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The Missing Beaumont Children : 50 Years of Mystery and Misery - Michael Madigan

The Missing Beaumont Children

50 Years of Mystery and Misery

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The case of the "Missing Beaumont Children" has been forged into Australia's psyche and soul like no other crime. A crime so shocking that it has often been described as a defining moment in this country's history.

After 50 years of intense police investigation the whereabouts of Jane (9), Anna (7) and Grant Beaumont (4) is still a mystery; Australia's most famous unsolved crime.

On the morning of January 26, 1966 the three children set off from their Somerton Park home to Glenelg Beach on a bus to enjoy a brief excursion at Adelaide's most popular beach only a few kilometres away. Apart from a brief sighting from the Beaumont family's postman early on that afternoon, there have been no other sightings of the children since.

The 'mystery' of the children's disappearance has often overshadowed the 'misery' the Beaumont parents have had to endure. This book takes the reader inside the trauma of Nancy and Grant; from the panic and heartbreaking first few days to the utter despair in later years.

Only seven years after the Beaumont disappearance, two girls Joanne Ratcliffe (11) and Kirste Gordon (4) were abducted from Adelaide Oval during a football match. Were the two abductions connected? How could they not be connected?

Author Michael Madigan delves into the sordid world of the numerous 'persons of interest' who have at times been suspects in this case and forensically answers the question 'who could do such a thing?'

About the Author

Michael Madigan has been previously involved with the publishing of two compelling books on social injustice in South Australia. A Reason to Live by Janet Crease and Red Tape Rape by Ki Meekins documented the paedophile influences that stained the Adelaide streets throughout the 1960s and 70s.

He grew up in the industrial city of friendly people, Port Pirie before moving to Adelaide in 1996. He has a love of cricket, the Port Adelaide Football Club, Aboriginal culture and all things Italian.

An up-to-date account of a tragic event.


This book gives an up-to-date account of where the investigation into the disappearance is 50 years after the tragic event. It goes into meticulous detail about what is known about the disappearance as well as the massive but fruitless search for the children, as well as the effect on society and of course the poor parents who continued to live in hope despite the odds. It also delves into all known suspects, from the least likely to ones that could very well be the key to what happened.



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ISBN: 9780975674673
ISBN-10: 0975674676
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 1st December 2015
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.42