Jade Rimmer, Clara Glennon, and Sarah Spiers are three names that are never going to leave the mind of retired West Australia police officer Con Bayens. Even after nearly 20 years since the baffling disappearance of these three women, Australia has yet to solve its longest-running and most expensive active murder case to date.
Sarah Spiers (18) was the first to disappear, who had just left a club with some friends. She had been searching for a taxi home. Next, Rimmer (23) also vanished from the same location as Spiers after partying with friends. Glennon (27) was the last victim, who never returned home after partying. All girls vanished from the Claremont area. Both Rimmer and Glennon’s bodies were eventually found near the Perth bushland area. Spiers’ body was never recovered.
Initially, it was thought that the women were abducted and killed by a taxi driver, since they had all been looking for a taxi to get home. These speculations caused a countrywide panic in Australia’s population of young women, who became afraid of using cabs. Additionally, a junior officer was questioned, a 42-year-old public servant, the former mayor of Claremont, and convicted killer Bradley Murdoch. All possibilities have been dismissed.
It is now believed that the women fell victim to a blitz attack and were forced into a car. But Bayens believes they should be looking for “the one that got away.”
Years ago, Bayens pulled over a man while on an undercover operation. He found that the trunk of the man’s car was lined with blue plastic, and that there was a pair of pliers and masking tape. After questioning by Task Force Marco (the team in charge of investigating the murders), the man was released. This has since baffled Bayens, because the team was especially dismissive of the suspect since they already had their eye on someone else.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry about it, Con, we’ve got our man.’ And those words will stick with me forever,” Bayens recalled.
Another former detective named Paul Ferguson stated, “I know that the offender thinks at this stage that he or she is smart and they’ve got away with it.”
“If someone knows something, put yourself in the Spiers family’s position, put yourself in the Rimmers’ position, put yourself in the Glennons’ position . . . think of what they’ve been through,” he said. “He or they have the propensity to do more next time and it might be your sister or your daughter.”
Ferguson even visited Casuarina Prison back when the case was still new to interview convicted killer David Birnie, who was offering help in finding the killer. Ferguson found that there were a lot of similarities in how serial killers commit their crimes.
When asked if he thinks the killer will get caught, Ferguson replied, “Yes, I do.” Ferguson has since come out of retirement to work on the case. He was the original lead on Task Force Marco.
If anyone has any news about the crimes, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 333 000.
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