EXCLUSIVE: How the Claremont serial killer lured 23-year-old childcare worker into his car by posing as a SAFE chaperone – and the chilling CCTV moment that proved the evil trick that sealed Jane Rimmer’s fate
- Jane Rimmer, 23, was murdered by the Claremont serial killer in June 1996
- Bradley Robert Edwards wasn’t convicted of Claremont murders until 2020
- Four days before murder Jane spoke with best friend about safety in Claremont
- Jane told Kimdelia Cole she’d be careful and had male friend to look after her
- CCTV shows Jane on last night meeting tall dark-haired man outside hotel
- Kimdelia says ‘mystery man’ man is Bradley Edwards the Claremont serial killer
- If cops had released CCTV after Jane’s death they might have caught him earlier
Four days before Jane Rimmer was murdered by the Claremont serial killer, she told best friend Kimdelia Cole she’d met a man she trusted who wasn’t a boyfriend but who had promised to help her keep safe in the Perth party district.
Six months earlier, Jane was drinking in Claremont on January 26, 1996, the night Sarah Spiers vanished from Club Bayview, never to be seen alive again.
Ms Rimmer, who became fast friends with Ms Cole after nannying her children in Esperance in the early 1990s, was in the middle of a long chat when the 23-year-old childcare worker mentioned the man nicknamed ‘Bogsy’.
‘We were on the phone for four hours. She hadn’t been out since the Australia Day weekend, hadn’t been drinking, was happy in her (new) little flat.’ Ms Cole told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Her workmates were pressuring her to go out. I said “you be careful’ and she assured me three or four times not to worry, that she would get her good friend, he was going to get her home safe.
‘When she said (his nickname) “Bogsy” I thought she was referring to an older fellow that drank at the pub where (Jane’s mother) Jenny worked.
At 12.01:42 on June 9, 1996, Jane Rimmer turns to a tall, broad-shouldered man with dark hair approaching her and she throws her head back and laughs, greeting him with unmistakable pleasure
Jane Rimmer told her best friend Kimdelia Cole four nights before she was murdered that she had a friend who would safely chaperone her in the Claremont party district which was being stalked by a killer
Bradley Edwards (above, at school, and right, as a young man) bears a distinct physical resemblance to the man captured from the back on CCTV meeting up with Jane Rimmer
‘She was a hundred percent fully aware. She knew this guy (and had) a pre-planned safety measure to get her home.’
When Kimdelia learned Ms Rimmer had not returned home to her flat, and the grim reality was that her friend was suspected to be victim number two of a suspected serial killer in Claremont, she ‘just knew’ Jane was dead.
In the years afterwards, police would fruitlessly pursue Jane and Kimdelia’s friends in search of the ‘trusted’ man who turned out to be a murderer.
The existence of grainy, but vital, CCTV footage of Ms Rimmer’s last moment outside Claremont’s Continental Hotel would remain a police secret for 12 years.
In the footage, Jane is waiting for someone, her dark-coloured jacket folded over her arms, looking left and right as pub patrons move about, checking her watch.
And then, at 12.01:42 on June 9, 1996, Jane turns her head towards a tall, broad-shouldered man with dark hair approaching her and she throws her head back and laughs, greeting him with unmistakable warmth.
The man then disappears down the road and Jane, who by witness accounts waved off her work friends’ offer to share a taxi home, stays on the footpath looking at the street.
When Kimdelia Cole learnt that Bradley Robert Edwards had the school nickname ‘Bogsy’ (above, the actual entry in his Gosnells Senior High School yearbook) the same as the man who had befriended Jane Rimmer before her murder she ‘got the full on shivers’
Jane Rimmer (left) and Kimdelia Cole (right) became best friends after Jane worked as nanny to Kimdelia’s children in WA and the two had a long conversation four days before Jane’s murder
In grainy footage after midnight on the evening she vanished, Jane Rimmer can be seen waiting for someone, her dark jacket folded over her arms, looking left and right as hotel patrons move about, checking her watch.
When the CCTV cameras on their next rotation sweep over her spot, it is empty.
It was not until police released the footage – to a film company in 2008 – that Kimdelia realised she was wrong all along in thinking Jane’s ‘safe chaperone’ was the older guy from Jenny Rimmer’s pub.
She is angry police didn’t show her the footage straight after Jane’s disappearance, or at least eight weeks later, after her friend’s body was found in bushland 40km south of Perth.
