The Claremont Murders (2023): Season 1, Episode 1 - Episode #1.1 - full transcript

When three young women go missing in Claremont in the late nineties it sets off the biggest unsolved murder case in West Australian history.

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(LOW, UNEASY MUSIC)

(INSECTS CHIRP)

(WIND WHISTLES SOFTLY)

(PERSON INHALES SOFTLY)

(PEGS CLINK)

(DOG BARKS NEARBY)

(DOOR HANDLE RATTLES)

(DOOR CREAKS OPEN)

(MUSIC DARKENS)

(SOFT THUDS)

(CREAKING)



(CREAKING)

(SOFT RUSTLING)

(SCREAMS)

(SCREAMS) Get off! Dad!

Dad! Dad!
(BANGS WARDROBE REPEATEDLY)

Someone's in here! Dad!

(WOMAN SCREAMS) Dad!

(MAN GRUNTS)
(WOMAN SCREAMS)

(TENSE MUSIC)
(WOMAN'S SCREAMS FADE)

SONG: # Ooh

# Ooh, ooh

# Ooh

# Ooh, ooh...

# Ooh, ooh



# Ooh, ooh...

# Ooh. #

(MUSIC PLAYS ON RADIO)
WOMAN: What do you want to do?

WOMAN: I don't want to do anything.
Don't act like that.

Like what?
Like that.

"I don't want to do anything."
But I don't.

How can you not want to do something
for your 21st?

Oh, I just so can't be bothered.

Look, you're supposed
to be going crazy and...

Mm?
Mm.

And also, I don't care what you say

because I've got a little something
planned for you.

Alright, you knock yourself out.

Yeah, it's gonna be amazing
and you're gonna be like,

"Wow, this is the best birthday
I've ever had."

OK, the expectations
are so high now.

And Emma's gonna drive us,
so you don't have to.

Oh, wonderful. You gonna
kick on at Claremont?

Oh, the girls want to.
Yeah, of course the girls want to.

Mm. (CHUCKLES)
Uh, do you need me to pick you up?

No, it's alright. I'll spend
the night at Belle's, if that's OK.

Yeah. Just give me a ring
in the morning.

I've got to take care of
my little sis.

Yes, Mummy.
Mm-hm.

ALANIS MORISSETTE: # It's like rain

# On your wedding day

# It's a free ride

# When you've already paid

# It's the good advice

(WOMEN SING ALONG)
# That you just didn't take

# And who would have thought
it figures... #

# Mr Play It Safe... #

Uh...
Come on, come on.

(PEOPLE CHATTER LOUDLY)
(DANCE MUSIC THROBS NEARBY)

Ah!

SPIDERBAIT: # Don't you wanna be

# A personality?

# An ocean in the sea?

# But you'll never make it
if you can't shake it

# So don't mistake it,
just try and fake it

# And I want you to know

# You don't have far to go

# So we'll use all your dough

# To buy new clothes
and see what flows... #

Em, I'm gonna go.
I'm gonna call a taxi.

EM: No, stay!
No, it's alright.

I'm tired.
I've got a busy day, anyway.

I'm watching Skyhooks!
(LAUGHS)

Alright.
Love you!

Love you!
Love you! 'Bye!

# ..and beatnik flair
We'll take you there. #

(PEOPLE CHATTER LOUDLY)

(LOUD MUSIC PLAYS NEARBY)

(FOOTSTEPS)

(KEYS JANGLE)

(UNSETTLING MUSIC)

(COIN CLANKS INTO PHONE)
(RECEIVER CLICKS)

DISPATCHER: Swan Taxis.
Pick up from where?

Stirling Street.
What number?

Or are you in the phone booth?
I'm at the phone booth.

What suburb are you going to?
Mosman Park.

Name, please?
Spiers.

Next available.
Thanks.

(UNSETTLING MUSIC CONTINUES)

(SOFT WHOOSHING SLOWLY BUILDS)

Sarah?

Hey, Sares, I'm gonna put on a load.
Have you got any whites?

(LOW, UNEASY MUSIC)

Yeah. OK.

Hey, Belle, it's Amanda.
Can you put Sarah on?

BELLE: Sarah's not here.
Isn't she at yours?

Oh, I thought she stayed with you
last night.

No. Don't know.

Yeah, yeah. Um, I'll try Amy.

OK.
Yeah, cool. Thanks.

See you.
'Bye.

'Bye.

WOMAN: Hello, BSD.
Sarah?

No, it's Lisa.
Yeah. No, sorry.

Hi, Lisa. It's Amanda.
Hi, Amanda.

Yeah.
(SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)

Mmm. Yeah. Can you get Sarah
to call me when she comes in?

Of course.
Thank you.

(SHEEP BLEAT)
MAN: Come on.

(PHONE RINGS)

I'll just get this.

Hello?
AMANDA: Mum.

Um, Sarah went out on Friday night

and I thought she was staying
at Belle's,

but when I called Belle yesterday
morning, she hadn't stayed.

I thought maybe she was at Amy's,
but when I called Amy, Amy said...

Just calm down.

OK. Mum, I...
I just called her office

and she hasn't turned up.

She's never late for work and...

It's Amanda.
I don't know where she is.

I'm sorry.
I don't know where she is.

MAN: Was she unhappy at work?
No. She loves her job.

Boyfriend trouble?
Nothing like that.

You two having a fight?
Some sort of argument?

No. I mean... (HALF-LAUGHS)

We fight all the time,
but not about anything that matters.

Does she have any enemies?
Mate, mate, Sarah's a kid.

An 18-year-old girl.
She doesn't have enemies.

She depressed?
MUM: No.

Sarah is happy.

She is a normal, happy young lady.

And she would never go off
without telling us. Never.

She usually calls us
every day, mate.

She's super punctual as well.

