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One young woman missing, two found murdered -- the gripping true story of Australia's longest-running homicide investigation In the early hours of January 27, 1996, after an evening spent celebrating at Club Bayview in the Perth suburb of Claremont, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers called a taxi to nearby Mosman Park. But when the cab arrived, she'd already gone. Sarah was never see One young woman missing, two found murdered -- the gripping true story of Australia's longest-running homicide investigation In the early hours of January 27, 1996, after an evening spent celebrating at Club Bayview in the Perth suburb of Claremont, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers called a taxi to nearby Mosman Park. But when the cab arrived, she'd already gone. Sarah was never seen again. Four months later, on June 9, 1996, 23-year-old Jane Rimmer disappeared from the same area, her body later found in bushland south of Perth. When the body of a third young woman, 27-year-old Ciara Glennon, was found north of the city, having vanished from Claremont in August 1997, it was clear a serial killer was on the loose, and an entire city lived in fear he would strike again. A massive manhunt focused first on taxi drivers, then the outspoken local mayor and a quiet public servant. However, almost 20 years later, Australia's longest and most expensive investigation had failed to make an arrest, until forensic evidence linked the murders to two previous attacks - and an unlikely suspect. Stalking Claremont, by local newsman Bret Christian, is a riveting story of promising young lives cut short, a city in panic, an investigation fraught by oversights and red herrings, and a surprising twist that absolutely no one saw coming.


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One young woman missing, two found murdered -- the gripping true story of Australia's longest-running homicide investigation In the early hours of January 27, 1996, after an evening spent celebrating at Club Bayview in the Perth suburb of Claremont, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers called a taxi to nearby Mosman Park. But when the cab arrived, she'd already gone. Sarah was never see One young woman missing, two found murdered -- the gripping true story of Australia's longest-running homicide investigation In the early hours of January 27, 1996, after an evening spent celebrating at Club Bayview in the Perth suburb of Claremont, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers called a taxi to nearby Mosman Park. But when the cab arrived, she'd already gone. Sarah was never seen again. Four months later, on June 9, 1996, 23-year-old Jane Rimmer disappeared from the same area, her body later found in bushland south of Perth. When the body of a third young woman, 27-year-old Ciara Glennon, was found north of the city, having vanished from Claremont in August 1997, it was clear a serial killer was on the loose, and an entire city lived in fear he would strike again. A massive manhunt focused first on taxi drivers, then the outspoken local mayor and a quiet public servant. However, almost 20 years later, Australia's longest and most expensive investigation had failed to make an arrest, until forensic evidence linked the murders to two previous attacks - and an unlikely suspect. Stalking Claremont, by local newsman Bret Christian, is a riveting story of promising young lives cut short, a city in panic, an investigation fraught by oversights and red herrings, and a surprising twist that absolutely no one saw coming.

30 review for Stalking Claremont: Inside the Hunt for a Serial Killer

  1. 4 out of 5

    bookswithpaulette

    True Crime - Stalking Claremont. It took 20 years to apprehend "The Claremont Serial Killer". I remember the day like it was yesterday.... It was a couple of days out from Christmas 2016, Breaking News across my TV Screen, police in Perth, Western Australia were confident Bradley Edwards was the Claremont Serial Killer. I had goosebumps...... I was living in Perth at the time Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon disappeared from the popular night spots of Claremont - The Conti and Club Bayview or "Club True Crime - Stalking Claremont. It took 20 years to apprehend "The Claremont Serial Killer". I remember the day like it was yesterday.... It was a couple of days out from Christmas 2016, Breaking News across my TV Screen, police in Perth, Western Australia were confident Bradley Edwards was the Claremont Serial Killer. I had goosebumps...... I was living in Perth at the time Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon disappeared from the popular night spots of Claremont - The Conti and Club Bayview or "Club Bayspew" it was called back then. I was 20 and going to all the same nightspots with my friends, it was a frightening time to be living in Perth as a young woman. Claremont became a ghost town, nobody went there, police undertook a massive task on to NA swabbing every single taxi driver in Perth as they thought he was a taxi driver. To this day, I wont get into a cab alone at night This book is factual and respectful to the family and friends of the victims. This book, gives us insight to earlier crimes we now know Bradley Edwards committed from burglary, rape then escalating to murder. The book is thoroughly researched, Bret Christian is a newsman and reporter, evident in his meticulous level of detail. We get insight to the police investigation - Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but the years wasted with the tunnel vision disjointed focus on the wrong suspects, evidence not followed up it was frustrating to me how he could evade capture for so long. The level of detail in this book, uncovering new information that lead to apprehending this killer I would recommend picking this up for True crime or a thriller fan. Thank you to Harper Collins Australia and Bret Christian for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Lockman