‘The penny would have dropped for sure,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
But the shocking realisation of just how Jane was horrifyingly tricked into the clutches of a serial killer wouldn’t come until 2017.
Just before Christmas 2016, police raided the home of a seemingly unremarkable Telstra technician and charged Bradley Robert Edwards with the murders of Jane Rimmer and Perth lawyer, Ciara Glennon, who was murdered in 1997.
Edwards’ life became the subject of intense media and public focus, with online sleuths digging up old photos from his years at Gosnells Senior High School in Perth.
Jane Rimmer was ‘absolutely’ being careful after Sarah Spiers’ disappearance and would have been equally happy to stay at home and not go out drinking on her fateful last night
Telstra work car (left) Bradley Edwards drove in the mid-1990s and offered women lifts in the early hours and (right) an Identikit image of a man seen in a Telstra vehicle in Claremont on January 27, 1996 – the night Sarah Spiers vanished
There it was in his school yearbook, although Kimdelia would not become aware of it until later, Bradley Edwards’ high school nickname was ‘Bogsy’.
In 2017, a reporter flew up to interview Kimdelia, by then living in Darwin, and mentioned the accused’s man school nickname.
The name Bogsy had been pushed to the back of Kimdelia’s mind, but stayed there because it reminded her of an Esperance friend who had the nickname ‘Bugsy’.
When she heard Edwards was Bogsy, Kimdelia said, ‘I got the full-on shivers’.
And when she looked again at CCTV footage of Jane, and pictures of Edwards, she believed it was him and that her friend was being collected from Claremont by a killer who vowed to be the young woman’s trusted protector.
The CCTV footage was played at Edwards’ trial, but never in the context that the ‘mystery man’ was him, and the name Bogsy was never included in evidence.
As reported in Bret Christian’s book ‘Stalking Claremont‘, several hours after Jane disappeared from Claremont’s Continental Hotel, around two or three in the morning, occupants of houses in then semi-rural Wellard south of Perth were wakened by terrible screams.
Edwards was acquitted of Sarah Spiers’ (above, left) murder but the judge said he probably did it, while Ciara Glennon (right) scratched Edwards during the attack gathering his DNA under her fingernails
Bradley Robert Edwards inside a garage with his then second wife, who left him a year before his arrest saying that she ‘feared for her life’
Cheryl Strucke and husband Ian ‘heard a scream… I never want to hear … again’. Mr Sturcke said ‘I’ve never heard a scream of that magnitude. Never.’
Kenneth Mitchell, woken with his wife Judith, heard ‘a very high-pitched and traumatic voice of a woman’.
‘It went on for a while. I can only recall one lot of words, “Leave me alone. Let me out of here”,’ Mr Mitchell said.
Kimdelia Cole knows her friend Jane would have ‘fought for her life’ against her attacker, in the unconscionable moments when she realised her ‘safe’ friend was the killer every young Perth woman was terrified of encountering.
‘She’s no pushover. She was tough,’ Kimdelia said.
That Bradley Robert Edwards sought to have Jane entrust herself to him fits the creepy man in a Telecom (later Telstra) car that his murder trial heard was driven down the streets of eastern Perth offering women lifts.
Katrina Jones testified she was walking down Perth’s Stirling Highway after an argument with her boyfriend about 2.30am in December 1995, when a man did a U-turn.
Bradley Edwards’ cruel ruse to pose as friend and protector to Jane Rimmer echoes his history of driving around Perth in the early hours offering lifts to ‘damsels in distress’
Police raid Edwards’ Kewdale home (above) just before Christmas 2016, finding inside his garage violent pornography, home-made sex toys and women’s underwear with holes cut out
He told her ‘I was just heading to Cottesloe to pick up damsels in distress like yourself’, and she got in, but when he dropped her off he tried to kiss her, then backed off when she said to him, ‘I’m a blue belt in taekwondo’.
By that point, Edwards had already sexually assaulted a teen in 1988, tried to kidnap social worker Wendy Davis in 1990, and abducted, bound, and viciously raped a 17-year-old girl earlier that year.
Fingerprint records found he was the Huntingdale Prowler, a tall man roaming the Perth suburb as a teenager within a kilometre radius of his parents’ house, stealing women’s underwear and attacking women.
While he has not been convicted of abducting and murdering Sarah Spiers, in January 1996, a judge found it was likely, and he beyond reasonable doubt went on to abduct and murder Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.
