How The Beaumont Children Were Taken

Misleading profile description

For decades after the disappearance of the Beaumont children January 26th 1966 we were all looking for a dirty old man . A long haired weirdo . A surfy . A pervert . Or surely a seedy low life on the police register . In Salem times we would have been looking for a witch . But no one was looking for a Harry Phipps the Satin Man . As no-one was looking at the clergy in the city of churches . The scout master . The uncle .The entertainer .The TV personality .The business man nor the politician . No one . A sign of the times and attitudes . We now know much better .

This dirty old man clique profile of a molester , predator , pedophile in recent years has been completely debunked by criminologist worldwide.

The man seen at the beach with the children had:

  • Light brown brushed back hair
  • Thin to athletic build with a thin face. 
  • Clean shaven with a suntanned complexion. 
  • Mid to late 30’s early 40’s  . 
  • Approximately 6 feet to 6 feet one or 180 to 182 cm’s tall.

The sketch to the right does not display a long haired surfy nor did he have blond hair . A description that still permeates the media rounds when the disappearance of the Beaumont children raises its head .This description is simply incorrect . Nor was he in his early 20’s or a teenager. This was a well groomed , tanned , clean shaven middle aged male as the sketch depicts .

1. Travelling light

This man comes to the beach with only a towel , trousers and shirt . No carry bag just a towel , shirt and trousers .There was no wallet nor car keys spotted by witnesses . Just a shirt , trousers and towel . He was travelling very light indeed .If this man indeed lived a few kilometres away from the beach & being in the1960s one would expect a carry bag of some sort .Car keys and a wallet.But none were seen.

2. The children knew this man

The Beaumont children went over to this man and started playing with him  , not  the other way around . Jane , Aarna and Grant Beaumont began jumping over him and flicking this man with their towels . The children all appeared very familiar with this man . But Nancy Beaumont , the children’s mother explained to her children on many occasions before they would go to the beach the Do’s and Dont’s of travelling to Glenelg without parental supervision . Nancy was explicit : DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS. However , to Jane , Arnna and Grant the man at the beach was not a stranger . 

Otherwise why would the children walk over and start playing with this man if they did not know him ?

Why were the children so familiar with him?

Why were they so keen to again go to the beach having been there only a  day earlier  . 

Where it was stated to the mum Nancy by Arnna and Grant that Jane had a boyfriend at the beach. The only plausible explanation is that they had met this man previously at Colley Reserve .

These children according to Mr Beaumont always played in the same spot every time they went to the beach and this is where the man laid his towel . That is no coincidence  . It seems the man was a regular at Colley Reserve.

This man was highly likely a local . A nice man . A well groomed man . A personable , likeable man . A persuasive man . As many detectives state the simplest solution is usually the best .

3. No keys . No Wallet . No money

The man’s shirt and trousers were placed on the white seat / bench near the back of the Holdfast Bay Sailing Club / Yacht Club according to a witnesses very close by . View the aerial photo below. In fact one lady was only 10 feet or 3 metres away . If this man had a wallet and keys these were not visible .They could have been in his clothes or pockets or placed under the clothes but they were not seen.

4. Witnesses close by

As the man clearly stated to two lots of people close by:

 Did any of you people see anyone with our clothes ? We’ve had some money taken from our clothes”.

Another witness stated the man said: 

” Have you seen anyone messing with our clothes ? Our money has been pinched.”

Therefore Jane Beaumont was not given the pound note at Colley Reserve by the man they met .Why ?  Simply put , all their money was taken . Both their money not just Jane Beaumonts but the mans as well . As Alan Whiticker states this man immediately connects with the children . He has their confidence . He and the children have had their money stolen . Or as Mullins states , the children can see we are all in the same boat .” OH boy ” the man says what can we do?

5. How would this man know Jane’s money was stolen ?

The money Jane’s mother gave her was in Jane’s white clip purse inside her light blueish airline type carry bag .This man knew because he looked inside her bag and took her purse . With no money the children would rely on him . And if Jane knew initially her money was stolen why was she playing so happily at all times with this man  . Why ? Because she was unaware her money was stolen .

