Murderous minds - Serial killers
The butchered boys of Australia

The Family was the name given to a close-knit group of Adelaide murderers involved in the kidnapping, drugging, sexual abuse and, at times, torture of young men and teenaged boys in Adelaide, Australia and surrounding areas throughout the 1970s and into the mid 1980s. The existence of the group came to the attention of the public following the murder of five teenagers between 1979 and 1983. The high profile occupations of some of the suspects led to claims of an alleged high society conspiracy. The term stems from an interview a police detective gave on 60 Minutes, claiming the police were taking some action “…to break up the happy family.”