Monday, July 25, 2022

173. Abduction at the Adelaide Oval : Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon

 On an unseasonably warm day in August of 1973, while a crowd of around 13,000 fans watched the North Adelaide football team play the Norwood Red Legs at the Adelaide Oval, 11-year-old Joanne Ratcliffe assisted 4-year-old Kirste Gordon to the bathroom. The girls never returned to their seats.Although there were many witnesses, the girls have never been found. Their disappearance is one of South Australia's best-known crimes. 

Join Jen & Cam ass the discuss the case and possible suspects in "Abduction at the Adelaide Oval: Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon" 

*** Correction!! Jen got one of the suspects' names backward. It should be Arthur Stanley Hart, not Stanley Arthur Hart 

Composite of man seen leaving with the girls
Composite of man seen leaving with the girls

Arthur Stanley Brown

A reward of up to $1,000,000 AUD remains on offer to anyone who either provides information leading to the recovery of their remains or information leading to a conviction in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at

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Producer and theme music by Nico Vettese

Researched and written by Lauretta Allen


1 comment:

  1. Small correction to your correction here, guys. There's two suspects with similar names; Arthur Stanley Brown, who was a Queensland resident believed to be in Adelaide at the time, and Stanley Arthur Hart, who had properties at both Prospect (Adelaide suburb) and Yatina (rural farm community). The confession that started the Yatina investigations was made by Mark Trevor Marshall, Stanley Hart's grandson and convicted child molester.

    Joanne Ratcliffe's sister gave an interview with some of this in it here: