Current Claremont Murders - Media

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The Questions That Remain Unanswered


Why did Mr Edwards keep his job at Telstra after admitting attacking a woman at Hollywood Hospital while at work? Telstra declines to comment.

If Sarah, Jane and Ciara got into their killer’s car, did they do so willingly and did they fight back?
The court was told that on the nights Sarah Spiers and Ms Rimmer disappeared, screams were heard — but not in the Claremont area.


Does Mr Edwards have alibis?
Mr Edwards’ whereabouts and movements at relevant times will likely be key matters during the trial.


But Ms Barbagallo did reveal in court this week that Mr Edwards allegedly had no alibi on the night that Ms Glennon was murdered.

She told the court Mr Edwards had plans to go to a friend’s house in Dawesville that night in March 1997, but failed to show and didn’t appear until mid-morning the following day.

She said he claimed he had been trying to reconcile with his wife. “That was a lie,” she alleged.

Why are we hearing all this evidence before the trial?
It is rare for allegations against any accused person, in this kind of detail, to be in the public domain before a trial.


But this trial will be heard by Justice Stephen Hall alone, without a jury, and Mr Edwards’ defence did not proceed with a bid to suppress the publication of details discussed in the pre-trial hearing this week.

As a judge, Justice Hall is trained to put aside prejudices

Why did it take so long to lay charges?
The kimono. The Huntingdale fingerprints.


Those pieces of possible evidence were important factors in leading us to where we are today, five months away from Mr Edwards’ trial.

Cold-case police officers had the kimono that was left at the Huntingdale attack scene tested for DNA evidence and allegedly the profile they found matched the profile they had for the Claremont serial killer.

The Huntingdale case was reopened and fingerprints found at one of the prowling scenes matched Mr Edwards’ prints on the national database since the 1990 Hollywood Hospital attack.

Police then swooped and arrested Mr Edwards on December 22, 2016.

The 50-year-old has been in custody since.
 

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Similar to the morning article in The West Australian, but with a few interesting differences.

https://thewest.com.au/news/claremo...y-robert-edwards-break-silence-ng-b881123291z
Mark Gibson, 7NEWS7News Perth
Saturday, 2 March 2019 9:10PM
The accused man’s brother, sister and parents regularly visit Edwards in jail and say his innocence will be revealed when the trial unfolds.
Seven News spoke with Edwards' younger brother who said his brother is innocent.
“I just hope that justice prevails and he will be found not guilty,” he said
 

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Bradley Edwards was born in December, 1968, the first of two sons to a father who was technician in the Western Australian branch of the Postmaster General’s Department which operated the national telephone wires.

The brother grew up in up in the southeastern Perth suburb of Huntingdale where Bradley also attended the local primary school.

His parents joined a number of other land owners who bought, subdivided and developed properties on Gay Street, Huntingdale which even today retains stretches of bushland.

The Edwards brothers attended Gosnells Senior High School, now Southern River College, a six minute drive away.

Soon after graduating in 1986, Bradley is believed to have joined the national telco, Telecom, the precursor to Telstra.


https://www.news.com.au/national/co...r/news-story/832ac79af939f622005db6e851dfd1e4
 

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Sarah Spiers

Ms Barbagallo said a witness who looked in the direction of the screams saw a vehicle allegedly matching the description of the Toyota Camry Mr Edwards was driving at the time.

“One of the witnesses who heard these screams, looked in the direction of the screams and saw a white or cream-coloured vehicle ... parked on the wrong side of Monument Street near a Telecom or Telstra phone box,” she said.

https://www.watoday.com.au/national...-claremont-serial-killer-20190219-p50yvo.html

https://www.google.com/maps/place/M...a0f6c1c74a341!8m2!3d-32.0090119!4d115.7608575
 
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The West Australian

POTENTIAL EVIDENCE FOR THE PROSECUTION
HUNTINGDALE ATTACK/PROWLING

Kimono: Left at attack scene, semen stained, DNA profile alleged to match Mr Edwards

Fingerprints: Found on sliding door, alleged to match Mr Edwards

Footprints: Found outside two homes, alleged Mr Edwards can’t be ruled out.