OK, and so did you call
her friends...

What's going on?

Missing girl in Claremont.

Parents just drove in from Darkan.
Darkan?

You know it?

Yeah. I grew up in Duranillin.
It's about 25 kays south.

Do you know the family?
Name's Spiers.

No. I haven't been home
in a while, though.

Missing girl. You watch.

The bosses will handball this to us.

I look for her, yeah?
But she no there.

Like that all the time.

People call taxi, then don't wait.

When we stopped at the lights,
I saw her.

Um...

I think it was her.

We...we stopped and...
and a car pulled in behind us

and it was white, so,

yeah, I guess
it could've been a taxi.

When the lights changed,
we moved on,

but the other car didn't.

That was the last time you saw her?
WOMAN: Yeah.

I feel so guilty.

(MUSIC AND LAUGHTER ECHO)
I should have gone with her.

But Sarah was the most responsible
one out of all of us.

She wouldn't do something stupid.

She wouldn't hitchhike
or get into a stranger's car.

Never.

She got into a taxi.

(LOW, TROUBLING MUSIC)

REPORTER: 18-year-old Sarah Spiers
left the Claremont Hotel

early on Saturday morning

and has not been seen since.

She told friends
she'd be taking a taxi home.

Friends and family have circulated
8,000 pamphlets through Perth,

and tomorrow
newsagencies throughout the state

will receive a further 2,000
colour posters to distribute.

MAN: Good afternoon, everyone.

I'd like to introduce you
to Carol and Don Spiers,

the parents of Sarah Spiers.

You will all get a chance
to ask a question.

REPORTER: Excuse me. Thanks.

But I would ask you
to keep them respectful.

The parents will be
making a statement...

REPORTER: Thank you.
..to begin this conference.

At least one person knows
where Sarah is,

and if they have any feelings

for the suffering and anxiety
they've caused,

please, please, ease some of it.

And how could they do that, sir?

Just call us.

Let us know where Sarah is.

We'll be waiting by the phone
night and day.

Just tell us where Sarah is.

Please.

Please just contact us.

(CAMERA FLASHES CLICK)

It's been more than a week
and still no sighting of Sarah.

The police say they're not frustrated
by the solid lack of clues so far,

but are ramping up their questioning

of more than 3,000 taxi drivers
in the Perth area,

hoping that one of them
may have seen the missing girl.

It's a nightmare finding a taxi
on the weekend.

You've gotta get clear of the clubs
or you'll never find one.

Locals call it leapfrogging.

That's why Sarah came
all the way down here.

The taxi was on Eric Street
in Cottesloe

when she called, three minutes away.

Even at 2am, this is a busy road.

How could she disappear in
three minutes, no-one sees a thing?

Are the Spiers still getting
hoax calls about her?

Some bastards keep ringing,
saying she's dead.

Have the bosses put a trace
on their phone?

Yeah, they did it yesterday.

Don says
the psychics are just as bad.

Keep calling, trying to help,
but it's all rubbish.

DON: I'm sorry to keep calling.
No, no worries. I understand.

But last week all you wrote about
was some earthquake in China.

Yeah, over 300 people died...

And yesterday it was...it was
the IRA bombing in London.

We've gotta keep Sarah in the news.
I know, Don. That's why I'm here.

Ever since she's gone missing,
you know, our lives have been hell.

I know.

Look, people send us
all kinds of letters and clues.

They leave stuff like this
for us all the time.

What is this?

Well, it's a map where they say
that Sarah's...buried.

You know, they don't bother
going to the police anymore.

They just call us.

Why do you talk to them?

CAROL: Because
they might know something.

Because no information is worse
than the worst possible news.

Carol...
Are you upset with the police?

They've gone out of their way
to assist us.

They've been outstanding.
More they can do?

No, I don't want anyone
to speak ill of the police.

Yeah, but it does feel like
we're getting nowhere.

The police have no idea
where Sarah is.

They have no idea who could have
done this to her.

None.

(DOOR CLOSES)
(LOUD CHATTER)

(MUSIC PLAYS)

Mum. You're late.
ALISON: Yeah.

I was just meeting with the family.
Of that girl?

You going out?

Yeah, having a couple of prees.

You going to Claremont?

The girls want a dance.

Mum...
Yeah, I know.

It's just...
We'll be careful.

Yeah, I know.
There's nothing to worry about.

I know. I know you're smart.
GIRL: It's just a missing girl, Ali.

How old is she? 18?

I bet she shacked up with someone
and is too scared to come home now.

Family doesn't think so.

I think all this worry
about women going out

in the papers, on the telly -

"Don't dress up, don't stay out
late, come home early" -

it's just a way to keep us
from having a good time.

Yeah, that's just...not true.

You were going to say dumb,
weren't you?

Time to go. Come on.

We can fight about this later, OK?

(BIRDSONG)

(KNOCK AT DOOR)

WOMAN: I know where Sarah is.

Please, listen to me.

For weeks I thought she was alive,

being held in a house
with a white picket fence

and a "for sale" sign out the front.

I drove everywhere looking for...
Don, make her leave.

But I couldn't find it. Now I've
realised she's somewhere else.

Where?
AMANDA: Dad, don't engage.

No. Where? Do you really know
where Sarah is?

There have been dozens like her!
Dad, don't!

For God's sake! I can't just
sit there doing nothing.

(ENGINE STARTS)

(TYRES SCREECH)

(TENSE MUSIC)

Sarah? Sarah?

Sarah? Sarah?

Sarah!

Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!

Sarah!

Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!

