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MISSING The Beaumont Children
"High Crimes Junkies. I'm your host Ashley Flowers and I'm grit and since yesterday was Australia Day for our wonderful listeners. Down Unda I do that. We I think we did not in the club once where we tried to Australian accent. It's really bad you guys but anyway we wanted to celebrate by telling you about one of the most infamous and enduring mysteries in Australian history but before we tell our story though. We WanNa send our thoughts to everyone in Australia during this horrific rick brush fire season. The Australian Red Cross is on the front lines of disaster relief and we encourage everyone to donate and support their efforts. We are doing. You can find a link on our website or you can go to Red Cross dot org dot a u now. Today's story is one of those cases that never we're really. lets go of a country's national imagination kind of like Jon Benet Ramsey for us here in the US more Madeleine McCann for those in the UK in Nineteen nineteen sixty six. Three young children left their home to go swimming at the beach on Australia. Day and were never seen again. Their disappearance changed changed Australian life forever and thrust caution into the forefront of parents minds all over the country. This is the story of the Beaumont. Children Uh January twenty six nineteen sixty six is a scorching hot day in Adelaide. Despite the weather the city is brimming with excitement statement. Because not only. Is it Australia Day with this long weekend. Coming up. But there's also an upcoming ashes cricket test match so the city is teeming with sports fan from all across the country entry. The South Australian state capital Adelaide is this coastal city on the Saint Vincent Gulf and since the temperature is due to get up to forty degrees Celsius was a hundred and four degrees Fahrenheit. The local beaches are packed. On this day everybody has the same idea to beat the heat heading to the ocean. Maybe stopping at one of the local restaurants. Aunts pick-up some lunch doing just like the usual stuff to enjoy the day. Just hiding inside until Sun goes down all in all. It is a good peaceful Wednesday in the city but then some time between five and six PM that evening everything changes a middle aged married. Couple comes into the station. Russian grant usually known as Jim and Nancy. Beaumont are worried sick because there are three. Young children left home to Glen Beach that morning. A little bit before ten nine o'clock and they never came back now. They were expected to be home. I around like noon but they never showed and at first their mom. Nancy just kind of assumed that maybe they lost track of time. Maybe they missed the first bus and then they're going to be on the second so she waits for the next bus to come but they're not on the two o'clock bus either so so. The parents try searching on their own at first but after hours with no sign of the kids. Jim and Nancy knew that they had to go straight to police. According according to Alan Whittaker and Stewart moans book called searching for the Beaumont children and their follow up the satin man the police spring into action. Right away when they get a description from their parents they learn that Jane is the oldest at nine years old and she's super responsible an excellent caretaker for her younger siblings. There's seven year old aren't and four year old grant and learned that she left the house in a pink bathing suit with a little white purse to keep her money in now. Jane is also the swimmer of the three. So Jim and Nancy. We're confident that she would keep an eye on. Arna grant make sure that they didn't go too far out into the surf at the very start of this investigation. Police don't want to believe the worst. The initial she'll thought is that maybe the kids lost track of time. kind of like what their mom thought and when they realized how late that they were maybe that made them freak out more and things kind of like escalated delete right like maybe they're hiding out somewhere because maybe their parents are angry with them because they didn't come home on time right. That's what they're thinking with that mind. Police actually start their search at the Beaumont wants home in hope that the little ones kinda snuck back into hide somewhere and wait for mom and dad and wait for them to not be so upset now to be clear at first investigators. Art Right suspicious of Jim or Nancy. They just WANNA cover all their bases to see if this can be resolved quickly but unfortunately can't since a long and thorough search of the house doesn't doesn't turn up any sign of the children and by now it's getting dark outside and Jim in Nancy keep reiterating to police that their kids would not willingly outside after after dark so investigators start mobilizing more local resources to widen the search in order to do that. The Italy police and five boats from the sea and rescue skew squadron out to the Saint Vincent goal to shine their bright lights across the dark waters in hopes of spotting something but over and over again. They're light just flashes on still dark water. They come up with nothing with more people getting involved in all this activity the local media now starts is noticing. What's going on and they're thinking like? Hey something is happening and a bulletin goes out about ten o'clock that evening now mind you. This is like a full twelve hours since the kids got on that bus that morning and they push us bulletin out to the evening TV radio asking anyone if they've seen the missing kits while the news of the missing children is being broadcast odd. Cast police are still hard at work at Glen Elk. The Sydney Morning Herald reported in nineteen sixty six. That police even had aqualung divers go into the glenna Lenovo Boat Marina to search underwater but the water was super murky and there was like almost little to no visibility. But despite the setback expe- continue all through the night on land in see even checking storm drains that flush out into the ocean and they also even have people traversing up and down the rocky he coastline looking for cave ins and landslides anywhere that the kids could possibly be at this point. They're thinking is starting to change. They no longer think the kids are hiding but now they start to wonder if maybe the kids got into some kind of accident. You like kid logic when you know you're doing something you're going you you know honestly and adventure so you go into a cave or someone bury you in San and it seems everything seems like a good idea. Yeah so they're thinking like it Jane Grant or maybe stuck somewhere are and they can't get out like times of the essence plus Arna and grant aren't great swimmers and so they're thinking they could have gotten carried out baby. Jane went. She was a strong consumer trend like rescue them but she failed and the like have all the more reason to find them quickly. I mean not to go too dark too fast but was kidnapping kidnapping an option at this point like our police really just trying to find them in some sort of freak accident on the beach. Yeah so according to the book the Satin me on police start off the investigation with three main scenarios in mind about what could have happened either. A The kids drown be. They ran away or see that they've been kidnapped now. Drowning drowning gets ruled out. Pretty fast because the see had been calmed the day before when the kids disappeared and the beach had plenty of lifeguards who everyone assumed would have noticed. The three children like went in the water. And we're getting swept away. Plus none of the Beaumont's belongings were found left on shore. which is what you would expect to see if they had gone into the Ocean Shen and then never come out so drowning gets ruled out pretty quickly and so does the idea of the three kids just running away like they're happy kids? There's nothing in their past behavior to suggest that they would leave home like that. So police have to quickly set that idea aside as well and since the kids thought to a runaway and they aren't thought to have drowned that leads investigators with the most frightening prospect of all that someone was able to take not one but all three young children from a crowded area in in broad daylight. If someone snatched