The disappearance of the Beaumont children / 1966

The Beaumont children consisted of Jane Nartare Beaumont aged 9, Arnna Kathleen Beaumont aged 7 and Grant Ellis Beaumont aged 4. The children went missing from Glenelg beach in Australia, this occurred on January 26th, 1966 and was a suspected abduction and murder.

The children lived with their parents at their home (109 Harding Street) Jim and Nancy, they had been married in 1955. On the day of the disappearance, their father had two choices, one was to take his children to the beach. The other was to go to work. Jim chose to go to work.

At around 10:00am the children left there home to catch the local bus to Glenelg, the distance was very short; however, that day was very hot (104°F or 40°C). Money was provided by Nancy, 8 shillings to be exact. After the children departed for the beach, Nancy visited a friend.  At the time letting your kids go to the beach on there own was not shamed upon and was actually quite reasonable.

However, when she returned at noon the children were not on the bus, At 2 o’clock the children were still not home.

At 3 o’clock Jim returned home early, when notified that his children were still not home, he went in search of them.  At around 3:30, he came back to pick up his wife so that they could search together.

7:30 pm rolled around, Jim and Nancy then report the children missing. At this point, Jim resumed the search for his children, whereas Nancy stayed at home just in case they returned.

Individuals from the beach are said to have seen the children on the morning of the 26th, these individuals had claimed that the children were playing in the shallow part of the sea.  At 11am, the children were seen playing near a water sprinkler, however, apparently, they weren’t alone.

A blonde man who wore a blue swimsuit was with the children or at least watching them.  At 11:45am they have purchased items from a cake shop with more money then they were sent out with, which makes it highly possible that someone else paid for them.

At mid-day, the children were seen outside the male changing rooms appearing to be waiting for someone.

There where accounts of this man watching the children earlier that day on the beach, one of these eye witness accounts come from an older woman and others in the area. The following morning of January 27th, the children were officially declared missing, children don’t typically go missing in groups; however, these children where nowhere to be seen. No towels or any other belongings were located at the beach or anywhere else it was as though the children disappeared into thin air, the police said the children had at least 17 belongings in total with them that day.

There are different hypotheses for this case 1 the children drowned at Glenelg beach or 2 they were kidnapped or abducted.

However, drowning was ruled out because of the amounts of eye-witness testimonies claiming to see the children away from the water at certain times, if drowning did occur there would have been a lot of witnesses as this was a hectic day for the beach.

On the 29th of January, the Sunday mail newspaper releases a paper with the title “sex crime now feared” the article explains that the police fear the children have been murder and buried.

Six months later, a woman claiming to have seen children that matched the descriptions of the Beaumont children and a tall blonde male. However, due to the long period, it was tough to determine if this was the case, no evidence was ever found in the house. At this point, the police were starting to get desperate, and as a result brought in a psychic named Geared Croiset, however, this proved to be unsuccessful.

Fast-forward to two years down the line letters were received by Jim and Nancy allegedly from their eldest daughter. However, this turned out to be a hoax after handwriting experts where involved.  The person who was 15 at the time wrote the letters as a joke; however, due to his age at the time, he was never charged.

Allegedly Jane was suspected of having a boyfriend at the beach; however, Nancy discarded this as children have friends and playmates of all kinds. However, this was brought up again after the disappearance. One of the theories is that Jane went to go and meet this person, this could be the man seen by individuals.

Who are the suspects?

Bevan Spenser von Einem was involved in murders and is in prison for 24 years for the murder of Richard Kelvin, he was aged 21 at the time of the children’s disappearance and has allegedly bragged about taking the children and conducting surgery and experiments on them. However, he would have been too young at the time according to the eyewitness testimonies.

Arthur Stanley Brown was a suspected suspect in 1998 because his face was very similar to the sketch. However, he would have been 50 at the time which doesn’t match with the description. Arthur was charged for rape in 1998; however, he became senile and would not be tried again. He died in 2002.