HOLLYWOOD HOSPITAL ATTACK
Conviction for common assault after attacking a woman in 1990. Sentenced to two years probation.

KARRAKATTA RAPE
DNA from victim swabs an alleged match to Mr Edwards.

JANE RIMMER MURDER
Twenty fibres found in hair alleged to match seat inserts found in the make and model of car Mr Edwards was alleged to have been driving.

Another fibre found in her hair alleged to be consistent with the rear cargo area of same make and model.

Telstra knife: Alleged to have been found nearby on the same day Ms Rimmer’s body was found near Woolcoot Road, Wellard. Prosecution alleges it could be the murder weapon.

CIARA GLENNON MURDER
DNA under, on or around fingernails — mixed DNA profile, female component belongs to Ms Glennon, while male component alleged to match Mr Edwards.

Fibres: Found in hair alleged to match seat inserts of car Mr Edwards was driving at the time.

PORN EVIDENCE
Extreme porn movie Forced Entry alleged to be a deleted but forensically retrieved file.

Unknown quantity of pornographic images, including those involving BDSM. Defence says just 8 per cent of the porn allegedly found on Mr Edwards’ devices fits into that extreme category.

“Meticulously” maintained list of pornographic websites Mr Edwards allegedly visited, totalling almost 4000 when he was arrested. In the 12 months prior, the list allegedly had 152 entries.

Violent stories of young women being abducted, gagged, bound and raped, allegedly written by, downloaded or contributed to by Mr Edwards.

Recorded prison phone call: Topic of conversation alleged to revolve around who authored those stories.

Box seized from Mr Edwards’ home is alleged to contain homemade sex toys, sandwich bags, hair ties and women’s underwear with holes cut in them for male genitalia.
 

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Forensics method validated for sexual assault cases
August 7, 2014
by Kerry Faulkner, Science Network WA https://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-08-forensics-method-validated-sexual-assault.html
WA Police Sexual Assault Squad, PathWest forensic biologists and Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) doctors collaborated on the research that investigated 100 consecutive alleged rape cases in Western Australia over four years.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Foley says it's imperative police reduce the risk of losing evidence like sperm and DNA after an attack, which can happen when victims wash or urinate.

To capture this evidence, victims are asked to self-administer a series of non-invasive tests from an early evidence kit consisting of swabs and samples, including urine and saliva samples.

The kit is a precursor to full forensic testing at a hospital that can occur hours after the attack, particularly in remote locations.

SARC's Debbie Smith says from their research, Western Australia appears to be the only laboratory in the world that tests urine not only for toxicology (drugs and alcohol), but also for spermatozoa and DNA material.

She says the research highlights for the first time the importance of this urine sample for capturing forensic evidence.

"In the penile-vaginal sexual assault we could see early evidence kits were useful in picking up sperm and in particular urine was an important specimen to collect, coupled with a gauze wipe of the vulva," Dr Smith says.

"Sperm was detected in the early evidence kit in 40 per cent of cases of alleged penile-vaginal sexual assault when both a urine sample and a vulval gauze wipe were collected."

PathWest forensic biologist Laurance Webb says scientists target any cellular material in the samples. They decant off the urine liquid, swabbing a pellet of residual cells to test for DNA material. A smear of the same cellular material is then used to identify any spermatozoa that may be in the sample.

SARC's Maureen Phillips says in some instances early evidence kit specimens captured sperm and DNA that under full-forensic examination tested negative.

"Sperm doesn't last forever on the body; around the mouth it can last only a matter of hours, in other parts of the body like the skin and vagina it lasts for longer," Dr Phillips says.