them like someone had to have seen it you said. It was one of the busiest days on the beach right. Yeah I mean it was YEP SUPERPAC. Even if they didn't realize right away that it was a kidnapping something would have been off. These three kids just randomly go off with a stranger. Someone would have had to have witnessed something. There had to be witnesses. So yes and this is where all of the media. Attention really comes in handy because not only does that media attention lead to the biggest volunteer mobilization nation in Australian history like Eric Arcia reported for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in two thousand eighteen but it also means that information starts flooding flooding into police stations. Now while some of these so-called tips are hoaxes some of them are from credible witnesses and coupled with what police know from. Jim and Nancy. Dancy a picture of the kids last movements really starts to appear including some information about a person who may hold the key due to the entire investigation. Numerous witnesses who were on or near Glencoe beach on the day that the kids disappear appear tell investigators about seeing the Beaumont children playing with an unidentified man now. These statements and the South Australians police incident report place the children and their mysterious companion at a place called Kali Reserve Park right near the beach before they disappeared. There are also people who just saw the children alone so in that book searching for the Beaumont Children it said that the bus driver who picked them up remembered them getting on the bus at about ten o'clock. Now there's this guy named Tov who's the local postman and he remembered saying hello to little grant who greeted him back and seemed totally happy and fine and initially. Tom Couldn't remember if he saw them in the morning or the after noon but police end up checking his shift schedule and like his records and determined that he had to have seen them in the morning based on Tom was working and they put that citing and around ten fifteen right when he starts his shift then one of gene's classmates reports seeing the siblings that morning at about eleven fifteen now all of those sightings so far or just of the kits after this though other witnesses come forward who say they saw the children with unidentified men now there are three separate witnesses. Who saw them together? There is a man who is in town to watch the cricket match there was a middle aged woman and then there was this seventy four year old woman and together together. They help police piece together. The activities of the kids later in the day now as far as police can put together it seems that the seventy four year old woman likely Lee was the first to see the kids together with this man. She says that she saw them sometime. Between Eleven and eleven thirty in the morning and then all three of the witnesses give police a description of what this stranger looks like. According to this article I found called the disappearance of the Beaumont children murder and misadventure. It's on the crime. Travelers website. All three witnesses describe the man as being in his mid to late thirties tall and tanned with a long thin face and light brown hair. That was neat and parted to one side but interestingly the middle aged woman tells police that she did more than just see them and she she actually spoke to him Melbourne's the Age newspaper reported in early February of sixty six. This man approached her at Glen L.. Beach a little little bit before noon. And he was with three kids and he approached her telling her that their money had been stolen an asking her if she'd seen anyone like rummaging through their Things 'cause she was sitting right near stop so if anything had happened she would have likely seen it now. She didn't see anything. She doesn't remember anything. They didn't talk anymore beyond this but she was able to tell police that based on his accent he was definitely Australian. They have the seventy four year. Old Woman actually sit down with a sketch artists from a local newspaper deeper and described them in resulting in this portrait of a strange man. That police are now desperate to locate. And here I am actually going to send you a picture of the Scotch catch that they came up with okay so it means a pretty normal looking guy. He's got kind of a longish face a big forehead. I guess my question is if if they saw him well enough to describe him for the sketch. Like what else did the witness like. Pick up on like. How was he acting with the kids? What was his demeanor? How are the kids with him stuff like that? So it's interesting. So according to the age newspaper people describe seeing this man quote frolicking with the kids before noon which sounds to me like he was kind of like playing with them. Everyone is having a good time. Not You know. I think it's completely different from what we might imagine of him. Just like shoving them in a car or forcibly taking them and and what we have from this lady to about him coming up and asking about the money it sounds like the kids were interacting with him and probably felt safe like they could trust him right now. What's super interesting? Is that since. They appeared to be enjoying themselves with a stranger. I find it strange. That the last credible sighting of the children actually doesn't include him so there was a staff member at a bakery in Glendale and this bakery was in very easy walking distance from both the beach and colleague reserve and and this person tells police that the three kids came into by themselves. Some lunch around midday and this isn't itself isn't unusual. Since Jane Arna in grant had been to this very shop before four and they were recognized by the staff would is weird is how they bought their food. Because the shopkeeper tells police that the three kids paid with with a one pound note okay. What's so special about that? Well a one pound note was a lot of money back in sixty six especially Ashley for young kids to have but not only that police knew from Nancy that she only gave Jane h shillings and Sixpence to cover their lunches and bus fare. All all of that was in coins so the police are thinking. Maybe the strange man gave them this one pound note exactly plus remember how this man said had their money had just been stolen like police have to consider. What if that was a lie? What if he stole Jane's money and then gave her this money? Okay but why would he steal less money and give them more back so possibly to earn their confidence like this is a widely hardly used tactic for manipulators. Getting victim to rely on you for something or making them feel like you helped them and that maybe they owe you or puts them them at ease right so learning about the sighting of this man and even the last sighting without him but this one pound note is making police. More sure than ever that the children have. I've been kidnapped and likely the three kids went away with this man willingly unknowing of his true intentions so once they have this sketch from that woman. This goes out to all of the newspapers all over Australia while police in Adelaide search for their records of sex offenders in the area to see if maybe any of them match natch witness descriptions. But here's the thing of all of the sex offenders in the area and listen there's always more than you expect. I would encourage people to just take a look. Look at their own neighborhood. I think you'd be surprised but of all the sex offenders listed in the area. They don't come up with any one. That's a good match or makes makes for a good lead now in the meantime while of this is going on the searches are still going on as well. They haven't given up on finding the kids but it's getting harder to hold out Hope because every search is turning up nothing days turn into weeks weeks into months and in September eight months after the Beaumont. All my children went missing a police officer in town and this is about two hundred miles east of Adelaide over. Here's an interesting conversation on his phone line now. This town is a really small one located like right between Adelaide and Melbourne. So what's happening. Is this local officer is basically trying to call the head office of Melbourne. When according to the book searching