Episodes
We’ve already been told Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon fought for their lives. But what they went through in the moments before their deaths hasn't been spoken about in great detail, until today. On day 33, that was made a little clearer by the testimony of pathologist Dr Clive Cooke. He revealed there was no evidence to suggest she was raped before she was murdered. During his third day on the stand, Dr Cooke said while there was no evidence of sexual assault, Jane’s body was so badly...
Published 01/28/20
It was the Australia Day weekend 1996. Perth woke to the shocking news that an 18-year-old had been reported missing after not returning home from a night out in Claremont with friends. Little did we know that her disappearance would be just the beginning of Australia's most expensive and longest running investigation. She was the first victim of the Claremont Serial Killer, but her body has never been found. In this bonus episode, we're joined by veteran journalist Alison Fan, who became...
Published 01/26/20
It has been revealed for the first time that Ciara Glennon may have been struck on the back of her head in the moments before her death. The blow may have stunned, or rendered her semi-conscious. This information we can bring to you now, because late on day 32 of the Claremont Serial Killings trial, Justice Stephen Hall lifted the suppression order put in place the day before, which had banned all details about Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s autopsies being broadcast to the public. After...
Published 01/24/20
Before Day 31’s evidence in the Claremont Serial Killings trial could be heard, Justice Stephen Hall issues a temporary suppression order on all details regarding the post mortems of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, including any injuries and the causes of death. Justice Hall said the suppression was made at the request of the victim’s families. The suppression order was put in place just before evidence from the pathologist who carried out the post mortems of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon...
Published 01/23/20
The forensic officer who was involved with the collection of what is now seen as key pieces of evidence for the prosecution has revealed one of those pieces of evidence mysteriously disappeared after it was stored for the weekend at police HQ after Ciara Glennon’s autopsy. Sgt Adam McCulloch, who was in his second day of evidence, told the court a white fibre labelled AJM23 - which was collected during a Polilight exam on Ciara's body - was missing. It’s unknown, and will probably never be...
Published 01/22/20
Day 29 started out unusually in court, with an officer asked to spell the words ‘maggot’ and ‘entomology’ for the court as his cross examination started. The spelling test however, wasn’t just for fun, the court was told during evidence collection, several copies of exhibit lists were made, and one officer simply couldn’t spell those two words, and could identify his writing through his spelling of ‘magat’ and ‘antomology’. Also to take the stand, the forensic officer who collected exhibits...
Published 01/21/20
After three women went missing from the same area within less than two years of each other, police concluded they could be looking for a serial killer. So they brought in FBI-trained profilers to try and get inside the mind of the person responsible for the murders of two women, and the disappearance of another. Serial killer experts Claude Minisini and Captain David Caldwell were in Perth, after being invited by MACRO detectives when Ciara’s body was found dumped in bushland in Eglington...
Published 01/20/20
***WARNING: Graphic Content*** Ciara Glennon's fingernail clippings are the key pieces of evidence the prosecution have to say why they'll prove Bradley Robert Edwards is the Claremont Serial Killer. The reason why they're so crucial, is because DNA found under those fingernails contained the DNA of the accused, and the prosecution say it got there because of a struggle. When Ciara Glennon’s body was found on April 3, 1997, she also had defensive wounds on her arms and hands, indicating...
Published 01/17/20
The defence team for the accused Claremont Serial Killer, Bradley Edwards focussed on forensic collection errors made by police when Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies were found in 1996 and 1997. Sergeant Gary Hyde was grilled about errors in transcripts and data entry of forensic pieces from samples collected from the murdered women. On day 26, we’re joined by forensic expert Brendan Chapman, who helps walk us through some of the potential risks incorrect entries in forensic databases...
Published 01/16/20
The question of who handled evidence samples from the two murdered women’s bodies, will become key in both the prosecution and defence’s arguments. Today, on day 25, we got our first glimpse of just how in depth the witnesses will be expected to remember of their dealings with samples. Forensic police officer Gary Hyde told the court he was present during the day Ciara Glennon’s body was found, he took photos of her post-mortem the next day, and handled several exhibits. He was responsible...
Published 01/15/20
Following Jane Rimmer’s post-mortem, the pathologist who carried it out gave one of the detectives a lock of Jane’s hair. The detective, Vicky Young then washed, brushed and placed an elastic around it and gave it to the Rimmer family. During her evidence today, she said it was an act of compassion. But she also said the hair was covered in fluids and matter when it was given to her. On the podcast for day 24 of the Claremont Serial Killings trial, Alison Fan, Tim Clarke and Natalie...
Published 01/14/20
****WARNING: Some viewers may find the content discussed in this episode distressing**** The doctor who examined the 17-year-old who was brutally raped by Bradley Edwards in 1995 has recalled the horrific injuries the teenager suffered that night. In Day 23 of the Claremont serial killings trial Dr Amanda Barnard gave evidence saying while she had examined thousands of women during her career as a doctor for the sexual assault resource centre, the injuries inflicted on the 17-year-old by...
Published 01/13/20
When police arrived at the scenes where Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies had been dumped, They didn’t have to wear gloves to prevent cross contamination. On day 22 of the Claremont Serial Killings trial, former forensic police officer Robert Hemelaar took the stand for a third day where it was revealed there wasn’t a big focus on preserving a crime scene in the mid 1990s. He said there was no protocol for wearing gloves and covers for their boots, only that gloves should be worn while...