Anthony Munro was a bar owner and a convicted paedophile, he had pleaded guilty to child sex offences in South Australia four years before the children disappeared. Police believe Munro was in Adelaide around the time when the Beaumont children. Anthony also matches the description of the man at the time of the children’s disappearance.

Derrick Percy is one of Australia’s most famous criminals and was linked to the deaths of up to nine children.  Derrick was arrested in 1969 for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. At the time of the Beaumont case, Derrick would have been 17 years old, and he admitted to being at the beach but denied involvement. He dead in 2013 from lung cancer aged 64.

Shortly before died police searched his possessions and found plans to abduct and murder more children. Police wanted his DNA to compare to other crimes, but this didn’t occur. His mother, Mrs Percy allegedly told her she “got rid of things” relating to her son.

Harry Phipps was said to look very similar to the sketch of the man seen with the children on that day, he also lived very close to Glenelg beach. He was known to have been violent and has been accused of sexually abusing his son and raping another young girl. He owned a factory at the time of the disappearance, and two young boys were asked to dig a large hole in that area. He died in in 2004, his son believed that he had a part to play in this case.

So, what has occurred recently? In 2013 police announce that previous allegations against Harry Phipps have been discounted and as a result, he is no longer a suspect in the disappearance.  However, in 2013 a small area around a former factory was excavated in the same area the boys claim they dug a large hole.

Nothing was found at this time, in 2017 it was found out that they were digging in the wrong area. So very recently in 2018 individuals stated they would be excavating this site.  As of now, you can find a press conference of this information on YouTube.

 (link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF32MUiEXcI)

However, as of February 2nd  2018, the search was called off after only locating non-human bones and rubbish in the soil.

(Link –https://videos.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2018/02/02/5258914980265245522/640x360_MP4_5258914980265245522.mp4)

Further reading

http://whatliesbeyond.boards.net/thread/107/disappearance-beaumont-children-contn

https://dayahnorazlan.blogspot.com/2016/03/suspects-on-beaumont-children-case.html

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/beaumonts-link-revealed/news-story/23e4e9389fae3ec6a0fb58ad0f14181e

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/derek-percy8217s-mother-elaine-admits-she-8216got-rid-of-things8217-as-cops-investigated-child-serial-killings/news-story/7da36f283205c44bfd12030850db09bf

Tamám Shud case / 1948

On the early morning of December 1st, 1948 an unknown man was found dead on Somerton Beach in Australia. A young man discovered the body of the man while riding his horse at 6:30 in the morning.  The man was found wearing a brown suit, and he was clean-shaven, he was found with his back up against a wall with his head pointing up to the sky with his mouth and eyes closed.

Allegedly other people saw the man but presumed he was sleeping or drunk, so he was not approached until the young man found him the next morning.

The man did not have any form of identification on him no ID or wallet or names on any of his clothes. The man’s teeth did not match any of that on record this is the same for his fingerprints.

 The cause of the death for the man was noted as unknown, at approximately 2am. Although the events leading to heart failure are still unknown, there was no trace of violence or poisoning. It was determined that the man was in his 40’s and physically fit; he also had the appearance of a European individual.

 On December 10th an embalmment took place on the man, and this was the first time that something like this has occurred. The body was preserved by pumping formaldehyde into it.

This case retrieved a lot of media coverage, due to this, a lot of individuals came to attempt to identify the body to no avail. 

On 14th of January 1949, a brown suitcase was discovered at Adelaide railway station with any labels, forms of contact or ownership removed.

The context of the suitcase consisted of slippers, dressing gown, pyjamas, shaving equipment, and certain clothing items. The suitcase also had items that were connected to a typical businessman like a screwdriver, scissors and a table knife.

There was some thread found in the suitcase from a brand that was not available in Australia at the time of the man’s discovery and was instead from the United Kingdom.

 The bag had been checked into the station cloakroom after 11:00 a.m. on 30 November 1948 the night before the man was found dead.

