Inside Australia’s ‘most inbred family’ with nearly 40 members

Police have arrested eight members from the infamous “incest farm” in Australia who fled across three states after more than a decade of investigations into their henious crimes. The “Colt” family, which is a pseudonym given by the court, practiced incest across four generations, according to the latest findings, beginning in New Zealand when brother and sister couple Tim and June married in the mid-1960s. 

Around 38 members of the Colt family were found by police living in tents and shacks on a southern New South Wales farm, in Australia, in 2012.

The family matriarch, Betty Colt – who is believed to be Tim and June’s daughter – is reported to have conceived 12 children together with her brother Charlie. 

On Friday last week, Betty was flown to Sydney after NSW Police successfully sought the extradition of all interstate suspects. 

It follows years of investigations into the family of the clan after they spread across various states in remote locations in the aftermath of the 2012 police raid. 

Eight individuals in total, aged between 29 and 50, have been arrested, though only six subsequently appeared in court.

Complex investigations including DNA testing, legal issues and the seriousness of the allegations meant it took six years until any charges were brought, according to detectives.

A report in 2018 revealed that “eleven of the children in the camp were the product of a sexual relationship by their mothers with either a brother, father or other close male relative”. 

Many of the children suffered from facial deformities, speech difficulties and had horrific hygiene.

They were illiterate, severely malnourished and slept next to buckets of faeces and urine. All but one were inbred.

The investigation found that the family was living in squalid sheds, tents and caravans without plumbing or running water. 

They had no access to showers, toilets or hygiene products and most of the children had fungal infections.

Younger members in particular had oddly-formed features, severe learning disabilities and did not know how to use a toilet or loo roll.

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Police tracked the family down and put several children in foster care. They later discovered children and adults had regularly engaged in sexual activities, resulting in genetically deformed children.

An official investigation was only opened in July 2012 when a child reported overhearing another child at a local primary school speaking of an unkempt girl, living in the woods, who was pregnant with a child fathered by a brother.

The child overheard the girl state that one of her sisters was pregnant and they did not know which of her brothers was the father.

The family grew to nearly 40 members ranging from grandparents to mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, nephews, brothers and sisters all engaging in various forms of incest.

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