1. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 16 December 1995, though it should be understood that this is a direct quotation of Mr Beaumont's remarks recorded by the same newspaper in 1967.

2. Geoff Leane died in 1990. As far as I have been able to determine, his memoirs have never been published.

3. As recounted in his biography Nothing But The Truth (see the bibliography). Ayling covered the Beaumont children disappearance while working for the now defunct Melbourne weekly newspaper The Truth. The Beaumont case haunted him for the rest of his life. He died in 2002.

4. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

5. The Age (Melbourne), 26 April 1996.

6. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 27 April 1996.

7. The Age (Melbourne), 1 May 1996.

8. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 11 May 1996.

9. These remarks broadcast on the 3 February 2005 edition of The World Today, an ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) radio news program. For the current time at least, the transcript of the news report can be found via the URL: content/2005/s1295316.htm.

10. The Mercury (Hobart), 8 February 2005.

11. The Townsville Bulletin (Townsville), 1 August 2000.

12. Who Weekly, 22 January 2001.

13. "Susan" was probably not her real name, but this is how she was referred to in all news reports.

14. Australian Capital Territory. For the benefit of overseas visitors to the site, the Australian Capital Territory is a small area of land, wholly surrounded by the Australian state of New South Wales, in which the Australian capital city of Canberra is located. It is roughly similar to the District of Columbia in the United States, which contains the United States capital of Washington D.C.

15. Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney), 7 August 1997.

16. The Sunday Age (Melbourne), 9 August 1997. The relevant paragraph reads: "Meanwhile, he is off to the retired policemen's club for lunch. It has been a big week and a most excellent adventure for a bored old man."

17. This was the infamous killing of Dr George Duncan, a lecturer. Two police detectives were later tried for the killing of Dr Duncan but were acquitted.

18. As quoted in The Sinners's Club (see the bibliography).

19. Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney), 13 March 1990.

20. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 17 March 1990.

21. Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney), 14 March 1990.

22. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 17 March 1990. Itís not clear from the published report if Mr B said this all at once or if the defence counsel was asking questions during this speech.

23. Quoted from Where were you when (see the bibliography).

24. The News (Adelaide), 23 February 1990.

25. As indeed all insights by "psychics" have been. The author of this website is by no means qualified to comment on whether psychic phenomena really exist or whether some people possess genuine psychic ability. What I can confirm, however, is that no self-styled "psychic" has ever provided any genuine, useful or consistent information to the Beaumont investigation.

26. No relation to the author of this site.

27. School bag or rucksuck. In Queensland usage such an item is called a "port".

28. "Glad Wrap" is the generic Australian term for plastic sandwich wrapping, known in some other countries as cling film.

29. As quoted in Underbelly 5 (see the bibliography).

30. Townsville Bulletin (Townsville), 6 January 2001.

31. The Sunday Mail (Adelaide), 13 December 1998.

32. The Australian, 24 July 2002.

33. As quoted in Underbelly 5 (see the bibliography), however it is understood that this is in itself a direction quotation from Mr Tough's statement to police, made in 1970.

34. The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney), 12 December 1998.

35. The Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 7 July 2001.

36. I haven't been able to find out O'Neill's date of birth but he must have been born in one of these years.

37. Also known as Ricky Kube.

38. Phoenix was a police television crime series, based on the Russell Street bombing and the subsequent investigation. It is also possibly the finest television drama yet made in Australia.

39. Australian Film Institute. The AFI awards are essentially a cut-rate, Australian version of the Oscars, in much the same way that Golden Globes are a second-rate American version, the Baftas are a second-rate British version, and the Filmfare Awards are the Bollywood version.

40. The Age (Melbourne), 21 April 2005.

41. The Herald Sun (Melbourne), 26 January 2005.

42. The Herald Sun (Melbourne), 26 January 2005, though whether this is all one big quotation is uncertain, and is quoted from the documentary.

43. The Herald Sun (Melbourne), 27 January 2005.

44. The Herald Sun (Melbourne), 26 January 2005. The exact quote is: "He was going backwards and forwards through Adelaide at a rate of knots at about that time."

45. The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney), 25 April 2005.

46. ABC's PM program, broadcast 25 April 2005, 18:30. The transcript of the news report is currently (November 2005) on the ABC website at:

While the quote from Mr Collins is given in context on the James Ryan OíNeill page, Mr Collinsí full comment, and the statement that it is in response to, are reproduced below:

EXCERPT FROM JUDGEMENT: That he may have been defamed before cannot justify the continuation of defamatory statements, notwithstanding that his reputation may have suffered badly as a consequence of the earlier ones.

STEPHEN COLLINS: The ABC found that a remarkable submission because Mr O'Neill is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a child. There is no stronger penalty that can be imposed upon any person in our society, and so it's difficult for the ABC to see that he has a reputation which can be tarnished.

47. The author of this site was in a hotel room in Melbourne on the evening of 28 April 2005. Having specifically tuned the television in my hotel room to the ABC in order to be able to watch the documentary, I can confirm that it was not broadcast. A standby program was broadcast instead.