(VOICE ECHOES)

(SOBS)

(EXHALES HEAVILY)

(PANTS)

(BIRDS CALL)

(XYLOPHONE NOTES TINKLE)

(GENTLE MUSIC)

(CHILDREN LAUGH)

(GENTLE MUSIC CONTINUES)

SONG: # Give it up, baby, give it up

# Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

# Baby, give it up, give it up

# Baby, give it up

# Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na

# Baby, give it up, give it up

# Baby, give it up... #

WOMAN: Crazy. And I was, like...
I had no idea.

I'm sorry.
Sorry.

What are you doing?
I don't want to go home yet.

Oh, come on, get in the car.
No, I, um... I want to stay out.

Janey, get in the car.
No, I'm good.

Are you sure?
I'm good. You go. OK?

Alright.
Alright, 'bye. I'll call you later.

Yeah, 'bye. Let's go.

(DANCE MUSIC PULSES NEARBY)

(SINISTER MUSIC)

You get picked?
You?

Yeah.

Bringing in the big guns now.

Welcome to Macro.

On Saturday night, a second girl
went missing from Claremont.

Jane Rimmer, 23.

We're proceeding on the assumption

that the same perpetrator
took Sarah Spiers.

I want this entire area
doorknocked today.

See if anybody heard anything
or saw anything.

Martinson, you lead the uniforms
on that.

Billy, organise an emu walk from here

all the way to Stirling Highway,
in both directions.

See if she dropped anything.

And don't talk to reporters.

Not a word about what we're doing
gets out. Let's go now.

The rest of you, back here.

Thanks, Zoe.

(VCR BEEPS AND CLICKS)

Now, this is just after midnight.
Security camera.

It's not great quality,
but it's all we've got.

That's Jane. Looks like
she's waiting for someone.

Do we know who that is?

Not yet, and we need to find out,

'cause that's the last image

we have of Jane.

When the camera pivots back,
32 seconds,

she's gone.

Do we release this?
No.

Show it to the clubbers.
Don't give it to scribblers.

Well, isn't the media
the fastest way to get it out there?

Yeah. But then that guy
will know we're on to him.

I want to sneak up on this bastard
like he snuck up on those girls.

Talk to every clubber we brought in.

See if we can find him.

I was like that.

What do you mean?
At her age.

Smiling, laughing too hard
at some guy's bad joke,

hoping he'd stop and talk to me.

Well, you're not like that now.

Huh?
You never laugh at any of my jokes.

(VCR BEEPS)
Can you blame me?

Oh...
(PHONE RINGS)

MAN: Hello, this is Crime Stoppers.
How can I help you?

(INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER)

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

DETECTIVE: Did you see this man?

Do you have a photo of his face?

No.

That's OK. Thank you.

Excuse me. Um, none of the clubbers
have been able to ID him yet.

Well, the Rimmers insist

that Jane wouldn't get in a car
with a stranger, so...

So she either followed this guy,

or, like Sarah, she got into a taxi.

How many officers have we got here?

Over a hundred.

Get them to Claremont. All of them.

Alright, listen up, everyone.

Can you give that to Gabbi? Thanks.
WOMAN: Sure.

You coming?
To do what?

Interview all the cabbies.

See if they were out Saturday night,
can identify the mystery man.

Great! While you and the boys
wander the streets

waving your big guns around,

I get to sit here and go through
old sexual assault files.

Oh. And eat doughnuts.

Nice of you to drop by
and rub it in.

(LAUGHS)

(SIGHS)
(PHONE RINGS)

McAllister.

It's the same guy, I know it.

I-I gave a statement. I...
Slow down.

What are you talking about?

The guy who took Sarah and Jane...

..he's the guy who raped me.

When was this?

Last year.

I reported it.

And what makes you so sure
it's the same guy?

Because it's Claremont.

I'd been at the same club.

And...look at me.

I could be their sister.

Why don't you take me through it,
if...if you can?

Just so we have it on record again.

Yeah?

(LOW, GRIM MUSIC)

Um...

It was February last year.

Summer holidays.

I was 17.

But I used someone else's licence
to get into Bayview.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

(SNIFFS)

I didn't have money for a taxi,
so...

..I decided to walk.

I was halfway through the park.

(SCREAMS)

I didn't hear him behind me.

He picked me up.

Did you see him?
Before he put the bag over your head?

I tried not to.

(SCREAMS)

(CAR BOOT THUDS SHUT)

I thought the only chance I had
of staying alive

was if he thought
I couldn't recognise him.

He drove her to Karrakatta Cemetery,

dragged her out of the van
and raped her, twice, vaginally.

How'd she get away?
She pretended to be unconscious.

He threw her into the bushes
and drove off.

I think it could be
the same perpetrator.

We might have a living witness.

This is different.

This was a blitz attack
in a park at night.

Last sightings of Sarah and Jane,

they were in the open
on well-lit streets.

There's every indication
they got into a vehicle willingly.

True, but this was a year
before Sarah.

Maybe he refined his MO.

This is what he used to tie her.

The knot's self-tightening.

He practised this and came prepared.

Sarah disappeared
after leaving Bayview.

Jane had just walked from Bayview

and Lisa was grabbed
after leaving Bayview.

The guy who raped her? We didn't
catch him. He's still out there.

They do a rape kit on Lisa?
Yes.

But his DNA didn't match
anyone on the database.

None of the taxi drivers.
No-one so far.

Could she identify the vehicle?
No.

But she thinks she was put into
the cargo area of some kind of van.

And there's the statement in
the old file from a Wayne Wookey.

Who's he?

Works security at Hollywood Hospital,
half a block from the cemetery.

At the time Lisa was attacked,

Wookey was having
a cigarette outside.

He saw a van drive slowly past
and head into Karrakatta.

He get a licence number?
No, but get this.

The van, he thinks it had
a Telstra logo on the side.

OK, listen up!

We've identified a rape victim
whose attack and location

make her a possible precursor attack
to the missing Claremont girls.

I need you to split into teams
and go back through the evidence.

