Australian police accused and charged man in 20-year plus serial killings

Published On:December 23, 2016, 2:35 pm

Australian police accused and charged man in 20-year plus serial killingsOn Friday, the Australian police accused a 48 year old man for murdering two women in Claremont in the 1990s, thereby ending the country’s longest and the most expensive investigation into a serial killing. The deaths of these three women, who vanished from the upscale Perth suburb in the span of fourteen months between 1996 and 1997, outraged Australia’s historic investigation.

Bradley Robert Edwards is charged with murdering Jane Rimmer, 23 year old, whose dead body was found in August 1996, and Ciara Glennon, who is a 27 year old layer. Both these women disappeared from the same location. However, a third woman, Sarah Spiers, who vanished during the same time, remains missing.

Edwards was not charged with respect to the disappearance of a third woman, Sarah who was 18 years old, as the police suspects that Sarah is a victim of the same criminal however her body has never been found. Karl O'Callaghan, the Commissioner of the Western Australia Police said, "These crimes shocked the West Australian public."

In spite of creating a specifically dedicated task forced known as Operation Macro, the Australian police could not make a significant breakthrough in the serial murder case in more than two decades.

Nevertheless, different from any unresolved cases wherein the probes are mostly suspended, a huge political and public interest along with a series of leads motivated the investigations of the Claremont killings going.

O'Callaghan stated that, "Operation Macro has been a massive body of work involving thousands and thousands of investigative actions. The commitments of the Western Australian police and its officers have never waivered. We never gave up."

Western Australian taxi industry suddenly gained the maximum focus for the investigators post all three victims were noticed exiting the night clubs in search of transport home. Under the limelight of hunch, numerous DNA samples were taken, of which maximum were from the licensed taxi drivers.

The serial murders of the three women shocked the entire state. Alannah MacTiernan, a former Western Australian state politician said that people were horrified by it. He said, "There was massive efforts made to have not only CCTV but also security details all around that area."

When Edwards was brought in the Perth Magistrates Court, he did show little emotion. Also, he understood all the charges against him. He was later remanded in custody and is due to reappear on January 11, 2017.

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