The Family : the shocking true story of a notorious cult
by Chris Johnston, Rosie Jones
Editor: Scribe Publications
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The apocalyptic group of The Family and their guru, Anne Hamilton-Byrne – one of the very few women religious leaders in history seized one of the international press in the 1980s and 1990sHamilton-Byrne, who some disciples believed Jesus was the Christ, was fascinating and charismatic – and, many claim, very dangerousFrom her base in a quiet neighborhood, she recruited rich professionals to join her cult, including doctors, lawyers, nurses, architects, and scientists.She acquired children and raised them as her own, bleaching their blond hair to make them look like brothers and sisters, and her group surrounded itself with rumors of LSD use, child abuse, and strange spiritual ritualsIn 1987, the police fell on The Family by the lake composed and rescued the children who claimed that they were part of Anne future master of the raceChildren told terrible stories of starvation, emotional manipulation, and physical violenceBut Anne could not be found, triggering an international hunting police who involved Scotland Yard, Interpol and the FBICan they bring Anne to justiceToday, the elderly, Anne has an estate worth an estimated millions of people, with only one small criminal conviction in her nameHis last followers participate in his nursing care-the bedside houseHow such a famous group come to bloomHow did you maintain a hold on his followersAnd why was she never fully brought to justiceDrawing on the revelation of new research, including interviews with survivors, The Family tells for the first time the entire strange and shocking story of one of the most bizarre cults in modern history
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