Manage episode 280977135 series 2824029
February 1988, Edwards attacks an 18-year-old woman asleep in her Huntingdale home while wearing a woman's nightie then flees after a struggle, leaving behind a stolen, semen-stained silk kimono.
May 1990 Edwards attacks a Hollywood Hospital social worker from behind, covering her mouth and dragging her towards toilets, but she breaks free. He earns a conviction and is ordered to complete a sex offender program.
February 1995, Edwards abducts a 17-year-old girl from a dark Claremont park, binding and gagging her, and pulling a hood over her head, then drags her through Karrakatta Cemetery where he rapes her twice.
January 1996, Sarah Spiers, 18, disappears after leaving Club Bay View in Claremont and calling a taxi from a nearby phone booth. Her body has not been found.
June 1996: Jane Rimmer, 23, is last seen outside Claremont's Continental Hotel.
August 1996: Her body is found in bushland at Wellard
March 1997: Ciara Glennon, 27, is last seen in Claremont after visiting the Continental Hotel.
April 1997: Her body is found in bushland at Eglinton in Perth's north.
November 2016, The stained kimono is finally tested, with DNA matching swabs taken from the Karrakatta victim and cellular material found under Ms Glennon's fingernails.
December 2016: Detectives test a Sprite bottle.
December 2016: Police raid Edwards' Kewdale home. He is interviewed over 14 hours then charged with murdering Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon, and the Karrakatta and Huntingdale crimes.
February 2018: Edwards is charged with murdering Ms Spiers.
October 2019: Edwards pleads guilty to the Karrakatta and Huntingdale crimes, but maintains he did not commit the murders.
September 2020: Justice Hall finds Edwards guilty of murdering Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon, but not guilty of murdering Ms Spiers.
December 23, 2020: Edwards sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 40 years, the longest minimum term ever imposed in WA.
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