A new Australian podcast released by the West Australian is being called this years Teacher's Pet. Journalist Hedley Thomas took us on a journey as he deep dove into the disappearance and suspected murder of Sydney mother-of-two Lynette Dawson. The podcast was so successful that Chris Dawson, Lynette's husband, was arrested over the murder in December last year and is due to face court later this year.
Now, prepare to put your true crime hats back on because we've got another journey to go on. The Claremont Serial Killings, hosted by The West Australian’s veteran crime and investigative reporter Gary Adshead, takes listeners into the shocking murders of three young women from the well-to-do Perth suburb of Claremont in 1996 and 1997.
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The first young woman, 18-year-old Sarah Spiers, disappeared after calling a taxi. Her body has never been found. A few months later 23-year-old Jane Rimmer disappeared, and her body is found in bushland weeks later. As police begin searching for a serial killer, 27-year-old Ciara Glennon is taken and killed with her body found dumped in bushland three weeks after her disappearance.
As one of Australia's longest-running murder investigations, this podcast and cold case is especially timely having been reopened 23 years later, with accused murderer Bradley Edwards set to stand trial in July.
Edwards, who is accused of murdering Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon, is also facing charges of attacking an 18-year-old girl in her own home in 1988, and of abducting and sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl at a Cemetery in 1995. The 50-year-old, a former Little Athletics volunteer, is denying any involvement in the cases.