Chile discovers weapons cache on cult grounds

SANTIAGO, Chile – Chilean officials have discovered a cache of machine guns and rocket-launchers on the property of a secretive German cult, one of the biggest weapons finds in the South American country’s history. The cache was discovered during a probe into ex-cult leader Paul Schaefer, the German citizen accused of aiding the secret police […]

Guru of Sadism, Safely in Jail, Leaves Cult to Fend for Itself

VILLA BAVIERA, Chile – The disembodied voice of a woman speaking Spanish with a heavy German accent echoes from behind the one-way mirror at the guardhouse. “You can go in now,” she says, and the white metal gates to Colonia Dignidad, the secretive paramilitary religious sect that took refuge here in the foothills of the […]

Chilean judge indicts five aides to cult leader

SANTIAGO – A Chilean judge has indicted five people who helped a German while he was hiding in Argentina as he faced numerous allegations of human rights abuses and sexual abuse in Chile, press reports said on Thursday. The judge accused Peter Schmidt, Mathias Gerlach, Felipe Zeitner, Rebecca Schaefer and Renata Freitag of protecting Paul […]

German ex-cult head faces new charges in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 21 (Reuters) – Ex-cult leader Paul Schaefer, a German citizen accused of aiding the secret police during Chile’s 1973-1990 military dictatorship, was charged on Monday in the disappearance of a second political prisoner and with sexually abusing 26 children. Schaefer led a cult of several hundred German followers in Southern Chile for […]

Ex-cult leader indicted in disappearance of leftist

SANTIAGO – A Chilean judge on Thursday indicted former Nazi soldier Paul Schaefer, leader and founder of the “Colonia Dignidad” cult and commune, in the disappearance of a leftist from the community. Judge Joaquin Billard handed down the indictment against Schaefer in the disappearance of Alvaro Vallejos, who was arrested during the dictatorship of General […]

Judge questions Chile cult head

Former Nazi and cult leader Paul Schaefer has been questioned by a judge in Chile over the disappearance of a left-wing activist in 1974. The judge ordered the convicted paedophile be jailed until later this week, when it will be decided whether to bring formal charges against him. Another judge is set to question Schaefer […]

Argentina hands over fugitive in Chile sex case

SANTIAGO – The former head of a secretive German colony in southern Chile was flown to Santiago early Sunday after his arrest in Argentina. Paul Schaefer, who founded the commune-like enclave in 1961, is wanted in connection with the disappearance of a dissident under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet ruled from 1973-90. Schaefer, […]

Argentina expels Chile cult head

Argentina is to deport a former Nazi to Chile, where he is wanted on charges of sexually abusing children. The decision was announced two days after Chile’s most wanted fugitive was arrested after eight years on the run. Schaefer, 83, was a corporal in the German army during World War II before running a religious […]

Indicted Chile cult leader ‘ill’

A former Nazi and fugitive child abuser, Paul Schaefer, has been taken to hospital in Argentina, a day after his arrest ended eight years in hiding. An Interpol official in Buenos Aires confirmed that Mr Schaefer had been taken ill, but gave no other details. Schaefer, 83, was a corporal in the German army during […]

Cult leader arrest stirs joy in Chile

VILLA BAVIERA, Chile (Reuters) – Members of a German-Chilean religious cult have celebrated the arrest of their ex-leader, a fugitive convicted as a paedophile. Human rights lawyers said the arrest could help them prove the cult aided the 1973-1990 dictatorship in the torture of political prisoners. Chile’s most-wanted man, 83-year-old German citizen Paul Schaefer, was […]

Capture of former Nazi hailed

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has hailed the arrest of former Nazi Paul Schaefer in Argentina, saying he hoped it would shed light on alleged child sex abuse at a shady sect he led in Chile. Schaefer, 83, was arrested on Thursday in a joint operation between Argentine and Chilean police in a small town […]

Secrets of ex-Nazi’s Chilean fiefdom

Paul Schaefer – a former Nazi medic, Baptist preacher and alleged cult leader – has finally been captured in Argentina after eight years on the run. His arrest means Schaefer is likely to face jail for the sexual abuse of young boys, for which he was convicted in absentia in November last year after fleeing […]

German Fugitive Cult Leader Arrested in Argentina

Mar. 10, 2005 – Fugitive religious sect leader and German citizen Paul Schaefer, one of Chile’s most wanted men who has been convicted here of sexually abusing 26 children, was arrested in Argentina on Thursday. Schaefer, who moved to Chile with a group of German families and established the Colonia Dignidad religious cult and farming […]

Chile Judge Sentences Fugitive German Sect Leader

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) – A Chilean judge found the fugitive German leader of a religious sect guilty of sexually abusing 26 children after an investigation that lasted eight years, newspapers reported on Wednesday. Judge Hernan Gonzalez of the Talca Appeals Court also sentenced 22 Chilean and German members of the isolated sect, which has lived […]

Secret German Cult in Chile Breaks 43-Year Spell

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 […]

Rich commune exists in shadow of dark roots

Knight Ridder Newspapers, Apr. 24, 2002 By Kevin G. Hall, Knight Ridder Newspapers COLONIA DIGNIDAD, Chile – The rows of corn grow tall and straight at Colonia Dignidad, one of the world’s richest communes. Its timber products, baked goods and sausage, renowned for their quality, are sold nationwide. Its 65-bed hospital provides the region’s […]

Chile Sect Thrives Despite Criminal Charges

New York Times, Dec. 30, 2002 By LARRY ROHTER PARRAL, Chile — The group’s reclusive leader is accused of sexually abusing scores of young boys. Former political prisoners say they were imprisoned and tortured in underground dungeons in the group’s compound. An American who disappeared on a hiking vacation is reported to have been […]

Chilean police raid German enclave

Chilean police have raided several properties belonging to a German community whose leaders are suspected of human rights abuses under former military ruler General Augusto Pinochet. More than 50 officers surrounded the group’s enclave near Parral, 350 km (220 milers) south of the capital, Santiago. Agents also searched a conference centre in Santiago and a […]
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