As Alan Whiticker stated to Mullins they were now indebted to this nice man . He will help them . He’s a grown up . He had gained there confidence. Mullins stated: ”

How does a thief delve into Jane’s bag and take her purse and then searches through the man’s clothes and supposedly takes all of their money or even some of their money ?

All this happening right under the noses of witnesses very close by and in close quarters to where the children and the man were playing ? Surely the man and the Beaumont children or the people located very close by would have witnessed the theft by a person rifling through Jane’s airline type bag or the man’s wallet . A thief ? Very unlikely indeed.   Also why would a thief take Jane’s purse and not the man’s wallet ? A wallet which would have had much more money in it ? The reason ?

THERE WAS NO WALLET. HE HAD NO MONEY AT COLLEY RESERVE . This man travelled light. No carry bag . Just a towel , shirt and trousers . Nothing else was seen . He was a local.

6. Why would the Beaumont children follow this man ?

This man took Jane’s money to have control . According to one of Jane’s friends back in the early to mid 1960’s and now herself in her sixties stated that Jane took her purse everywhere .That Jane felt grown up in her mind because grown ups have a purse . Jane was also the protector of the money her mother gave her . With the money and purse being taken Jane was rightly worried about what her mother would think. With no money there was no bus home and no lunch for mum .Walking home they would have been very late 2.5 to 3kms ( 1.5 to 1.8 miles ) to walk in 100 degree heat.

Jane was rightly very worried indeed. It is more than likely the man at the beach stole Jane’s purse . He had the opportunity and motive  . No money ? The children were now dependent on this man . He showed empathy . His caring , friendly,  understanding nature . And as above he also explained to the children that his money was also stolen so now they are all in the same boat . All the time keeping the purse hidden . This is why the children were unperturbed . This nice man promised to help them .

He was charming , persuasive , manipulative and above all calculating. ……..If he can charm a 14 year old school girl and rape her in the 1970s , three young children would be easy fare for this predator .

As Mullins discussed with Whiticker looking at the aerial photo of the Colley Reserve Area  how easily this abduction all unfolded OR as Bill Hayes private investigator stated : The simplicity of it all. Come with me and I’ll get some money just up the road and all will be OK . What a nice gentleman . He had the children’s  complete confidence and trust  . Enough to help dress them , even nine year old Jane. This man was a sexual deviant . The touching and feeling of the children . All the children unaware his mind was made up what he wanted to do . What he was going to do.

Courtesy of Today Tonight Adelaide

With all their money stolen the children followed the man to the change sheds where they waited patiently . The change sheds ? They were located in a northerly direction crossing the path that cuts through Colley Reserve .130 metres or around 142 yards away .

The pathway is where the Rondavel is still located at Colley Reserve today . The change sheds were located in the opposite direction from Wenzel’s bakery and the children’s bus stop ……….BUT the children ended up back at Wenzel’s bakery within 30 mins or less with a pound note.

BUT a half and hour or less not one of them had any money . So where did they get this magical pound note from? Mullins and Whiticker discussed this pound note issue as it had been missed all these years , yet so vital. Many people including experts the media and police believe Jane Beaumont received the pound note at Colley Reserve from the man they all met .

Courtesy of Today Tonight Adelaide.

This is incorrect . If this man had a  pound note at Colley Reserve why didn’t he just give this to Jane for her to go straight to Wenzel’s bakery very close to where they were playing instead of having them follow him to the change sheds ? Why ? Because he did not have a pound note with him at the reserve .They had to follow him to get money to buy lunch and travel home by bus. Who was wealthy enough to part with a one pound note in the 1960s ?

Decade after decade many people that grew up in the 50s and 60s in Australia ask this same question . Who was that wealthy to simply part with a pound note to a child? The national weekly average wage in pounds in 1966 was £15.40p . So this man gives a child a sizeable part of his hard earned daily salary to go and buy pasties a pie buns and drinks. As many have stated including police. To give out a pound note in the 1960’s so easily could very well relate to the wealth of the person handing it out. 

7. Where did the Beaumont children receive this pound note ?

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Jane Aarna and Grant followed this kind man to be given some money to buy lunch and get a ride home . The Satin mans residence was close by and this would make sense as the children could then walk to his place not far away at all .Hence they follow him to the change sheds .The street across the road from the change sheds is Augusta Street where the Satin Mans residence is . All in very close walking distance and in sight of Colley Reserve and up the road from Wenzel’s bakery . The children walk a short distance along Augusta Street to his house located across from the church which is easily navigable . He gives Jane a wow-factor pound note to buy lunch.

