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.
Alan was skeptical of this new information at first - after all he had received dozens of calls over the years, but this information was much more solid. The son of a prominent and wealthy Adelaide businessman had revealed to his now ex wife that he saw the Beaumont children in his back yard with his father that summer's day. Out of sight in his cubby house, he didn't realise the significance of that sighting until he was older. Upon further investigation Alan Whiticker began to believe this was it - the lead that could finally solve the case once and for all.
Once I started reading this book I found it hard to put it down. Easy to read and meticulously detailed, I was drawn into the trail that Alan and his friend Stuart followed in trying to discover as much information as possible about the wealthy Adelaide resident known as The Satin Man. Long dead and with his son suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse, it was not always an easy investigation. However what they have put together is a solid and very plausible explanation as to what happened on Glenelg Beach in 1966.
After reading this book I can only hope that the information will prompt a Coronial Inquest (as the author hopes) and close the books on one of Australia's greatest mysteries.