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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.

    The Verdict Analysis

    The Verdict Analysis

    Bradley Robert Edwards killed Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.

    Over the last two days, we’ve heard from the families of those two young, vibrant women taken too soon, their grief unimaginable as their daughters’ killer has been unmasked.

    But for the family of another young and vibrant daughter, sister and friend, yesterday’s verdict came with more heartbreak.

    The family of Sarah Spiers don’t have closure. They don’t have her body. They’ve never been able to say goodbye.

    Today, the podcast team are joined by leading barrister Tom Percy QC, who tells us that Justice Hall could have found Bradley Edwards guilty of Sarah Spiers’ murder.

    A bitter pill to swallow for the West Australian public.

    The father of Ciara Glennon spoke publicly about the outcome today. He expressed his sorrow for the family of Sarah Spiers, whose body has never been found.

    Dennis Glennon said he always knew Ciara would fight for her life, but little did he know that her prolific final fight would lead to the massive DNA breakthrough that would eventually catch her killer.

    Despite the police and PathWest errors, Dennis Glennon said he and his family have no criticisms of detectives or scientists.

    In this episode, Tom Percy said we must never forget the errors of police, and what has previously been called ‘tunnel vision’ by MACRO detectives in following Lance Williams for years.

    Join the Claremont in Conversation team as they analyse the verdict, and have a lively discussion about the possibility of appeals, double jeopardy and Tom Percy’s opinion on why Edwards seemed to show little emotion throughout his trial.

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    • 25 min
    Justice delivered: THE VERDICT

    Justice delivered: THE VERDICT

    The Claremont Killer has been revealed.

    Bradley Robert Edwards terrorised Perth for two decades, he sparked fear into the hearts of people in Claremont and tore apart families.

    As WA’s Police Commissioner said outside court today,

    “Bradley Edwards can now be called for what he is - a brutal rapist and a murderer.”

    24 years of heartbreak for the families of Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, today, some closure for two of those families.

    Bradley Edwards was found guilty of killing Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon - shaking his head as the verdict was read out.

    But it was a bitter-sweet verdict today, as Justice Hall said he couldn’t find, beyond reasonable doubt, that the man who killed Jane and Ciara also killed Sarah Spiers.

    Police vowing today, they will never stop trying to find her body and they will never stop trying to get answers for her family.

    Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and Damien Cripps as they digest the verdict that WA has waited 24 years for, and share the outpouring of emotion that’s swept through the state in the wake of the verdict.

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    • 55 min
    Bonus Episode: The Moment of Truth upon Us

    Bonus Episode: The Moment of Truth upon Us

    Is Bradley Robert Edwards guilty or not guilty?

    Only one person knows what the answer to that question is, and he’s taken 12 weeks to make it.

    But on Thursday September 24, the world will find out.

    Justice Stephen Hall has the weight of two decades of fear, mystery and grief on his shoulders, and in a week, he’ll have eyes of West Australians on him.

    Claremont In Conversation is back with the biggest moments of the trial of the century, a week out from the verdict.

    In this bonus episode, Tim Clarke says he’s nervous, and it’s understandable why.

    A lot of people close to, or invested in this trial are also nervous, because in a week’s time, West Australians will find out if the man standing trial for the last seven months is the Claremont Serial Killer.

    But it represents much more than a seven-month trial. As we’ve found out over the course of the last few months, the Claremont Serial Killings case never went cold. Police, families and scientists have been working on the case for the last 24 years.

    It was a trial that was so important, not even a global pandemic could stop it, a trial that will literally stop traffic, when road works going on outside the court will stop for day.

    Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and Alison Fan as they take you through what to expect next week and what it will mean for judicial history after it’s all over.

    If you have any questions for the Claremont in Conversation podcast team, send them in to claremontpodcast@wanews.com.au 

    If you’re new to the Claremont podcast, or want a trial refresher, head to our JUMP IN NOW episodes to hear a detailed run through of the evidence.

    The West Australian has also released a two-part video series, as Tim Clarke takes you through the areas which are key to the trial, from Claremont, where the women went missing, to Hollywood hospital and to the sites were Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies were found.

    To watch those videos, head to:

    Part 1:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-on-a-visual-tour-of-claremont-ng-b881516606z

    Part 2:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-to-wellard-and-eglington-ng-b881517153z

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    • 44 min
    Bonus Episode: What's Next?

    Bonus Episode: What's Next?

    95 trial days and 95 episodes (plus a few bonus ones) later,

    WA's trial of the century has officially come to a close.

    The trial has been harrowing at times, it's been informative and eye-opening, but ultimately heartbreaking for the families and the three women who's lives were tragically taken too soon.

    So, what happens next? Justice Stephen Hall reserved his judgement until September 24, and will spend the next three months carefully analysing every piece of evidence, every witness statement and every conclusion both the prosecution and defence asked him to make - all to decide if Bradley Robert Edwards is the Claremont Serial Killer.

    In this bonus episode, Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke, Alison Fan and producer Kate Ryan discuss the trial, how they are feeling following the Australia’s longest running and most expensive criminal investigation, and they’re expecting when the verdict day comes.

