Accused Claremont killer’s second wife reveals shocking details of marriage
However, sometime between those videos being taken in the late-90s and 2014, something changed and his second wife – whose name is suppressed – claimed she began “fearing for her life”.
What triggered her fear was never questioned in court, but it led to the woman finding Mr Edwards’ old bank statements dating back to 1996, in a folder in his desk drawer, and transcribing his transactions into a secret notebook.
On Thursday pages of the A4 notebook were projected onto a screen in the Supreme Court of Western Australia as the second wife gave evidence from a separate room in the courthouse.
“[I copied the bank statements] while the relationship was really starting to escalate and I feared for my life,” she said.
“I was terrified when I was writing this, so I was under a lot of pressure, but it should be in chronological order.”
[He said his first wife] cheated on him when they were going out and he couldn’t handle it … and he had a brain snap.
Bradley Edwards’ second wife told the court
On both occasions when the woman, aged in her 50s, began mentioning her fear, she was interrupted by lawyers who stopped her elaborating any further.
Despite statement 15 and 17 being in the bank statement folder, the second wife said statement 16 – which would have covered the date Ciara Glennon, 27, was murdered on 14 March, 1997 – was missing.
“I couldn’t find statement 16, I know that,” she said.
Among the transactions the second wife logged two withdrawals from ‘Bayview ATM’ from December 1996 – allegedly in the months after he had murdered Sarah Spiers, 18, and Jane Rimmer, 23.
Mr Edwards told police shortly after his arrest in 2016 he had never been to Club Bayview or The Continental Hotel – the bars the three women had visited before they vanished off the streets of Claremont.
The second wife met Mr Edwards on April 1, 1997 when he was called to fix the phone cables at her workplace.
“He was there for quite a few days … he called me over the phone and wanted me to go out [with him],” she said.
“I made a joke and said, ‘if you’re going to take me out, I deserve two dozen roses’ and he did.
“We fell in love pretty quickly I guess.”
Before the couple got married in December 2000, she recalled a time Mr Edwards told her he had a criminal record.
“He was driving me home,” she said.
“He stopped just in front of Kewdale Senior High School and I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on’, he was very edgy.
“[He said his first wife] cheated on him when they were going out and he couldn’t handle it … and he had a brain snap.
“It was just a common assault … he minimised it.
“He cried and everything, I felt sorry for him because it was so woe-is-me.”
Mr Edwards was convicted of common assault in 1990 after attacking a woman at Hollywood Hospital who he gagged and tried to drag into a toilet block before she struggled free.
He and his second wife separated in 2015.
Heather McNeill is the crime and courts editor at WAtoday.