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WA Claremont serial killer

Discussion in 'Australia: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, May 27, 2015.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Almost 20 years on police have yet to catch the Claremont serial killer

    May 27, 2015

    THEY were three young women who all had enjoyed a night out in one of WA’s most affluent suburbs.

    And within the space of just over year, all three had disappeared.

    For almost two decades, Perth has been haunted by the Claremont serial killings – the name given to describe the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, and the disappearance of Sarah Spiers.

    While WA Police this week had a major breakthrough in a baffling missing person’s case – the disappearance of Hayley Marie Dodd – they have yet to solve arguably WA’s biggest murder mystery.

    Just who was responsible for taking the trio has stumped authorities for nearly 20 years.

    Despite multiple reviews, help from an FBI profiler, forensic examinations in the UK and several possible suspects, police have yet to crack the case.

    What is known is that all three women were last seen in the Claremont area, the wealthy western suburb of Perth.

  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

  4. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    I'm not sure how to paste links directly from YouTube, but below is the name of a documentary (it's a few years old now but worth watching if u are interested in learning more on this case). This was an Australian series a while back that showcased unsolved Australian crimes. From memory it was on free TV on Sunday evenings and covered several cold cases as hosted by Steve Liebman. On YouTube it's called: Crime Investigation Australia - Hunt for a Killer The Claremont Murders.
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  5. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Thanks for that MissyMoo! This looks to be the video....

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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Claremont detective turned to serial killer to help solve Australia’s longest-running case

    June 01, 2015

    THE detective who led the investigation into the Claremont killings has revealed he turned to another murderer to help solve Australia’s longest-running case.

    In an extraordinary move, Detective Superintendent Paul Ferguson met with notorious serial killer David Birnie in an effort to get inside the head of Perth’s most wanted criminal.

    “There are consistencies in a lot of serial killers,” said Ferguson, who came out of retirement to speak to The West Australian’s Steve Pennells. “The way they do things like dump sites.”

    Ferguson believes that revisiting the case could help catch the killer, as Sunday Night examines the most expensive investigation in Australian history tonight at 8.50pm on Seven.

    The mystery remains unsolved almost 20 years after three young women vanished in one of Western Australia’s most exclusive suburbs.

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  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Claremont serial killer ‘linked to fourth victim’

    October 16, 20152:23pm

    IT’S a mystery that’s haunted Perth for nearly two decades but now police investigating the Claremont serial killings have made a major breakthrough.

    Police have made a positive link between an unknown rapist and the murderer of one of the three victims of the infamous serial killer, reports The Post.

    Forensic evidence shows that the man who abducted a woman from a Claremont street late at night and sexually assaulted her in Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995, is the same man who murdered Ciara Glennon. The sexual assault victim survived.

    The Post newspaper said police believe all four attacks are linked to the same man and the crimes were sexually motivated. Police hope the breakthrough will help lead to the arrest of the Claremont serial killer.

    Police have declined to comment on the Claremont report, citing “operational integrity”.

    The Claremont serial killings is the name given to describe the murders of Glennon and Jane Rimmer, and the disappearance of Sarah Spiers.

  8. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Oh my goodness.. first Belanglo's Angel finally ID'd -- and now this!

    It's so incredibly exciting to see some progress in this case!!!! My head's just spinning.

    There's probably other survivors out there. He likely started out as a serial sex offender, long before he began killing. It's how it usually goes.

    Just imagine them finally catching him.
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  9. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Terry Dobson, who is now a lawyer, said the Karrakatta rape was 'looked at very early on' after a local detective deemed it worthy of follow-up.

    Mr Dobson said the sexual assault could be 'incredibly important' to the murder inquiry, which now involves better investigative techniques and forensic advances.

    'There were a number of officers who thought Karrakatta was the start of it,' Mr Dobson told 6PR.

    Mr Dobson said he would not be surprised if police are 'throwing the kitchen sink at this'.

    'If you look at the way the three murders were committed, you've got a killing machine.

    'They won't rest until they solve this. They'll never stop trying to solve this one.'

    Mr Dobson said the killer may be from overseas and would not have stopped offending if still alive.

    'He's either dead or in another jurisdiction,' he said.

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  10. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Bayens said he picked up a man in Highgate, an area notorious for prostitution, with all the hallmarks of a killer, but he was ignored by those in charge.

    He stopped a man he believed to be loitering in an unmarked police car.

    "The boot was lined in blue plastic. There was wire ties, a pair of pliers, some masking tape," Bayens said

    "We had one girl murdered, we had another one missing. He could have been the killer."

    But Bayens said he was told by the head of the taskforce that they already had their man.

    He never saw a response to the brief he prepared on the man in Highgate, despite his striking similarities to the killer profile.

    "What happened in Highgate that night, what I saw that night, has haunted me for a lot of years," Bayens said.

  11. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    The State Opposition believes the former “chief suspect” as the Claremont serial killer should get compensation after explosive claims that all former suspects had now been cleared.

