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“The Hills Have Eyes” – Australian style

The Australian families that hold dark secrets of incest and abuse

The case of incest and depravity which came to rest in the hills of a quiet country town

And we’re back to the cricket. Real life has been calling and in between work and study, there just hasn’t been the time for the writing. This story is about a month or so old and has been featured on The Dreamin’ Demon, but because it happened in Australia, I’m going to cover it here.

A massive inbred family had been discovered in a hidden valley, southwest of Sydney. Four generations of brothers and sisters, fathers and daughters, and uncles and nieces had been mating with each other, producing all in all 40 adults and children. Among the children was a five year old girl whose parents were the only ones who weren’t brother and sister. The discovery of the inbreds has been described as one of the worst cases of incest to have ever been made public.

Police discovered the clan, who go by the name of Colt, after reports were made about dirty children living in the hills. They were often seen with the clanswomen at the shops and did not seem to attend any sort of school. When the cops managed to track down where the children and women were coming from, they discovered a squalid settlement made up of rotting caravans and filthy sheds. Inside, the stoves and cooking appliances were caked in dirt and filth, rotting vegetables lay in a broken fridge. Exposed wiring and a chainsaw were accessible to the children. There was no sewerage connection, electricity or running water. Oh, and a kangaroo was sleeping on one of kids’ beds.

One of the sheds where the clan lived

One of the sheds where the clan lived

The Colt clan were made up of Betty (46), Martha (33), and Rhonda (47). Betty slept with her brother Charlie and two of her daughters. Genetic tests showed that Betty’s children and grandchildren were born from related parents. The family has been traced back to a set of great grandparents who were brother and sister, and the family has self-perpetuated from there.

The  younger children were affected as follows:

Betty’s children: Bobby (15) couldn’t walk properly, had skin issues and needed dental work. His speech was unintelligible and he wet the bed constantly. Learning was at kindergarten level; Billy (14) underweight, stunted growth, hearing and sight problems, unintelligible speech, learning difficulties and unable to read or count; Kimberley (14) and her daughter Raylene were underweight and didn’t know how to wash or brush their teeth; Brian (12) had no concept of hygiene and extensive dental problems. Betty’s older daughter Tammy (27) had three children, one of which had died of genetic deformities associated with inbreeding. Her children had been fathered by her brother Derek (25). All in all, Betty had 13 children, some fathered by her brother and some fathered by her own father Tim.

Martha’s children: Albert (15) and Jed (14) both had issues with speech, hygiene and dental problems; Ruth (7) was neglected and malnourished and she didn’t know what toilet paper was or how to use it (cue itchy feeling). Her sister Nadia (9) told of sexual involvement with her brothers (no doubt encouraged by the inbred breeders). The brothers had tied Nadia and their 13 year old niece-cousin to a tree naked. Martha’s children may have also been fathered by Tim.

12 children were removed from the compound. The youngest, who was only aged 5 years, was the only child to not have related parents. Perhaps it was Uncle ‘Roo that was her father? Or a hapless backpacker who inadvertently wandered into the campsite? The other 11 children had their inbreeding confirmed by geneticists who took mouth swabs from all of the people living at the camp.

Despite their horrible start to life, the children are now doing well in foster care. Some have been placed in treatment programs for the sexualised behaviour that their aunty-mums and daddy-uncles encouraged. All have made progress with schooling and hygiene. The aunty-mums have taken varying degrees of responsibility for the incest and sexual abuse of the children. Except for Betty, who for some reason still has supervised contact with her children-siblings. She denies any wrongdoing and her lawyer has disputed the court’s findings with the genetic testing.

So much WTF. I told Trench it’d be a good one.

5 hidden children and 1 missing person


Mother of 5 hidden children , missing 16 years  

Parents charged in case of 5 hidden children  

5 children lived in squalor  

The woman above Louann E. Bowers (33) and her boyfriend Sinhue Johnson (45) are accused of hiding their 5 children from the world and raising them in squalor in part of a dilapidated building in York, PA.  But there is a twist you see, Bowers has been a missing person since June 8, 1993.  Louann was 16 years old and living with her family when police believe she ran away with her uncle by marriage Sinhue, 28 at the time.  She was listed as a missing runaway with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has issued several age enhanced photos of her as an adult.  The case has remained active for 16 years with no sighting of Louann.  That changed on June 6, 2009.  Then the story that landed them here began.  

On June 6, 2009 a tipster flagged down a police officer and reported seeing a missing person at a local market.  It was Bowers, after being interviewed she drifted back into anonymity, briefly.  Less than 3 months later in Aug of 2009, A York City Detective and CPS tracked down Bowers and her 5 children in a motel room.  CPS acting on an anonymous tip had been looking for the children since 2003.  This one is so crazy and just has me so bewildered.  No one knew the children existed!  Had it not been for the anonymous tip they may never have been discovered.   

The children ranging in age from 2 to 13 have no birth certificates, were never enrolled in school, never seen a doctor, or received a vaccine.  There was literally no documentation to prove they ever existed.  They lived for years in squalor, no heat, no electricity, no water, no functioning toilet and a leaky roof.  OMG!  They all lived in one filth covered room, of the now condemned house and used plastic sheets to gather rainwater through the leaking ceiling.  I am so sad for them.  All five children are now in foster care, going to school and receiving medical attention.  Good Lord, we can only imagine the damage done to them.  Good God, it’s horrible!  

According to Louann’s attorney, she loves her children and never thought she was doing anything to hurt them.  Hold on a minute, was raised with a family in a house until she was 16 years old… she didn’t think living this was harming her children, I don’t buy that but ok.   

Bowers and Johnson remain in York County Prison waiting trial, each charged with five counts of child endangerment.  Bowers is working on her GED and taking parenting classes in hopes of reuniting with her children.  Her attorney hopes to resolve her case without a trial.  Johnson maintains he did nothing to hurt his children.  

In my opinion Johnson has some real issues to begin with being that she was 16 and minor at the time she ran away with him.   

Wow… this was is crazy; I am not really sure what to think about it.  Part of me blames the mother then part of me says we really have no idea what he did to her while she was with him.   

This one should bring about some interesting discussions.  

Thanks to Brooke for the tip