Jane collects the pound note at the house and the Satin Man points her to Wenzel’s Bakery a very short distance down the road to by some pasties a pies buns and fizzy drink . The Beaumont children were not seen at Wenzels with towels and Jane did not have her bag with her . These were left at the house .

As Alan Whiticker stated : The Satin Man is a betting man . He bet a pound note that the children will come back to his house or as Mullins teenage daughter stated ” The pound note was the bait “.

8. Why no car

Augusta Street is straight across from the change sheds at Colley Reserve where the children waited for the man  . One can see the church in the centre of the road that divides Augusta Street left and right .This is where the Satin Man lived in a large house across from the church . Very easily navigable . And this is why the children were not seen walking back southerly along Colley Reserve .

Note : The further the children walk north away from the change sheds the more time they need to return to the Wenzel’s bakery . With a limited amount of time , fifteen to thirty minutes absolute  maximum ……with a car ? Maybe . But if their money is stolen which includes the mans it is highly likely he would have to drive to his home to get the money . And please note he did say to the people at he beach  “our money has been pinched“.This means on face value the man took his money to the beach . So no money in the car . A car is simply not plausible for many reasons .One of which is the time factor and logistics .

As stated by past Major Crime Detectives and experts since 1966 a car is highly unlikely . Walking to the car . Driving to get money and back to Wenzel’s could not be done in the time frame.

If the children were in the man’s car driving to and from Glenelg this would give much more opportunity for three children and the man to be further seen by the public.

If the man deviated from a normal route home Jane would especially have become frantic . Jane was a smart girl and topped her class in grade three . She was responsible and caring . Her dad sometimes tricked her when they were driving home and deviated from the usual route only for Jane to tell her father he was going the wrong way . She was also a mother to her two younger siblings and their protector.The children would have quickly become upset.

9. Could this person be a local ? 

The dotted square area below is drawn up due to an approximate 15 minute to maximum 30 min window from the start of the children walking in a northerly direction away from their bus stop. Waiting patiently for the man at the change shed. Collecting a pound note and walking to Wenzel’s bakery all with the four year old Grant in tow . All around 12 noon to 12.15 approx.The perpetrator due to the time fame must have lived within this parameter. Note at this point Haydn Phipps the son of the Satin Man stated he was home before lunch , sees the children come to his home around lunch time . He was not aware of the time the children left Colley Reserve . He just saw the children in his backyard at around this time. Lunchtime usually means around 12 noon approximately  

Coincidence ? We do not think so.

Back in early 1966 detectives told Bill Perry a journalist with the Adelaide Sunday Mail the official verdict was that the children were murdered and buried within kilometres from the beach. Why? Because in their words one cannot transport three children any great distance without being seen. It was unlikely they were in a car. This has been reiterated by many a detective and professional ever since.

It was stated also by Ken Thorsen ex-Head of Major Crime in mid-2017 when interviewed that the children highly likely did not leave the area . Mostyn Matters one of the original detectives at Glenelg Police station that January Day in 1966 believes the same. Many present day detectives also believe the same thing also .

The further these children walk away from Wenzel’s Bakery and their bus stop  the time factor changes greatly . With four year Grant Beaumont in tow on a stifling hot summers day around 100 degrees fahrenheit or around 40 degrees celsius the children would not be walking far . Basically at a 4 year old’s pace and he has no top  . Even Nancy Beaumont did not want the children riding their bikes to the beach as it was simply too hot to do so . And walking back down from the change sheds along Colley Reserve with the man was more opportunity to be seen.

10. Surely this man would have been spotted?

Present day quite likely. In 1966 not so. Very few people had a camera .There was no internet . No social media . Only pay phones on a few street corners and some home phones . Mullins household never had a home phone until 1972. Communication was sparse . Newspapers ,TV and Radio were the three main mediums.

Television  was very different back in the mid 1960’s and compared with today was in its infancy. Rarely any news flashes. One just waited for the 6 pm or 7 pm news. And remember initially no one was looking for the Beaumont Children as no one was aware anyone was missing .This was not until 7 pm that January evening in 1966 that the police put out an alert that the children were missing . One either heard on the news or radio only or the newspaper next day.

