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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