The Unsolved Disappearance Of The Beaumont Children (1966) - Shreya Sachdev
DISCLAIMER: No disrespect is intended towards anyone that I talk about on this blog post. This blog post is for educational purposes and is being posted on this website in order to raise awareness about this case and to truly hope that the grieving families and friends of these victims find closure and finally find out what happened to their loved one(s). I have gathered all this information on the internet, but unfortunately I do not know how accurate or inaccurate it is. If I have made a mistake somewhere, then I apologize. It is not my intention to spread false information.
The Beaumont children consisted of three children who were the children of Jim and Nancy Beaumont. The children were Jane (the eldest who was nine years old) Arnna (who was 7 years old) and the youngest who was Grant (that was 4 years old) The three children disappeared from Glenelg Beach, South Australia in Adelaide in 1966.
The Beaumont family lived only a five minute bus ride away from Gleneig Beach which is where they decided to go to on Australia day (the 26th of January) they wanted to catch the 10am bus which was only five minutes away from the beach. They had done this exact trip the day before the 26th of January and so this routine was familiar to them and they understood what time the busses would come and leave. Thus, their parents thought that it was fine since the kids knew what time they had to be back and they had been to the beach several times before. It is also important to stretch that parenting was a lot different in the 1900s and perhaps things were regarded as safer back than compared to now when the world is exposed to the media and news every single day of what truly happens in the world on a daily basis.
The day that the three children disappeared, Nancy stayed at home but Jim had gone off to work. The three children took the 10am bus and were meant to return back home for lunch on the 2pm bus. When the children didn't return on the 2pm bus, Nancy assumed that the three children had missed their bus and perhaps wanted to spend a few more minutes on the bus and so she decided to give them a little bit of space and waited for the next bus to arrive. When the next bus arrived and the children weren't on there, this is when Nancy became extremely worried as any parent would. She knew that the three children were very responsible and had completed this exact journey the day before and so immediately she became paranoid and called Jim.
When Nancy called Jim, Jim decided to go to the beach and have a look around for himself to see if he could find the children. Unfortunately, he couldn't find the children anywhere and so he came home and got Nancy and then together they went looking for their children at the beach. Jim and Nancy looked everywhere for them but it wasn't until 7:00pm when Jim decided to finally call the police. On the 27th of January, the Beaumont children were officially declared as missing. Jim decided that he wasn't going to sleep until he found all three of his children and that they were back home safe but Nancy was so heartbroken about everything that was going on that she actually had to be sedated to talk to any of the press.
The first piece of evidence in this case is the fact that the Beaumont children actually bought meat pies from a shop near the beach .The shopkeeper has told the police that he knew the Beaumont children well as they always came and bought meat pies from his shop and on the day of the 26th of January, the Beaumont children bought pies from his shop. However, the shopkeeper told the police that on this specific day the Beaumont children had bought the food with a one pence note. Nancy immediately found this strange since she had only given the children enough money for the bus ride (to go and come back) from the beach. She hadn't given them a one pence note. This led police to believe that somebody that given the Beaumont children this one pence note.
Another piece of evidence is that people actually spotted the children with a tall blonde man. Several witnesses came forward and told police that they saw the three children with a man who was at first lying down and watching them play but then minutes later, he was playing with the children. People also said that they saw the man helping them change and they saw the children waiting for this man whilst he was getting changed.
All three children were extremely shy. Especially Jane, who was the most shy out of all three. Due to the fact that these children were so shy, police theorized that it would be strange for the children to immediately start talking to a man that they had just met. Thus, they believe that this man had gained their trust over previous visits to the beach and that these kids actually knew him well which is why they were comfortable talking to him and playing with him. Nancy also recalled a time in which Arnna told her that Jane had a boyfriend at the beach. At the time, Nancy didn't think much of it since she just assumed that Jane had made a friend at the beach. However, now Nancy believes that this man may have gained Jane's trust and possibly made Jane like him a lot.