for the Beaumont Children he hears a woman mentioned bringing the Beaumont kids back from Hobart Bart on the island of Tasmania? Wait if he's trying to make a call out I guess I don't understand how he's overhearing this conversation so from what I understand. He's able to hear here. Because somehow some wires got crossed and I actually had to look up what this means for myself and it kind of goes back to old phone technology so I looked up on an astro telecoms about crossed wires and apparently like a pretty common problem in the old Australian phone systems infrastructure. So basically you got online and you had crossed wire are you could hear part of someone else's conversation so the fact that he heard this is totally legit. But here's the problem. The officer who hears this thinks that it's a hoax and everyone. He talks talks to the police and Adelaide the police Melbourne like they all think it's a hoax too except for one man. Detective Sergeant Stan Swain Wayne. And he's with the South Australian police in Adelaide. He is so convinced that the call is real that he actually calls Jim in Nancy to tell them that he believes that their children are still alive now while he's informing the family of what he believed to be true. Other members of the South Australian police were tracking down the woman who actually really made the call you know ahead of telling the family member and they learned the real truth that the officer who heard the call only heard parts of the conversation and and I guess once they heard the whole thing in context they come to believe that there is no real connection to the kids. They don't even think it was a hoax. Just some crossed wires and honestly painful coincidence that gave the Beaumont's false hope so that incident obviously it was a little bit embarrassing having raised the family's hope but as if that's not embarrassing enough just two months later in November police find themselves up against a Dutch psychic who is just adamant that he knows where the kids are buried now. This man flies all the way to adly from the Netherlands. Ten months after the Beaumont kids disappeared and it gets a whirlwind of media. Attention like this guy is basically. We made a name for himself by claiming to be able to use his powers to solve missing person cases back in Europe and like while he had some luck. And some maybe pretty basic basic guesswork according to the satin man I I guess. In some cases he also got access to some confidential police files that I'm sure helped his quote powers hours along so basically. He's already famous when he rolls in and so the local papers make a huge deal of his coming down. Word gets out to the point that there's a crowd of Adelaide citizens at the airport waiting when he arrives hoping that after almost a year he's GonNa be the one like swoop in solve the case and finally give if the family answers to be super clear. Police didn't pay him to come in his trip was funded by a wealthy Adelaide citizen who actually paid all of his travel expenses so he gets to Australia and claims that the Beaumont's are buried in a warehouse in purring a park so this is a spot that he's seen seen in his visions or whatever and it's where he says. They need to look in order to find the kids. Now keep in mind. There's no actual evidence to back this up. So ultimately police won't go and excavate anything based on his bike visions or gut instincts or whatever alone according to time travel article which we talked about before the psychic claimed claimed that the kids weren't murdered. Actually he says that they died as result of some kind of accident and that this mystery man described by witnesses had nothing to do do with their disappearance and the police. As I'm sure you can imagine are initially pretty skeptical way. And so he can't get them to dig right away. And this is my my favorite part. He basically only stays in Australia for three days before telling the public like I'm done. I'm going back to Europe. Like kind of washed his hands of it like they won't do what what I say. So peace out now despite him leaving like you would kind of think police are like no. We're not going to do this. He leaves everyone drops it but because it got so so much media attention and because the authorities were refusing to excavate where this psychic said the locals and Adelaide actually raise money to finance finance the dig themselves like they were crowdfunding back in like sixty seven. Oh my God and do you know what this kind of reminds me a little bit of it. Kind of reminds me of the most recent developments in the more Murray case like member there was like that House that everyone everyone was like you have to look you have to look and police are like no like. We're pretty sure nothing's they're like we did because there was so much public attention that I think they are finally like okay. We're going to do this but then after we do this. Can we just do our jobs jobs in Cancun calm down right plus. It didn't help that the place that he wanted them to dig up. Was this warehouse and someone like owned it. It's not like they were digging in the middle of the field so there was a lot of stuff that police like had to try and work around okay but like how did the public work around. Like a can't imagine that they could just show up and be like we're going to dig here. Oh you're absolutely right. The owners are not happy about it but after four months of media attention and basically demands demands from the public they kind of finally just bowed to the pressure and agree like okay. You can dig up this one specific area where the psychic said. The kids are Berry But what the warehouse owner say is police have to be there to make sure that everything is in order and so what happens is a few months later. After the psychic goes back to Europe with police presence they actually start a dig on March first of nineteen sixty seven fourteen months after Jane Arna and grant had had gone missing. Now the dig takes nine days but when it concludes no evidence whatsoever is found and the case. This goes back to being cold again now by this time over a year has passed since the children disappeared so police attention has to ship to other cases is there are new cases popping up every single day and this gets farther and farther from their minds and though the public never forgets the case it gets further and further author from the forefront of the public's mind as well that is until Jim and Nancy received a mysterious letter in mid February of one thousand nine hundred sixty eight. This is now two years since the kids went missing a letter written in very childlike. Like style arrives at the Beaumont's home it's postmarked from the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong over four hundred miles east of Adelaide and it claims to be from Jane and this is what it says as published in the Satin Man Book Brett. I'm actually going to have you read this dear mom and Dad. We you're safe. There's no need to worry about us. Oh we really missed you. In the past two years at the beach on that day we were walking to the bus. Stop on a man in a car stopped us and asked if we wanted the ride. I said that we did. And that is how it all started. The man would not let us right before he is leading us right tonight because he saw the story in the Herald's night and felt sorry for you both. He watches a lot for about six weeks and then he did not watch us so much are not I talk about you often but grant does not remember you at all. After more than in two years we have been well fed all the time I as well as Arna and grant hopes that you are both well. The man said to me just now he will willingly let us go. If you come over to Victoria to get us as long as you do not call the police. He's at that. If you do the deal is off you have to pick up in front of the Dandenong Post Office at ten minutes. Nine nine o'clock next Monday. The twenty six February. You Dad have to wear a dark coat and white pants man will no you. The man told me to tell you that the police least must not know at all. He said that if you do tell them you may as well not come so please do not tell them. The DANDENONG post office is in Victoria. In case you did not know. Oh please do not tell the police. The man did not mean to harm us. We still love