As Alan Whiticker stated : The search for the missing children the next day and onward concentrated on the bus route and the children walking south to their home. Not north. And who would really know who Harry Phipps was? Mullins never saw his two next door adult male neighbours in the 12 years he lived in Seacombe Gardens. He also never knew what they did.Years later he found out one was a lead researcher at the CSRIO.  Mullins knew the postie , the tip top bread man and the vegetable truck man. Stuart’s cricket and footie coach and his teachers. Alan Whiticker was pretty much the same at Penrith. We lived in a kids world and only noticed kid things.

Jane Beaumont’s best friend in the early 1960’s when interviewed stated in the 5 years she played with Jane she rarely saw Mr and Mrs Beaumont. Did she know what Mr Beaumont did? She did  not. Harry Phipps work was his life .He was not well known around the area unless you worked at the Castalloy factory or drank at the Pier Pub Glenelg .Other than that you would not know what he looked like or what he did . And also considering Colley Reserve was packed that day there was only  two solid eye witnesses accounts .This man  was camouflaged by the large crowd .

We are using today’s measurements for the 1960’s. It was completely different back then.There can be no comparison .This man  just blended in.

11. Why no one spotted the three Beaumont children walking the streets of Glenelg

Glenelg on the weekend or holidays in summer was packed with thousands of children and adults . Glenelg’s shopping precinct and the beachfront was crowded from mid-morning to late evening . Mr Beaumont stated that when looking for his children with the police the Glenelg beach and lawns were still crowded with thousands of people till late in the evening.

Glenelg Beach in the 50s and 60s

Glenelg was a very busy beach side location.It was the place to be in summer. News reels and clippings from the day plus comments from Mostyn Matters Detective on duty that day in Glenelg January 1966 attest to this. Glenelg beachfront , the foreshore and the main street Jetty Road were very crowded indeed. These crowds were still in there thousands well into a weekend hot summer nights. An escape from the heat at home with no air-conditioning. To notice three children in amongst a throng of thousands is very unlikely indeed

What children do you remember at the shopping centre today? Or better still at a busy shopping centre on a holiday or Saturday? Or at Christmas time? It’s highly likely you would not.

So brazen yet the simplicity of it all. We were looking everywhere except what was right under our noses.

Researched and written by Stuart Mullins with assistance from Allan Whiticker and Bill Hayes .

Facts To Remember

  • The Beaumont children DID NOT walk directly from Colley Reserve to Wenzels bakery to buy lunch .They initially walked away in a northerly direction with this man. All  in the opposite direction from Wenzel’s bakery and their bus stop.
  • Jane Beaumont WAS NOT given the pound note at Colley Reserve by the man they met . Jane received this pound note once they all left Colley Reserve . Many in the media and police force still believe Jane Beaumont received the pound note from the man at Colley Reserve . She did not.
  • Where did Jane Beaumont receive this pound note ? When no-one including the man had any money at Colley Reserve. Many have ruled out a car for many plausible reasons so there is only one other place to get a pound note from , his home and it must be close by .
  • They did not walk to his car . There were no car keys and no wallet with this man as his money was pinched also  .
  • Who lived within 200 metres from Colley Reserve in a northerly direction from where they were playing  and 200 metres from Wenzel’s bakery.The Satin Man Harry Phipps .
  • Who was well known to hand out pound notes.The Satin Man Harry Phipps.
  • Who fits the description? The Satin Man Harry Phipps.
  • Who sexually abused /sodomised his own son 1950s and 1960s and rapes and sodomises a 14 year old girl in the 1970s The Satin Man Harry Phipps.
  • Who is a sexual  deviant . A pedophile .The Satin Man Harry Phipps.

The Satin Man.

Uncovering the Mystery of the Beaumont Children” was written due to a tip off. A tip off which resulted in ten years of investigation in which Whiticker and Mullins continued their hunt for the truth .The Satin Man book looks at a new potential suspect, a person of influence, money, persuasiveness and power . A family patriarch a man with a peculiar predilection for Satin may have been involved.A person hidden in clear sight