    I enjoy the true crime genre but limit myself to two or three books a year. It’s often hard to read gruesome details of rapes, murders and other crimes and know that the events actually did take place. Also, in this particular instance, the hunt for the Claremont killer took over 20 years to solve - the crimes being committed in the mid 1990s and the perpetrator brought to justice only very recently. It’s known as Australia’s longest running homicide investigation. That’s unimaginable anguish an I enjoy the true crime genre but limit myself to two or three books a year. It’s often hard to read gruesome details of rapes, murders and other crimes and know that the events actually did take place. Also, in this particular instance, the hunt for the Claremont killer took over 20 years to solve - the crimes being committed in the mid 1990s and the perpetrator brought to justice only very recently. It’s known as Australia’s longest running homicide investigation. That’s unimaginable anguish and horror for the victims’ families to go through. The local community was also stricken with panic and on tenterhooks. I felt the most sympathy for the family of Sarah Spiers, whose body has never been found and who never got justice as the lack of firm evidence meant the judge just could not say for certain that Bradley Robert Edwards had done it. Also, the police relentlessly hounded a couple of innocent people, including the local mayor, and have to accept a lot of responsibility for how long the investigation dragged on. They had blinkers on and just could not look outside the box, they were so convinced that they were on the right track. I had some sympathy for these innocent people too, their lives were ruined by the endless speculation and harassment by the police and the community. I will give this 4 solid stars. It was very well researched and written. If you enjoy true crime I recommend this book. I’ve taken a star off as I felt the author didn’t spend enough time on the killer. We didn’t get much insight into his personality and his circumstances. The dates of the various crimes were linked to particular times in his life when things weren’t going well. For example, one of the crimes was committed when his long term relationship had ended. Well, can you give us something more than this? Lots of people go through stressful situations but don’t go out and rape and kill someone when something bad happens to them. What made this man different? Why did he stop killing in the 1990s? I believe he refused any sort of psychological or psychiatric assessment but I wanted to know more about this horrible man and how he became such a cold-blooded killer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Exactly as the title states, this book is about the hunt for a serial killer. It is the true story of the disappearance and murder of three young women between 1996 and 1997 from an upmarket suburb of Perth in Western Australia after nights out at a local club. Sara Spiers disappeared during the early hours of January 27th 1996, her body has still yet to be found. Jane Rimmer disappeared on June 9th, 1996, she was found a few short weeks later brutally murdered. Then in August 1997, Ciara Glenno Exactly as the title states, this book is about the hunt for a serial killer. It is the true story of the disappearance and murder of three young women between 1996 and 1997 from an upmarket suburb of Perth in Western Australia after nights out at a local club. Sara Spiers disappeared during the early hours of January 27th 1996, her body has still yet to be found. Jane Rimmer disappeared on June 9th, 1996, she was found a few short weeks later brutally murdered. Then in August 1997, Ciara Glennon disappeared, her body also found a few weeks later. Stalking Claremont painstakingly takes you through the details of the disappearance and subsequent murders of these young women and what would become a twenty year man hunt by the Western Australian Police to catch who they would come to term as the Claremont Killer. The author, Bret Christian, is noted as a newsman and reporter and it’s evident in his writing of this book. It’s a long read which is thoroughly researched throughout, chronologically detailed from the early sexual attacks of women in the Claremont area in the early 1990’s through to the eventual charging and conviction of the perpetrator almost twenty years later. I cannot even begin to imagine the time and effort that must have gone into the writing of this book, such is the detail. I’m a huge fan of true-crime documentaries and can often be found watching the Crime Channel on Foxtel as well as reading true-crime books and this one had me mesmerised from the very first page. I felt horror, sadness, anger and such absolute frustration as I devoured every page. Of course hindsight is a wonderful thing but to read through how much evidence was missed over the years, how many years were wasted on the wrong “suspects”, and how disjointed the investigation seemed to be over such a long time, I often found myself verbally yelling at the book as if it was to blame for not taking a particular piece of evidence seriously, or looking in the wrong direction for the killer. Again, evident in the authors background, the book in no way sensationalises the story and is extremely respectful to all those involved in these horrible crimes, especially towards the victims and their families. That is one of the things I loved most about the book, it was just a true factual story about how these poor girls died, how their killer was able to remain free for so long and ultimately how the police were finally after almost two decades, able to catch The Claremont Killer. Broken down into short chapters, each detailing an important step in the investigation, Stalking Claremont is an absolute must-read for any true-crime or thriller fan. Obviously it is at times distressing, with a few graphic and upsetting sections in the book about the sexual attacks and murders, more especially so knowing this is a true story, but again, the author keeps his story very fact based, it is not written for shock value. Highly recommend grabbing a copy of what for me was a 5 star read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Hobby

