The gripping true story of the notorious Claremont serial murders and the nation’s longest and most expensive investigation to catch the killer.
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. She 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.
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.
Fantastic account of the CSK
Christian has done an absolutely SENSATIONAL job writing about some happenings in and around Claremont Western Australia in the 1980’a and 1990’s. These happenings saw at least 3 girls go missing after a night out with friends. Unfortunately 2 were found murdered; 1 has never been found. The book covers how the girls went missing, the ‘false starts’ the WA Police made during the hunt for the killer and then he covers the court case beautifully. I thought I was a bit of an aficionado about the Claremont Serial Killings….Christian puts my knowledge to shame. I have both the book and audiobook. This is one great account of some very sad happenings in Perth before the turn of the 20th century. RIP Sarah, Jane and Ciara.