  In June, a scrap of paper was found by sir john Cleland reading “TAMAM SHUD” this was found in a sewn pocket of the man’s trousers.  Individuals working on this case at the time think this saying is from a book called the Rubaiyat and when translated it is “It is ended”.  After this discovering in June, the man was buried

An inquest (This is to attempt to discover the cause of death) reoccurred on June 17th, 1949 the original occurred a few days after the death but was adjourned. The re-opened inquest failed to bring much new evidence and ultimately came back with the same conclusion.

After the inquest occurred a businessman hand in a copy of the Rubaiyat (the book that the paper is allegedly from) This book contained a secret code and a phone number. The code was sent to Melbourne to the army headquarters for an attempt of decryption.

The scrap of paper containing the saying “Tamam Shud” was tested against the book and it was concluded that it was a match.

The phone number was traced to Jestyn, and the police go to her and show her the cast of the man.

The code;

WRGOABABD

MLIAOI –  crossed out

WTBIMPANETP

MLIABOAIAQC

ITTMTSAMSTCAB

Over the years numerous methods have been used to attempt to crack it, it has been said the book is needed to break it. Although the original book has been lost or misplaced and it has been unable to be found.

There have been a few hypotheses about the code over the years one is that the code is gibberish and the letters don’t actually amount to anything however this seems like an easy answer to have if the man indeed wrote this in a book there must be a reason for it

Another explanation Is that individual letters have been substituted and changed around, making it almost impossible to crack.

So, who was the Summerton man and was he killed or was it in fact suicide. We know the man had features including;

  • He was 5’11
  • Grey eyes
  • Ginger hair
  • 40-50 years old
  • Uncircumcised
  • 165-175 pound
  • Missing teeth

Individuals thought that the man was many individuals, including Robert Walsh and Tommy Reade; however, these were discounted due to the occupation of these to men and relatives and friends discounting this identification.

The most recent link to the case has been a baby that died in 2009, this baby was 1 year old at the Somerton man’s death. The boy,  Robin, shared specific attributes as the Somerton man such as missing his incisor teeth and the same larger hollow of the ear.  At the time of the investigation, the father of Robin was unknown, and robins’ mother had claimed to know the Summerton man but did not identify the man, any secrets she did know died with her in 2007.

However, there’s still hope for the discovery of the Somerton man due to the hair still in the plaster cast. Three strands were taken from the cast and working in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA.

Professor Abbott has extracted a mitochondrial genome. He had hoped that by doing so, he would be able to prove that Robin is the son of Somerton Man. Meaning we could be closer to closing this case, then one might think.

Further reading

https://ways-to-die.com/tamam-shud/

https://theunredacted.com/mystery-of-somerton-man-the-taman-shud-case/

Whitechapel Killings / 1888

Between 1888 and 1892 murders were committed in London at the Whitechapel district. The Whitechapel district was an area which was known for its poverty, violence and crime.

“The canonical five” is known as the murders committed by Jack the Ripper. However, others believe he claimed the lives of up to 11 women. 

The woman in the canonical five where all prostates and included Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. All murders were covered in the local newspapers due to the improvement of literacy, however, apparently, the public became increasingly upset with the failed attempts to identify the killer.

Mary Ann Nichols was about 5’2 in height with a dark complexion and brown hair, Mary was an alleged alcoholic. 

On August 31st, 1888, Mary’s body was found in bucks’ row, Mary was discovered by a man, this man was Charles cross. Charles cross-claims he was just walking along bucks’ row on the way to work where he saw another man Robert Paul.

Both men approached the woman, Robert believed the woman was dead; however, the light was feeble in buck’s row.

Mary was found on her back with her throat slashed, and she was disembowelled, Mary had allegedly only been dead for about 30mins.

 Annie chapmen were 47 years old and described as short and plump. Annie had two regular clients “harry” and “the pensioner”.