    Holds the strands together well and a command of the details to build a competent narrative of the long running case. The title is appropriate, in that Christian focuses on the intrigues and effects on Claremont itself, which he portrays as a 'village'. Despite being in the midst of the case as the local newspaper editor, Christian stays out of the narrative, referring in third person to 'the Post editor'. The prose is not as overwritten as most true crime but lapses sometimes, along with some c Holds the strands together well and a command of the details to build a competent narrative of the long running case. The title is appropriate, in that Christian focuses on the intrigues and effects on Claremont itself, which he portrays as a 'village'. Despite being in the midst of the case as the local newspaper editor, Christian stays out of the narrative, referring in third person to 'the Post editor'. The prose is not as overwritten as most true crime but lapses sometimes, along with some cliches. The murderer remains opaque, but that's just the reality of the case, particularly as he didn't testify.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling

    My View: I predict a Walkley! This is a book of powerful emotions. At first my interest was piqued as the crimes and circumstances happened in my home state, in social situations I was familiar with/was involved with …the narrative, like the crimes committed felt very personal. As I started reading, I was surprised at how quickly I was transported back to that era and how suddenly I got the “chills” and locked my open sliding door opposite my seat on the lounge where I sat reading. I felt discomf My View: I predict a Walkley! This is a book of powerful emotions. At first my interest was piqued as the crimes and circumstances happened in my home state, in social situations I was familiar with/was involved with …the narrative, like the crimes committed felt very personal. As I started reading, I was surprised at how quickly I was transported back to that era and how suddenly I got the “chills” and locked my open sliding door opposite my seat on the lounge where I sat reading. I felt discomfort, no I felt fear. This uncomfortable feeling, this apprehension did not leave but was overtaken by anger when I continued to read and discover the many civil liberties that were trashed, individual’s health and lifestyles destroyed, for no concrete reasons, during this lengthy and mostly narrow sighted investigation. How did/could things go so wrong for so long? There are many questions that needed asking, an enquiry that needs to be made (if it’s not happened already/or is happening), reassurances that this sort of flawed investigating never happens again. I continued reading, again aghast at why useful information was not made public, why first-hand useful information was ignored…then I read details of the murders that had not been released to the public…oh dear! These poor girls. Sorrow, grief…so many more emotions. This is a book that I highly recommend you read; this excellently researched and written book is astonishing in the facts it illuminates, the wrongs it sets right by clearly announcing to the general public that the publicly persecuted persons of interest were not at all involved with the crimes, and had no physical evidence linking them to the crimes, ever, etc (where is the public apologies? Where is the compensation, though how you can compensate for this level of distress and intrusion caused to blameless individuals I do not know)? I am outraged as you may have gathered. And I hope that somehow, someone reading this book will recall a vital piece of information that will bring Sarah Spiers home. I hope Bradley Robert Edwards is never released from prison. What a read! I don’t think a book has ever incensed me like this. I predict awards for Bret Christian. Thank you for shining the light on this controversial investigation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's not the authors fault that I've been reading so much Ann Rule lately, but I can't help but think what she would have done with this. A point comes when the WA police are about to give up and put this case on the shelf; the once 100+ team has been whittled down to just two men who stubbornly refuse to give up, and end up making the breakthrough that leads to Edwards' arrest. Ann Rule would have made heroes of those two men! The focus and attention she gave to their efforts to solve this case It's not the authors fault that I've been reading so much Ann Rule lately, but I can't help but think what she would have done with this. A point comes when the WA police are about to give up and put this case on the shelf; the once 100+ team has been whittled down to just two men who stubbornly refuse to give up, and end up making the breakthrough that leads to Edwards' arrest. Ann Rule would have made heroes of those two men! The focus and attention she gave to their efforts to solve this case would have been the backbone of the whole book, not just few chapters. It would have exactly what I kept coming back to this genre for; good people not giving up. But as I say, I can't fault one author for not being another. I picked this up because the Claremont serial killer is a close to home one for me; Sarah, Jane and Ciara's faces are three I remember so vividly from childhood news broadcasts. It was such a shock when their killer was arrested after 20 years and I wanted to know how they did it. I figured probably DNA, which turned out to be not the whole story. So the book did give those answers, but it also gave me a lot of police wrongdoings and a focus on the men innocently accused that wasn't what I was looking for. It was also straight up hilarious how obvious it was that the author worked for the Post newspaper, even if he didn't say. It was all 'the Post was first to break this story...' 'thanks to the Post's thoughtful reporting....' 'other newspapers ruined these men's lives but the Post was always fair and perfect....' I assume the Post's Pulitzer will be arriving any day now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vannessa

