One of Australia’s best-known unsolved criminal cases came to an end on Wednesday when a notorious serial killer baptized “Claremont’s killer” was sentenced in Perth to at least 40 years in prison.
The court had found Bradley Edwards, 52, guilty of the murders of two women as early as September.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC, the audience in the courtroom burst into spontaneous applause when Western Australian State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Hall pronounced Edwards ’verdict.
"I think you're likely to die in prison," Judge Hall said, pointing to Edwards.
The West Australian magazine, published in the state of Western Australia, takes Edwards' verdict spectacularly on its cover.Photo: Screenshot
The crimes, known as Claremont’s serial murders, have time to remain blind and plague Australians ’minds for nearly 25 years.
In Perth, the cases also aroused outright fear.
The disappearance of three young women from a popular nightlife area in Claremont, a suburb of Perth, also ended up being the subject of several documentaries and podcasts.
18-year-old Secretary Sarah Spiers was the first to disappear in January 1996 after celebrating an evening at a nightclub called Club Bayview in downtown Claremont.
Shortly after two in the morning, he called himself a taxi from the phone booth, which three eyewitnesses saw him waiting alone on the street corner.
The same witnesses saw an unknown car stop at the woman.
By the time the taxi arrived three minutes after the order, Spiers had already disappeared into the cadres.
In June of that year, babysitter Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared, and she, too, had been spending the evening with friends in the same Claremont restaurant blocks as Spiers six months earlier.
The rest of the group of friends left for their homes when the queue at the door of the last nightclub seemed to be stretched too long.
However, Rimmer stayed in Claremont and still had time to record before disappearing into the surveillance camera while standing on the street shortly after midnight.
The family picking the flowers found Rimmer's naked body 55 days later in a scrub area about 40 miles south of Claremont.
In March 1997, attorney Ciara Glennon, 27, spent an evening with friends in the same restaurant neighborhoods in Claremont.
He decided to leave his home before the others.
Three men standing at the bus stop saw a woman walking along a nearby highway.
Soon the same men saw Glennon talking to the driver of the stopped light car.
The infamous serial killer, christened the "killer of Claremont," was in the city of Perth on the west coast of Australia. Photo: David Gray / Reuters
After 19 days, the body of Glennon's half-naked was found in a scrub area north of Claremont.
In the end, Edwards was only convicted of the murders of Rimmer and Glennon, for Spiers' body was never found, and therefore not enough evidence to convict the man.
The breakthrough in the investigation of the case came according to CNN in 2016, when Edwards was convicted of two rapes.
The DNA sample taken from him during the investigation corresponded to a sample found under Glennon’s nails in 2009.
According to prosecutors, Edwards' DNA probably ended up under the woman's fingernails when she fought fiercely against the man before her death.
The fibers found in the bodies of Rimmer and Glennon also match samples taken from a car from Edwards ’company, who worked as a technician.
This suggested that both had been transported in that car.
Edwards, described as oversized by law, took the women in his car to remote areas where he killed them by repeatedly stabbing them in the neck and upper body.
He partially covered the bodies from nearby trees with broken branches.
Pictured above, from left to right, are Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon, and Jane Rimmer.
On Wednesday, Edwards was also convicted of kidnapping and several rapes against a 17-year-old girl just 16 months before Rimmer’s murder.
Edwards also picked up this victim from Claremont.
Edwards was also convicted of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl while her parents slept in a neighboring room.
The man entered the house by breaking into it.
Edwards, who had previously pleaded not guilty, pleaded guilty to the latter two offenses in a murder trial.
The man has been described in the Australian media as an intelligent-looking and Stoic-controlled figure who did not show his feelings throughout the trial.
Judge Hall also noted in court the “real and pervasive fear” fueled by the disappearance of women in the local community.
- You were a dangerous predator looking for vulnerable young women to attack them for satisfaction.
You targeted bona fide women who were usually completely unknown to you.
Your actions were planned and carried out with relentless determination.
You were hardened by the pain and suffering you caused, Hall said as he read the verdict.