On September 8th, 1888, Annie was found on Hanbury street by a man called John Davis. Annie’s throat was cut, and her womb was removed. The removal of her womb made individual propose the idea that the murderer may have had medical knowledge.

On September 27th a letter was received from the alleged killer and signed it “jack the ripper”.  This letter was released to the public on October 1st. However, many believed this letter was not real and instead made by a journalist.  Despite this from that date, the murderer was known as Jack, the Ripper.

Elizabeth Stride was 45 years old with a pale complexion, and dark hair Stride spent the last afternoon of her life cleaning rooms in the lodging house.

On September 30th Elizabeth’s body was found on burner street by a man called Louis diemschutz, only her throat was cut. This gave the impression the murder was interrupted.

45 minutes later another body was discovered, this was Catherine eddowes in mitre square this was known as the “double event”. Catherine eddowes was 5’0 ft and auburn hair she was also known to have different identifying names.

Dr George William Sequeira had been called to the crime scene.  He deduced that death had taken place only ten minutes beforehand. Catherine was found face down and severely mutilated her kidney was removed and her left kidney.

The ripper then apparently moved in the direction of the first murder of that night, this is known because a clue was left behind.

Catherine eddowes apron was found by an individual called Alfred long. Alfred long found this near Goulston street.  Near this apron, a message is written in chalk then read “The juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing”.

Another postcard/letter was received signed jack the ripper implying that a double murder would occur. This letter was received before the killings. 

On November 9th the last victim was found, Mary Kelly, she was 25 years old and was described as having a fair complexion with light hair.

Mary was found at 13 millers court in her bed by her landlord’s assistant to collect her rent, but after looking through the window, he contacted the police.

Mary’s body was disembowelled and skinned to a point, and because of this, it was noted as the most gruesome of the 5 murders.  The landlord commented on the state of the body by saying “the sight that we saw I cannot drive away from my mind, it looked more like the work of a devil than of a man”.

From eyewitnesses, it is assumed that the ripper was between 25 and 35 and of average height between 5’5 and 5’7 and of a heavy set, fair complexion and has a moustache.

There where numbers of suspects for the victims; however, 3 remain under suspicion, these include Aron Kosinski, Montague John Druitt and Michael Ostrog.

Montague had an interest in surgery and parts of his family where doctors, Montague was found dead in the river Thames, 4 weeks after the last murder.

Michael was the second suspect he was a doctor, he didn’t have a strong ability for his whereabouts when the murders occurred.

Aaron spent some time in an asylum after the last murder and moved around asylums until his death in 1919. Aaron had known hatred for woman, more prostitutes.

Jack, the ripper, will remain a very very important and infuriating case. There are countless amounts of suspects, including HH holms and “Jill the ripper.” It has been over 100 years since the murders and individuals are coming to conclusions of what occurred in the streets of Whitechapel in 1888.

The Black Dahlia / 1947

Unsolved crime.

The Black Dahlia murder occurred after the second world war, Elizabeth short was nicknamed “the black dahlia”. There is speculation to why this nickname was allocated to Elizabeth, newspaper reports say it was referring to a movie called “the blue dahlia”. Others say it was because of her clothing choice.

Elizabeth Short was born on the 29th of July 1924 in Massachusetts. She suffered from severe tuberculosis and because of this, moved in with close family in Florida in the winter months.

She was a flawless pretty girl who always looked much older than she was. While growing up, Elizabeth loved movies and wanted to become a movie star like the ones on the television.

Her father had abandoned the family during the great depression and allegedly faked his own death. Elizabeth found this not to be the case, and letters were exchanged between them.

Elizabeth was offered a residency in California from her father, and in 1943 she moved in with her father. However, she would be out of the house in the same year due to arguments between Elizabeth and her father.

She was sent back to Massachusetts after issues with the law in a local restaurant where her fingerprints were taken. At this time, she worked as a waitress and struggled to make much money, she desperately wanted to move back to California more specifically, Hollywood.

