A man accused over the two Claremont serial killings case had led a quiet suburban life as a devoted stepfather who volunteered at a children's sports club. Pictures of Bradley Robert Edwards looking relaxed during his time as a volunteer timekeeper at Little Athletics in have emerged just weeks after he was charged. The year-old who was well known to the community lived in the humble four-bedroom home in Kewdale, south of Perth, since with his French wife. He joined the athletics club to help out while his daughter was a member, but stayed to help out even after she outgrew it.
The man has been charged with the alleged murders of Jane Rimmer left and Ciara Glennon right. Both women's bodies were found in bushland. Secretary Sarah Spiers, 18, was the first of three victims who was last seen at a Claremont nightclub after celebrating Australia Day with friends in Her body has never been found.
Edwards is believed to have been residing with his stepdaughter since his marriage to his French wife, Catherine Marie Geneste, broke down in Detectives alleged recent DNA tests on a kimono found nearly 30 years ago matched samples found on the body of the third victim Ciara Glennon. Her body has never been found as police continue inquiries into her death.
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In the same year, childcare worker Jane Rimmer, 23, went missing after she was last seen outside the Continental Hotel in June Her body was found in bushland in August Her body was found in bushland at Eglington, in Perth's north, on April 3. Mr Edwards has since been charged with eight offences, including the alleged murders of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon. He has also been charged with the rape of the year-old girl and the indecent assault of an year-old woman during a home invasion in Mr Edwards has been remanded in custody.
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There IS another way, writes Punch Graphs show coronavirus infections 'flattening' for countries coming out of pandemic 'peak' - but the WHO The lockdown checklist: From buying alcohol to sitting on a benchUpdated June 08, It was listed as a mere directions hearing, a usually dry and often uninteresting discussion of the procedural matters of the case.
But this week's latest instalment on the Claremont serial killings trial proved anything but. The one-and-a-half-hour hearing produced plenty of new nuggets of information about the case, some aspects of which date back more than 30 years. Bradley Robert Edwards is facing three counts of wilful murder over the abduction and killing of three young women from the Claremont area in and Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and year-old Ciara Glennon.
He's also charged over the sexual assaults of two other young women — one in Huntingdale in and the other, a year-old, at Karrakatta cemetery near Claremont in The complexity of the case and the amount of evidence to be tendered always meant this would be a long trial.
May was the envisaged start date, but that was scrapped when defence counsel Paul Yovich successfully argued that it was not feasible and more time would be needed.
In December last year, Justice Stephen Hall ruled the trial would start on July 22 and be set down for nine months.
But this week he reluctantly pushed that date back to November 18, after it became clear the defence would not have enough time to examine new evidence introduced by the prosecution and prepare its case.300117 Don Spiers Jane Grljusich
The delay was "extremely unfortunate and regrettable" but necessary to ensure a fair trial, because of new evidence introduced by the prosecution. Mr Edwards and his legal team needed to be fully informed of the evidence against him and needed time to adequately prepare his defence, the judge said.
In fact, there's so much potential new evidence Justice Hall felt compelled to "draw a line in the sand" and not allow any more. In April a directions hearing was told new clothing evidence had been obtained by police, which needed to be forensically tested and expert reports written. But this week that was expanded to 39 separate items of outstanding disclosure, including a variety of forensic evidence such as DNA and fibres, plus taxi evidence and other general evidence.
State prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said the order was "unusual" and she had never heard of one being made before. Also revealed in court this week was the establishment of a purpose-built electronic database to manage the sheer volume of evidence. We already knew that more than 1. There is so much of it, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has rented an entire floor of a building to house the prosecution team and the evidence. Now it has been revealed an electronic database of all items of evidence has been created, which will be managed by the judge's associates so it is "seen to be independent of the parties," Justice Hall said.
Items will be cross-referenced and marked as exhibits when they are tendered in court, and backed up in such a way that they can be accessed even in the event of a systems failure. Among the new evidence being looked at is that relating to Telstra-issued work uniforms, specifically work pants, Ms Barbagallo told the court this week.
Mr Edwards was employed by the telecommunications company, previously known as Telecom, for his entire working life until his arrest in Decemberand drove a work-issued vehicle at the time.
Ms Barbagallo told the court reports were being sought from two different manufacturers of the uniforms, which would be completed by the end of June. It has also been flagged that fibres taken from a Telstra vehicle believed to have been driven by Mr Edwards in the s will be central to the case.
