A new book by a prominent Australian journalist has shed light on the disappearance and fate of the children in the 1980s.
The children were taken to remote locations across Western Australia by local children and were taken from their parents to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Perth.
They were kept there for years but then disappeared.
The ABC’s Peter O’Toole reports.
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It has been published by The Australian and has already sold over 1,000 copies.
Dr Stacey says the book is “a compelling and well researched narrative” and his findings are based on interviews with more than 20 people involved.
Dr Paul Stacy’s research into the disappearance, abduction and murder of children in Western AustraliaIn his book, Dr Stacey’s research is based on his own observations, interviews with police officers, and other sources.
It includes a letter from the nurse who first took children to the Perth hospital in 1980.
“I’ve never seen such a large number of children.
It’s like there’s been an earthquake and we have the worst earthquake ever,” Dr Stacy wrote.”
We’ve had people saying that the children are dead or in a coffin.
We’ve had children saying, ‘I’m going to go to the crematorium, I’m going in the coffin.'””
I’m afraid to go into the crematory because they would kill me if they found out I’d seen them in the cremation shed.”
Dr Stacy said he had interviewed some of the doctors who were involved in the care of the patients and had seen photos of children on their beds.
“Some of them, I just think, just looked at them with disgust,” he said.
“The mothers and the doctors would just sit there and look at them in disgust.”
What did they do to them?”‘
I don’t think we will ever be able to get those children back’Dr Stace said there were more than 60 children in Perth in 1980 who were not returned alive, and that many of the missing children were never found.”
That’s not even the most frightening thing about it,” he wrote.
He said it was hard to believe the children’s story because many of them were “just like a baby”, and that “they would be asleep in the same room”.”
They’d be sitting up in bed, playing with their parents, playing on the bed and their parents would be coming out, coming in and going back out, going in and out, but they never woke up,” Dr Stephen O’Malley said.
Dr O’Reilly says his own daughter was taken from her mother in 1980Dr OReilly said he was devastated to learn of the disappearances and deaths.”
It was very hard to understand,” he told the ABC.”
For me it was almost like a nightmare.
I mean, I don’t know how to explain it.
“There was just no explanation.
It just seemed so unbelievable, so far-fetched.”
Dr O Reilly said his daughter was in his care for over a year when she was abducted.
“She was the sweetest little girl,” he recalled.
“When I got home from school I said, ‘Hi mum, what’s up?’
She was just a little bit shy, but she was so sweet.”
And I just cried all the time.
I was crying all the way to school, crying my eyes out.
“She would just come out of the room, and she’d come back in the next day.”
The book has been a hit at bookshops in WAThe book is currently available in paperback and hardback.
Dr Alastair Maclean, an author and professor of criminology and criminological theory at the University of Adelaide, said he hoped readers would see the book’s findings and be inspired to help solve the case.
“Many of us have heard stories of missing children and it’s just a horrific tragedy,” Dr Maclean said.
He also said the book was an important resource for investigators.
“They’ve got to look at it and they’ve got some answers, but you’ve got the parents of the kids to look into, so it’s a valuable resource,” he added.
Dr Maclean is also a researcher in child abduction.
“This is the first time I’ve ever heard of it,” Dr O’ Reilly said.
“It’s a fascinating book.”
Hopefully, people will read it and go, ‘Wow, I think I’m gonna go through this, maybe there’s some other people who might be interested in it’.
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