Detective...
McAllister.

..McAllister will take you through
what we've got to date.

OK, guys, let me take you through it.

You don't sound confident.
OK, this is Lisa...

It's one lead.
We've got thousands of POIs.

February '95, a year before...

(CAMERA WHIRRS)
ALISON: Good. Adjust?

CAMERAMAN: Yep. We're rolling.

It's been a week now and still
no news of your daughter.

Is there something
that you'd like to say

to someone who might still be
holding her, or knows where she is?

Um...

Janey, she's our...

..she's our youngest, and, um...

She...she loves children.

She loves working with them

and she's always been really happy
with that life.

Do you know how she left
Claremont that night?

No, no, we don't know.

I'd...I'd say probably by taxi,
but I...

You never know.

Mm.

Would Jane have gone with a stranger?

No.

No, I don't think so.

I could be wrong.

Obviously something's happened.

(INHALES AND EXHALES SHAKILY)

Janey, if by some chance
you're watching,

please, just give us a call.

Yes.

We love you, baby.

(SOMBRE MUSIC)

ALISON: And what's it like
coming out here now?

WOMAN: It's terrifying. You don't
know who it is. It could be anyone.

Sometimes I don't even
want to go out anymore.

Thank you, Tania.

Yes, Claremont - once the nightspot
for the young and carefree,

now it reeks of fear.

Alison Fan, 7 Nightly News.

How was that?

Yeah, it was great.
Just gotta change the battery.

OK. Um, well, I will
scout another spot,

maybe down the street
that Sarah walked down.

Yeah. Alright, cool.

(CLATTERING)

Hello?

Is anybody there?

Hello?

(ENGINE STARTS)
(GASPS)

Um...

(ENGINE REVS)

Hey...

(TROUBLING MUSIC)

The team doorknocking in Rowe Park

found the driver's licence
Lisa dropped when she was attacked.

You're kidding. From a year ago?

Yeah, a kid found it
the day after Lisa was raped.

Never reported it till today.
Shit. Any prints on it?

Yeah. The kid, his mum,
his little brother, his dog.

No, no prints.

If only they'd doorknocked
a year ago.

How'd you go with the van?

Telstra sent us a list
of every employee driving a van

in Feb '95 when Lisa was attacked.

And?

I've cross-checked every driver

against the dates for Lisa,
for Sarah, for Jane,

and none of them
were anywhere near Claremont.

Wayne Wookey must have got it wrong.

It wasn't a Telstra van.

I bet everyone on Macro thinks

I wasted their time
looking back at Karrakatta.

We gave it a shot.
That's what policing is.

Throw a hundred ideas out there,
see what sticks.

But we didn't find anything new
on Lisa's case

except the driver's licence,
which led nowhere.

Our team on Mystery Man
hasn't done any better.

We had 20 detectives on it.

Showed CCTV to 700 clubbers.
No-one recognised him.

The guy just disappeared.

All this, and we still don't have
a single thing more

than we did
on the day Sarah went missing.

The bosses are saying the only way
forward is if a body turns up.

That's a terrible thing to hope for.

(SOFT, DREAMY MUSIC)

GIRL: You're it!
(CHILDREN LAUGH)

(CHILDREN LAUGH)

GIRL: Come here!

(CHILDREN CHATTER CHEERFULLY)

GIRL: Here!

(CHILDREN LAUGH)

(INSECTS BUZZ)

(DARK MUSIC)

Kids!

Kids, get back in the car!

Kids, get back in the car now!

Go! Go!

(VEHICLE APPROACHES)

(SEATBELT CLICKS)

(ENGINE STOPS)
ALISON: Let's go.

(HANDBRAKE CLICKS)

(INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER)

Come on, Jeff.
We're the first ones here.

(INDISTINCT RADIO CHATTER CONTINUES)

(CAMERA CLICKS)

(CAMERA CLICKS)

Do we know which girl it is?

KIRBY: The body's naked, face-down.

(CAMERA CLICKS)

Dragged here?

Looks like it.

Too decomposed for fingerprints.

We really need an ID.

Right, let's bag it all -

the branches, the leaves,
the twigs, the lot.

ALISON: Apparently
a body has been found

in this rural bushland behind us.

As you can see, the police have been
blocking off the area.

We have a forensic team behind us

that are surveying the area
for more clues.

We need to get to the families
before they see this on TV.

They're ready to move the body.

Pathologist wants to lay it out
on the road.

OK, I'll take care of this lot.

(CAMERA CLICKS)

PATHOLOGIST: Yeah, that's it.
Slow, slow, slow.

Lift her gently. That's it.

That's it.

Good.
(CAMERA CLICKS)

(SOMBRE MUSIC)

(SOMBRE MUSIC CONTINUES)

(SOMBRE MUSIC CONTINUES)

(SOMBRE MUSIC CONTINUES)

ALISON: Dental records have confirmed

that the body found
in Wellard yesterday

is that of Jane Rimmer,

the second girl to go missing
from Claremont.

The police are still searching
for clues to what happened,

but already,
a doorknock in this rural area

has located a number of witnesses

who were woken by horrific screams
and suspicious car headlights

in the early hours of the morning
on the night Jane Rimmer vanished.

Sadly, they all put the screams down
to a domestic dispute,

and no-one called the police.

She fought.

She fought hard for her life.

She had a knife wound
on her left forearm,

and the tendon
in her right wrist was severed,

so it appears
she had her arms crossed

in a boxer's stance
to defend herself.

The main injury is
a 17-centimetre defect to her neck.

A knife?
Yeah.

But the wound expanded
as the body decomposed,

so it's impossible to tell
the size of the blade.

And that's the cause of death?
The knife wound?

I can't even confirm that.

All I can say is we can't exclude the
neck injury as the cause of death.

Was she killed out there?