Published 01/10/20
Former forensic police officer Robert Hemelaar gave his evidence for the whole of day 21 of the Claremont Serial Killings Trial. He narrated an hour-long video from Ciara Glennon’s burial site, revealing graphic details and forensic clues as to how police collected and stored DNA samples found on the 27-year-old’s body. Joined in the studio by forensic expert Brendan Chapman, Natalie Bonjolo, Tim Clarke and Emily Moulton take you through exactly how forensic officers collect samples, and...
Published 01/09/20
On day 20 of the Claremont Serial Killings trial, the court was given a glimpse into the life of Jane Rimmer through photographs taken from inside her house days after she went missing, a woman’s life frozen in time. Images from the 23-year-old child care worker’s house and belongings were shown to the court by former forensic police officer Robert Hemelaar, who searched Jane’s Wembley flat. Bills, papers, even a KFC voucher had been left on her dining table revealing the life frozen in...
Published 01/08/20
Senior police officers who attended the burial sites of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon's bodies have described the 'mayhem' and 'organised chaos' which became the crime scenes when the women's bodies were found. In particular, when the body of the third woman to go missing, Ciara Glennon's body was found in shrub land in Eglinton, both police and the media started using the term 'serial killer'. This intense interest by the media was brought up in court on day 19 of WA's trial of the...
Published 01/07/20
After a two-week break, the trial of the century resumed at Perth’s Supreme Court, only to be adjourned again after just half an hour. The reason? Prosecutors needed to go to a stationary store to buy projector screens to block out gruesome images of the burial sites of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon’s bodies that were set to be shown as evidence. The families of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon had voiced their concerns about the evidence being shown to the public, and the judge agreed the...
Published 01/06/20
Emotional turmoil. That’s the motive the prosecution say led Bradley Edwards to attack a woman at Hollywood hospital, rape a teenager and kill three women. Family and friends told of the mild-mannered Bradley Edwards in the first four weeks of the trial. The man who didn’t react when he caught his wife kissing another man in their house, nor reacting to the news of his estranged wife having a baby with her lover. The prosecution say he didn’t react publicly to these events, instead he took...
Published 01/05/20
Before WA’s trial of the century resumes for 2020, we take you through the evidence which has been presented so far. A lot of you have told us the trial jumped around from date to date, so we’ve collated all the evidence and put it in chronological order for you, so you can refresh your memory before jumping into the maze which will be the DNA and fibre evidence. Starting with the Huntingdale attack, through the disappearance of three women and the discovery of two bodies. Then 19 years...
Published 01/04/20
Before it was known as the hunting ground for one of WA’s worst serial killers, Claremont was the go-to destination for young people wanting to be seen. Every weekend the pubs and clubs were packed. Some of WA’s wealthiest called Claremont home. And it was safe. But a rape, followed by three murders changed that. All of the victims were out in this affluent suburb, on their own. Within the space of nine months, Claremont would never be the same. Women stayed in packs and men worried...
Published 12/29/19
If Bradley Edwards is convicted, will he be asked where Sarah Spiers is? Why wasn’t Lance Williams eliminated as a suspect earlier? Will Bradley Edwards be cross-examined? In this bonus episode, criminal defence lawyer Damien Cripps and The West Australian's legal affairs editor Tim Clarke answer some of the burning questions you’ve had from the trial of the century. We’ve received hundreds of questions from listeners all over the world and hope to answer as many as we can. From true crime...
Published 12/21/19
It was by pure-chance Jane Rimmer's body was found. A woman driving with her husband and children driving in Wellard stopped on the side of the road after a rooster ran out. Kids being kids, they wanted to chase it. The mother, Tammy Evans decided to pick some death lilies and out of the corner of her eye, 'the biggest death lily' she had ever seen popped into view. Before grabbing onto it, something brushed her leg. She thought it was a stick, but it was a foot. That was the only feature...
Published 12/17/19
March 14, 1997 was the last time Ciara Glennon was seen alive. She’s been at a work function, by all accounts she didn’t want to go out that night, because she had her sister's hen's night the next night. But she was convinced to go out to Claremont. She’d only been back in Perth for two weeks, after travelling for six months. In this podcast, Tim Clarke and Damien Cripps ask whether she had known about the other missing girls as well as the rest of Perth, simply because she wasn’t in the...
Published 12/16/19
On August 3, 1996 - 55 days after 23-year-old child care worker Jane Rimmer went missing, a woman picking flowers with her family found her body. She immediately told her husband who rushed for help. Jane’s body was badly decomposed, covered in leaves and small shrubs. Meanwhile a couple riding horses nearby found a knife on the ground not too far away. When they reached the woman who found the body, she told them she had stayed with Jane because “she didn’t want to leave her alone.” We...
Published 12/13/19
The night Jane Rimmer disappeared, on June 9, 1996, two couples - separately - heard blood-curdling, ’traumatic’ screams. One witness recalled hearing a scream that just suddenly stopped. Then silence. The two couples lived in the then-rural area on the outskirts of Perth called Wellard. 55 days later Jane’s body would be found in bushland in between their houses. As The West’s Emily Moulton - who has been live blogging the court proceedings - explains, one couple remembered a smell...
Published 12/12/19