One of Australia’s most puzzling and infamous unsolved crimes may soon be solved. This horrendous crime changed Australia’s lifestyle forever.
Fifty two years ago the children of Nancy and Jim Beaumont aged 4, 7 and 9 (two girls and a boy) caught a bus to the beach at Glenelg in South Australia. The trip took less than 5 minutes. In those days it wasn’t uncommon, and the eldest child Jane was considered extremely responsible. The kids were expected to spend a few hours by the water before returning home at 2pm. Alarm bells began ringing for the parents as night fell and they hadn’t returned.
Eye witnesses said they saw the three kids playing with a blond man in his 30s. A shopkeeper, who knew the children quite well, told police they came into the shop at 12.15 and bought 2 pasties and a pie. She thought it strange because they had never bought a pie before. Their parents confirmed that they had given them coins for their outing but the shopkeeper insisted they paid with a £ 1 note.
The last sighting of the children was around 3pm by a postie who said he saw them walking hand in hand along the road, in good humour.
As news broke of the disappearance, Australia became increasing concerned. It would continue to shock the nation to the core. Within a blink of an eye the Beaumonts had lost their three children.
Psychics and a hoax letter gave false hope to Jim and Nancy. In the end after decades hoping for their children’s return they moved away and separated. They are still alive and in their 90s but no longer want to be in the public spotlight.
In later developments a North Plymouth factory became the focus of a continuing investigation. A small section was excavated but nothing was found. A book published alleged a man named Harry Phipps had killed the three children and buried them at the factory. A book written by his son claimed he had buried them in the sand pit at the factory.
Today it was announced a new search will resume on the factory grounds . Here is hoping there will be closure for the family.