And dragged to her final position,

causing her left arm
to be hyperextended

and her wrist dislocated.

Any sign of sexual assault?

No, but the body
is extremely decomposed.

I've taken swabs
but it's highly unlikely

that we'll find any usable
perpetrator DNA on her.

KIRBY: Bottom line from Forensics -

we have no offender
or suspect evidence.

No fingerprints, no blood, no DNA.

Nothing.

Let's get it.

So Jane was taken
five months after Sarah.

And it's been six months since then.

You think he's stopped?

Serial killers don't stop.

They just get smarter,
more confident.

Which means he could be gearing up
for another abduction.

Mm.

You got some, um... (CHUCKLES)
What?

(STAMMERS) It's just
you got some ice cream...

Where?

I'll get it.

DETECTIVE: What the hell
are you two doing?

It's Christmas, for God's sake.
Go home and eat with your families.

Yes, sir.

(INSECTS CHIRP SOFTLY)

(PHONE RINGS)

(HANDSET CLICKS)

Hello?

DON: Mr Rimmer?

It's, um... It's Don.
Don Spiers here.

Oh.

Yeah, look, I won't take up
too much of your time.

I just wanted to, um...

..to tell you
that we're thinking of you.

Thank you.

We know you must miss Jane
as much as we miss Sarah.

Look, um...

I'm really sorry,
but I, um...I have to go.

(HANDSET CLICKS BACK INTO PHONE)

(SORROWFUL MUSIC)

('DEEPER WATER' BY DEADSTAR)

# I feel myself

# I'm flying

# You look so good

# In a mirror

# Oh, I'd sell my soul

# For a record

# Yeah, of all we've said
and done... #

MAN: Welcome!

# I'm heading out

# Where the water is much deeper

# I save myself

# I'm saving you. #

Oh, hi!

Hi! Come here!
(MAN LAUGHS)

Oh, it's good to have you back.
Ah, yeah, I know.

Well, listen, let me take your bag.

How are you?
How are you doing?

(LIVELY CHATTER)
(DANCE MUSIC THROBS NEARBY)

Bloody hell!
There's too many people!

Come on, Irish girl,
don't pike on us now!

Come on. Come on!

(BOTH LAUGH)
Come on, Neil.

GLORIA ESTEFAN: # Hey, yeah!
# Turn the beat around

# Turn it around and around

# Love to hear the percussion

# Yeah, yeah
# Turn it upside down

# Hoo, yeah!

# Love to hear the percussion

# Oh, my, my, my, my, my

# Love to hear the
Love to hear the... #

BOTH: Whoo!
# Love to hear the

# Whoa-oh, yeah, yeah, yeah... #

(DANCE MUSIC THROBS)

I'm going.

No, stay!
No, I can't.

I've got my sister's hens' party
tomorrow.

There's a taxi rank at Bayview.
Yeah, yeah.

Get a taxi!
# Turn the beat around

# Hey, yeah... #
See you Monday.

# Love to hear... #

(DANCE MUSIC PULSES NEARBY)

(LIVELY CHATTER)

(DARK MUSIC)

ALISON: Oh, big case?

Uh, not really, but I'm the junior.

So I get to work weekends.
For once, I'm not.

(PHONE RINGS)

If it's work,
don't tell them I'm here.

I'm not lying for you.
Since when?

You been doing it since you were 4.
Mum, I'm a lawyer now.

Yes, she's right here.

(FOREBODING MUSIC)

What is it?

(INDISTINCT CHATTER)

KIRBY: We currently hold grave fears
for the safety of a young woman

who was last seen leaving
the Continental Hotel in Claremont

at approximately midnight on Friday.

Is this connected to the abductions
of Sarah and Jane?

Given the circumstances,
we're proceeding on that assumption.

The Macro Task Force has commenced
immediate investigations.

REPORTER: Mr Kirby,
how close do you think the...

Detective Kirby, are you looking
for a serial killer?

I think it's fair to say...

..we certainly have fears.

(REPORTERS CLAMOUR)

(FOREBODING MUSIC CONTINUES)

(ALL SPEAK INDISTINCTLY)

(SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)

I don't know.
She'd been away, so she was...

She was hitchhiking when she was...

(FOREBODING MUSIC CONTINUES)

REPORTER: A serial killer
is prowling the streets of Perth.

After the disappearance of three
women from the same Perth nightspot,

police are now certain they're
looking for a methodical killer,

stalking young women.

REPORTER: Now, 27-year-old
Ciara Glennon has gone missing.

REPORTER: ..urging women
not to venture out alone,

police suspect the killer
could be posing as a taxi driver,

or even one of their own,

blending into
the upmarket Claremont crowd.

REPORTER: Ciara Glennon was wearing
an Irish Claddagh brooch

the night she vanished
from the Continental Hotel.

Sarah Spiers, whose body
has never been found,

was carrying a distinctive
sunflower keyring.

RADIO ANNOUNCER: The one thing we do
know, as tragic as it may seem,

this new disappearance could be

the breakthrough
police are looking for.

Two girls who disappeared,

police are convinced that they were
dealing with a serial killer.

And this third one
really confirms that.

MAN ON RADIO: And no bodies
have ever been found, though?

One body was found last August,

but the second girl who disappeared,
a girl called Jane Rimmer...

Thanks, Nicola.

Alright, we're looking for
a white male,

born between 1960 and 1971,

probably living alone
and the oldest child in the family.

It's likely he keeps to himself,

has few friends.

On the surface, he probably presents
as pleasant and non-threatening.

We'd expect him to keep his car
meticulously clean.

Those girls would have felt
very safe getting in his vehicle.

Dennis Glennon, Ciara's father,
would like to say a few words.

Only now do I even
begin to understand

the terrible trauma

the parents of Jane
and Sarah went through.

