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Ever since the shocking deaths of three young women in 1996 and 1997, the unanswered questions surrounding the Claremont serial killings have remained one of the biggest mysteries in WA history.

Any hope of justice in the tragic deaths of Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer seemed bleak for more than 20 years, with police coming unstuck and no sign of a breakthrough.

That was until the arrest of Bradley Robert Edwards in 2016, who was subsequently charged with the trio's murders.

For the past three years details about the allegations facing Mr Edwards have been in short supply as his case headed toward what has been dubbed the trial of the century.

Now, we bring you in to the courtroom and walk you through all the revelations, allegations and talking points as the historic court case unfolds.

Join our team of journalists and legal experts as we break down all the key information from the proceedings in Claremont: The Trial.

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Ever since the shocking deaths of three young women in 1996 and 1997, the unanswered questions surrounding the Claremont serial killings have remained one of the biggest mysteries in WA history.

Any hope of justice in the tragic deaths of Ciara Glennon, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer seemed bleak for more than 20 years, with police coming unstuck and no sign of a breakthrough.

That was until the arrest of Bradley Robert Edwards in 2016, who was subsequently charged with the trio's murders.

For the past three years details about the allegations facing Mr Edwards have been in short supply as his case headed toward what has been dubbed the trial of the century.

Now, we bring you in to the courtroom and walk you through all the revelations, allegations and talking points as the historic court case unfolds.

Join our team of journalists and legal experts as we break down all the key information from the proceedings in Claremont: The Trial.

    THE SENTENCING: 'Coward' Edwards likely to die in prison

    THE SENTENCING: 'Coward' Edwards likely to die in prison

    After 20 years of hiding in plain sight, sadistic killer and brutal rapist Bradley Edwards will likely never leave jail and die without his freedom, after he was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 40 years.

    If he makes it that long, he will be 88, taking into consideration time served.

    But that just means in 2060 he can apply for parole, it doesn't mean he'll be released.

    As Justice Hall revealed his sentence, more than a year since his trial began and almost four years to the day since he was arrested, he told Edwards he would likely die in jail.

    "You committed these offences as a much younger man and have had the undeserved benefit of your liberty for many years due to the fact that it took many years to identify you as the perpetrator," he said.

    Those offences, he committed in his 20s, but one of his victims, who was 17 at the time bravely told of how the sadistic rapist's act 25 years ago changed her, but wouldn't define her. Her powerful words left even seasoned police officers holding back tears.

    “the definition of a coward," The Karrakatta victim said.

    “He preyed on weak, vulnerable young women who didn’t stand a chance."

    “How pathetic. It has been much easier in terms of impact to realise there was no evil genius at work here, he slipped through the cracks because he is unremarkable.”

    "And now I will leave this behind. I will leave this courtroom and finally go and live my life without you in it. I will live it joyously, respectfully and gratefully for myself, my family and for the lives that were lost. I will live and you won’t."

    "And as one of the victims of your crimes, I hope you are treated as well in prison as you have treated us."

    Even though he didn't give a life without parole sentence, Lee Rimmer, Jane's sister said he was happy, and WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson spoke for a community.

    “It is my sincere hope, for the sake of the victims, for the sake of the families and friends and indeed for the safety of our community, that Edwards will never be released from prison,” Mr Dawson said.

    In this final podcast, Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke, Alison Fan and Damien Cripps digest, analyse and take in the sentence - and the case that's gripped the state for more than two decades.

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    • 48 min
    Enigma of the Dark: Claremont the Trial LIVE

    Enigma of the Dark: Claremont the Trial LIVE

    Join the Claremont in Conversation team in this special live event at the University of Western Australia.

    Hear stories never told in court, anecdotes from sitting days and opinions from the journalists who covered the mammoth seven-month trial.

    You'll also hear some details from Tim Clarke's book, Enigma of the Dark.

    To get a copy, head to https://subscriber.thewest.com.au/enigmaofthedark?utm_source=TheWest&utm_medium=PromoCard&utm_campaign=ClaremontBookPreOrder&utm_term=order-now&utm_content=Content or find Enigma of the Dark on Amazon.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    How Long Could Edwards Stay Behind Bars?

    How Long Could Edwards Stay Behind Bars?

    Should Bradley Edwards be allowed to participate in rehabilitation programs in prison? Or should the prison just 'throw away the key'?

    Legal expert Damien Cripps joins Natalie Bonjolo in this last episode until the sentencing, discussing how Edwards might be sentenced, and answer some of your questions.

    Damien Cripps said Edwards' sentencing will be a difficult task for Justice Hall, and discusses several avenues of how the prosecution and defence will present their cases to the judge.

    You've sent in some very interesting questions, and Damien Cripps gives his professional and personal opinion.

    We'll be back on December 23 when Bradley Edwards is sentenced on The Huntingdale attack, Karrakatta rape, and Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon's murders.

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    • 29 min
    Inside the MACRO Taskforce

    Inside the MACRO Taskforce

    Former homicide detective Paul Ferguson has put away his fair share of bad guys. The retired police officer was in charge of the MACRO Taskforce when it was created, after Jane Rimmer disappeared in June 1996, but before that, he worked on, and helped catch one of WA's most infamous serial killer couples - David and Catherine Birnie.

    But the disappearances of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon was one of the cases that not only haunted WA, but many of the police officers who worked it.