you both love Jane Arna and grant. This is Jane in. Who is writing now? Jim Does what any sensible parent would do. And he hands the letter immediately over to investigators and he does this because his right away. There are some inconsistencies that stand out to police like I don't know if you noticed but the letter writer actually misspelled Arnez Name. Her name is actually spelled A. R. N. A. and the letter writer only spelt it with one end and apparently the handwriting doesn't match any of jeans. School papers offers because of these pretty important inconsistencies. Police are confident that this is another mean-spirited hoax designed to toy with grieving parents but detective sergeant stands swain the same guy who was so sure that the crossed wires call was clue is totally convinced. The letter is real and so sure of it that he manages to persuade Jim and Nancy to make a secret trip to Dandenong. Okay but the sky is ben kind of embarrassed before for in front of his colleagues by believing something that ended up being nothing. What makes him think? This one is like a Fisher real deal. So here's the thing stand. It tells the Beaumont that he himself compared the handwriting in the letter to the samples in Jane's schoolbooks and he decided but it was a match watch which feels like. Maybe he's going a bit rogue because the department already said that that they weren't imagine that these were fake and according to searching for the Beaumont children stands boss told him like dude. You got to let this go but he just couldn't so going over his superiors heads and getting Jim in Nancy's hopes up once again is bad enough but it just boggles my mind that this guy is willing to do it a second time when it seems just as unlikely to pan out into something real to me. That's it's just borderline cruel but cruel or not a desperate Jim guided by. Stan follows the letters instructions. Exactly he gets the right clothes stands outside the Dandenong post office while stand keeps watch and a phone call actually comes into the post office saying that quote the man. Dan has been delayed but he'll be there soon. Wait is actually legit. Will it kind of seems that right so they wait and weights. Let's wait and day fades into evening and neither children nor this mystery man ever show up now. The next day the same thing happens Jim stays in front of the post office while Stan does surveillance eager for any sign of children or their abductor and this goes on for three days then the media gets their hands on the story. Because get this Stan. Actually Booked Hotel Room under his real name and reporters find out that. He's there with Jim and Nancy. Nancy so the whole thing blows up in the press. The operation is essentially busted. And because of all this attention to this lead in the press it actually results in more letters from the same town arriving at the Beaumont home back in Adelaide someone claiming to be quote the man actually rights to Jim and Nancy himself this time taunting them for involving police and even blaming them for not being able to get their children back. But is this real. I mean the general belief is that this is yet another hoax even the call even the call does the stand guy. Let go of it now. Well so in that book searching for the Beaumont Children it actually kind of talks about this by the time all of this goes down in Dandenong in sixty eight. Stan is a success with the case and he almost views this as just a little setback instead of the disaster that it really is his ability to separate himself from the investigation is just totally gone. And Unfortunately Jim and Nancy who suffer the most because of it right he keeps getting their hopes up right and treating this obvious red herring as a credible lead effectively end stands career in law enforcement. So he's kind of done the Beaumont's return to their hometown. They kind of swear off talking to the media once and for all and once again the case it goes cold now five years go by with no developments. No new leads until August. Twenty fifth of nineteen eighteen. Seventy three when something terrible and all too familiar happens to young. Children go missing in an eerily similar fashion to the Beaumont no months now. It's too young girls. Eleven year old Joanne Ratcliffe and four year old Kirsty Gordon now Bagel missing from a highly publication again. In broad daylight they're at the Adelaide Oval Stadium to watch Australian rules football match with their families. Now Joanne is there with her parents lesson Kathleen and and their family friends frank while Kirsty is there with her grandmother read up now since Rita knows joins parents she leads. Joey Take Kirsty to the bathroom around three fifty. PM AM during the matches third quarter. She expects that the two girls are gonNA come right back except after about fifteen minutes. There's still no sign of them so lesson. Kathleen start hurt searching around the stadium. But they're unable to find any trace of either kirsty or Joanne so they go to the Oval Office and asked for basically an announcement to be made about the missing children children but since plays in progress the announcement isn't made until after the quarter ends which cost investigators in the family a lot of valuable time. Oh Oh my gosh. Forget about the game. There are two missing kit will yet. You'd sink the office staff basically kind of rationalized it by saying look if we made this announcement while the game's going going on no one's really going to hear it. No one's going to pay attention. There's really no point which maybe but can we at least try like five feeling like as a parent. I wouldn't care like let's do it now. Let's do it later. I want you to keep doing it until you find my kid anyway. So police get involved and start their search efforts and right away. Similarities clarity between Joanne and Christie's disappearance and the Beaumont Children's disappearance start to appear like think about both of these abductions happen in very public locations with the Beaumont. You have a crowded beach reserve. And now you have a packed stadium with over twelve thousand people when Kirsty and Joanne vanish also just like in the case of the missing Beaumont. Kids witnesses in this new case. Put the two girls in the company of an unidentified man one of Ovalles' employees. This guy named Ken tells police that he saw a man with the two girls. Two girls who matched the girls description trying to lure some kittens out from underneath a car that was parked in one of the equipment sheds on the grounds near the stadium and Ken didn't think this was weird at the time because I guess a lot of stray cats kind of hung long out in or near the stadium and kids were always wanting to play with them but he describes this man as being about five foot eight inches tall middle aged and said he was wearing the distinctive gray checkered sport jacket with Brown pants and a brown hat. They find another witness as as well this time. He was a teenage boy who corroborates cans account. And they don't get to talk to this guy a week later. The Canberra Times reported back on August. Thirty first of seventy three three that. The teenager witness a man forcibly maneuvering the two girls toward one of the exits and into the public parking lot and the teenager said that the man was actually carrying Kirsty under one arm and dragging struggling Joanne. Away with the other and his description of the men matched ken down to the man's gray coat and brown hats so armed with these two matching descriptions a local Adelaide art teacher actually paints a portrait of the unidentified man and when the depiction is shown to the public it shocks everyone. The portrait of the unidentified man from the Adelaide oval disappearances resembles the sketch of the stranger. who was last seen with Jane Arna and Krant Beaumont and here? I want you to check this out for yourself. Brett this is the same guy. This is exactly the same guy. I mean the long with a hat on. That's the only difference the long face the forehead grand. You can't see his hair because of the hat but everything else is exactly the same to me. The only difference is you the guy. At the Oval Stadium we're called Oval Guy. He's described as round fight. Eight and Beaumont guy is described as over six feet tall but that high