It's a crime no Australian can ever forget.... the disappearance of the three Beaumont children from Glenelg beach on a hot Australia day in 1966.
Despite one of the most intensive investigations ever undertaken, police are still no closer to solving the mystery of what happened to Jane, Arna and Grant. Retired senior inspector Ken Thorsen says it needs closure.
Clairvoyants were brought in, warehouses dug up near the family home in Somerton park, leads that went nowhere, along with plenty of suspects like notorious child killers like Derek Percy, James Ryan O’Neill, Arthur Stanley Brown now dead and the sadistic Bevan Spencer Von Einem who's currently serving life for the murder of teenager Kelvin and linked to the vicious family killings. Von Einmen's also been connected to the Beaumonts.
Now the agony of a state, a nation and cruelly the anguished parents of the Beaumont kids is being stirred up again with the release of a new book, ‘The Satin Man,’ which claims to have vital new information on who was responsible.
Author Alan Whiticker an authority on the Beaumont case, details the revelations of a man with the psuedo name Warwick, who claims he saw his wealthy and prominent father bring three lost-looking children into their beachside home on the day the Beaumonts went missing.
The father called hank in the book is now dead. He is described as being a disturbed and violent paedophile who sexually abused his son. He was also a cross dresser who preferred satin clothing and frequented the Glenelg foreshore area to prey on young people for sex.
Warwick believes his father disposed of the bodies in a sandpit of the family factory they once owned at Moringue Avenue at North Plympton the site of the Castalloy Factory.
One of the retired detectives who worked on the case believes it is the best lead yet and says if they had the information at the time it could have dramatically changed the course of the investigation.
Alan Whiticker says he has provided the information to the SA police.and approached the premier's office to dig at the site which he estimates could cost quarter of a million dollars. However, after investigating the claims, police have poured cold water on the latest theory.
‘At this time there is no information that would justify the excavation of any property. This investigation remains open and police encourage anyone with information to come forward’, a police statement said.
Whiticker is also calling for a public inquiry or an inquest which has never been conducted. Allan Perry thinks the opportunity might have passed.