    The retired detective even interviewed the man he put behind bars, David Birnie, to try and get an insight into the mind of a serial killer.

    He investigated when Sarah Spiers went missing. From the start, it was clear it wasn't just another missing woman. The Spiers family and police were onto it straight away. More than 2,000 posters, 20,000 flyers and 50 buses with Sarah's face were distributed throughout Perth.

    Police had no idea how she was abducted, or even where she was. The search spanned all over the Perth region, from Black Wall Reach, to Midland, to Serpentine Falls. Sarah had disappeared without a trace.

    In this podcast, Paul Ferguson reveals where he thinks Sarah Spiers is.

    Five months after the 18-year-old disappeared, he recalls the call he took, the call that police knew was coming, but were dreading. Another woman had gone missing.

    "The fact that we didn't know how that Sarah had been abducted, the fact that there'd been no commotion and the fact that her body hadn't been found was of major concern through the inquiry team and WA Police.  And then of course the worst thing that could have happened was another girl go missing from the same area," he told the Claremont in Conversation podcast team.

    He admitted the disappearance of Ciara Glennon was a blur, because the investigation had become so intense.

    Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and special guests former head of MACRO Paul Ferguson and former WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan as they take you inside Australia's longest running and most expensive murder investigation.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Dr DNA: The Man Behind the Breakthrough

    Dr DNA: The Man Behind the Breakthrough

    Bradley Edwards hid in plain sight for more than two decades, but what he didn’t realise, was that he was just simply hidden, and that meant he could still be found.

    His DNA was found under Ciara Glennon’s fingernails. She fought for her life, and in that fight, she scratched her killer and hid a part of him to be found by scientists years later.

    Dr Jonathan Whitaker is the scientist who found a male DNA profile from the microscopic DNA fragments found under Ciara Glennon’s fingernails.

    His testing and retesting of Ciara’s fingernail samples at FSS in the UK in 2008 was the pivotal turning point in the MACRO investigation.

    His new method of testing - Low Copy Number - provided the distinctive male profile which later proved to be Edwards.

    But at the time, he admits its significance was not immediately apparent.

    Dr Jonathan Whitaker speak to Tim Clarke in this episode of Claremont in Conversation: The Verdict, and tells of when he realised his find was indeed the ‘Eureka moment’ that led police to Bradley Edwards.

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    • 17 min
    The Hollywood Hospital Victim: In Her Own Words

    The Hollywood Hospital Victim: In Her Own Words

    May 7, 1990 was the day that changed Wendy Davis’ life.

    A social worker at Hollywood Hospital, she was going about her day when Telstra worker and now convicted killer Bradley Edwards attacked her, grabbing her from behind and dragged her back towards some toilets. But she fought him off, and her evidence helped in the conviction of the Claremont Killer.

    But Wendy Davis is so much more than just “the Hollywood Hospital victim”. After her ordeal, she had to go on with her life, so she buried the traumatic events, until 2016 when detectives called to tell her, the man who attacked her in 1990, they think is the Claremont Serial Killer.

    In this episode, Wendy bravely tells her story, in her own words.

    The trauma she experienced, the grief for Sarah, Jane and Ciara’s families, and the anger at Telstra and Edwards is so raw, so emotional, as she tells Natalie Bonjolo and Tim Clarke her experience and why she wants an apology from Telstra, and why she thinks Edwards should have been charged with more than common assault.

    Wendy left the job she loved after the attack, the trauma was too much. But Edwards got to keep his job.

    In telling her story, Wendy said she feels like it’s been therapeutic. She said she even started jotting down her thoughts into a book, which she admitted may, or may not ever see the light of day, but detail her experiences with the attack, and the resurgence of trauma.

    Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke as they speak to Wendy Davis about the attack which eventually linked Edwards’ name to the crimes at Huntingdale, and the DNA found from the Karrakatta rape victim and Ciara Glennon’s murder.

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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1.4K Ratings

KrisCall ,

Brilliant in-depth coverage

Listened from the beginning and to every episode over the last 12 months. Thank you so much to the entire team who clearly worked so hard to put this together.

It was quite the education on how our justice system works. From the police work, to the forensic work, to the courtroom proceedings. I have developed a new understanding and appreciation for it all. I also appreciated the honest, carefully-worded and straightforward approach of the presenters. Especially Tim. No embellishment or dramatisation, just fact and clear explanation for the lay person, like myself. Well done!

RIP Sarah, Jane and Ciara. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts are with their families and the other victims.

InterestedBystander ,

Claremont Trial

Omg - I have just read some of the comments! Bunch of wingers in there! I listened to all of the podcast and found it very informative and interesting. Loved the DNA and physical evidence part. I found that fascinating. The reporting of each and every court day was a great idea, as the case built before our eyes. Glad that Edwards is safely stowed away!

Dan332745 ,

Excellent and thoroughly enjoyed

As a lawyer I am very interested in this case and have followed the trial very closely.

I’m very impressed with the knowledge of court reporter Tim. As a lover of words myself I really like the way Tim speaks and his delivery. He comes across as very knowledgeable and his understanding of issues is always apparent and clear.

I can see that previous reviews have expressed frustration with Tim’s delivery of the podcast. I haven’t noticed the issues expressed by others myself, I’ve been enthralled by the content and all discussions being had!

Thanks for a great podcast and coverage of the trial.

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