Claremont Killer Charged With Murder of Third Victim

February 22, 2018 Updated: February 22, 2018

Police in Western Australia have charged an alleged killer of two women with the slaying of a third victim–Sarah Spiers.

Bradley Robert Edwards, 49, already faces murder charges in the deaths of Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer, ABC news reported, in what have been dubbed the Claremont serial killings.

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Accused serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards now faces a third murder charge. (Facebook)

Western Australian Police commissioner Chris Dawson remarked that the new charges being brought against Edwards were a “significant development,” but declined to provide details on the case.

The decades-long investigation has been the largest and most expensive in Australian history, ABC reported, citing former WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan, who spoke to reporters in December 2016.

“This has already been the biggest and most complex police investigation in WA history,” he said. “Hundreds of police officers have worked on this case over the [past] 20 years.”

“Operation Macro has been a massive body of work involving thousands and thousands of investigative actions.”

And now, investigative efforts within the cold case homicide squad have led to additional murder charges being brought against Edwards.

“This development follows extensive inquiries by the Macro investigation team within the cold case homicide squad,” Dawson said, according to ABC.

Dawson also told reporters that the family had been notified and urged sensitivity in their coverage of the new developments.

“This is a very traumatic time for the Spiers family, so I urge the media to please respect their privacy and do not attempt to contact them,” he said.

“Sarah Spiers’s family has expressly told the WA Police Force that they do not wish to make any comment about today’s development.”

Spiers was 18 when she went missing after a night out on Jan. 27, 1996, and her body was never found. She called a taxi to take her home from a nightclub, but when the cab arrived she was nowhere to be found.

All three victims disappeared between January 1996 and March 1997.

Rimmer went missing from the same nightclub in June 1996 and her body was found in some bushland near Perth two months later.

Glennon vanished from Claremont in March 1997 and her body was found in a northern suburb of Perth a month later.

Last month, police called on the public to assist in identifying a white Toyota Camry thought to be linked to the disappearance of Spiers.

Edwards has been charged with a total of eight offenses in relation to attacks on other women, over and above the three charges of murder in the Claremont serial killings.

According to ABC, these include deprivation of liberty, breaking and entering, and sexual assault.

In a media release published by the police, it is stated that Edwards is due to appear in court on Feb. 28 to face both new and previous charges.

The accused has been remanded in custody since his arrest.

 

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