The vehicle was located by police in This week the court was told a report had been prepared in that linked fibres found on the bodies of Ms Glennon, Ms Rimmer and another woman. Suburban newspaper the Post reported in a forensic link between Ms Glennon and the teenage victim in the Karrakatta rape case had been establishedshowing the same person was responsible for both attacks.
Ms Barbagallo told the court a "large proportion of the work" that had been done identifying fibres common to three of the victims had been completed inalthough Mr Edwards was not charged until December As shocking as his murders are, what's even more astounding is how Little stayed a free man so long. Prior to his capture, the serial killer amassed almost arrests on charges including rape, robbery, and assault, but he did not spend more than a total of 10 years in prison, reported The New York Times.
How did Little go undetected by law enforcement, and how was he finally caught? Little often preyed on drug users, promising them money or narcotics before he killed them, according to the periodical Cleveland Magazine. He also targeted sex workers, taking advantage of the fact that law enforcement often brushed off their assault claims. Leliaa sex worker trying to support her three children, later testified that she met Little in November After getting in his car, Little beat and choked her so viciously that blood was streaming from her eyes.
Although she fought back and escaped, she never filed a police report, and authorities never came to take her statement when she was admitted at the hospital.
After selecting his victims, Little would try to knock them out with a punch and then strangle them to death. Because the women often displayed no physical injuries, or their bodies were so badly decomposed, it was difficult to determine that their deaths were homicides. Little was a transient, crisscrossing across the country throughout his adult life and working temporary jobs, which made him hard to track and his killing pattern tough to recognize.
Though he racked up numerous arrests on a variety of petty offenses, police sometimes dropped the charges against him and just hoped he would leave their jurisdiction, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was also careful to limit his hunting grounds to dilapidated, high-crime areas, places that seldom receive the same attention and protection as their more affluent neighbors.
Little later relocated to California, where he was arrested for two assaults and later tried for attempted murder. After the jury deadlocked, he pleaded guilty to assault and false imprisonment and served two and a half years in prison, reported the Associated Press. Little killed numerous women around Los Angeles following his release, including three whose deaths would ultimately see him brought to justice.
All three women tested positive for cocaine during their autopsies, according to the newspaper Los Angeles Daily News. Detectives tracked Little through his social security payments to Louisville, Kentucky, and the U. Marshals Fugitive Task Force found and arrested Little at a homeless shelter.
Bradley Robert Edwards' life before he was charged over Claremont serial killings
He was then extradited to California on an outstanding narcotics warrant, according to New York Magazine. He was charged with three counts of murder and special circumstances for multiple murder, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Little was found guilty of the murders in September He was subsequently sentenced to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole, the Los Angeles Times reported. Authorities suspected Little of additional murders across the country, but he remained uncooperative until He eventually admitted his involvement in 93 murders, from toaccording to the Los Angeles Times.
Over the following year, Little pleaded guilty to murdering five women in Texas and Ohio, resulting in additional life sentences, according to The Plain Dealer newspaper. Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Digital Series. S2 - E1. S2 - E2. S2 - E3. S2 - E4. S2 - E5. S2 - E6. S2 - E7. S2 - E8. Photo: Getty Images. Full Episode. Drawings by Sam Little of his victims.The disappearance of three young women in eerily similar circumstances from the upmarket Perth suburb of Claremont in the mids spooked the city like no other case before or since.
Sarah Spiers, 18, was the first to vanish in Januaryfollowed by year-old Jane Rimmer in June the same year and Ciara Glennon, 27, in March The women had all been enjoying nights out with friends and each had farewelled their mates and headed home before abruptly disappearing. Ms Rimmer's body was found in bushland in Wellard, on Perth's southern fringes, in Augustnearly two months after she was last seen alive.
Ms Glennon's body was found in the city's northern outskirts on April 3,less than three weeks after she disappeared. No more young women went missing from the area in the same way and there were no more apparent breakthroughs in what was now openly referred to as a serial killer case.
Young people remained wary of going out, parents continued to warn their daughters of the dangers lurking in the shadows after dark, and everybody fervently hoped the case would be solved.
It seemed hard to believe such brazen acts could be committed without detection, that a serial killer could lurk in the quiet suburbs of Perth without anyone knowing. A special police unit — the Macro Task Force — had been established to solve the crime and resources were being allocated like never before. Macro would grow to become the biggest police investigation in Australian history and detectives had several people in their sights for the crimes.
With all three young women thought to have been planning to get taxis home from Claremont, drivers were the obvious first place to start.
