Over the years many have come forth with theories, even a renowned psychic from the Netherlands helped investigate, but no evidence has ever surfaced to bring a conclusion to this near fifty year old mystery.
Three Young Children Disappear...
The case remains open to this day as possibly our countries most infamous cold case and widely known disappearance.
The siblings lived in the Adelaide suburb of Somerton Park. Not far from their home is Glenelg, another suburb that the children often visited, as they liked the beach situated there. It would only take a five minute bus trip to get there and the eldest sibling Jane was considered responsible enough to look after the two younger children.
The children were seen, according to several witnesses, on the day with a man in his 30's, with blonde hair and of a tall slim build. They were seen playing and relaxing along the beach, with a local shopkeeper stating that Jane had bought pastries and a meat pie at around 12:30pm.
The last confirmed sighting was from a postman, who knew the children well, who told police that around 3pm he stopped to briefly talk to them along Jetty Road, away from the beach and in the direction of home. They seemed cheerful. He was the last person to ever see the children.
Theories, Suspects and Dead Ends
Sightings of the children persisted up until the year after the disappearances, and police had to contend with letters being sent from Jane and her abductor some time afterwards. The letters were identified years later through new forensic technology to be fake and the work of a then teenage boy playing a cruel joke.
Many other known child killers or paedophiles have been questioned or suspected. Von Einem matches police sketches of the man seen with the children and it is reported that a man fitting the same description as Von Einem and the police sketches appears in archive footage taken from Channel 7 helping searchers look for the children, however the man in the footage has never been fully identified.
Throughout the years, Jim and Nancy Beaumont, the children's parents, held hope they would see their children again, and actively participated in exploring with investigators every possible lead or outcome, even visiting possible burial sites. They have separated and are said to finally accept that their children have died and have moved from their former address and live hidden from public scrutiny. They have had to endure years of possible what-if scenarios when bodies are found.
Will answers ever be found?
Will Bevan Spencer Von Einem, if he was involved, ever confess to possibly murdering these 3 kids?Will he take anything to the grave?
Are the children possibly still alive?
Will Mr and Mrs Beaumont,as well as the fascinated and horrified Australian public,ever get closure on this mystery?
Put together by Ashley Hall 2013