48. The Age (Melbourne), 3 February 2005, though the remark must have been made in 1969.

49. The Sun-Herald (Sydney), 14 June 1998.

50. The Age (Melbourne), 3 February 2005, though all these remarks were made before this date and may been quoted in the same newpaper previously.

51. The Herald-Sun (Melbourne), 20 February 2005.

52. The Age (Melbourne), 4 February 2005, quoting from 1998.

53. As recounted in The Sinners' Club (see the bibliography).

54. The Sunday Tasmanian (Hobart), 20 November 2005.

55. Ninemsn (on webpage, 13 December 2005.

56. Quoted from both The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 December 2005, and Ninemsn (on webpage, 13 December 2005.

57. At the time (February 2005) it was reported that police might be able to place Percy in the St Kilda area on the day Linda Stillwell disappeared. No more information was forthcoming in the print media. In December 2005, several days after the Simon Brook Inquest, it was reported that Percy himself had admitted to being in the area on the day. According to an article in the Sunday Age on 22 April 2007, Percy had made this admission in 1969 to a policeman who'd been a school friend, but this evidence had been effectively ignored at the time.

58. "Child killer remains silent",, (on webpage,10117,17598275-421,00.html), 18 December 2005.

59. This website uses Greenwich Mean Time, which is how a news item on 25 January can refer to an article published on 26 January.

60. "Beaumont children case 'will be solved'",, (on webpage,10117,17939270-2,00.html), 26 January 2005.

61. Strictly my opinion. Each book is as well written as the other, but Sharpe's book covers more cases and has a decent bibiography at the back. That's enough for me to prefer it over Whiticker's book.

62. Pinkney's book is sensationalist and badly researched, and doesn't cite any sources. I would not recommend it to anyone.

63. I receive emails via the feedback form on this website, and some of the emails contain allegations about Mr and Mrs Beaumont. They are untrue and I will do everyone a favour by not repeating them.

64. Or more. A good bibliography can be an invaluable research tool, helping the researcher find the original sources of information. Personally, I have found Alan Sharpe's Crimes that Shocked Australia to be very useful in this respect. It is also the reason why this site has an such an extensive bibliography.

65. I did read this opinion somewhere, but alas, cannot recall where.

66. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 12 March 1986.

67. Until the next day. I hope the context is clear, but I don't think the police would have disclosed these finds the next day if the lead had been genuine.

68. My presumption. All the information on this site about the discovery of clippings in the rubbish is derived from two articles in the Adelaide Advertiser, from 12 and 13 March 1986. The article from 13 March says in part: "Police yesterday protected the identity of a deceased woman's family who dumped three suitcases full of newspaper clippings referring to the Beaumont children who disappeared 20 years ago." The reasons for protecting the family are not given, but in light of the publicity given to any news story about the case, I assume that police withheld the identities of the family members for the sake of their privacy.

69. Homosexuality was considered to be immoral at this time.

70. As far as I know. All prior reports that I can find merely say that police have new evidence placing Percy in St Kilda on the day in question. Only in the aftermath of the inquest can I find news reports saying that Percy himself had given this information. From this I've concluded that it wasn't public knowledge before this.

71. The Age (Melbourne), 30 August 2007.

72. This website uses Greenwich Mean Time, which is how a news article published on 23 September can be downloaded on 22 September.

73. The Australian, 1 November 2007.

74. As quoted in Wanted (see the bibliography).

75. The Advertiser (Adelaide), 6 June 1992.

76. The exact description recorded in Searching for the Beaumont children (see the bibliography), itself quoting from "Official resume of the Beaumont Case, courtesy of the South Australia Police", is as follows: "Male, mid to late 30's, about 6' tall, thin to athletic build, with light brown short hair swept back and parted on the left side, clean-shaven, suntanned complexion, with a thin face. Australian accent. Wearing blue bathers with a single white stripe down the outside of each leg."

77. Still there, though known technically as "Wenzel's Home Made Cakes".

78. Equivalent to about 85 cents. Most accounts say Jane Beaumont had six shillings, but both Wanted and Searching for the Beaumont children (see the bibliography) say the amount was eight shillings and sixpence. As both books quote information supplied by police -- for example, the formal description of Jane Beaumont in Wanted is a clear rewriting of the official police description -- I have used the figure of eight shillings and sixpence as the most likely.

79. Quoting from Wanted (see the bibliography).

80. As quoted in Wanted (see the bibliography).

81. The Age (Melbourne), 10 July 1979.

82. Quoted from Searching for the Beaumont children (see the bibliography), itself quoting The Advertiser (Adelaide), 28 August 1973.

83. Quoted from Searching for the Beaumont children (see the bibliography).

84. Quoted from Wanted (see the bibliography).

85. Allen Redston's first name is very frequently misspelled as "Alan", including by this website until August 2009.

86. Names are generated at random by computer, so Heats has no special significance.

87. The Herald Sun (Melbourne), 12 December 2009.

88. Quoted from both The Australian, 10 December 2009 and The Age (Melbourne), 11 December 2009.

89. "US man David Estes claims DOE network shows he is 'identical match' for Grant Beaumont",, (on webpage, 25 January 2012.

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