At around 12:00pm, witnesses saw the Beaumont children and the man walking away from the beach. At 3:00pm, a postman stated that he saw the Beaumont children walking to their house. He stated that he saw them without the blonde man and that they were simply walking together, holding hands, and laughing. Police do trust this police man and consider him to be a reliable person but thinks that he may have been confused about the timing and that he actually saw them before noon. This is likely since it would be unusual for them to be so happy since they were so past their curfew.
Several months after the disappearance, a woman came forward and stated that she had seen three children (two girls and one boy) entering a house with a man. The boy then began to go back to the road where the man caught up to him and grabbed him in quite a rough manner. However, the next day, the house seemed to be deserted again. Police also thought that it was strange how this woman had decided to come forward months after since this case was something that everyone knew about.
On the 8th of November in 1966, they decided to fly in a psychic. However, he ended up being no help at all. Unfortunately, he continued to change his story every single day and could never make up his mind. He did identify a warehouse and say that he believed the children were kept there but when this warehouse was looked at, nothing was found inside.
Around 2 years after the disappearance, Nancy and Jim received a few letters from supposedly the person that was keeping the children and Jane. The first letter was from the person who was keeping the children and said that he would return the children if the parents would meet him at a designated destination. The parents did as the letter said and also brought an undercover detective with them. However, nobody met them there. Nancy and Jim received a second letter that told them that he was not going to return the children since they had brought an undercover detective with them and that he was going to keep the children forever. However, 25 years later, they did fingerprint tests on these letters and found out that they were written by a teenager at the time and were written by him because he thought that they were funny. He was now 41 and so the police decided not to arrest him.
Even though nothing has come from the possible leads in this case, there have been a few suspects. The first suspect in this case is Bevan Spencer von Einem. He is currently in his 70s. He was an accountant and was arrested for the abduction and murder of Richard Kelvin. Richard Kelvin was the son of a TV news presenter. At the time of the Beaumont children's disappearance, Bevan was 21 years old which is why some people think that he was too young to have committed the crime since most of the witnesses described the man they saw the beach as being in his mid 30s.
The second suspect in this case was Derek Ernest Percy. This man died in 2013 but he was a prime suspect for the Wonda murders. They happened a year before the disappearance of the Beaumont children. The Wonda murders consisted of two girls that were murdered in Sydney which was another massive case. At Wonda beach, a teenager was described who looked like Percy and was seen near the two girls at the beach before they were murdered. At the time of the murders, he lived 2km away from Wonda beach. He was not only the main suspect for the Wonda beach murders but was also the suspect for two other murders in Australia.
2 years ago, marking the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of the Beaumont children, The police were looking into another suspect who was from a credible source. The person that called up was completely sure that this guy was the murderer. Unfortunately, the person accused was already deceased and it's quite difficult to look into a person and investigate if they are deceased. Thus, nothing has come from this possible suspect.
Which theory do I believe?
This case is really heartbreaking, and I feel so much empathy for the parents who had no idea that this event was going to change their lives forever. Personally, I do not believe that any of the suspects I have listed are guilty of the disappearance of the Beaumont children. I believe that the man who took them was definitely this blonde man that witnesses say that he was playing with them at the beach. I think this man gained their trust over many visits to the beach before and I think Arnna saying "Jane has a boyfriend at the beach" is a big clue in this case. A child predator must have gotten to know the kids overtime, gained their trust, and decided to take them away on Australia day to give himself a little gift on his country's day. This abduction was obviously planned out extremely well. This guy is a sick pedophile who kidnapped these children and must have tortured them for years and years whilst holding them captive. As the years went by and he realized he was getting old, my guess is that he decided to kill them because he knew that soon they would outgrow him and be able to fight back to him. Thus, I do believe that the Beaumont children are unfortunately now dead and this case truly breaks my heart. All my love goes to Jim and Nancy Beaumont.
Bibliography & Credit: Fiori, Bella, director. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE BEAUMONT CHILDREN. YouTube, YouTube, 20 Mar. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqKubDs-qoQ&list=PLvc9rIKnEgD9iGrIhBr883cc8wPbOojvT&index=4.