discrepancy she has kind of negligible in my mind. Like witnesses can be off and depending on their stature. I think that's something that can easily be misjudged. Definitely we're five to everybody's telling everyone so tall but more than anything. They consider the cases as possibly connected because the MO is so similar like the victims are similar both the crimes are so brazen reason and yet police have to look at the odds of having dangerously skilled cereal abductor in their midst now. Whoever snatched Joanne and Kirsty I d seems to be just as good at hiding them as whoever took Jane Arna in Krant again days into weeks and months with no break in the case case and no clue about what might have happened to them and just like in the Beaumont Case Joanne? KERSEE's case those Colt years go by with no definitive links outside outside of basically conspiracy theories but in nineteen ninety seventeen years after the Adelaide oval disappearances and this is now twenty four years after the Beaumont spent missing facing the Adelaide media learns that the South Australian police are diving in this place called my Pong Reservoir which is thirty four miles south of Adelaide. Now ordinarily this could easily brush off as a training exercise or you know just something. Police won't confirm whatever but they're died just lost so happened to take place after a witness in another murder case testifies that the Beaumont's are buried in that reservoir reservoir we go back what other murder case so it's actually multiple murder cases so one this is going on. There are actually some really the horrific killings in and around Adelaide in the late seventies early eighties and they were known as the family murders. And I'm only going to touch on them briefly briefly here but we're actually going to do like a more in-depth audio extra over in our fan clubs so if you're interested you can go there on a website. If you're in the club you check that out after the episode Baloney Tell Tell You. These murders are pretty gruesome from nineteen seventy nine to nineteen eighty three five. Young men named Allan Neil Mark Peter and Richard go missing and are later found dead now. Four of the five were drugged and sexually tortured an autopsy determined that they all died from blood. Loss stemming from severe anal injuries injuries caused by insertion of a blunt object. Neil Mark and Peter's bodies are found in pieces and mark had been cut from his neighbor to his pubic pubic bone and then re sewn up with parts of his small intestine missing. Do we know how the fifth person died will not really so peter went missing during the same time period as the others but his body was accidentally burned by a farmer who obviously had no idea. There was a corpse on his property and he was doing some controlled burns so it's not known for sure how he died. All that was found was his skeleton. Cut into pieces. Like Neil and mark and the connection is on how he'd been mutilated after he died now despite the connections and they all seem super similar. Only one of these murders has ever officially salt. Several of the victims were drugged with the same to prescription description sedative so police us pharmacy records to kind of like narrow down their suspect lists and it pays off when they find his Adelaide man named Bevan police get a warrant for his house. Where according to the book searching for the Beaumont Children they find both drugs as well as hair and fibers linking him to Richard? Who was the fifth victim now? Bevan is charged and convicted for Richard's death in Nineteen eighty-four and sentenced to life in prison then five years later in one thousand nine hundred nine. He's charged with killing Allen. I and mark this story is bananas. But I'm getting super lost. What's the connection to the Beaumont again? So in Bevan's second trial is where this mysterious mysterious witness. We only know as Mr be due to confidentiality testifies that Bevan was the one that snatched the Beaumont children and he also says that he's the one that took Kirsty Joanne from the Adelaide Oval Stadium as well and it's because of his testimony. He's the one that says that the kids are buried at the reservoir reservoir and so the lease are doing this day. Then these records come out and the public is kind of putting this together and so now all of a sudden Bevan's name is linked to the Beaumont kits and as you can imagine the media goes nuts like this is not one not two but three of the most infamous crimes in South Australia history tied Hyde possibly together and potentially committed by the same person. WHO's already in jail in off the streets like it seems like it could be a wonderful success story like almost too good to be true Israel and realistically it might be especially since in the book searching for the Beaumont Children Mr B's credibility as a witness is seriously shaky and they basically bring that up in court as well like he missed a participating in one of the rapes and he only agreed to testify after being granted full immunity and he insists insist that he deserves the full financial reward for quote unquote with solving the crime? which okay makes no sense to me if you're also participated in rights raping raping some of the victims now? I couldn't find the actually got the award. But I mean since none of his testimony about the Beaumont's or Adelaide Oval was ever proven to be remotely true. I would be shocked if he actually got anything now. The additional murder charges that Bevin went to court for our eventually dropped and during the trial. He's not convicted but thankfully thankfully he is still in jail for killing Richard and in my opinion and this is just my opinion. I don't think he's the one responsible for the Beaumont for the family. Murders absolutely absolutely. But the Beaumont and the Adelaide Oval kidnappings don't match the family pattern to me at all like four of the five missing children that were talking about our girls and the oldest girl that we're talking about is eleven whereas in the family victims those victims are boys that ranged from fourteen to twenty five right the victim profiles. Don't don't match at all. Yeah and I was doing some reading the California Department of Justice website kind of about sexual predators and while some do exhibit more variety in their victims like different ages or genders other keep like a specific preference and that seems to be what does and since the other killings that he did. The family murders are so consistent. I don't really see him deviating gating plus he would have been in his early twenties at the time of the kids went missing in sixty six. which is really too young to match the descriptions of the man seen at the beach but again? It's it's worth mentioning because you do any research on this case. His name is going to come up okay. And if he was responsible like even the way the boys bodies were found. But the kids weren't doesn't it doesn't really add up exactly but there's a lot that doesn't add up to me and Bevan's never been charged with anything related to the Beaumont's or the Adelaide oval disappearances so after through the trial in one thousand nine hundred ninety the Beaumont case goals cold yet again and in Nineteen ninety-two the Dandenong letters are proven. Once and for all to be a fake when fingerprint analysis directs police to a man who had been a teenager back in the late sixties. And listen. He's never been named publicly but according to authorities parties he's actually admitted to writing all the letters as a hoax. Now time keeps passing and while new theories often connect new suspects to the Beaumont's case ace like including some other pretty notorious child killers across Australia. None of them are ever proven like in nineteen ninety eight eight years after that whole like reservoir reservoir day there was this eighty six year old man named Arthur who was arrested for the unsolved nineteen seventy rape and murder of a five year old and seven year old pair of sisters. Now he's charged with other like whole host of offenses for sexually assaulting a young woman and other girls and in his own family and the reason he even got tied to it initially was is that Andrew rule extra reporter for Sun Herald in two thousand one that a witness saw Arthur on TV after his arrest and