The Family wasn't so loving and caring
There have been some huge, secretive, and abusive cults that rose up from the disillusionment of the late 1960s, and they never seem to end well. Over 1000 people lost thier lives at the hands of Jim Jones, women and children were wiped out due to David Koresh, and the highly-publicized Tate-Labianca murders still haunt the Hollywood Hills. But you may not have heard of The Family in Australia. Here’s their terrifying tale…
In the 1960s in western civilization, there was a wide-spread cultural movement propagated by the hippies who touted peace, love, and fun as their lifestyle, rejecting materialism, corporate culture, and strict order.
Many people during this time set out seeking answers to questions they had about higher beings, and cults became a commonplace.
One of these cults was simply called The Family, not to be confused with The Charles Manson Family, though the two groups have some frightening similarities.
The Family practiced in Lake Eildon, Victoria, Australia where they gained numerous members seeking the answers to their existential questions.
One firm belief held by The Family was that children are the future. The cult’s leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne gathered children from wherever she could… by adoption, having them herself, or taking them from mothers who didn’t want them. She used a cocktails of drugs to control their minds and prepare them for an apocalyptic future.
If that’s not frightening enough, she would have them chained up, beaten, or starved regularly.