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The Satin Man: Uncovering the mystery of the missing Beaumont children

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  22 reviews
On Australia Day 1966, the Beaumont children - Jane, Arna and Grant - disappeared from an Adelaide beach. Despite a large-scale police investigation and extensive media coverage, the case remains unsolved, bogged down by false leads and dead ends, an the Beaumont children were never seen again.

In 2006, author Alan Whiticker, assisted by researcher Stuart Mullins, wrote the
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2013 by New Holland
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Judith Beaumont
Aug 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Major Crime detectives have formally admitted Harry Phipps was not a suspect in the case and allegations implicating him had been investigated and discounted.
Adelaide Now, 24/8/13.

Alan Whiticker states,
“ I’m not an investigator. I’m just a writer.”

Respectable writers of true crime need a judicious researcher who is capable of finding the truth, one without intent on crucifying the dead who cannot speak from their graves. They need a private detective who’s experienced in Major Crime; one who
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Helen McKenna
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Like most Australians I have always been fascinated with the mystery of what happened to the Beaumont children on Australia Day 1966. How was it possible that three children could be abducted in broad daylight on a crowded beach in Adelaide and simply disappear without a trace? Despite many theories being floated in the almost 50 years since, there has never been any kind of definitive answer.

In his previous book Searching For The Beaumont Children: Australia's Most Famous Unsolved Mystery, auth
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Catherine Davison
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Anna
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting reading - a few possibilities put forward. It may be that this disappearance will never be solved I guess.
Michelle
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
This book didn't have an awful lot to add to Alan J. Whiticker's 'Searching for the Beaumont Children'. If you haven't read that book, just skip straight to this one, which re-caps the story told in the previous book, interspersed with chapters which deal with the authors' new leads. It would be wonderful if the SA Police re-opened the case based on this evidence, even if nothing comes of it. Well written and researched.
Kirsti
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Definitely some interesting theories about a cold case that has haunted Australian consciousness for the past fifty years. Even if the 'Satin man' has nothing to do with this crime, the allegations about him by his son were reprehensible enough.

Well researched by one of Australia's leading crime authors. Highly recommend, five stars.
Tony
Aug 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Too similar to the other book about the Beaumont children. Only half of the book is about a family obviously with issues and writing style is ordinary.
Haydn
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ouch.
Myshelle
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
On Australia Day 1966, the Beaumont children Jane, Arnna and Grant disappeared from Glenelg an Adelaide beach. Despite a large scale police investigation and extensive media coverage, the case remains unsolved to this day.
I was 12 years old when the children were abducted and like many thousands in Australia it is one missing persons case that never leaves you.
This book discusses a new theory but still has not resolved the case.
A little repetitive at times, but in all a good read.
Michelle
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really fascinating read. What a pity this information didn’t come out sooner so it could be fully investigated when the satin man was still alive. Leaves you will the feeling it’ll never be solved unless they miraculously find the spot these children may have been buried. I hugely feel for the parents. I cannot imagine all 4 of my kids being taken all at the same time and still not knowing what happened 50 plus years later. So so sad :(
Lee
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read. Alan Whiticker and Stuart Mullins have done a brilliant job of bringing this mystery back into the public eye 50 years after the event. As writers they are dedicated to the task of trying to explain the disappearance of the children linking it to the dark underworld of lurking men who prey on children.
Eternalknitter
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Ashlee Green
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting new insight into one of Australia's biggest mysteries!
Nigel Hawkins
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A detailed and interesting account of the Beaumont children's disappearance, peppered with theory and speculation as to "whodunnit?"

Would have been nice to have had some of the serious allegations investigated practically, as the author seems to think they can point to a place with hard facts and evidence, but hasn't followed them up. Interesting enough if you know little about the case.
Helen Windle
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Because the Beaumont children disappeared when I was a young girl in the same city this story held special significance...however what is written, although extremely plausible, is not proven in court....so I am still sceptical as well as intrigued by the subject.
Mara Moore
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book! Made me feel like i was getting closer to what happened...
Sarah Cotterill
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very fascinating book. Hopefully one day the case is solved.
Angela
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Dreadful read. Sounds far fetched to me.
Paul
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting retread of the Beaumont children mystery, but the book is underpinned by an unconvincing theory that mirrors the false leads and dead ends the book discusses.
Jessica
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
A random pick up from the library that ended up being quite fascinating.

Let's hope people take notice and justice can be finally done.
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