he placed him at Adelaide Oval with the two girls matching watching Joanne and Christie's description and then they're thinking well whoever took those girls are thought to have taken the bull mines and that's kind of where that connection is made but but eventually police completely clear him any suspicion in the Beaumont and the Adelaide oval cases and he's like totally ruled out by two thousand one now five years later in two two thousand seven. The Herald Sun reported that convicted child murderer. Derek Percy had been questioned by police like back in two thousand five in relation to the Beaumont's and although Oh he's thought to be responsible for at least eight other child's death South Australian police told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in two thousand fourteen that he was definitely not a significant person of interest for the Beaumont's. He was already in prison when Joanne and Kirsty were snatch up so if the theory of the case is being connected was real like he couldn't have done both and he doesn't really match the description from the beach now despite these possibilities and you know the case getting renewed over and over no like real real credible links ever emerged and eventually public fascination dims though it never fully dies and eventually a book is published a fool forty years after Jane Aren't and grant disappeared. And this is when writer Alan Whittaker and his research partner Stuart mullins published the book searching reaching for the Beaumont children which is considered one of the most definitive and comprehensive accounts of this mystery. And it's a book that we've referenced a couple of times throughout this episode. I highly recommend it but when they published this book it's two thousand six. Now Mind you. And despite the forty year lapse in time everyone was about to be shocked to find find out that there was still secrets out there waiting to be uncovered and people who held those secrets. Were finally ready to talk. Because that's that's when Alan and Stuart get a phone call that changes everything that day and the police thought that they knew about this case. The person who called Allen and Stewart is a woman named Angela who believes that her former father in law had something to do with the Beaumont Children's disappearance. She says that her ex husband. A man named Hayden confided that he saw his father with the Beaumont Beaumont on the day that they disappeared. No at first Allen doesn't take Angela too seriously. He's gotten calls like this before. And he's had his fair share of run-ins with Wannabe sleuths from all walks of life. But as the conversation continues Alan realizes that not only as Angela's story fascinating. It's also really believable. So he and Stewart do some investigation basically into Angela and her background basically. They're trying to collect references casino if she can be considered trustworthy. Yeah like to make sure that. She's legit. Yeah and all of her references comeback glowing so stewart reaches out and he arranges arranges a meeting and this one meeting turns into a years long investigation by authors experts. Private investigators retired detectives active and others with dozens of interviews all around Australia in their meticulous hunt for the truth and their findings become another book which they title the Satin Man would we also referenced throughout this episode now. The title of the book refers to a brand new suspect. The Satin man and the Satin Man is Angeles ex father in law now the authors in their book you pseudonyms for their subjects but police and numerous news outlets. Let's like the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the new daily and CNN have all confirmed the satin man's true identity. So who is it. His name was Henry Phipps and he actually died back in two thousand four without ever being on polices radar now. He was never investigated needed in his lifetime for any connection to the Beaumont children but according to those who knew him best the hairy seen in private was a far different man from the one presented to the public. The first and best known sign of Harry's we'll call it a double life is right there. In the book's title his obsession and with Satin Harry was infamous within his family and their inner circle for having a satin fetish like not a healthy fetish or interest but one that was so consuming that literally no one was allowed to even wear sat near him because just the sight and sound of the fabric caused an instant uncontrollable controllable arousal. And according to the Book Harry made his own sat in Pajamas and dresses for sexual gratification. And he kept them in a private room room in the House that the rest of the family was forbidden from entering A. I'm sorry wait. What Satin Man? We have heard some dark stories about people who have dark twisted fantasies and turn on's but honestly I did not see this one coming weird right. What's Satin Satin? And like he can't see it he can't hear it. Russell be around did. You can't go to weddings obviously like yeah. I'm so floored by this entire thing but as weird as it is because it is totally. It doesn't make you a child abductor. Well no that's true like the obsession with Satin doesn't accept according to Harry. He Son Hayden. There's more like a lot. More hairy was a violent alcoholic who loved firearms and his son says that he kept guns all over the house and he also said that he had frequent outbursts against his immediate family and threatened them many times with his weapons but it gets even worse beyond that Hayden confided in Angela that he had been violently raped by his father multiple times a week for many years growing up and the abuse only stopped when he got big enough to defend himself and basically his dad's fetish of satin kind of ended up haunting him because he said he was haunted. Did by the Swish of the Satin. Fabric coming down the hallway. So he were his dad like couldn't be around it because it was it was too much. He was to arouse like I don't even think he could be around it later because it it brought back so many awful traumatic memory traumatic triggering for him now. Obviously because Harry was never on anyone's radar none of this was reported to the South Australian police at the time and Harry was never charged with a crime but by the time Harry comes into law. Enforcement's attention through Allen and Stewart Stewart beef collected a whole laundry list of circumstantial evidence that cast a ton of suspicion on him. Now I there is his status status and his wealth. Harry was a very successful businessman. He owned The castaway factory in Plumpton which is like a suburb of the area. Now being rich and well connected and prominent in Adelaide social circles was a great cover in the nineteen sixties here. He didn't fit anyone's idea of of what they thought a pedophile wise and so police never even looked in his direction. Plus remember how the Beaumont kids bought their lunch at that bakery bakery without one pound note. Yeah so apparently. Harry was big on flaunting his wealth by handing out one pound notes to Hayden and his friends to get get them out of the House on Saturday so he could be alone with his satin. It would be like our ten dollar bill for our parents. Yes it was like here. Here's the money now. Go Away and it's a habit habit kind of continued into the next generation when Hayden son Nick who apparently like lived with Harry for a time after his parents divorce like he would give him money as well so although he's never publicly said that his grandfather did anything to him. Nick also alleges that sexually inappropriate experiences is like occurred with Harry as a child though. We don't know what that is explicitly now in the book. Nick tells Stuart about how Harry would rub up against him when they went swimming together. And it's kind of like the most that we got okay. But didn't he say that he saw the Beaumont kids with Harry. Yes so this is like our biggest piece of circumstantial evidence. Australia's seven news did a documentary about here in two thousand eighteen. And they have audio of an interview that Hayden did with one of the sat millions investigators where he recalls seeing the Beaumont children on the day that they disappeared at in his family house on Australia