Who Is The Claremont Serial Killer? Claremont Serial Killer Arrest

Here’s about the Claremont Serial Killer, the man who haunted Perth for 25-plus years. Continue reading to know more. The Claremont serial killer is a name that haunted Perth for over 25 years. It refers to the man responsible for a series of abductions, rapes, and murders of young women in the late 1990s. After committing his last known murder in 1997, the Claremont serial killer seemed to simply disappear, leaving an entire city on edge and wondering whether the murderer was still somewhere out there. As it turns out, he was still out there, coaching a children’s sports team and living within the Perth community, but it took another 25 years for him to be caught.

Claremont Serial Killer

Who Is The Claremont Serial Killer?

He was finally nabbed in the most unexpected way. Edwards grew up in the Perth suburb of Huntingdale. While, not a lot is known about Edward’s childhood, friends and neighbors have recalled incidents where Edwards had stolen underwear from bedrooms and washing lines. Edwards followed in his father’s footsteps and got a job at Telstra, where he worked as a technician for most of his life. His role as a technician was linked to his first known attack on a woman at Hollywood Hospital in 1990. Edwards attempted to attack a Hollywood Hospital worker by dragging her to a toilet block before suddenly deciding to stop.

Claremont Serial Killer

Edwards, who admitted to the attack and blamed his relationship problems, was sentenced to two years probation and undergoing a sex offenders program. Unknown to the police at the time, Edwards had also broken into an 18-year-old girl’s Huntingdale home and attacked her while she slept. The only piece of evidence he left was a semen-stained kimono. In 1995, Edwards abducted a 17-year-old girl from Claremont. He forced the girl into his van and brutally raped her in Karrakatta Cemetery. Fortunately, the woman managed to escape and DNA was taken from the rape at a nearby hospital. Edwards wasn’t yet linked to the attack.

Claremont Serial Killer

Claremont Serial Killer Arrest

1996 1997, In 1996 and 1997, Edwards abducted and murdered two women, 23-year-old Jane Rimmer and 27-year-old Ciara Glennon from Claremont venues Club Bayview and Hotel Continental. He is strongly suspected of murdering a third woman, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers from Club Bayview. Despite police efforts at the time, the serial killer wasn’t caught until 25 years later. At that time, Edwards remarried, become a stepfather, and was a regular volunteer at his stepdaughter’s Little Athletics’ club.

Claremont Serial Killer

In September 2020, Edwards was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 40 years. Edwards was convicted of murdering Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon but acquitted of murdering Sarah Spiers due to a lack of evidence. Despite this, the judge said that it was highly likely that he was her killer. Currently, Edwards is behind the bars in Western Australia.

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