Case 163

Joanne Ratcliffe & Kirste Gordon

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Case 163

Joanne Ratcliffe & Kirste Gordon

During the games third and penultimate quarter, Anthony Kilmartin was in the Sir Edwin Smith grandstand when two young girls emerged from the crowd and bounded down the steps towards ground level. One was a preteen while the younger of the pair looked barely five-years-old. Anthony stepped aside to let them pass.

He then moved on to the neighbouring John Creswell grandstand. While passing through the concourse directly underneath the stand, Anthony spotted the two girls again. They were being followed by a man wearing eyeglasses and a wide-brimmed Akubra-style hat. Once he caught up to the girls, he snatched the younger one and carried her towards the oval’s southern gate…

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Casefile would like to give a special thanks to Suzie Ratcliffe for her assistance with this episode.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia – Stephen Orr

The Missing Beaumont Children – Michael Madigan

Searching for the Beaumont Children – Alan J Whiticker

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES:

Accessed via Trove.nla.gov.au:

Fears held for safety of missing SA girls – The Canberra Times, August 27 1973

Reward offered for missing girls – The Canberra Times,  August 28 1973 

No links with Beaumonts – The Canberra Times, August 29 1973

Man sought in SA – The Canberra Times, August 30 1973

Boy ‘Saw Man Forcing Girls – The Canberra Times, August 31 1973

New lead in case of missing girls – The Canberra Times, September 7 1973

$10,000 Offer – The Canberra Times, September 27 1973

Parents file claim – The Canberra Times, October 12 1977

Psychic ‘sees’ missing children – The Canberra Times, March 28 1990 

Accessed via Newspapers.com

Missing girls: 12 quizzed – The Age, August 28 1973

Hunt for girls: $5000 reward offered – The Sydney Morning Herald,  August 28 1973

Caller demands $25,000 ransom for missing girls – The Age, August 28 1973

Police seek man who spoke to girls – The Sydney Morning Herald,  August 29 1973

Escaped patient sought – The Sydney Morning Herald,  August 30 1973

Man in hat took girls – The Sydney Morning Herald, August 31 1973

Dressed models of girls go on show – The Sydney Morning Herald, September 1 1973

Hopeful new lead on abducted children – The Sydney Morning Herald, September 17 1973

 

Accessed via State Library of South Australia 

The Evil of Arthur Brown Article – The Sunday Age, July 8 2001

Death closes the case on serial killer child suspect – The Courier Mail, July 23 2002

Secrets taken to the grave – The Australian, July 23 2002

After 29 years, Kirste’s parents have a place to grieve – The Advertiser, August 6 2002

Adelaide oval abductions: Third girl tells: he targeted me – The Sunday Mail, August 6 2006

Joanne Ratcliffe’s sister breaks her silence and reveals her life in the shadow of the unknown – The Sunday Mail, 23 July 2007

Beaumonts link: Von Einem named suspect in police report – The Sunday Mail, September 23 2007

Major Crime dismisses prisoner’s murder claims – The Advertiser, April 17 2012

Hope of breakthrough for Ratcliffe family: New clue in oval abduction mystery – The Advertiser, August 15 2012

Major crime appeal for help – The Advertiser, August 26 2013

Von Einem Ratcliffe link – The Advertiser, August 25 2013

My child will never know her Aunty Jo – The Advertiser, August 25 2013

New oval abduction claims – The Advertiser, September 1 2013

Search revived after 41 years – The Herald Sun, September 18 2014

Ace in the hand on solving crime – The Advertiser, September 18 2015

To receive information which made it clear that some evil, opportunistic predator had targeted our young daughter was absolutely gut-wrenching – The Advertiser, May 25 2016

Still waiting for you to come home – Women’s Day, August 7 2017

Abductees sister links cases – The Advertiser, January 24 2018

Welcome to the Edge of Darkness – The Herald Sun, August 18 2019

Mum of missing girl dies as hunt goes on – The Advertiser, March 14 2019

Families put grief aside to find missing loved ones when police resources dry up – ABC News, April 6 2019

 

Accessed via Noarlunga Library Local History Collection

Girls – 4, 11, missing; wide hunt – The Sunday Mail, August 26 1973

New lead to missing girls – The Advertiser, August 27 1973

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

On the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon, family reveal new connections to murderer Bevan Spencer von Einem – The Advertiser

Rewards boosted in high-profile South Australian missing children cases – ABC News

Clue’ in mysterious 1973 Adelaide Oval abduction case of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon The Advertiser

Cold case breakthrough: Property owned by accused paedophile’s grandfather linked to the disappearance of two children 41 years ago’ – The Daily Mail

Search for Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon moves to SA mid north – ABC News

Playing cards featuring murder victims given to SA prisoners in bid to solve cold cases – The Advertiser

It’s been 43 years since their daughter disappeared – Mammamia 

New leads suggest 44-year-old Adelaide Oval abduction could still be solved – Lucy’s Life

Sister of abducted girl calls for urgent DNA retesting of evidence in long-term missing children cases – News.com.au

 

 

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During the games third and penultimate quarter, Anthony Kilmartin was in the Sir Edwin Smith grandstand when two young girls emerged from the crowd and bounded down the steps towards ground level. One was a preteen while the younger of the pair looked barely five-years-old. Anthony stepped aside to let them pass.

