It’s easy to forget it takes a lot of courage to write stories about bad guys week after week.
In 1981, a psychopathic New Zealand teenager came very close to assassinating Queen Elizabeth. Embarrassed police not only covered it up but sent him away to Australia, a free man.
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:
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