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Isolated family spent years awaiting 'end times'

By T.K. Randall
October 16, 2019 · Comment icon 13 comments

The family had been living inside a secret room on the farm. Image Credit:
A family in the Netherlands has been rescued after being kept in a secret room waiting for the end of the world.
The six adults, who were found on a farm in the province of Drenthe, had seemingly been kept in complete isolation for nine years waiting for "the end of time".

They were only discovered after the eldest son managed to escape and found his way to a local pub.

"I had a chat with him and he revealed he had run away and needed help... then we called the police," said bar owner Chris Westerbeek. "He had long hair, a dirty beard, wore old clothes and looked confused. He said he'd never been to school and hadn't been to the barber for nine years."
"He said he had brothers and sisters who lived at the farm. He said he was the oldest and wanted to end the way they were living."

When police arrived at the farm they found the family inside a secret room accessible via a hidden staircase that was concealed behind a bookcase in the living room.

"I've never seen anything like it," said local mayor Roger de Groo.

A 58-year-old man who also lived at the farm has since been arrested.

Source: BBC News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
Did the young adults who would have been  children back then,  not attend school prior to being kept in the basement? No other family members, aunts, uncles, cousins etc?  Do they not pay any taxes or rates on their property?  How can all these children just disappear and no one missed them?  These poor young adults have been robbed of their teenage years. Can they lead a normal adult life after this? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by BrooklynGuy 5 years ago
Thanks for the link Eldorado. These folks, though obviously misguided, are certainly dedicated. Hopefully now they will all find more productive pursuits in life. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Scholar4Truth 5 years ago
I don't even recall any end of the world predictions in 2010. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by and then 5 years ago
It could be attributed to simple mental derangement by the "adult" and the kids went along out of respect, initially, then fear. It could also be someone who believed a lie from some religious type without searching the ure to see if what they were told matched the Word.  There's a lot of that going around these days.  Either way, it's a tragedy for those young people.  Unlike Greta (HOW DARE YOU) Thunberg, these kids really DID have their childhood stolen.
Comment icon #8 Posted by openozy 5 years ago
They may have been filming the next Apollo mission.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Herr Falukorv 5 years ago
when you take prepping to the next level...  
Comment icon #10 Posted by and then 5 years ago
This is what it reminded me of...    
Comment icon #11 Posted by Dark_Grey 5 years ago
Where did the BBC get the line "waiting for the end"? None of the family members are quoted as saying that. All the article mentions is that a family was discovered living in a secret area of the house. One of the older sons ran to a local pub and told people about it but didn't say why they were all in there
Comment icon #12 Posted by Eldorado 5 years ago
Latest; Father beat children to ward off 'bad spirits', court hears
Comment icon #13 Posted by itsnotoutthere 5 years ago
Yes, we may as well all kill ourselves now......My god...are you a goth by any chance .....cheer up mate it may never happen.

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