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    Children of horrifying incest 'cult' with four generations of in-breeding found living deformed, filthy and mute in scenic valley

    • Case in New South Wales, Australia, described as one of worst in history
    • Brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts had sex with each other for decades
    • Children were severely disabled with one girl, nine, unable to read or talk
    • She was unable to bathe herself and did not know what toilet paper was


    The dark, disturbing secrets of a picturesque Australian valley where unwashed children born from generations of incest lived with physical deformities in a 'cult' of 40 adults and youngsters emerged today.
    Incapable of intelligible speech, some of the children had oddly-formed features as the result of being born to parents who were themselves related.

    Brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts had sex with one another over four generations, raising childen in squalid conditions who themselves grew up to become intimate and have more inbred children.

    The children found living in filth in sheds and broken down caravans had numerous disabilities from their inbred births, including a boy with a walking impairment and severe psoriasis, another with hearing and sight problems and yet another boy whose eyes were misaligned.

    Primitive: One of the filth-ridden shacks where a family cult lived in squalor in a remote valley near Sydney. Children with terrible birth defects were found living there after four generations of in-breeding

    A nine-year-old girl, who could not hear or write and had fragmented and stunted speech, was unable to bathe or dry herself and did not know how to use a toilet or what toilet paper was.
    The shocking discovery of the family's depraved life in the valley, lying south west of Sydney, were reminiscent of the inbred hillbillies featured in the movie Deliverance.
    Sickening details of generations of child abuse were published today by Sydney's Daily Telegraph, drawing on a judgement from the New South Wales Children's Court which, in a rare step, agreed to make its findings public.
    The name of the hidden valley has been kept secret and the family has been given the pseudonym Colt in order to protect the identity of the minors.
    But details of the debased lives of adults and children have been released because it is understood the court felt the nation should know about the worst case of incest it had ever heard.
    Across four generations of intimate relations, the family moved around the country, from South Australia, to Victoria, Western Australia and then back across the continent to the fertile valley south of Sydney.

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    The debauched lives of the current generation of adults might never have been found if residents of a nearby town had not reported that there were children living in the hills who had not been attending school.
    In the nearby town, the name of which has been suppressed, one local resident said people used to make jokes that if anyone came from that valley 'you'd be inbred'.
    The man told the Sydney paper that on occasions two women with 'about ten children' would emerge from a car that had interstate plates, buy something in the shops and leave.
    'They were never clean looking,' said the man. And there was 'nothing' on the blocks of land where the family lived - 'no electricity, no water, just scrub.'
    Police and child care workers were stunned when they arrived at the cult camp, some 20 miles from the nearest town and surrounded by trees where 19th century bushrangers once roamed. They found 40 adults and children living in two broken-down caravans, two sheds and tents, where there was no running water or sewage.
    The Telegraph reported that dirt caked the surfaces of stoves and cooking facilities, rotten vegetables lay in a refrigerator and a kangaroo was sleeping on one of the children's beds.
    Chainsaws, bags of rubbish and exposed electrical wires lay about. There were no toilets, showers or baths.

    'I'll never get over what I saw there,' a female police officer later reportedly told one of her colleagues.

    Raid: Police and welfare officers were shocked by the appalling conditions they found at the secret 'village of the dammed' where 40 members of the family lived

    But at the time even she did not realise that the 'family cult' was a throwback to a pair of great-great grandparents who were a brother and sister. Down through the generations, the family continued to regenerate itself, the children beginning to have sex with one another as soon as they were old enough.
    The result, the court documents revealed, was that some of the children seemed developmentally delayed, cognitively impaired or physically handicapped - the shocking result of sex between brothers and sisters, uncles and nieces and fathers and daughters.
    According to the documents, the children were sexually involved with each other and only one - a five-year-old girl, the youngest - had parents who weren't related to each other.
    The Telegraph said that what the police and community care officials witnessed was 'a social time bomb exploding before their eyes.'
    The five family groups comprised sisters Rhonda, 47; Martha, 33; and Betty Colt, 46, who slept every night with her brother, Charlie. There were also two of Betty's daughters who each had children who proved to be from unions of related parents.
    Betty's son Bobby, 15, who had severe psoriasis and needed urgent dental work, could not talk in a way that could be understood, he wet and soiled his bed and his learning ability was at kindergarten level.

    Martha's sons Albert, 15, and Jed, 14, also had speech problems, no personal hygiene and teeth that were in need of urgent dental work.



    The outback: The children found at the camp were only allowed into town a couple of times a year and looked 'dirty' locals said


    Betty's son Billy, 14, was underweight and not growing properly, as well as having hearing and sight problems, spoke unintelligibly, had an intellectual disability and could barely read or count.