    Thank you to the podcast contributors Damien Cripps, Brendan Chapman and Tom Percy QC, all who gave their time to help us understand the concepts of the trial and the complicated science.

    And a massive thank you to The West Australian’s Emily Moulton, who worked tirelessly for 95 days live blogging every moment of the trial, without which a daily podcast would have been a lot harder to put together.

    Catch up on the Claremont Serial Killings trial at thewest.com.au and stay tuned to the Claremont in Conversation podcast for more bonus episodes over the next few months.

    For those wanting more on WA’s trial of the century, The West Australian has released a two-part video series, as Tim Clarke takes you through the areas which are key to the trial, from Claremont, where the women went missing, to Hollywood hospital and to the sites were Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies were found.

    To watch those videos, head to:

    Part 1:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-on-a-visual-tour-of-claremont-ng-b881516606z

    Part 2:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-to-wellard-and-eglington-ng-b881517153z

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    • 40 min
    It’s Up to Justice Hall Now

    It’s Up to Justice Hall Now

    Everything’s been said, the evidence is out in the open and now Justice Hall has a massive task ahead of him.

    After 95 days and more than 200 witnesses, WA’s trial of the century -  the Claremont Serial Killings trial has come to a close, with the defence finishing their closing statement with the words,

    “A conviction founded on inadequate evidence would not constitute proper closure".

    Using the final day of his closing statements to focus on the fibre case against his client, Paul Yovich put forward a scenario of contamination theory, that Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon could have picked up the same fibres nine months apart through ‘coincidence’.

    He also conceded the person who killed Jane also killed Ciara, but  that person wasn’t Bradley Edwards.

    He also said there’s no evidence that person also abducted and killed Sarah Spiers.

    Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and Alison Fan as they discuss the final day of this mammoth trial, and how the victim’s families must be feeling, after the trial of the man accused of the murders more than two decades ago.

    If you have any questions for the Claremont in Conversation podcast team, send them in to claremontpodcast@wanews.com.au

    The West Australian has also released a two-part video series, as Tim Clarke takes you through the areas which are key to the trial, from Claremont, where the women went missing, to Hollywood hospital and to the sites were Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies were found.

    To watch those videos, head to:

    Part 1:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-on-a-visual-tour-of-claremont-ng-b881516606z

    Part 2:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-to-wellard-and-eglington-ng-b881517153z

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    • 25 min
    The Closing Statements: A New Alibi

    The Closing Statements: A New Alibi

    On Day 94 of the trial, and the fourth day of Paul Yovich’s closing statements, the defence focussed on Ciara Glennon’s disappearance.

    The court had previously been told the night the she disappeared, the accused Claremont Serial Killer Bradley Edwards was supposed to be in Dawesville seeing friends, but didn’t show up until the next morning.

    Those friends told the court the reason he gave for his lateness was because he was ‘trying to reconcile with his wife’.

    The prosecution say that night he killed Ciara Glennon and dumped her body in Eglington.

    But the defence put up a different reason - those witness’s memories were inaccurate and Bradley Edwards was actually breaking up with his girlfriend.

    But that girlfriend, who gave evidence on day 4 of the trial (titled Ex Wife and Sex Lives for a catch up) said he broke up with her in April, telling her he’d met someone else. The court heard he met his second wife on April 1.

    Justice Hall was quick with questions and queries for Paul Yovich, telling the defence lawyer that didn’t make sense.

    As Tim Clarke and Alison Fan discuss in this episode, when Bradley Edwards broke up with that girlfriend, he told her the name of the woman he was leaving her for. If that happened in March, it would have been a premonition.

    Paul Yovich also questioned why, if he did it, he would drive more than 100 kilometres out of his way to dump a body - to which Justice Hall quickly replied that if he did it, he probably wanted to distance himself from the crime scene as much as possible.

    Join Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and Alison Fan as they discuss the questions Paul Yovich brought up surrounding Ciara Glennon’s disappearance.

    If you have any questions for the Claremont in Conversation podcast team, send them in to claremontpodcast@wanews.com.au

    The West Australian has also released a two-part video series, as Tim Clarke takes you through the areas which are key to the trial, from Claremont, where the women went missing, to Hollywood hospital and to the sites were Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies were found.

    To watch those videos, head to:

    Part 1:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-on-a-visual-tour-of-claremont-ng-b881516606z

    Part 2:

    https://thewest.com.au/news/claremont-serial-killings/claremont-serial-killings-trial-tim-clarke-takes-you-to-wellard-and-eglington-ng-b881517153z

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Jenkinsdraws ,

Fair. Far from outstanding.

Not a bad podcast, but nothing outstanding. It does seem a little drawn out. Some precis and editing would help. With so many top flight podcasts out there, Aussie ones in particular, this one is easy to set aside as too slight.
The writing is a little overwrought tabloid-y and this cashes with the lazy pace.

kchris1 ,

Great show!

Love the show! Great review of the case and evidence.

However COVID-19 should be taken seriously and courts should be shut down or public should be limited! Shocked this hasn’t happened yet.

Demeester ,

News of the trial, not fun entertainment

It’s not super well done... but if you’re interested in keeping up with the trial, this is the one. You don’t listen to this for entertainment, it’s for information.

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