Day. Nineteen sixty six here. I'll play it for you. S. Plus sales sales. When did you see the sign? Hello Hello Harry on the wrong Zone can we ask them. What and so's all sales are get along and from Dole's did you hear a noise? It really shy and Yukon. Sure Offense Austin she was conscious plus now I know that audio is a little rough to here so just to summarize Hayden said that basically. He saw three kids. It's at his family's House on the day that the Beaumont kids disappear and one was drastically shorter than the other two and that would match because Jane and Arno I know we're kind of close in height ish and grant was much shorter being the youngest. Then he says they were gone the front doors wide open. And here's later that day or at some point that day for gunshots. Okay but that doesn't mean anything because he said he heard gunshots all the time right right. No that's that's totally accurate but later that same interview Hayden says that he saw hairy putting some big like pvc bags in the trunk of his car. which again again at? The time didn't seem weird to him. Because it's how Harry would transport his satin dresses to other properties he owned and he said you know to be very clear like I never the children leave the house which by the way I haven't mentioned this get. His house just happens to be within a very easy walking distance of Kali Reserve and Leonel Beach now Hayden believes that the kids were buried at Harry's factory in what he calls a sandpit now here he's factory again very close to everything we're talking about. It was just a short drive from the beach. Does Harry have any resemblance to the sketch. Brett be resemblance. This is an canny. I WanNa send you this gift so we took a video that Australia's seven news made and we made it into a gift and and it is the sketch image. And then it kind of morphs into Harry's picture hang on hang on just a second year GONNA you're GONNA flip. Oh my God that is right eerie. Like obviously he's older than the sketch but he would be will exit. Here's a big Harry was forty eight in one thousand nine sixty six so it's a little bit older but he kept himself in really good shape and so he actually always looked much younger than he was. Honestly the easiest thing for me is the hairline is yeah. He's got that like dental forehead. The hairline spot on he does have kind of a long taste. Yeah and like big shapes the nose shape. This is creepy. We talked about it a lot. Where sketches look really really really similar to suspects but honestly I think this is the most accurate one I've ever seen especially for to me? You Know Ah. The sketch has like some prominent forehead in the long face but it also it can be kind of vague but my goodness is a close. So we're GONNA. I'll put put this gift on our instagram. If you guys need to see it you need to see it. A criminal podcast that on instagram. But despite all of the coincidences so far the South Australia police declined to get too involved. When Allan Stewart I get in touch and this is back in two thousand and seven? I mean Harry's been dead for years at this point points. It's not like they can really arrest him and they kind of like you know. We've got a ton of active cases to work on so according to the Satin Man Book. Police say that they've already ready. Reviewed their evidence and talk to Harry's widow which was his second wife and found that she's a dead end. But Allan Stewart decide to talk to her anyways waist now. She was Harry's housekeeper before they got married and also took care of him after his health started to really decline so she had a front row seat into his weird fetishes. Now I wasn't able to verify her real name like with the other people so I'll just call her normal like they do in the book so Stewart Arranges a meeting with Norma Arma who still lives in the same house in Glen L. and he goes to talk to her now right away. Norma does two things that he finds first first. She denies ever talking to the South Australia. Police and she brings up the Adelaide. Oval disappearances completely Lee unprovoked in relation to the Beaumont's. Now she's really friendly and welcoming though like happy to talk about Harry. Happy to show Stewart all over the house and and she takes him in the basement as part of their tour and he catches sight of something really strange down there a little wight children's purse. A purse would very much like the one Jane. Beaumont had the David. She banished so stewart. Asked her about the purse without necessarily mentioning. Why he's interested or or that it's connected? Jane and Norma gets kind of upset and says back just bought it at a thrift store which is kind of weird for a woman her age like they kind of point out that she's got a lot of means she's pretty wealthy like like. Why is she buying a child's purse at a thrift store? So they tell police about this but by the time police are alerted and they get to the house not they they are exactly norma claims to have thrown the purse away and it is never seen again. Okay that's so shady though like if you just bought it or bought it in general and it was just hanging around your house like why all of a sudden would you just pitch it. I mean that's exactly what I thought too. But without the pursed I though police are forced to return to seeing norma as a dead and yet again years pass Allan Stewart continue new their research and once the satin man is published in two thousand thirteen. Even more people come forward and once again this kind of stirs like all of the public interest. It's completely renewed and this time all the renewed interest like they actually have a person of interest in their sights and they can maybe now use. WHO's new technology to try and locate the children and this new technology reveal something that may finally thaw this cold case? The South Australian Alien Police used ground penetrating radar technology to search around Harry's old factory in Adelaide. The one that Hayden thought that he had buried the kids. Ah The search according to Nigel Hunt. The advertiser newspaper turns up an anomaly in the soil which can indicate that it's moved or that's something or someone is buried there so armed with that precise location police now get involved. And they excavate a one one square meter space in search of anything definitively tie Harry to the Beaumont children but like so many times before this dig turns up nothing. I like the families of these kids have just seen so much like hope. That's dashed and then hope that's dash like Do they have any family members around like their parents like this is fifty years out. Oh yes so. They're actually at the time that this happened. They're still alive and still in Adelaide and in fact. That's actually one of the reasons that police really start looking into Harry as a suspect because they wanNA give Jim Nancy some closure after all all of these years of waiting for the Truth and truth is kind of an odd thing though because even when it's hidden in the darkest family secrets like those of a man like Harry very it begins succumb out eventually so the allegations of his horrific sexual deviancy take on a new life in January two thousand eighteen when when Australian TV premieres a new feature called Seven News Investigates Beaumont Children. What really happened? And a woman who chooses to remain anonymous identifies Harry as the man who brutally raped her in one thousand nine hundred seventy nine. When she was fourteen years old at the time she was living living with her family right near Harry's factory and she kept quiet for the same reason as Hayden and so many other sexual assault victims? She was shameful about what happened happened. She had a fear of him. Maybe fear that no one would believe her but again since Harry's dead all the physical evidence of sexual assault is long long gone. There's nothing for police to investigate. Really Her story just kind of corroborates that he wasn't a good guy but this the same seven news documentary does bring forward something that they can look into because a man named David who was a teenager back in sixty sixty six when the Beaumont's disappeared comes forward and tells the investigators or producers of this show that once he did a unique. The job for Harry David Says Harry hired him and his older brother. Robin to dig a hole at the castaway grounds behind the factory jury during that Long Australia. Day weekend just days. After Jane Arna Ingredient Beaumont had vanished now. According to David the whole was about seven in yards long about one yard wide and about as deep as a young boy is tall and he said it was located away way from where that two thousand and thirteen day had taken place now. They didn't think anything weird of this job at the time because they had no reason to doubt. Harry's like you know again awesome Nice upstanding citizen. He was paying them good money for their Labor but David said it wasn't until decades later when he saw that here he was on the news that he finally made the connection action to the Beaumont children so armed with his fresh information as well as a fresh location to search police. Archaeologists and forensic experts returned turned the old castaway factory Melinda Macmillan wrote for Newcastle Star in two thousand eighteen about the search team who had basically what they found was more soil anomalies. Right near where David said. He and Robin had doug back in sixty six. which makes sense? 