The trendy suburb of Claremont was at the heart of Perth’s social scene in the 1990s but it was also the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.
The West Australian’s podcast Claremont: Claremont Serial Killings is one of the most listened to series in Australia and on Saturday host Gary Adshead explained why the affluent neighbourhood in Perth’s western suburbs proved such a tempting target for a murderer.
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“It was just the place to be seen,” he told TV program Weekend Sunrise.
“They had a great bar in the Continental Hotel, they had a fantastic club in Club Bayview and it was just the place people gravitated to.
“It made it the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer because you had young women leaving, perhaps unaccompanied, perhaps after a few drinks.”
Sarah Spiers, 18, vanished after being at Club Bay View in the early hours of Janaury 27, 1996.
Jane Rimmer, 23, wandered away from the Continental Hotel at about midnight on June 9, the same year.
Ciara Glennon, 27, was reportedly seen getting into a taxi after leaving friends inside the Continental just after midnight on March 15, 1997.
In 2016, Bradley Robert Edwards, 50, was charged with the abduction and murder of the three women, the abduction and rape of a teenager in 1995, and an assault against a teenager in 1988.
He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is expected to stand trial later this year.