In the pre-ride-sharing era, taxis were the only choice for late-night revellers trying to get home and Perth had more than 3, of them registered in Background checks were conducted on all drivers in the city and their cabs were searched, leading to 78 of them losing their taxi licences.
Thousands of drivers voluntarily submitted to fingerprinting and giving saliva samples in Australia's first mass DNA-testing exercise. But the samples collected from drivers didn't match the evidence police had collected. There was no breakthrough. One driver to attract police attention early in the piece was Steven Ross, who had told officers he believed he had given Ms Spiers a lift the night before she disappeared.
Mr Ross lived in a granny flat at the back of a house owned by then Claremont mayor Peter Weygers, who would himself also come under suspicion in the case but has never been charged. He said he had been driving taxis on the nights the three women disappeared, but always maintained his innocence. Then in his home was raided by Macro Task Force officers and his taxi was seized for forensic analysis.
He was forced to provide a DNA sample. They can't find the killer and they're trying to put someone away," he said. By Septemberpolice had begun to hone in on one particular suspect — a mild-mannered public servant with some odd behavioural quirks.
Lance Williams, then aged 41, lived with his parents in beachside Cottesloe, adjacent to Claremont and home to the Ocean Beach Hotel, where both Ms Spiers and Ms Rimmer had been drinking on the nights they disappeared. The unremarkable looking middle-aged man had never been married, had recently been treated for depression following the death of a friend and came across as socially awkward and eccentric.
It had been six months since Ms Glennon went missing and Claremont remained the focus of heavy police attention, with dozens of uniformed and undercover officers present in the area after dark. Mr Williams attracted their attention because of his habit of cruising around the streets of the affluent suburb after dark on weekends in his white Hyundai. Undercover female officers were a major part of the police operation in Claremont.
It was hoped that the officers, dressed like the throngs of other young women who flocked to the area to socialise at night, would attract the attention of the serial killer. When Mr Williams gave one of the officers a lift in the early hours of the morning after she asked him where the nearest bus stop was, police had reason to pay close attention to him. Then in the early hours of Sunday February 5,they pounced, arresting him as he drove through Claremont's central entertainment precinct.
Detectives would spend more than 12 hours interrogating Mr Williams that night and well into the daylight hours — without him having a lawyer present. However, the interrogation was not fruitful and, lacking evidence to lay charges, police released him.
By that stage officers had been watching him covertly for months — now their surveillance of him became round-the-clock, both at home and at his workplace in the Main Roads Department. His parents' home was searched and parts of their backyard dug up, and both his car and his parents' cars were forensically tested.
Hungry for a new development on the case, the media's focus on Mr Williams became almost as relentless as the police's, and the farcical spectacle of Mr Williams leaving his home being tailed by police vehicles, which were being tailed by news cars, became a regular occurrence. Mr Williams was hounded by reporters, as was his family, with his elderly parents forced to contend with packs of journalists and cameramen descending on their modest bungalow seeking interviews.
When it emerged Mr Williams had failed a polygraph, or lie detector, test administered by US expert Ron Homer, the media frenzy went into overdrive. The fact that polygraph test results were not permitted to be used as evidence was irrelevant — finally police appeared to have made a breakthrough.
Mr Williams was ambushed by reporters as he left work, who asked him point blank if he was the serial killer as he tried to protest his innocence.Fingerprints taken from accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards in were part of the breakthrough police used to allegedly solve a Huntingdale prowler case, and in doing so, allegedly catch WA's most wanted killer. Mr Edwards, inwas working at Hollywood Hospital as a Telstra contractor when he attempted to drag a woman from her desk into a toilet block.
Bradley Robert Edwards is accused of murdering three young women in Claremont in the mids. Mr Edwards, then 21, attacked the social worker from behind, stuffing a piece of fabric into the woman's mouth. She kicked her attacker and broke free, with security guards holding Mr Edwards until police arrived. More than 20 years later, cold case detectives re-examining a kimono left behind at an attempted sex attack in Huntingdale in discovered that the garment allegedly contained the same male DNA profile found on Ciara Glennon and the Karrakatta cemetery rape victim.
Around the same time the Huntingdale attack occurred, a 'prowler' had been lurking around the south-eastern suburb, stealing women's underwear and nightgowns off clotheslines. On one occasion the prowler, wearing a dressing gown, ran away after he was caught lingering in a resident's backyard. Police were called to that scene and four finger and a palmprint were taken from the rear door to the house.
After the alleged Claremont serial killer's DNA was discovered on the kimono inthe fingerprints were run through the national database. The state said three of the four prints taken from the door allegedly matched Mr Edwards' prints, taken in Mr Edwards was followed by covert detectives, and a discarded Sprite bottle he had drank from was tested.