    This is no ordinary crime procedural by Bret Christian, editor of the 'Claremont Post', but provides critical insights into the police probe that went on for years and failed to catch a killer, and the impact of the Western Australian police approach to solving the crime on the 'persons of interest' they were focused on in those years. The book reveals much about the workings of Perth society and media. The remaining story, of how the Claremont killer was arrested and tried and sentenced is fasc This is no ordinary crime procedural by Bret Christian, editor of the 'Claremont Post', but provides critical insights into the police probe that went on for years and failed to catch a killer, and the impact of the Western Australian police approach to solving the crime on the 'persons of interest' they were focused on in those years. The book reveals much about the workings of Perth society and media. The remaining story, of how the Claremont killer was arrested and tried and sentenced is fascinating. A great book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    A thorough and balanced account of the investigation into the Claremont Serial Killer, from beginning to end. Christian deals with to well-known issues surrounding the case fairly - neither shying away from the devastation some officers wreaked through their tunnel-vision obsession with three particular suspects; but also offering appropriate credit to the tenacity of those officers who eventually brought justice (whether directly or indirectly) to all the women this man terrorised.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A very good and chilling read. So close to so many of us in WA. Hindsight is wonderful, but this is a great police procedural as well - the rabbitholes these guys went down and also the rigid, group thinking at times. A number of people's lives were ruined as a result of the police. And of course, the women who died. A very good and chilling read. So close to so many of us in WA. Hindsight is wonderful, but this is a great police procedural as well - the rabbitholes these guys went down and also the rigid, group thinking at times. A number of people's lives were ruined as a result of the police. And of course, the women who died.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angelique Simonsen

    What an interesting true crime book! I had heard of the unsolved murders through a podcast so I was kinda familiar with the story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    There’s two books that came out pretty much as soon as the judge made his decision on Bradley Edwards and this one is probably better than the other one because the other was published by the newspaper that seemed to conspire with the WA Police to pin the crimes on 3 other people. Bret Christian follows up his other book about crime and investigations in WA with another well researched and thorough examination of the mystery that caught the imagination and fear of us Western Australians for 25 y There’s two books that came out pretty much as soon as the judge made his decision on Bradley Edwards and this one is probably better than the other one because the other was published by the newspaper that seemed to conspire with the WA Police to pin the crimes on 3 other people. Bret Christian follows up his other book about crime and investigations in WA with another well researched and thorough examination of the mystery that caught the imagination and fear of us Western Australians for 25 years. Publishing a newspaper in the area of Claremont throughout this time certainly gave him access to all the people impacted by these three horrendous abductions (and several other crimes in the years leading up to 1996). And here he thoughtfully tells the tale in chronological order, not mentioning the perpetrator until the second half. The Police probs should have got Christian to solve the crime back in the day, but the Popo got there in the end, thankfully.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Shelley