He then moved on to the neighbouring John Creswell grandstand. While passing through the concourse directly underneath the stand, Anthony spotted the two girls again. They were being followed by a man wearing eyeglasses and a wide-brimmed Akubra-style hat. Once he caught up to the girls, he snatched the younger one and carried her towards the oval’s southern gate…

___

Casefile would like to give a special thanks to Suzie Ratcliffe for her assistance with this episode.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched and written by Elsha McGill

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia – Stephen Orr

The Missing Beaumont Children – Michael Madigan

Searching for the Beaumont Children – Alan J Whiticker

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES:

Accessed via Trove.nla.gov.au:

Fears held for safety of missing SA girls – The Canberra Times, August 27 1973

Reward offered for missing girls – The Canberra Times,  August 28 1973 

No links with Beaumonts – The Canberra Times, August 29 1973

Man sought in SA – The Canberra Times, August 30 1973

Boy ‘Saw Man Forcing Girls – The Canberra Times, August 31 1973

New lead in case of missing girls – The Canberra Times, September 7 1973

$10,000 Offer – The Canberra Times, September 27 1973

Parents file claim – The Canberra Times, October 12 1977

Psychic ‘sees’ missing children – The Canberra Times, March 28 1990 

Accessed via Newspapers.com

Missing girls: 12 quizzed – The Age, August 28 1973

Hunt for girls: $5000 reward offered – The Sydney Morning Herald,  August 28 1973

Caller demands $25,000 ransom for missing girls – The Age, August 28 1973

Police seek man who spoke to girls – The Sydney Morning Herald,  August 29 1973

Escaped patient sought – The Sydney Morning Herald,  August 30 1973

Man in hat took girls – The Sydney Morning Herald, August 31 1973

Dressed models of girls go on show – The Sydney Morning Herald, September 1 1973

Hopeful new lead on abducted children – The Sydney Morning Herald, September 17 1973

 

Accessed via State Library of South Australia 

The Evil of Arthur Brown Article – The Sunday Age, July 8 2001

Death closes the case on serial killer child suspect – The Courier Mail, July 23 2002

Secrets taken to the grave – The Australian, July 23 2002

After 29 years, Kirste’s parents have a place to grieve – The Advertiser, August 6 2002

Adelaide oval abductions: Third girl tells: he targeted me – The Sunday Mail, August 6 2006

Joanne Ratcliffe’s sister breaks her silence and reveals her life in the shadow of the unknown – The Sunday Mail, 23 July 2007

Beaumonts link: Von Einem named suspect in police report – The Sunday Mail, September 23 2007

Major Crime dismisses prisoner’s murder claims – The Advertiser, April 17 2012

Hope of breakthrough for Ratcliffe family: New clue in oval abduction mystery – The Advertiser, August 15 2012

Major crime appeal for help – The Advertiser, August 26 2013

Von Einem Ratcliffe link – The Advertiser, August 25 2013

My child will never know her Aunty Jo – The Advertiser, August 25 2013

New oval abduction claims – The Advertiser, September 1 2013

Search revived after 41 years – The Herald Sun, September 18 2014

Ace in the hand on solving crime – The Advertiser, September 18 2015

To receive information which made it clear that some evil, opportunistic predator had targeted our young daughter was absolutely gut-wrenching – The Advertiser, May 25 2016

Still waiting for you to come home – Women’s Day, August 7 2017

Abductees sister links cases – The Advertiser, January 24 2018

Welcome to the Edge of Darkness – The Herald Sun, August 18 2019

Mum of missing girl dies as hunt goes on – The Advertiser, March 14 2019

Families put grief aside to find missing loved ones when police resources dry up – ABC News, April 6 2019

 

Accessed via Noarlunga Library Local History Collection

Girls – 4, 11, missing; wide hunt – The Sunday Mail, August 26 1973

New lead to missing girls – The Advertiser, August 27 1973

 

ONLINE ARTICLES:

On the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon, family reveal new connections to murderer Bevan Spencer von Einem – The Advertiser

Rewards boosted in high-profile South Australian missing children cases – ABC News

Clue’ in mysterious 1973 Adelaide Oval abduction case of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon The Advertiser

Cold case breakthrough: Property owned by accused paedophile’s grandfather linked to the disappearance of two children 41 years ago’ – The Daily Mail

Search for Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon moves to SA mid north – ABC News

Playing cards featuring murder victims given to SA prisoners in bid to solve cold cases – The Advertiser

It’s been 43 years since their daughter disappeared – Mammamia 

New leads suggest 44-year-old Adelaide Oval abduction could still be solved – Lucy’s Life

Sister of abducted girl calls for urgent DNA retesting of evidence in long-term missing children cases – News.com.au

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

BetterHelp – Get 10% off your first month of professional counselling with a licensed therapist

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

Feals – Become a member and get 50% off and free shipping for your first order

MasterClass – Give one annual membership. Get one free

Liquid IV – Use promo code ‘CASEFILE’ for 25% off your order

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