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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.

CLAREMONT: The Trial The West Australian

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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.

    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
    Inside the Mind of a Killer

    Inside the Mind of a Killer

    Bradley Edwards will 'never' reveal the location of Sarah Spiers. That’s according to leading forensic anthropologist and criminologist Dr Xanthe Mallett.

    In this episode of Claremont in Conversation: The Verdict, we take you inside the mind of a killer.

    Joined by forensic DNA expert Brendan Chapman and forensic anthropologist, criminologist Dr Xanthe Mallett, our guests analyse Bradley Robert Edwards fits the profile of a psychopath and what makes someone kill.

    During his police interview, Bradley Edwards was seen to barely show any emotion as he was told about the horrific final moments of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, but when he was asked about his family, he seemed animated.

    Dr Xanthe Mallett tells the podcast team psychopaths, a group which she included Edwards in, commonly display lack of emotion, but do when they’re triggered. Usually the only people who see those triggers are their victims.

    The prosecution laid out in the first few months of the trial, their idea of what those triggers could have been - emotional upsets - the ‘third wheel’ that moved into Edwards’ and his first wife’s home, her affair with the third wheel, the pregnancy and the sale of their marital home.

    As Tim Clarke explains, the prosecution abandoned this theory towards the end of the trial, but he believed it wasn’t because they didn’t think it was accurate anymore, rather, their DNA case was strong enough without it.

    Before a body was even found, and WA realised there was a killer roaming the streets of Claremont, police had already made links between the disappearance of the Karrakatta rape victim, Sarah Spiers and Jane Rimmer, and that was through the forensic process of victimology.

    But even with a police investigation linking the disappearance of Sarah Spiers and the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, without a body, Justice Hall didn’t find there was enough evidence to convict Edwards of her murder too.

    Brendan Chapman explains why, even if a miracle happens, and Sarah Spiers’ remains are found, while it would be extremely hard to find any evidence from it, it wouldn’t be impossible - although most of it would still be circumstantial.

    Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke, Brendan Chapman and Xanthe Mallett as they try and delve inside the mind of a killer.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

blackrainbow84 ,

Ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhh

Tim, please write down what you’re going to say and then read it. We all can’t take the thinking and uh uh uh uh and stuttering, it’s making my ears bleed.

its a race to the bottom ,

Pure garbage, fake sincerity, not to mention turning a buck off the suffering of other.

This is the type of so called “journalism” which is why suppression orders exist in Australia. Pathetic tabloid garbage. Couldn’t stomach anymore of the individuals discussions continually mentioning themselves and how the case effects them, or what they where up to, where they were. Vomit material but it got far worse....

A much worst and infuriating part was early on (when I stop listening, but have only just figured how to add my opinion) where the individuals are over and over again talking of how they feel for the victims friends and family. Yet when the judge attempts to hear some of the more horrific details in private to spear friends and family hearing details that would obviously be traumatising, the news paper these mouth pieces work for took out an injunction to insure that the details are heard in front of family and friends and reported on by tabloid media. And just to show how truely sympathetic these money hungry half wits are, one of them puts the case forward in person at the injunction as to why they need to hear and report of the most graphic and distressing details. (Which is for there own financial gain through sensationalism as a means to ultimately sale add space not that they ever mention this. Although it may have lead to a small amount of credibility as it would have at the very least been honest.)

Australian main stream media is a cancer on society and is actively destroying honest democracy. They endeavour to have self interest be the rule, always....

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