    Incredible. Amazing police work in the end. Very well-researched. Would have been good to hear more about other potential victims - there were 3 more that could have fit. Hard without bodies. How wonderful would it be if he confessed! Overall well-written, occasionally it was a little cliche. Some phrases could have been left out. The truth was remarkable, it didn't need extra sensationalism. A lot of stuff I can't stop thinking about. Like how the police focused on 3 wrong suspects and ruined th Incredible. Amazing police work in the end. Very well-researched. Would have been good to hear more about other potential victims - there were 3 more that could have fit. Hard without bodies. How wonderful would it be if he confessed! Overall well-written, occasionally it was a little cliche. Some phrases could have been left out. The truth was remarkable, it didn't need extra sensationalism. A lot of stuff I can't stop thinking about. Like how the police focused on 3 wrong suspects and ruined their lives. But would it have been solved earlier? Maybe it was good the DNA was left for so long because technology was better by the time they tested some of the samples. Thank goodness they never gave up!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Annie Booker

    An excellent portrayal of the tragic Claremont serial killings, including a balanced evaluation of the many early mistakes made by the investigating team, and the impact of those errors on the people suspected of the crimes as well as the victims' loved ones. An excellent portrayal of the tragic Claremont serial killings, including a balanced evaluation of the many early mistakes made by the investigating team, and the impact of those errors on the people suspected of the crimes as well as the victims' loved ones.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Xanthi

    I read a fair amount of true crime but rarely is it ever about something that has happened in my own backyard. There’s something more ‘real’ about it - more personal. Not only am I familiar with the locations, buildings, and areas mentioned, but I was close to the same age as the victims and the killer. Infact, during these attacks, I was one of the young women going out nightclubbing in Perth, and although I was not frequenting the areas where the perpetrator was operating in, the wariness was I read a fair amount of true crime but rarely is it ever about something that has happened in my own backyard. There’s something more ‘real’ about it - more personal. Not only am I familiar with the locations, buildings, and areas mentioned, but I was close to the same age as the victims and the killer. Infact, during these attacks, I was one of the young women going out nightclubbing in Perth, and although I was not frequenting the areas where the perpetrator was operating in, the wariness was there, regardless. When the perp was caught and was going to court, I began listening to the podcast about it. While it was interesting, it often got bogged down in the minutiae of the highly technical forensics, and often became repetitive and rather dry at times. In this book, the author manages to capture all the pertinent details and retells this story in a clear way, which makes the book informative and easy to follow. This would have been no mean feat, considering the case stretched over decades and involved so many people, police actions, investigations, profiling, red herrings, linked cases, etc. Well worth a read, even if you have not lived in Perth or even Australia, and especially if true crime interests you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I wavered between 3 and 4 stars on this audiobook. I loved the voice of the narrator, Ant Neate, even though his soothing sounds often lulled me to afternoon naps. There seemed to be a lot of research done by author Bret Christian in order to be able to present a cogent account of these serial rapes/murders. I admired that. However, there were many repetitions of small pieces of the information. I think somehow this book could have been written in a lot fewer words. Maybe if I had lived near Pert I wavered between 3 and 4 stars on this audiobook. I loved the voice of the narrator, Ant Neate, even though his soothing sounds often lulled me to afternoon naps. There seemed to be a lot of research done by author Bret Christian in order to be able to present a cogent account of these serial rapes/murders. I admired that. However, there were many repetitions of small pieces of the information. I think somehow this book could have been written in a lot fewer words. Maybe if I had lived near Perth, Australia the extra information would have been more welcome. The horrible way three of the suspects were hounded by police was very frightening to me. Also, leakage to media of police suspicions appalled me. That information needs to be in any book about these murders to warn people remember that there are good reasons to strive to believe someone is innocent until proven guilty. We also need not to jump to conclusions as a way to avoid being afraid.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Niki Malysiak

