CIFS Australia

Cult Information and Family Support Inc.

About CIFS

Can I Help


In The News

Books + Video




Info Search




Quote of the Day:
'Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent.'
- Dr Margaret Singer



| 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013- | World |
Order of St Charbel:
Victims’ pain as ‘The Little Pebble’ William Kamm rolls out of jail
The Daily Telegraph
November 12, 2014


Cult leader and convicted sex offender William Kamm is set to be freed from jail in NSW within the week.

  • Followers still revere The Little Pebble as a prophet

  • Victim who gave birth to his son at 15 reveals horrific abuse

  • ‘He took me to a hotel... I’d close my eyes and cry’

  • Ex-wife says he would have sex with young girls weekly

  • She is now seeking a restraining order
he’d take me to a hotel in Wollongong and he’d just have his way with me


The self-described religious leader, known to his followers as "Little Pebble", has served more than nine years of his maximum 10-year sentence.

A VICTIM of a sect leader known as “The Little Pebble” who was impregnated during a rape has spoken of her distress after he was granted parole yesterday.

William Kamm, jailed in 2005 for sex abuse committed while he led a secretive South Coast cult, will walk free from jail within a week.

His ex-wife, who still lives at the St Charbel compound near Nowra, condemned him but said followers still revered him as their prophet.

The victim, now in her 30s, said she had tried to move on with her life with her 15-year-old son, conceived during one rape by Kamm, but she suffered crippling aftershocks.

“I don't want him out, it makes me scared. I’m scared he’s going to keep doing it to more girls,” she said.

In an exclusive interview, the victim gave a startling ­insight into the sustained torture inflicted on her by Kamm, who claimed he was receiving instructions from the Virgin Mary.

“Over a five-year period he’d take me to a hotel in Wollongong and he’d just have his way with me,” she said. “I’d turn around, close my eyes and cry ... God told him to do it apparently.”

She said Kamm would ­explode in fits of rage and that her son “never wants to meet his father”.

Members of The Order of St Charbel are awaiting the ­return of their “prophet” to the self-sustaining bush outpost. “It’s like Waco,” said Kamm’s ex-wife Bettina Kamm, who still lives in a house on the property.

When The Daily Telegraph broke news of his ­impending release to her yesterday, she reacted with shock: “You are serious? He got parole?’’

‘God made them pregnant’

Ms Kamm described the predatory behaviour of the man she met as a teenager, ­revealing he would have sex with underage girls weekly.

“How many women do you think there are that would want to share their boyfriend?” she asked.

“I know of teenagers affiliated with him who popped up pregnant and he’d say ‘God made them pregnant’.

“A lot of this was kept from me and it still astonishes me. They adore him, he’s the prophet, he’s like the king of this place.”

She said she planned to take out a restraining order after Kamm’s release and would engage lawyers to ­ensure she retained custody of their six children.

Run-down cottages, two huge concrete water tanks, children’s play equipment, tractors and firewood litter the bizarre enclave.

Senior members of the order, wearing aprons emblazoned with crosses, asked The Daily Telegraph to leave ­immediately.



Disclaimer:This news page is about groups, organizations or movements, which may have been called "cults" and/or "cult-like" in some way, shape or form. But not all groups called either "cults" or "cult-like" are harmful. Instead, they may be benign and generally defined as simply people intensely devoted to a person, place or thing. Therefore, the discussion or mention of a group, organization or person on this page, is not necessarily meant pejoratively. Readers are encouraged to read widely on a topic before forming an opinion. Never accept information from a single source at face value. This website only holds a small amount of information and should not be relied on as a complete source. For example, if you find older information, this should be weighed up against newer information as circumstances can change.
S i t e   S e a r c h :

1 0 0 0 +   p a g e s






ABC Radio:
5 Apr 2018
16 Oct 2010
14 Oct 2010


CIFS Conference:
Brisbane 2012 *
Canberra 2011
Seminar 2011
Brisbane 2010


Visions of Paradise


Cults: After-Effects




Top of Page
| Home | About CIFS | Can I Help | Contact | In The News | Books + Video | Stories | Articles | Events | Info Search | Links |