This Cult Leader And His Family Mysteriously Vanished, Leaving Only A Note With Three Chilling Words

There are many chilling stories about people who went missing, never to be found again. When a cult leader and his family mysteriously disappeared from Australia in 2007, investigators were left baffled. The disappearance of cult members is usually never a good thing. In cults, there often seems to be a high level of control, and when a person is discovered missing, it tends to be because they are in hiding, fearing their own life, or sadly, sometimes they end up dead by their own hands, or someone else's. 

The unexplained disappearance of Simon Kadwell and his family continues to worry family members and mystify police. By all accounts, Simon Kadwill was a narcissist who demanded attention. Perhaps Kadwill knew that he would receive much more publicity in the aftermath of his disappearance than he ever would while gathering a few dozen cult members online. Continue reading to learn more about the eccentric cult leader and his family who vanished ten years ago, never to be heard from again. 

  • Kadwill Started A Doomsday Cult Online

    Kadwill Started A Doomsday Cult Online
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    In the early 2000s, Kadwill had a strong online presence. He created a website called The Truth Fellowship, which was pretty much a doomsday cult. Kadwill believed he was of a higher power than the average human. The group had around 50 members who referred to themselves as "The Forecourt." Kadwill had a chat forum the group would use that was called "The Gateway" where he would go by the name Si. Members would follow a book written by Kadwill titled Servers of the Divine Plan. While Kadwill would preach to his group about the birth of a new world of higher consciousness and predicting the end of the world, he was also conning the group out of all of their money.

  • The Family And Roommate Disappeared

    The Family And Roommate Disappeared
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    In July of 2007, Kadwell's girlfriend Chantelle McDougall called her parents to let them know Kadwill had gone to Brazil, and that she and their six-year-old daughter Leela would be leaving soon to join him. Later that day, McDougall sold her car and her dogs. McDougall's parents did not hear from her again, and after a few months, they began to worry and contacted the police to report their daughter and granddaughter missing. The police were never able to verify that Kadwill, McDougall, their child, or their 42-year-old roommate Tony Popic ever left the country, let alone went to Brazil, but none of them were ever heard from or seen again.

    Investigators looked into the location in Brazil where McDougall and Kadwill had talked about visiting. Rio Branco is located in Brazil and is a well-known hot spot for religious cults. Investigators looked into this area and contacted others who lived there, but none of them have heard of or seen Kadwill or his group.

  • They Left A Note Behind But Where They Went No One Knew

    The condition the family left the home in is quite puzzling. It appeared they left in a hurry, as the refrigerator was full and and there were dirty dishes left out. They left their wallets, and credit cards. A note was left pinned to the door though, which simply read, "Gone to Brazil." McDougall had previously penned a letter to her parents stating they had plans to vacation in Brazil, but investigators could not find any record or evidence showing the group ever leaving Australia.

  • Kadwill Began Dating McDougall When She Was Just 17-Years-Old

    Kadwill Began Dating McDougall When She Was Just 17-Years-Old
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    McDougall was living with her grandfather when she met 32-year-old Kadwill at a religious retreat. Kadwill had a girlfriend and a young son and offered McDougall a job babysitting his child. Eventually, Kadwill and McDougall began dating. McDougall introduced her new boyfriend to her parents, and they were not very pleased with the relationship, especially after hearing of Kadwill's aspirations of being a cult leader. Despite her parent's reservations, McDougall was happy with Kadwill, and it wasn't long before she was pregnant with his child. 

  • Multiple Tickets Were Purchased Under Multiple Names - And None Made Any Sense

    Multiple Tickets Were Purchased Under Multiple Names - And None Made Any Sense
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    Investigators later discovered that two days after the disappearances, Popic's driver's license was used to book a double room at a hostel in Perth. Popic's cell phone was also used to purchase a train ticket from the town of Bunbury to Perth. The train ticket was booked under the name "J. Roberts." The next day, J. Roberts purchased an additional train ticket, this time to Kalgoorlie. It is unclear whether the person who booked the rooms was actually Popic, or someone else using his identification, such as Simon Kadwill. His driver's license was not ever used again and the name J. Roberts never showed up again after that last train ticket was purchased.

  • There Were Thousands Of Dollars Unaccounted For

    The last place the group was seen was at a Busselton car shop, which is north of Nannup. At the car shop, McDougall sold her car for $4000. Oddly enough, that money was never spent and remains in her bank account. It's hard to imagine what the reason would be for selling McDougall's car, if not for the money. Investigators had learned that Popic's father had sent him $25,000 for a legal obligation shortly before the group disappeared and that they were never able to trace the money. It is possible the group lived on Popic's funds, but one would think they would eventually need McDougall's cash or would have needed to use the credit cards that they left behind. The fact that the bank accounts were left untouched suggests that they aren't around to use it. This strange case proves even stranger in that there is no evidence the group is alive, yet no real evidence they are dead either. Since Kadwill had knowledge of how to create false identities, it is possible he created fake identification for the entire group and they are living somewhere under assumed names. A coroner's inquest is set to take place investigating further into their disappearance in December 2017.