'cause you know. Anomalies can show anything even digging and we know they dug their and right. So it's not a lot upfront. But at least enough to spark yet another excavation and before the dig police officially named Harry as a suspect suspect in the disappearance of the Beaumont children so on February second two thousand eighteen. The second dig at castaway begins. But but it's called off after less than twelve hours when investigators turn up nothing but some old animal bones Katie. Okay but that doesn't clear Harry like they've only dug a couple of places on his property. Yeah exactly and especially with this like mountain downton or at least a hill of circumstantial evidence. I think Harry is still a fantastic suspect. And I don't think they removed him from their suspect lists I. I have no doubt that he absolutely was a sadistic pedophile during his lifetime and the scars that he left on his victims are clear. But who knows if we'll ever get a one hundred percent clear answer about his possible involvement with the Beaumont's like like police still believe that the Adelaide oval disappearances are connected to the Beaumont kids so if Harry's responsible for one it's totally possible that he's connected to the other but so much time has passed memories memories fade and many of the people who encountered him including Hayden. Angela are now deceased Nancy. Beaumont herself passed away just a little bit ago. On September Sixteenth Two Thousand Nineteen in Adelaide at age ninety two and her husband the Beaumont's father Jin he's actually still alive alive presumably still carrying the hope that however unlikely it might be after all this time he might still learn the truth about what really happened into Jane Arna in grant on that fateful day. Look if you WANNA see photos and learn more. We're about this case or C.. 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Yes I need a good profit of the month story okay so this one is about a hero puppet yes it wasn't submitted by a listener it was just us browsing the news and seeing appropriate beating some like they always are so this is about patsy and Patsy. Kelly border caller mix which I think we may have talked about before. Actually do you know my one son fact about copies. I no nothing okay. So what are the oldest dogs ever to be recorded Maggie. She was thirty when she passed away was account. But you have told me I didn't remember the breed but you tell me this every time I get really sad about Charley right. 'cause like I'm pretty sure our dogs are kelp is right like yeah. Yeah yeah the. They have all the characteristics of Australian herding dog. I think all three of our very different dogs. Yeah GonNa live so thirty so yeah. Kelp is all across the board. So patsy lives on a farm with her family in Core Young Victoria Australia and we talked about it earlier. Everyone is aware of Australia is experiencing these devastating bushfires ars that are claiming not only lives of people in the environment but also the amazing wildlife who live there as well as domestic animals but patsy is is out here and she's going to change that patsy has bravely heard something like nine hundred sheep out of the fires way into safety and even stayed with her owner Stephen Hill to help fight the fires as they come closer and closer to their home. Yet outta here. Are you crying like like very very close to cry. She's saving all the sheep. Puppets trumpets trumpets. Yes let's take them. A few sheep have have not made it but her owner Stevens said that there was no way he could've saved any of the sheep little loan how many eh they did without Hattie's bravery and smarts and just willingness to help when she's needed and like I literally have full body chills right now like I'm about to cry. I'm so inspired by patchy all the tree. She now has an instagram. Which of course I'm obsessed szeswith followed immediately? What is her instagram handle? It's Patsy the wonder of Koya on why and we're GONNA linked to our website because it's a long handle but I am obsessed with are there and there's like there's one that I literally just like wept at its video and like her owners like pay Pepsi look those sheep and then pans up to a bunch of sheep and in pans back to Patsy. That's all because if you pats you did it those are sheep and I'm not going to try and destroy accent because I'm going to the budget but like it tops. The Cherry on top of the entire video. I wept ugly honestly the way I looked hopping in with a small correction because I have not stopped trying to find her. Since you said it's Patsy. The wonder dog. She is is amazing. Her ear is amazing for days again. We're GONNA linked her instagram. Because I definitely messed it up because it's such a long handle but I'm obsessed but one of the Post said that patsy officially has front seat privileges for life. I for one think that is incredibly well. L. Deserve Great. I'm she's appropriate hero. I'm so happy. Yeah so again. Not necessarily listener proper up. That makes me proud to love. Props straps okay. So we talked about problem months patsy deviating but there are other dogs in Australia. Who needs homes? Especially during this time I would have right so I found an adorable prophet. And I'M GONNA be honest Ashley. I chose him one because he's from Victoria. which is where Patsy is from the Victorian dog rescue but to his name was too good to pass up? What is his name is Baggins? uh-huh pickersgill how can you not love him so I chose him for the name. He's Cooley which I had no idea about I had had to people. Do you know what they are okay for us. US folks they're basically a different kind of Australian hurting dog. Okay so they kind of look like an Australian shepherd or or blue heeler mix between that coolies. Love the name clues and Kelpie debase. The best dog bringing opportunity so I picked him up because of his name but then I read his profile and it was like meant to be had finish off this month with this so I read his profile and it states legend says Baggins was originally raised to herd sheep like his breeding suggests but he got surrendered because he was too kind to the sheep. Stop Stop It. I know and so he was adopted again by grounds men which is kind of like a landscaper for US people okay. And he was able to go to work with his person and just run around all day outside with his with US human. which is like I'm not getting no? I'm not getting happy because I know he's up option. And where does this go wrong. He lost his human tragically and never got to say goodbye. So he's a back up for adoption. Ashley I need you to stop crying because is it gets really cute soon. He's super social. He loves meeting new dogs in people and I wish I had a dog like this. He enjoys baths so much he like lays down and rolls around in the bath. No I just. I'm obsessed with so if you're in Victoria Australia or more specifically in and elster nick which I probably butchered. I'm so sorry and are looking for a new friend. Baggins and his friends at the Victorian dog rescue will link in our website. He's super super cute. I'm accessible BAGGINS. Someone's then he lost is human and everybody in Australia. We love you. Oh we love you.