    Fourteen-year-old Kimberly Colt was underweight and could not clean her teeth, use toilet paper or comb her hair. She had problems with hearing, speech, sight, could not read or write and did not know how to use toilet paper or comb her hair.

    When approached by one of the officers who had called at the 'camp' Kimberly threatened to cut off the officer's fingers.

    Betty's son Brian, 12, had extensively decayed teeth, had borderline normal hearing and did not understand showering. His eyes were misaligned and he could not read, write or recognise numbers.
    On July 18, 2012, police and social workers removed 12 children from the valley - and after careful questioning, harrowing tales emerged.

    Kimberly told of sexual contact with her uncle, Dwayne, who was 9 years old, while her aunt, Carmen, 8, watched. Sisters Ruth, 7, and Nadia, 9, had sexual touching with their brothers Albert, 15; Jed, 14; and Karl, 12.

    In one sad story, social workers were told how three brothers aged 14 and under tied their sister, 8, and niece, 13, naked to a tree.

    The court documents revealed that clinicians and geneticists who took mouth swabs from the children deduced five of them had parents who were themselves 'closely related' to one another while another five had parents who were 'related'.

    But the complex tale of intimate relations was found to go back to Betty, Martha and Rhonda's maternal grandparents, who had been brother and sister.

    Betty had 13 children, some of whom were probably fathered by her father, Tim, and her brother, Charlie. Along the way one of Betty's daughters, Tammy, 27, died from a genetic disease known as Zellweger syndrome.

    Since the discovery of the shocking events in the hidden valley, some children have since been placed with foster families, while others are in treatment programmes for sexualised behaviour and psychological trauma.

    They are said to be making progress with schooling and hygiene, but Betty Colt, said the Telegraph, appears to be in denial and her lawyer has disputed the court's findings.


    Horrifying: The 'cult' was found in the picturesque countryside of New South Wales, near Sydney (file photo)


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    holy shit, it's like an aussie version of that x files episode.
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    I hope they do DNA testing so they can present the family tree in chart form.
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    I didn't think of the X-Files episode, BUT dueling banjo music kept playing in my head.

    All joking aside, but this is just terribly sad.

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    It's sounds like something out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    I hope they do DNA testing so they can present the family tree in chart form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    I hope they do DNA testing so they can present the family tree in chart form.
    They might need a pie chart.
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    OMG, this is absolutely vile! what kind of deranged people let this go on? why did it take so long for someone to go check things out? they were 20 miles from the closest town, not 100s of miles for god's sake!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fgg View Post
    why did it take so long for someone to go check things out? they were 20 miles from the closest town, not 100s of miles for god's sake!
    Yeah it's weird, there aren't too many areas close to Sydney where you could hide 40 people for that long. But they moved around SA and WA which are huge and empty so I could believe they'd go relatively undetected out there for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial View Post
    I also choose to believe the rumors because I am, when it is all said and done, a dirty gossip.

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    Betty's son Brian, 12, had extensively decayed teeth, had borderline normal hearing and did not understand showering. His eyes were misaligned
    What do they mean by this? I can't figure out if they're referring to a "lazy eye" or if his eyes are actually misaligned on his face, like one of them is on his forehead or something.

    This whole situation does remind me of "Deliverance". I feel sorry for these children, growing up being trained/forced to have sexual encounters with their family members, and probably not realizing that there's anything wrong with it because it's all they've ever seen or known. The article mentions that many of them have intellectual disabilities, and it also mentioned things like not understanding how to shower or use a toilet. I wonder how many of their delays are simply a result of being totally isolated from society, and how many are due to actual intelligence or intellectual disabilities.

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    I'm pretty sure a GR member lectured me recently that a little inbreeding wasn't too harmful to the progeny. This was four generations.

    And you make a good point, Southernbelle. These extremely neglected and sexually abused children were being raised to live worse than most animals (even cats cleans themselves), but the article reads like they're making the story appear more recent than it is. Several children have been relocated and
    They are said to be making progress with schooling and hygiene
    so if intellectual disability is still being cited after intervention, relocation and early rehabilition has begun, I reckon that means these children are intellectually disabled in addition to all the other horrors.
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    Is it wrong that I automatically assumed that this family would be Tasmanians. Seriously, what a mess. How does this shit even begin? And where did the dead family members get buried?
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    Humans gone feral.

    I can't get figure out how those kids will end up normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernbelle View Post
    The article mentions that many of them have intellectual disabilities, and it also mentioned things like not understanding how to shower or use a toilet. I wonder how many of their delays are simply a result of being totally isolated from society, and how many are due to actual intelligence or intellectual disabilities.
    Ii think intellectual disabilities or not, if you're raised by animals you're going to act like an animal.

    At least if they're separated, they will stop breeding. Well, with each other anyway.
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