SANDRA Goler was 14 when she started crying after being kicked out of class by a teacher fed up with her inattention.
When asked what had happened, she blurted out to the stunned teacher that her father treated her like his wife, raped her repeatedly and even stopped her birth control so she could have his child.
Sandra opened up about the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of her father William, which began when she was just nine years old when she lifted the lid on a family whose debauched lifestyle shocked Canada.
Evil Goler was the head of an incest-corrupted family described as a “hillbilly sex ring” who lived in an isolated mountain community away from prying eyes.
Thirteen adults from the notorious clan were eventually jailed after being found guilty of 100 charges of incest and other sexual offenses with children aged between six and 14.
William, his wife Wanda Wiston and his brother Tom, along with other male and female family members, were among those convicted.
Their story mirrors that of the Colts – dubbed the world’s most inbred family – in which patriarch Tim Colt on an “incest” farm in Australia raped his daughters with his sons and fathered their children.
The story of the Goler clan was told in the bestseller ‘On the South Mountain’ which reveals the heartbreaking moment Sandra lifted the lid on what happened to her.
After the teacher hesitantly asked Sandra what happened, she replied that her father was “doing her”.
“You know…you’re using me…as his wife. Shit,” she said.
The book details how child protection workers were immediately called in with one, Dale Germain, assigned to interview Sandra in January 1984.
She told of William “doing, fucking and fucking” her since she was nine or 10, the book says.
Because the abuse went on for so long, Sandra couldn’t remember exactly how many times they had sex, but she estimated it was “fifteen or twenty times a month.”
But while all the dates merged into one, Sandra was adamant about one thing: “I don’t want to be used as a wife anymore.”
Sandra was immediately taken into custody and the police began investigating her allegations.
One of the investigating officers, Corporal Baxter Upsall of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, believed there was more to her story than she was letting on.
He had experience investigating incest, so he began to question Sandra more.
She told the officer that William had forbidden her to use birth control because he wanted her to have his child.
I don’t want to be used as a wife anymore
By Sandra Goler
But from her answers, Upsall also deduced that there was something more going on in the family, so he decided and a colleague had to interview Sandra’s sisters, Donna and Lisa, who were also taken into care.
Despite their gruff appearance, social workers were surprised by how sensitive Upsall and his colleague were to the girls, including winning their trust with a trip to buy hamburgers.
One day, after answering questions for an hour, Donna suddenly fell silent, then stared at the police officer and the social worker and began to speak.
“He made me too. I don’t want him to stop doing Lisa,” she said.
Her words began two days of questioning that lifted the lid on the horrific incest that existed in the family.
William Goler had sex not only with his daughters but also with his sisters with four daughters between the ages of five and 12.
Sandra and Donna also told of how he sexually assaulted his nephews, aged nine and 14.
INCEST SCHOOL LIFE
William Goler was soon arrested and initially denied any wrongdoing, although he hired an expensive lawyer despite not having much money.
It was revealed that he ruled his family with an iron rod when he once ran the boot of his car over Sandra’s toes as punishment.
Twenty people crowded into the house – aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters.
The life of the family was one of abject misery with rubbish piling up in the rooms until the stench became so overwhelming that the children were ordered to clean it up.
The questioning eventually led to more adults being implicated in the abuse and other children being taken into care.
Two years later, the case went to court, where Donna revealed that William had allowed family members to have sex with his children in exchange for beer or cigarettes.
When authorities began digging into their past, it was discovered that incest had been a way of life for over 100 years.
The prosecutor described the case as “something out of the movie Deliverance” – which is famously depicted in a ranch in America’s Deep South.
Decades of inbreeding have taken their toll on the family, with their defense attorney Bob Levy telling Canadian television that the family is “on another planet” and “borderline retarded.”
Their intelligence level was in the “bottom one or two percent” of society, he said.
William Goler was jailed for seven years for incest, gross indecency and disorderly conduct.
The 12 children of this family were put up for adoption by families to start a new life with a new identity and are said to be making good progress.
Donna continued to campaign for the rights of abused children and to change the law so that young relatives of pedophiles could never be left alone with them.