Mr Edwards was arrested soon after, and charged with the murders of Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer, as well as the Huntingdale attack and an abduction and rape at Karrakatta Cemetery in He later confessed to the Karrakatta rape and Huntingdale sex attack, but maintained his not guilty plea in relation to the three murder charges.
The fingerprints taken in that led to the arrest of accused Claremont serial killer.
He apologised and pleaded guilty to common assault. Mr Edwards' fingerprints were entered into a national database soon afterwards. License this article. Claremont killer trial Courts. Phil Hickey Twitter Email.
Heather McNeill Twitter Email.The suspect in the Claremont killings is taken away by police. Source:Channel 7. A MAN has appeared in a Perth court charged with the murders of two victims in the infamous Claremont serial killer case, as well as attacks on two other victims.
Edwards, 48, is also accused of abducting a year-old girl in February as she walked through Rowe Park in Claremont, and indecently assaulting an year-old woman during a break-in at a Huntingdale home in February He was charged with two counts of wilful murder, two counts of deprivation of liberty, two counts of aggravated sexual penetration without consent, one count of breaking and entering, and one count of indecent assault.
It is understood Edwards works as an electrical engineer and volunteers for the Belmont Little Athletics club as a timekeeper and photographer. According to FairfaxinEdwards, along with his wife were awarded lifetime memberships at a separate club, Kewdale Little Athletics.
Mr Edwards was given the award for his contribution to sport and recreation in the area, through his involvement with the two Little Athletics clubs. The council said he demonstrated commitment and leadership and ensured the continued growth of Little Athletics in the community.
A spokesman for the Kewdale Little Athletics Club would not comment on the arrest and said Edwards was no longer associated with the club. The long-running investigation into the deaths has gripped West Australians for the past two decades.
Police also allege Edwards abducted Ms Glennon, 27, on March 14,after she too had been on a night out in Claremont. As well as those two murders, the Kewdale man has also been charged over attacks on two other women. He has been charged with the abduction of a year-old in the early hours of February 12,as she walked through a Claremont park. Bradley Robert Edwards, pictured with his wife Catherine had lived together for 17 years. Source:News Limited.
Ciara Eilish Glennon disappeared in Police have charged a year-old man with the murder of two women. For 20 years the cold case has been known only as the Claremont serial killings after, two young blondes disappeared and were later found murdered. Ms Rimmer vanished from Claremont and her body was found in August in bushland in Wellard, about 40km from Perth. CCTV footage later emerged, showing Ms Rimmer talking to a man in the street outside the Continental Hotel about midnight, and it became a crucial clue in the investigation.
The eerie footage shows her talking to a man briefly.Twenty years after the Claremont serial killings began WA Police yesterday revealed a major breakthrough, charging a man over the murders of two of the victims. It can be revealed that in — eight years before Sarah Spiers was abducted off a Claremont street — the white kimono was dropped by an intruder who broke into the home of an year-old Huntingdale woman and tried to rape her. Her screams caused him to flee and police believe the stolen kimono was accidentally dropped by the man as he ran out of the home.
As part of a continuing operation to retest old evidence with new technology, officers from the State Crime Operations team did DNA tests on the kimono. Cold-case detectives spent Thursday night questioning a Bradley Robert Edwards in relation to the year-old Claremont serial killer investigation. Police claim the DNA samples came back as a match to samples already on the police database — samples that had been recovered from the body of the third Claremont victim, Ciara Glennon, and from a year-old woman who was grabbed in a Claremont street in and then assaulted at the nearby Karrakatta cemetery.
It told police that the serial killer they were hunting may have been the same person who dropped the kimono. While the DNA link did not give them a name for that person, it did provide detectives with fresh investigative opportunities contained within the pages of the case file.
That breakthrough culminated in the dramatic arrest on Thursday of year-old Telstra worker Bradley Robert Edwards at his home in Acton Avenue in Kewdale. It is understood a DNA sample was taken from him immediately after his arrest and the positive results came back about 12 hours later, leading to him being formally charged.
The junior athletics coach appeared in court yesterday charged with the wilful murder of two of the Claremont victims, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ms Glennon, Mr Edwards was also charged over the Huntingdale attack in and with the abduction and rape of the year-old woman at Karrakatta cemetery. The commitment of the WA police and its officers has never wavered. Families of the three murder victims had been kept closely informed of the developments as they unfolded this week.
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