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Secret German Cult in Chile Breaks 43-Year Spell

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posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 08:27 AM
Now this is strange, but it does not surprise me.

It goes to show how long one can hide from the law as long as the money supply hold out, 40 years.

Nov. 8, 2004
By Fiona Ortiz
ABC News

VILLA BAVIERA, Chile (Reuters) - A religious cult of German immigrants has broken decades of isolation from a world shocked by sex-abuse scandals in the group, the flight of its secretive leader and reports it once helped Chile's military government torture political prisoners.

In exclusive interviews, members of the 280-person sect ended decades of public silence to tell Reuters they had emerged from a long nightmare to the painful realization their God-like guru a fugitive facing child-sex charges had broken apart their families and fostered physical abuse.

The sect came here in the 1960s following Paul Schaefer, a charismatic World War II German army nurse, who cult members thought was God on earth and who preached an unnamed religion that said harsh discipline would draw them closer to the supreme being.

posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 11:35 AM
Can everyone say- WOW?
40+ years. This is amazing.

Thanks for the story. I'll bet some folks in Chile are more than a little embarrassed about this.

Hiding in plain sight no less!


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