    Stalking Claremont is the detailed account of the attacks on young women in Claremont, the investigation through the Macro Taskforce and the arrest in trial in the 2010's to 2020. This book is extremely detailed, and quite graphic. A strong trigger warning is required for sexual assault, graphic description of crime scenes and murder scenes. This is a detailed account of the crime in Australia known as the Claremont Serial Killings. It starts on similar attacks, prior to kidnappings and murders, Stalking Claremont is the detailed account of the attacks on young women in Claremont, the investigation through the Macro Taskforce and the arrest in trial in the 2010's to 2020. This book is extremely detailed, and quite graphic. A strong trigger warning is required for sexual assault, graphic description of crime scenes and murder scenes. This is a detailed account of the crime in Australia known as the Claremont Serial Killings. It starts on similar attacks, prior to kidnappings and murders, and finishes with a "where are they now" segment. It is well researched and written. I enjoy listening to crime podcasts, and would probably recommend one of those instead of this book, simply because its far more condensed. If you love all the small details in investigations and murders, then you will enjoy this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Back in the late 90's the abduction and murder of three woman from the Claremont area in Western Australia was the fixation of the nation. The location of two of the women's bodies did not bring any resolution to the mystery and for decades it remained that. Christian in 'Stalking Claremont' expertly researches the late 90's, the victims, the persons of interest, the investigation by the police, the eventual arrest and court case. The focus of the book is on the police process that led to the ar Back in the late 90's the abduction and murder of three woman from the Claremont area in Western Australia was the fixation of the nation. The location of two of the women's bodies did not bring any resolution to the mystery and for decades it remained that. Christian in 'Stalking Claremont' expertly researches the late 90's, the victims, the persons of interest, the investigation by the police, the eventual arrest and court case. The focus of the book is on the police process that led to the arrest of a person that was never on the radar and the eventual trial. If you are seeking an examination of the reasons behind these crimes then this book will not provide that. It does not diminish from the discovering how the eventual perpetrator was uncovered. A good examination of how the Claremont killer was caught.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise Newton

    https://denisenewtonwrites.com/?p=2525 Stalking Claremont is an engrossing examination of a high profile and complex campaign to catch and convict a serial killer. Readers who enjoy true crime and police stories will find it is a detailed examination of a case that absorbed so much police time, resources, public attention and of course, caused enormous grief and trauma for all involved. Stalking Claremont: Inside the Hunt for a Serial Killer Bret Christian https://denisenewtonwrites.com/?p=2525 Stalking Claremont is an engrossing examination of a high profile and complex campaign to catch and convict a serial killer. Readers who enjoy true crime and police stories will find it is a detailed examination of a case that absorbed so much police time, resources, public attention and of course, caused enormous grief and trauma for all involved. Stalking Claremont: Inside the Hunt for a Serial Killer Bret Christian

  19. 5 out of 5

    lauren ♡

    i don’t like rating non-fiction, but this book did an incredible job of showing just how complex and layered the claremont case was. as a perth resident and true crime fanatic i really thought i knew the majority of what went on, but this book showed me that i had only scratched the surface of how deep things ran. i think everything was handled respectfully and fairly. if you’re looking for something that focuses on the trial and sentencing of edwards then this isn’t necessarily going to be that i don’t like rating non-fiction, but this book did an incredible job of showing just how complex and layered the claremont case was. as a perth resident and true crime fanatic i really thought i knew the majority of what went on, but this book showed me that i had only scratched the surface of how deep things ran. i think everything was handled respectfully and fairly. if you’re looking for something that focuses on the trial and sentencing of edwards then this isn’t necessarily going to be that, but i actually found the focus on the case itself over the years a lot more interesting. it really set the atmosphere of what the community was like during those years. thinking of all the victims and their families. still hoping that one day we’ll know what happened to sarah.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    Being a pre-teen in the 90’s in Perth meant that this case was very close to home. I grew up with an intense caution of getting in a taxi by myself, and even when I was in my uni years (nearly 10 years after these events occurred) we always thought twice about going to the Conti or Clubba. This book was enlightening, and dispelled some of these fears as well as provoking such sadness for the wrongfully accused and anger at the levels of incompetence demonstrated in the case. Brilliantly delivere Being a pre-teen in the 90’s in Perth meant that this case was very close to home. I grew up with an intense caution of getting in a taxi by myself, and even when I was in my uni years (nearly 10 years after these events occurred) we always thought twice about going to the Conti or Clubba. This book was enlightening, and dispelled some of these fears as well as provoking such sadness for the wrongfully accused and anger at the levels of incompetence demonstrated in the case. Brilliantly delivered, the neutrality of the author helped to not get drawn into drama but hear the cases for what they were and the victims (and victims families) stories. Very good read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Mackay