"There were anecdotally specific examples where if evidence hadn't been collected early, it would be very difficult to investigate the alleged assault or identify the offender."

However, she says no scientific evidence existed previously which supported the effectiveness of early evidence collection.

More information: Details of the research have been published in Forensic Science Medicine and Pathology. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24752424%20%20

Provided by Science Network WA


Early evidence kits are self-administered and are precursors to full forensic testing at a hospital. Credit: Debbie Smith, Sexual Assault Resource Centre

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The real life adventures of Maggot Man and Insect Girl
By Mark Russell
September 5, 2010 — 3.00am https://www.smh.com.au/national/the...aggot-man-and-insect-girl-20100904-14vdo.html

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Dr Dadour, 53, whose lectures have titles such as ''101 Uses for a Maggot'', says Australia has about 360 homicides a year and 20 per cent of the corpses are found with insect material on them.

He has worked on hundreds of cases, including the Claremont serial killer investigation in which three young women were abducted and killed between 1996 and 1997 from the Perth suburb of Claremont. The killer has not been found.

The one case, he says, which affected him deeply was when he had to pick maggots off the hand of a murdered 11-year-old boy. His son was 11 at the time.

''On TV it [the job] looks all cool and stuff - it's not. Mostly, it's a research thing,'' he said.



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DNA key to accused Claremont serial killer's trial as date set for 2019
By Heather McNeill
December 18, 2018 — 11.37am https://www.watoday.com.au/national...ial-as-date-set-for-2019-20181218-p50mx6.html

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DNA evidence was specifically referenced in relation to Ms Glennon and the alleged Karrakatta Cemetery victim.

Ms Barbagallo said the prosecution would be relying on expert analysis provided by Pathwest, the Chem Centre and Cellmark - a United Kingdom-based DNA firm specialising in relationship and sibling testing.



