Carrie Bickmore reveals fears after serial killings as young adult

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The host of a popular evening news show has revealed she grew up in fear of walking home, with a serial killer on the loose in the area at the time.

On Wednesday night, Carrie Bickmore revealed she was ‘honestly terrified’ as a young woman in 1990s Perth as authorities warned of the dangers of coming out as a serial killer roamed free among the General public.

Between 1996 and 1997, three women – 18-year-old Sarah Spiers, 23-year-old Jane Rimmer and 27-year-old Ciara Glennon – disappeared.

More than two decades later, the man responsible for their disappearances and deaths, Bradley Robert Edwards, was arrested for what would later be called the “Claremont serial murders”.

Bradley Robert Edwards was found guilty of the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.
Camera iconBradley Robert Edwards was found guilty of the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon. Credit: Provided

Edwards, a former Telstra technician, was convicted of murder in the deaths of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon, but was acquitted of Ms Spiers’ death as her remains were never found.

On Wednesday night on The Project, Ms Bickmore spoke with former Detective Paul Ferguson, who led the investigation into the Claremont murders.

Senior Detective Sergeant Paul Ferguson at a police conference in Perth regarding the discovery of Ciara Glennon's body 04/04/97                 Western Australia (WA) / Police P/L
Camera iconSenior Detective Sergeant Paul Ferguson in 1997 after the body of Ciara Glennon was discovered. Western Australia Police Credit: News Corp Australia
Detective Superintendent Paul Ferguson takes calls in the search area near the Continental Hotel in Claremont, 03/19/97 where Ciara Glennon was last seen, a possible victim of a serial killer.  A Crime Stoppers poster of Jane Rimmer (murdered) & Sarah Spiers (missing), both last seen in the area, is in the foreground.  Western Australia (WA) / Crime / Murder / Police
Camera iconDetective Superintendent Paul Ferguson next to a Crime Stoppers poster of Jane Rimmer and Sarah Spiers. Credit: News Corp Australia

“As a youngster who was dating in this neighborhood, this is where we would go clubbing,” Ms Bickmore said.

“You were walking a bit with your girlfriends late at night, taking taxis, we didn’t know who it was, where it was.

“There was a lot of fear in the community,” she said.

She asked Detective Ferguson if he remembered the fear that engulfed the town as Edwards had yet to be caught.

“Certainly we generated some of it because when Jane (Mrs Rimmer) went missing, we were worried about the young women and tried to get the message out,” Detective Ferguson said.

“Don’t hitchhike, let your friends know what you’re doing.

“It was a terrifying time for the investigation team.”

Editorial provided Carrie Bickmore appears on The Project, Monday, September 26, 2022, without her wedding ring.  Image: Channel 10
Camera iconCarrie Bickmore said she was terrified as an outgoing youngster in the area. Channel 10 Credit: Provided

He was asked if he felt pressure to solve this horrific case, as the murders were covered in the media.

“There are so many people who rely on you to find out what happened to their loved one,” he said.

“The result for me, and I’m sure I speak for the 200, 300, 400 police officers who have worked on the case for 23 years, has been a feeling of satisfaction.

He said that despite the guilty verdict Edwards received, as well as a 40-year prison sentence, he was “disappointed for the Spiers family” who still do not know where their loved one is.

Ms Bickmore recently announced that she will be leaving the hit show after 13 years.

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