In 1946 she moved back to California and arrived in LA, While in LA Elizabeth was heartbroken countless times and allegedly felt discouraged with her career. She met a few men that she wanted to marry; however, they fell short. First she met an air force pilot. However, he became stationed in Europe. Then she met major mat Gordon who promised to marry Elizabeth when he returned. However, he was killed.

A woman called Dorothy French helped Elizabeth out and put a roof over her head when she was found sleeping in the theatre. This arrangement lasted months, and she was starting to outstay her welcome, and during this time, Elizabeth was allegedly seen with many different men. 

On January of 1947, Elizabeth was picked up by a man and stayed in a hotel with the man, this man was Robert Manly. Robert Manly was a salesman based in Los Angeles; he also had a pregnant wife at home. Robert Manly told authorities that the next day Elizabeth went to go and meet her sister at Biltmore hotel in LA and he dropped her off.

Elizabeth Short was found on January 15th, 1947, by an unnamed woman who was walking along the sidewalk of Norton street with her young daughter. The woman at first thought it was a mannequin because of the pale complexion; however, the woman quickly came to the realisation that it was not a mannequin, but in fact, a woman. Officers Frank Perkins and Will Fritzgerald responded within minutes after they received a phone call from the woman.

Elizabeth was found placed suggestively, and her body was completely drained of blood (hence the pale mannequin appearance).  Elizabeth’s body was on her back with her arms raised up, and her legs apart, there were cuts all over her body, and she had been separated into two parts.

 Her upper torso was about 10 inches away from her lower torso. Elizabeth short was 22 years old at the time of her death.  Her mouth was cut open 3 inches on one side, and 2 on the other side Elizabeth’s official cause of death was “haemorrhage and shock due to concussion to the brain and lacerations of the face.”

Link to the crime photos (be warned these photos are incredibly graphic / viewer discretion is advised) – http://www.reelreviews.com/morbidly-hollywood-no-ad/morbidlyhollywoodgraphic/marbidly-hollywood-no-ad/black-dahlia-death3

The murder was made top priority due to the fact it was highly publicised. When detective Sergeant Harry Hansen and Finis Brown arrived, it was already filled with reporters and members of the public.

There were over 50 individuals that claimed to have murdered Elizabeth, most of these individuals were labelled as “confessing Sam’s”.  Red manly was questioned very intensely. However, he passed every polygraph test and eventually cleared of all suspicion.

(main current suspects – |Mark Hansen|Doctor George Hodel|Doctor Patrick S. O’Reilly)

Mark Hansen was a nightclub and theatre owner, he had known Elizabeth Short while she was in Los Angeles and allowed Elizabeth to stay with him on a few occasions. Mark Hansen was one of the last people to speak to Elizabeth Short before her murder.

Doctor George Hodel was found to say, “Supposin’ I did kill the Black Dahlia. They couldn’t prove it now. They can’t talk to my secretary anymore because she’s dead.”

Dr Patrick O’Reilly was a medical doctor who had known Elizabeth Short through Mark. Patrick would allegedly attend sex parties at Malibu, and Patrick had been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for “taking his secretary to a motel and sadistically beating her almost to death.

My opinion –

Elizabeth short didn’t come across as though she wanted to be a movie star, the evidence shows that she wanted to find a husband. She allegedly was seen to be with many men and talking to attractive men in uniform making her come across as naive.

Elizabeth was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and at the time of the murder, there was not enough equipment to solve the murder.

Also, a lot of evidence went missing, and a lot of blame was put onto doctor George hotel.  John Douglas is noted by saying “today the case would be very solvable”. This makes me wonder if something was covered up or if they weren’t working as hard as police said they did, however, as I said before they might not have had enough equipment.

Considering all the individual aspects of the murder (go into the further reading linked below to understand) it seemed very personal, and the individual who murdered Elizabeth knew her and words were exchanged. Hate or aspects of hate is clearly seen, and the person took time to murder and make sure Elizabeth was hurt.

Further reading

George Hodel

Suspects