During the 1970s and early 1980s young men were going missing in Adelaide. All fit and healthy, these men – five that are known of – disappeared from the streets of the city and then their bodies were found dumped in rivers, paddocks and reservoirs. The young men were used and abused and died from their injuries.
The highest-profile of the victims was the 15-year-old son of popular newsreader Rob Kelvin. Richard Kevin was last seen on a Sunday early evening. He was kidnapped and kept for five weeks, used and tortured before his body was found.
Bevan Spencer von Einem was charged with Richard’s murder and believed to be responsible for the deaths of the other four men. He is serving a life sentence.
The author of Young Blodd, Bob O’Brien, gives his weight of experience of the case to his book. O’Brien was a detective in the South Australia Police and was on the investigation team into Richard’s disappearance.
“The Family” reference in the title is about the speculation that von Einem and a network of pedophiles were responsible for the abuse of the missing men.
Young Blood was published by Harper Collins in 2002.