Kimdelia Cole said Jane’s murder shattered the Rimmer family, who lived near Claremont and the scene of the Karrakatta Cemetery rape, saying ‘they were the perfect family, it destroyed them’.
The boy who would become a monster: Bradley Edwards (above) aged eight at school, not all that many years before he would be stealing women’s underwear and then roaming the streets wearing it and breaking into houses
Bradley Robert Edwards would present as an unemotional figure during his 2020 trial for murder but has since at least once ‘burst into fury’ while watching a young blonde woman on TV
Jane worked for her in Esperance in her teens, partly to be near her brother Adam when he was employed by an Esperance bank, then moved back to Perth, ‘enjoying life, and then moving out of home’.
‘She had her own flat, her own car, it was a massive thing,’ Kimdelia said. ‘She was doing really well and enjoying her own company, that’s the thing she didn’t really need to or want to go out drinking.’
In their last conversation, Kimdelia and Jane discussed her planned visit to Perth, for a serious medical appointment, when Jane would pick her up at the airport and she would stay at the younger woman’s flat.
But it was not to be, just days before Kimdelia was due to fly to Perth, Jane was gone.
Kimdelia said in the weeks, months, and years that stretched on from Jane’s murder to Edwards’ arrest, she tried to help police, who ‘were always ringing’ her .
She resented the way detectives were always ‘making (Jane) out to be irresponsible, having a few drinks and putting herself in a vulnerable position when she wasn’t at all’.
Kimdelia believes Jane Rimmer is ‘at peace’ but said her abduction and murder tore the Rimmer family apart in the years after Bradley Edwards cruelly ‘took’ Jane
One thing Kimdelia Cole would like to confront Bradley Edwards in prison with is the location of Sarah Spiers’ body so that Don and Carole Spiers (above) could lay their daughter to rest
At one point, she told police, ‘you’ve got no idea the person she was’ and said, ‘I had to stand up for her, I wasn’t going to have her tainted as someone she’s not.
‘She did the right thing, and there’s no way she would have got into a car with a male she didn’t know.
‘It wasn’t until those few years later that I realised… it wasn’t the fellow I thought doing the chaperoning.’
Kimdelia went to clairvoyants to reach out to Jane, with whom she had a ‘very spiritual’ connection
‘She’s at peace. Her father Trevor passed away, he’s with Jane now,’ she said.
The only thing Kimdelia wishes to do now on behalf of her friend and other Claremont families, is confront Edwards behind bars.
She is tempted to make the trip to Casuarine Prison protection wing where the Claremont serial killer is serving a 40 year sentence, meaning he will probably die in jail.
The 53-year-old has been in custody since his 2016 arrest, and had two publicly known outbursts – shoving a pencil into his own ear during the trial process, and having ‘a burst of fury’ while watching ABC’s Rage in his cell.
Bradley Edwards (above, timekeeping at Little Athletics) was a sadistic psychopath who had few friends and spent his time trawling the internet for violent pornography and to satisfy his twisted cravings
Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards is wheeled off after poking a pencil into his ear during the trial process, and is later said to have had a ‘burst of fury’ while watching a young, blonde woman on Rage
The verbal outburst was apparently aimed at a young blonde singer aged in her 20s, which visually fits the profile of his targeted Claremont victims.
The questions Kimdelia would like to confront Edwards with are why he murdered Jane and his other victim Ciara, and where Sarah Spiers’ body is.
‘The Spiers family need answers,’ she said.
In Febuary this year, WA newspaper The Subiaco Post reported that, back in January, 1996, a horse trainer saw a man who looked like Bradley Robert Edwards on the morning Sarah Spiers disappeared
The anonymous trainer claimed he saw Edwards emerging from bushland in the Perth Hills while doing trackwork at dawn on the same day Ms Spiers vanished.
The Post reported the trainer rode over to where an off-white Telstra station wagon was backed up to an isolated Telstra hut, and that he startled a man walking from the bush carrying a long-handled shovel.
The report said the man spun around, headed back into the bush, and glanced over his shoulder as the trainer quickly retreated, fearing an attack with the shovel.
When the trainer returned to the paddock on his next lap, the Telstra vehicle had vanished.
WA Police claim the alleged slighting had been investigated back in 1997, however the trainer told The Post he had only more recently told a police officer he knew about the incident but had heard nothing back.