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By John Allin

More than 35 years after certainly one of Australia's so much baffling and brazen baby abductions, journalist John Allin lower back to Adelaide to speak with Greg and Christine Gordon.

In this compelling and deeply own tale, Allin tells how an easy yet valuable present saved their daughter Kirste's disappearance excessive in his brain for therefore many years.

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They were two beloved little innocents, familiar only to family and friends, who became known to the nation through curt descriptions in police bulletins, and their pictures in the newspapers - forever frozen in childhood, in the last-photos-taken before their abduction The friends around that table in 1982 agreed that the '73 shiraz cabernet was a lovely drop. It had been made from McLaren Vale grapes grown just down the road from Greg and Christine Gordon's home. The empty bottle did not go into the trash can.

In Adelaide Nancy Beaumont, mother of Jane, Arnna and Grant - who were nine, seven and four when they were abducted from Glenelg beach on Australia Day 1966 - had been polite and resigned. Les and Kath Ratcliffe were chatty and full of bluster and pent-up hatred for the creep who had taken their 11-year-old daughter Joanne along with Kirste. Greg and Christine Gordon, the last parents he spoke to that January in 1976, were quietly sad, not over-the-top religious but strong in faith; determined not to allow a negative attitude destroy their lives and those of their children.

For 35 years that box has sat on the top shelf of the wardrobe in their bedroom. Christine occasionally looks through them - not as a conscious intention, rather just because she happens to be up in the cupboard looking for something else. 'It is jam-packed with letters, cards and telegrams. We could not answer many of them because there were no return addresses,' she says. 'These were people just wanting to wish us well and offer sympathy. It was amazing, they came from all over Australia. It's when that sort of thing happens that you realise you are not alone,' she says.

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