We are a strong family.

I don't cry easy.

And, um...

I...I don't have it, I'm sorry.

(WHISPERS) That's OK.
Um...

Ciara's alive.

We believe that,

and are confident

that the way we brought her up,

she will fight on.

We do not believe that Ciara

would have got into
a stranger's car.

We, um... We hope, uh...

We hope we find her
as soon as possible,

with the help of police

and everyone else.

And we, uh, we pray to God

that she's in good hands.

Thank you.

Thanks, Dennis. Let's go.

(DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES)

(FOOTSTEPS APPROACH)

Ciara.

She was in our year.

How well did you know her?

We were always neck and neck
in Torts 101.

Oh, sweetheart.

We were at Claremont on Friday.

It could have been me.

Guess it could be her.

So the car?

One hundred percent certain on that.

It was a white, late-model
Series-I VS Holden station wagon.

Check her out. Check her out.
Check her out.

Could it have been a taxi?

And you didn't see the driver?

(MEN CHUCKLE)

The hubcaps were strange, but.

They had, like,
a teardrop-shaped cutout.

They're not... They're not standard.

OK.

How much had you guys
had to drink?

Oh, not a lot.
Maybe six, seven beers that night.

They're drunk, that model Holden
doesn't have teardrop cutouts

and they don't see the girl get in.

Other than that, terrific witnesses.

They're not even sure it's Ciara.

They were once we got
an updated photo to them.

That bloody photo!

The whole state's looking at
a picture that's a year out of date.

They're pretty confident
it wasn't a taxi.

And the father's absolutely certain

she wouldn't get in a car
with a stranger.

Neither would Sarah,
neither would Jane.

Ciara's been overseas for a year.
So?

He's thinking of the daughter
he knew a year ago.

Backpackers backpack.
They hitchhike.

If she's been flagging down cars
in Ireland and Israel,

she's not gonna be worried
in her home town.

Even with two girls missing?
She's only been home a week.

She hasn't been here. She...

She hasn't felt it like we have.

Log it. Add it to everything else.

But if three drunk burger boys
is the best you've got,

then we've got fuck all.

ALISON: It's been nearly three weeks
since Ciara Glennon became

the third young woman
to disappear from Claremont.

Premier Richard Court has
announced a $250,000 reward

for any information
that helps find Ciara.

Meanwhile, her father has used

his contacts
in the business community

to raise over $750,000

to help with police initiatives.

But there were 1,500 young people
in Claremont the night that...

..Ciara vanished.

What the fuck?

They found Ciara.

Same place as Jane?

No, other end of Perth.

Dumped in some bush.

Good evening, I'm Angela
Cox. Here's what's coming up

REPORTER: With another crime scene
to investigate,

police are claiming today's
discovery a major breakthrough.

The fact that Miss Glennon's body
was found

so soon after she disappeared

has given police a better chance

of gaining valuable
forensic evidence.

Ciara's injuries are
consistent with Jane's.

Defensive wounds to the forearms,
massive wound to the neck.

Knife again?

The bodies were found
lying in similar positions.

They were concealed in the same way.

The branches covered them in
the same crisscross pattern.

She was found 30 metres
from where a car can be parked,

so was she dragged there?

The amount of blood
we found at the site

indicates she died
where we found her.

Maybe he chased her from the car.

Cat and mouse.

Like with Jane.
He plays with them.

There are two significant
differences.

The first, Ciara was fully clothed.

So no sexual assault.
No. And there's this.

We found an indentation
at the back of her skull

just over a centimetre long
by half a centimetre wide.

She was hit over the back
of the head?

It looks like it.

So two weapons - a knife and...
any idea what caused that?

Something long and straight.
Screwdriver. Iron bar.

What about DNA?
There's a good chance.

She fought hard.

Her left thumbnail was torn away
nearly completely.

We have fingernail clippings
and scrapings.

They're being sent off
for analysis now.

But it only helps
if we have perpetrator DNA

and suspect DNA to compare it with.

Do you have anyone?

DENNIS ON TV: Ciara excelled
at school and at law school.

A free spirit,

a ballerina who always jumped
from the highest diving board

and swam the furthest out to sea.

You were a bright, vital person...

..with a sunny outlook on the world.

We are lucky to be able to say
you were our daughter.

Farewell, my little friend,

and God bless you.

Hello, this is Crime Stoppers.
How can I help you?

WOMAN: Oh, hi,
I'm just calling about

that guy who killed those women.

And I...I think
I might know who did it.

Crime Stoppers.
MAN: I saw my neighbour.

I think he was burning clothes
in the yard last night.

And what time was this, about?

WOMAN: I'm just calling because

a guy followed me home
from work the other day.

He had scratches all over his face.

(PHONE RINGS)

(TYRES SQUEAL)

OFFICER: Breach, breach, breach!
(BREAKS DOWN DOOR)

Get on the ground!

(SIREN WHOOPS)

Don't move, don't move!
Don't move!

BOBBI: Who are they?

Some poor suckers.

All you need is two calls
to Crime Stoppers

and a neighbour with a grudge

and you're the Claremont
serial killer.

You know they're looking
at Karrakatta again.

The burger boys are sure
it wasn't a taxi,

and remember Wayne Wookey described

seeing a Telstra van
the night Lisa was raped?

Did the burger boys see
a Telstra logo?

No. They were drunk and it was dark.

Ciara's dad's still convinced

she wouldn't get into a car
with a stranger.

Yeah, but she used to
go out with a tradie,

so she might trust someone
who looked like a contractor.

(EXHALES) Look out, contractors.

REPORTER: It has been two years

since the disappearance
of Sarah Spiers

and the police still have
no real suspects.

OK, listen up.
We may finally have someone.

The UCs in Claremont have turned up
this guy - Lance Williams.

