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Anne Hamilton Byrne and The Family

From humble beginnings in suburban Melbourne to reincarnation as Jesus Christ, a cohort of devoted, well-heeled followers and an enviable real estate portfolio, Anne Hamilton Byrne who died in a nursing home last week really was the quintessential 20th century cult leader. The only thing more shocking than the abuse she inflicted on dozens of children in her care throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, is how various Governmental authorities approved of her guardianship over them in the first place.

This interview with journalist Chris Johnston, who created the book and documentary The

Family with Rosie Jones, first aired last year. The companion interview with former detective Lex De Man, whom you’ll hear a lot about in this interview, was recorded the day after Anne’s death.

Warning: please be advised this episode contains graphic content.

Show notes for Episode 110:

Your hosts are Meshel Laurie and Emily Webb

With thanks to Chris Johnston

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Lex De Man on Anne Hamilton Byrne’s Death

When former Detective Lex De Man received a text reading simply, “The Witch is Dead!” he knew exactly what it meant.

The David Hookes Matter with Charlie Bezzina

Homicide Detective Charlie Bezzina received a phone call about a man who’d been punched outside a popular St Kilda pub during an altercation with a bouncer.

Frankston Serial Killer Investigation Reissue

Charlie Bezzina was lead investigator on the Frankston Serial Killer Case in which Carmel and Brian’s daughter Natalie was the final victim. In this episode Charlie talks us through the investigation.

26 Years After Our Daughter’s Murder, We Need Help

The Frankston Serial Killer took their 17-year-old daughter Natalie in 1993, and Carmel and Brian have lived through many more challenges since then. Now they’re looking at eviction from their home of 30 years and they’re very reluctantly asking for help.

ATC Extra. The Family of the Deceased

Emily is joined by Sandra Charlton, the cousin of Vicki Arnold. Vicki was the woman accused of murdering her best friend Julie-Anne Leahey before killing herself in this week’s episode of Australian True Crime.