A child victim of the notorious Australian cult The Family says he is relieved the cult’s “wicked witch” Anne Hamilton-Byrne has died.
Victim turned advocate Ben Shenton, who was given to the cult as an 18-month-old toddler and not freed until age 15, said he could now move on with his life after Hamilton-Byrne’s recent death at the age of 98.
He said Hamilton-Byrne would be judged for being “a tool and pawn of the devil”.
“I wouldn’t want to be her facing Jesus as her judge … [given] what she’s done,” Mr Shenton said.
The cult leader was buried at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Monbulk, which is only 10km away from where she formed her cult group in the Dandenong Ranges.
Anne #HamiltonByrne ‘s funeral and burial was on Wednesday. Little cemetery just out of Melbourne where several other cult members – and her third husband – are buried. Six feet under now. From a spy: “Just mud, disturbed. She didn’t amount to much in the end.”