    This book was a must read having lived in Perth my entire life and I was working in Claremont at the time of the killings. The book is really well written, a lot of time invested in it and a lot of thorough research has been done to put it together. I have followed the case pretty well over the last 25 years and learnt a few things from this book that only someone close to the cases and investigations would know. The only downside for me was the political bits about the mayor and his campaigning This book was a must read having lived in Perth my entire life and I was working in Claremont at the time of the killings. The book is really well written, a lot of time invested in it and a lot of thorough research has been done to put it together. I have followed the case pretty well over the last 25 years and learnt a few things from this book that only someone close to the cases and investigations would know. The only downside for me was the political bits about the mayor and his campaigning for re-election, I felt that part didn't really need to be in the book. A really interesting read, capturing the fear and emotions of a dark time in Perths history.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    ** 4 stars** Well researched and well written! Reading this book, I am glad that the Perth police department never stopped looking for the killer of the poor women who were brutally murdered! Honestly, I am glad I read this book at 29 and not back in my clubbing days or I truly would have been terrified! The idea that these women went for s night out in their neighborhoods and never made it home is truly terrifying. I am too young to have remembered these murders, but it is clear that they have had ** 4 stars** Well researched and well written! Reading this book, I am glad that the Perth police department never stopped looking for the killer of the poor women who were brutally murdered! Honestly, I am glad I read this book at 29 and not back in my clubbing days or I truly would have been terrified! The idea that these women went for s night out in their neighborhoods and never made it home is truly terrifying. I am too young to have remembered these murders, but it is clear that they have had a lasting impact on many people. I feel terrible for the innocent men, that had their lives ruined by the Perth police department and media.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Kendall

    I have followed the Claremont cases from the beginning so when this book was released I grabbed a copy straight away. This book is a detailed, excellent account of what happened during Bradley Edward's crime spree. It is told with compassion ad empathy for the families and friends of his victims and also his surviving victims. It goes into detail and whilst the details of the crimes are disturbing, it reveals his previous crimes and shows how his depravity and crimes escalated. #stalkingclaremon I have followed the Claremont cases from the beginning so when this book was released I grabbed a copy straight away. This book is a detailed, excellent account of what happened during Bradley Edward's crime spree. It is told with compassion ad empathy for the families and friends of his victims and also his surviving victims. It goes into detail and whilst the details of the crimes are disturbing, it reveals his previous crimes and shows how his depravity and crimes escalated. #stalkingclaremont #bretchristian #tea_sipping_bookworm #amazonkindle #litsy #goodreads #bookqueen #bookstagram #thestorygraph #truecrime

  24. 4 out of 5

    MARGARET COLLINS

    WOW what a brilliant book.I enjoyed every second and did not want it to end.Very sad for the families involved and my heart goes out to them.The author captures the time and the feelings of people very well.Many blind alleys and mistakes made in the investigation but when it all started to come together years later it was just amazing, the sheer hard work the later team did was unbelievable.Hats off to the author you played a blinder.Mc - Ireland.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dani Rosendorff

    We lived in Claremont at the time. I remember my daughter walking home late , oblivious of the danger.I was so relieved that nothing happened to her.The book is a great account of the terror we felt at the time and the frustration at the police not being able to find the murderer.A very easy book to read.This would make a great movie.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Incredible book! I could never recommend this enough, I am a big fan of true crime etc but never have I read something like this, the detail and research is amazing. The book is gripping from very early on to the end. Details that most are unaware of about this case are included and it really allows you to understand the fear experienced in Perth during the murders.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lyndal

    I don't usually love true crime but this was brutally fascinating. Respectfully written it's such an interesting exploration of police, politics and the effects of evil. But it's also a testament to the vibrant and special ladies that were tragically taken as well as their families and town. I don't usually love true crime but this was brutally fascinating. Respectfully written it's such an interesting exploration of police, politics and the effects of evil. But it's also a testament to the vibrant and special ladies that were tragically taken as well as their families and town.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Starting my “going out” life during the Claremont killings era, it definitely affected the way my friends and I lived our lives and grew up. I didn’t know I needed closure until I read this book. A must read for Perth-ites!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Respect to the author for the research and presentation of this sorry tale.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Vi'nova

    I loved this. I’m actually sad I’ve finished it. Despite following the case closely for years, there was a lot of information I didn’t know. Extremely insightful.

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