    The Post newspaper reported on Friday about a forensic link between the Claremont murders and an earlier rape case.

    That evidence had also helped clear former Cottesloe public servant Lance Williams, who was publicly revealed as a suspect in the late 1990s.

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  12. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    I've not much time atm but there was a rash of rapes around '93, '94 in that area, which could relevant if they're looking at survivors of early attacks. However, that info is surprisingly hard to find - as are reports detailing the Karrakatta victim's description of her attacker & his vehicle. So hopefully I will be able to hunt those up when not so busy.

    I vaguely recall that he had a panel van, brown hair and was about 6 foot tall. Also, that several other women were attacked around the same time, who been at or near the same nightclub (Club Bayview)
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2015
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  13. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

  14. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    The Claremont Killings: One Of Australia's Greatest Unsolved Crimes

    Journalist Ros Thomas was working as a reporter for the Seven Network's Today Tonight at the time of the killings and she was invited to spend a night with Taskforce Macro.

    “We all had our theories. There was a well-known local politician I interviewed on an unrelated story and he had an employee who was a taxi driver. There were stories going around about the politician's possible connection with the crimes. One theory is that the politician used the taxi driver to get his victims, then he could have his way with them. There were other things about that man that made me very suspicious. He was once caught sleeping in his car near the Claremont social district but, when cops questioned him, he told them that he was looking out for any girls to make sure they were safe,” Thomas told Huffington Post Australia.

    “On a personal note: the photograph the police used of Jane Rimmer showed her in a dress that was identical to a dress I’d recently worn to a friend’s wedding. That always freaked me out -- that Jane and I had the same dress and that dress was all over the news. Also there was so many stories swirling around Perth: stories that a man was driving around Claremont with an axe, masking tape and black plastic. Stories that a 13-year-old girl who was murdered years ago was his first victim.”

    “That’s another thing the cops told me. That most serial killers practice a lot before they get their 'perfect murder’ and there were a string of crimes that had similarities to the Claremont killings. Then the killer got good at what he was doing and that the three Claremont murders were finally his perfect murders.”
    Bret Christian, the editor of the Post Newspapers, recently broke a story that police have forensic evidence linking Ciara Glennon's killer with a rapist who abducted a 17-year-old woman from a Claremont street then raped her in nearby Karrakatta Cemetery in 1995.

    According to the Post, the young woman had left a Claremont nightclub, Club Bay View, shortly after midnight and was walking to a friend's house when she was abducted, taken to the cemetery, raped and released.

    “There’s also been new information coming forward from members of the public: that a woman was kidnapped near Claremont, but never reported it. Another woman was lured into a car in central Claremont, but never reported it until now.”

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  15. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Unsolved serial killings still haunt West Australia

    Today is the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of 18-year-old Sarah Spiers
    from outside a busy Perth night spot.

    She was the first of three women snatched over an 18 month period - crimes that would become known as the Claremont serial killings.

    No-one has ever been charged over the murders.

    Anthony Stewart reports.

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  16. fox68

    fox68 Member

    I read a lot about Ivan Milat, (every book in fact), and also watched the Doco movie 'Catching Milat'. In all of this information, there were a lot of references to the ongoing investigation prior to them arresting Ivan, and how and why they first opened a suspect file on him for the Backpacker Murders. Early in the investigation, the Police opened a Crime-Stoppers Telephone Line, appealing to the Public for any information pertaining to the Backpacker Murders, one of the Detectives working the case mentioned that often, the biggest leads to the Killer is in the first rush of phone calls, (namely the first 2 days), this was common knowledge among all the Police there. I wonder if this would have been a useful tip to follow when it came to the Claremont Killer?
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  17. fox68

    fox68 Member

    I think the Claremont Killer is still out there, and still murdering, they don't ever stop until they get caught or they die. I doubt he is dead. If you look at all the Criminal Profiling on these types of Killers, they often start acting out in their teenage years, perhaps with cruelty to animals, or acts of violence towards others, sexual deviancies, and most start actually murdering in their early 20s. If our Claremont Killer was true to form, and was in his 20s when he started in Claremont in the 80s and 90s, then now he would be in his late 40s, or early 50s. They often live in the vicinity where they grab their victims from, (or work there), and the places they dump the bodies often have significance to them as well, they know the area, are familiar with it and feel safe there. They also can gravitate from theft and burglary to breaking and entering, armed robbery, sexual crimes, (rape, etc) and then on to murder. Their MO can change too, typically they will have certain rituals to their killing and disposal of bodies, but they can and do change how they kill.
    With each murder they get away with, they get better and better at it, even rewarding themselves at their ability to mock and evade being caught. A lot of them will help in searches for the bodies, or try and help in some way with the investigations, they get off on this, further mocking the Police quietly to themselves for their being right under the Police Forces noses and still not being discovered.
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  18. Cupcake

    Cupcake Active Member

  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

  20. Cupcake

    Cupcake Active Member

    He volunteered for little athletics which means he had access to Young children. Absolute grub.wonder what else he's been up to the last 20 yrs.
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