He follows the exact same routine
every night.

He leaves his flat in Cottesloe
and heads to Claremont

at 11:50pm.

He buys a milkshake
from Hungry Jack's,

does a circuit of Claremont,

drops the empty milkshake container
in the same bin every night.

Then he tracks young women
around the streets.

He does this every Thursday
through Sunday,

sometimes up to 30 times a night.

Nicola.

Well, he certainly fits our profile.

Lance Williams keeps to himself,
has few friends,

usually lives alone,

but has frequent periods of
mental health issues,

when he has to live with
his parents, Norma and Jim.

Does this rule out
our other suspects?

The Mayor? His mate, Steve Ross?
Doesn't rule out anyone.

But he's the best suspect
we've had since the beginning.

Now he's had three successes,

he'd be growing in confidence.

He won't stop now.

So every weekend,

we're putting 50 people
on the ground in Claremont.

We're dressing some of our
female officers as decoys.

We'll have Air Wing in the air,

TRG on the ground

and hostage negotiators ready
to deploy at a second's notice.

Negotiators?

There is a risk with
this type of personality

that if he ends up
in a hostage situation,

he will kill himself.

What about the decoy?

The intention is to get to him
before it comes to that.

Let's go. (CLAPS HANDS)

(MUSIC THUMPS)

Why'd the painting go to jail?

Enough already.
Because it was framed.

By you.

(BOTH LAUGH)

Oh, look at this.

Three girls taken
and they're still hitchhiking.

You don't have to worry about her.

That's Susie from Armed Robbery.

She can look after herself.

You know when you get dressed
to go out, you never think,

"Is this the dress
I'm gonna die in?"

Shit!

Yes.
Yep, there he is.

OK, here we go.

(STARTS ENGINE)

Just has to get her,
then we follow.

Mm-hm.

(HORN TOOTS)

(HORN TOOTS)

(HORN BLARES)
Shit.

Shit. Fuck!

(GAVIN SIGHS)

(SIGHS)

We think our suspect is getting
ready to try something.

Our UCs have had numerous sightings
of Lance

circling the Continental,
and last night,

he came close to picking one up,
but got scared off.

We need to get someone in his car.

Let's get out there.

Where are you off to?

Claremont.
They've run out of decoys.

Hey, he cuts their throats, Bobbi.
That's why we have to stop him.

No-one knows what this guy does.
He could kill them...

He's never even picked anyone up...
You've got no experience undercover.

You've never even worn a mic before.
Well, you know what?

If he does pick me up, don't bother
coming to my crime scene, OK?

I don't want the last thing is
you telling everyone you were right.

(DANCE MUSIC PLAYS)

(DARK MUSIC)

MAN: Should you be wearing that?
I'm worried sick about you.

WOMAN: Dad, I'm gonna be alright.

WOMAN 2: Wait! (LAUGHS)

(SIGHS)

(CAR APPROACHES)

(ENGINE STOPS)

MAN: Are you alright?

Um, yeah.

Can you tell me
where the nearest bus stop is?

There aren't any buses
this time of night.

Where are you going?

Mosman Park.

Get in.

I'll give you a lift.

(STARTS ENGINE)

OK. Thanks.

(OPENS CAR DOOR)

(CLOSES CAR DOOR)

(SEATBELT CLICKS)

(SLURPS)

Just here'll be fine, thanks.

No, it's not safe.

I'll be right.

How about I drive you a bit further?

I think I'd rather walk.

It's too dark.

Please, just...just let me out.

Stop the car.

Stop the car. I want to get out.

Stop the car.
I want to get out right now.

Please...
(SIREN WHOOPS)

OFFICER: Police! Don't move!
Stay where you are!

Police! Don't move!
Stay where you are.

Hands on the wheel. Get out
of the car. Hands on the car.

Stay there. Do not move.

Hands on the car.
(PANTS)

It's all done.
Don't worry about that.

Look at me, Bobbi.

OK, from here,
we're going back to the station.

We're getting a medical professional
to check you over completely, OK?

And then from there, we'll get you
something to eat, get you warm.

(PENSIVE MUSIC)

Good job tonight.

He refused to let us
videotape the interview,

but as yet he hasn't asked
for a lawyer.

What do you think, Mitch?

In your gut.

It's him.

Make it stick.

You've been stalking girls
in Claremont for months.

I drove past them.
I didn't stalk them.

I was worried about them.

She shouldn't have
been out, walking.

She shouldn't have been out, alone.

Not with what happened
to those other girls.

So you took her as well?

I didn't take anyone.

Look at them.

I didn't take anyone.

Please.

I'm not the person
you're looking for.

(DARK MUSIC)

OFFICER: Mr and Mrs Williams, this
is a warrant to search the premises.

Clear!
Clear!

I did...try to kill myself.

Hang myself,
slash my wrists, all that.

Why?

I was depressed.

My friend died of cancer.

Why'd you move back in
with your parents?

My parents were worried about me.

Said I should lock up
the flat, move home.

I got my driver's licence suspended.

12 years ago.

Finally got it back.

That's why I bought a new car.

I wasn't trying to hide anything.

I wasn't trying to hide anything.

Nothing in the flat?

No. Or his parents' house.

We've taken clothing, shoes,
tools for testing,

but still no sign of a murder weapon.

There's no blood and no trophies.

Shit.

And he's consented to a DNA test.

He's stupid?
Confident.

Let him go.

Steve...

It's been 17 hours, Mitch.

If he hasn't confessed by now,
he's not going to.

But we stay on him,
night and day.

Make sure he knows we're there.

(CAMERA CLICKS)

(ENGINE STARTS)

They tested Lance's DNA
against Lisa's rape kit.

Lance didn't rape Lisa.

So maybe he isn't our guy.

He's our guy.

