris, and Rosie Jones. The Family: The Shocking True Story of a Notorious Cult. Scribe Publications, 2017. ISBN10: 1925228681 
  • Johnston, Chris. “Family Ties.” Sydney Morning Herald, https://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2017/family-ties/#:~:text=Before%20she%20was%20the,town%20with%20one%20main%20street
  • Moore, Sarah. “Why I See Anne - by Dr Sarah Moore/Hamilton-Byrne.” Why i See Anne - by Dr Sarah Moore/Hamilton-Byrne, 15 Aug. 2009, http://drsarahmoore.blogspot.com/2009/08/why-i-see-anne-by-dr-sarah.html
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  • Various. “The Family (Australian New Age Group).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 17 Jan. 2023, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_(Australian_New_Age_group)


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