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PROWLER SERIES - EVIDENCE

Huntingdale prowler evidence Summary of evidence
  1. In and around late 1987 and 1988, a series of incidents occurred in the Huntingdale area that involved a person trespassing on, or entering into, residences and stealing women's underwear and other garments. The evidence relied upon in this regard is as follows.[38]
  2. In or about midJanuary 1988, an apricotcoloured silk kimono and white women's underwear were stolen from a clothesline at 76 Harpenden Street, Huntingdale. This kimono was subsequently found at the scene of the Huntingdale offences (counts 1 and 2) on 15 February 1988.
  3. On Thursday, 21 January 1988, at approximately 3.00 am, a man attempted to break into a house at Lot 3 Huntingdale Road, Huntingdale. The man was disturbed by the occupants of the residence and left the area. He was described as being approximately 30 years of age, 180 cm tall with short dark hair, of chubby or solid build and wearing a 'wrap around' garment. That garment was described as being like a sarong or like what 'the Japanese wear' which was colourful and came 'down to his leg'.
  4. Later the same morning, that is, on Thursday, 21 January 1988, at approximately 4.10 am, a man broke into a residence at 61 Huntingdale Road, Huntingdale and was found by the female occupant to be standing in a spare bedroom of the house searching through drawers of an antique dresser. The female occupant ran to her bedroom where she screamed for help. The man ran off. The man was described as Caucasian, with a fair complexion, thin to average build, not muscly, approximately 180 cm tall, aged between 19 and 21 years old, with dark short hair which was in a neat short back and sides style, clean shaven, brown eyes, black eyebrows, bare feet and clean in appearance. The man was described as wearing a blue satin silky dressing gown or nightwear which appeared to be quite feminine with white shorts with a pattern on them.
  5. Two days later, on 23 January 1988, between 9.00 pm and 10.00 pm, a person tried to break into the same residence at 61 Huntingdale Road, Huntingdale. The person was disturbed by the barking of the occupant's dog after having removed the flyscreen of the female occupant's bedroom window.
  6. On Thursday, 28 January 1988, at approximately 9.30 pm, a man peered over the fence into the residence at 61 Huntingdale Road, Huntingdale. At that time, the female occupant was in her yard feeding her animals. The man was described as a 180 cm tall, slim build, dark and identical to the man seen at the same residence by the same female occupant in the early hours of the morning on Thursday, 21 January 1988. The female occupant of the house assisted in the compilation of an identikit sketch of this man, which is alleged to be broadly consistent with the way the accused looked at the relevant time.
  7. On two occasions between a few days to two weeks apart, in or around January and early February 1988, female garments were stolen from a clothesline at Lot 1401 Bullfinch Street, Huntingdale. At least two bras, four pairs of underwear, three pairs of tights and a white satin threequarter length kimono with oriental flowers embroidered on each side at the front were stolen.
  8. On Thursday, 11 February 1988, at approximately 1.00 am, a man broke into a residence at Lot 1386 Bullfinch Street, Huntingdale and went to the master bedroom of the house. The female occupant woke to the noise of rustling in her bedside drawer. She saw the man crouched down near the drawers. He then fled from the house without saying anything. He was described as wearing some form of 'flowing garment' which was 'similar to a kimono' and was light in colour.
  9. Later the same morning at approximately 2.30 am, a man was seen at the rear sliding door of 61 Huntingdale Road, Huntingdale trying to open the door. The man was disturbed by a neighbour, causing him to run off and jump over the fence. The man did not say anything to witnesses during this incident. The man was described as approximately 5 foot 11 inches (180 cm) tall, very slim, jet black hair, a standard man's haircut, light-coloured skin, wearing 'something really funny...like a dressing gown' which had long sleeves and came to just below the knee. The man had nothing in his hands, was not wearing glasses and had no beard. Police attended at the residence and conducted a fingerprint examination. Three partial latent fingerprints and one latent palm impression were obtained from the rear sliding door. In December 2016, following the arrest of the accused, a comparison was undertaken with the accused's fingerprints. The prosecution case is that three out of the four latent fingerprints can be identified as being those of the accused. A foot impression of a bare right foot was also located in the sand at the scene. This impression was compared to foot impressions obtained from the accused in November 2017. The prosecution case is that the accused cannot be excluded from having created this foot impression.
  10. In the late hours of Saturday, 8 October 1988, or the early hours of Sunday, 9 October 1988, a female occupant of 78A Harpenden Road, Huntingdale opened the rear glass sliding door of her residence to let out her cat. She left the door open and went to have a shower. On her way to the shower, she noticed that her toilet door which she normally left ajar was closed. She showered for approximately 15 minutes before dressing and walking back past the toilet door. As she did so, a man opened the toilet door and rushed out at her. He pushed her against the wall with force causing her to fall to the floor. The intruder then stood over her and slapped her repeatedly around her head and neck. She received bruises on both sides of her back as well as on her neck. She described the man as wearing 'something similar to a ladies' satin nightie' and 'layers of what appeared to be ladies' clothing'. He was barefoot and had underpants over his head, but his eyes were exposed. He was about 6 foot 1 inch tall and slim to medium build. The female occupant fought back and managed to punch the intruder to the face a few times. She also kneed him to the groin. At that time, she noticed that her young daughter was standing nearby. The intruder looked at the child and fled out the rear sliding door. The female occupant saw him jump over the rear fence. The man did not say anything to the female occupant during this incident. Police attended and took photographs of bare foot impressions in the sand around the perimeter of the house. The impressions were later compared to foot impressions obtained from the accused in November 2017. It is the prosecution case that the accused cannot be excluded as having created three out of the four foot impressions obtained.
  11. During the period that the Huntingdale prowler series of incidents occurred, the accused was 19 years of age, approximately 183 cm tall, slim to medium build with short dark hair and of fair complexion. He lived with his family at 144 Gay Street, Huntingdale, which was within a 1 km radius of all of the residences connected with these events.[39]
https://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/wa/WASC//2019/87.html
 
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