You weren't at the profiler
briefing earlier.

Apparently serial killers often have

some kind of brain trauma
as children.

Well, didn't Lance have a fall?

Head first off the ropes
at a Scout camp.

Hit the floor hard.
Treated for concussion.

Even better, this type of killer
is often triggered by

a significant emotional event.

Six months before
Sarah disappeared,

one of Lance's few friends died.

He just seems so bland.

You didn't see his eyes, Gav.

Close up, they're...

They're not normal.

Bobbi, um...

I've gotta get these typed up.

ALISON: In a strange twist
in the Claremont investigation,

Scoutmaster Johnson said
the police have been parked

outside his scout hall
every day for months.

Apparently they have
the house directly behind us

under surveillance.

Police refuse to say why

they have a middle-aged
public servant's house

under 24-hour surveillance,

but whatever evidence they have, it's
clearly not enough for an arrest.

Alison Fan, 7 Nightly News.

We're getting phone calls
from everyone.

They want us to confirm his name.

No. When this gets to court, we need
to be able to say we never outed him.

But all the press knows
who we're tracking.

We follow Williams,
the press follows us.

Good. The more pressure on him,
the better.

OK. Yep.

Hey, look at this.

Mitch?

Mitch!

The fire poker's missing
from Lance's flat.

There's a fireplace fire iron set.

No poker.

You think it's the murder weapon?

We know Ciara was hit
over the head with something.

Get me one.
Yeah.

The length, the width...

It's consistent with the depression
in Ciara's skull.

The Royal College of Surgeons
in London says it's a perfect fit.

This was the weapon that caused the
wound to the back of Ciara's head.

So where is it?

Where's Sarah's sunflower key ring?
Where's Ciara's brooch?

Where's everything
that was missing with the girls?

Is there any chance
we've got the wrong guy?

Everything fits.

Williams has no alibi for the three
nights the girls went missing,

and we have a receipt
that shows his car was detailed

immediately after Ciara was taken.

The profile fits.

We've had surveillance on him
for nearly a year now.

He hasn't tried to
take another girl.

This is a man with
enormous self-control.

He was a heavy drinker, problem
gambler. Gave up both, overnight.

No meetings, nothing.
So how do we get him?

We've still got money in
Dennis Glennon's community fund?

Yeah.

We think Lance would consent
to a polygraph?

If he doesn't, he'll look guilty.

Let's do it.

(TENSE MUSIC)

REPORTER: Mr Williams!

Mr Williams, how did you fail
a lie detector test?

(ALL TALK OVER EACH OTHER)

REPORTER: Mr Williams,
three young, innocent women.

No comment. I've got
no comments at this time.

(REPORTERS FIRE QUESTIONS)

(GAVIN STIRS CUP WITH A TEASPOON)

(GAVIN TAPS CUP WITH TEASPOON)

(GAVIN LICKS TEASPOON)

(PUTS TEASPOON DOWN)

Which questions did he fail?

The character ones.

Apparently one of the questions was,

"Have you ever deliberately
hurt someone?"

Jesus.

So how come we can't charge him?

Well, we still don't have
enough physical evidence

to connect him to any of
the girls, but...we'll get it.

Want a coffee?

What's up?

I'm being transferred.

What?
Quite a few of us, actually.

Macro's being pared back.

Uh...why... Why are they...

I guess we got our guy.

Well, we didn't get anyone until
we arrest...until we arrest him.

Until he tells us where Sarah is.
What's he doing? It's stupid.

That's... (SIGHS)

Do you want me to talk to Kirby?
I'm gonna try and keep you...

I don't need you to hold my hand.

I wasn't... I wasn't...
(WHISPERS) It's fucked.

We don't have a killer.
We don't have Sarah.

I mean, what is the point
of the last two years?

OK.

I'm...I'm really sorry.

That's...that's...

Hey, um...um...

(SIGHS)

I mean, did you wanna go grab
some dinner or something?

I've met someone.

Really?

Yeah.
Oh.

That's great.

Yeah.
Cool.

I mean, that's... I'm really
happy for you. That's great.

(LAUGHS) Thank you.
(LAUGHS)

Um...

I'll, um...

I'll see you around.
Yes. Yeah.

('PICK YOU UP' BY POWDERFINGER)

SONG: # When you are set

# To throw in your hand

# When you are far from home

# When what you believe
is buried in your hands

# When you feel

# Outgrown

# I'll be the one
to pick you up again

# When you decide
you've had enough of it

# I'll be the one

# I'll be the one

# When your speech

# Is slow

# When your eyes... #
(COMPUTER BEEPS)

# Are closed... #

(COMPUTER BEEPS)
(KEYBOARD CLACKS)

Is that Lance's car?

Yep.

(TENSE MUSIC)

He's finally on the move again.

We've stayed on him
for almost three years.

It's the first time
he's broken his routine.

He's heading south-east, roughly in
the direction where we found Jane.

Where is he now?
Reaching Wellard.

That's his car.
That's where Jane's body was hidden.

If he's gonna visit the site,
he'll take the next right turn.

Who's out there?
We've got two cars on him.

They follow him
all the way from home?

No. We haven't had active
surveillance on him for months.

Just a tracker.

He's been on sick leave.

The car hasn't left his parents'
driveway for weeks.

So it's possible
he's taken another girl.

Pick him up.

(SIREN WAILS)

Police! Don't move!

Police! Don't move!
Don't move, don't move!

Stay there. Do not move!

Out of the car. Out of the car!

To the front.
To the front of the car.

STEVE: Jesus Christ!

Apparently Lance sold the car
online last week.

Buyer picked it up this morning.

How the fuck did we
not know about this?

How do we catch this prick?

Tell me.

Anyone?

We couldn't do it with
a hundred detectives, Steve.

How are we gonna do it with six?

(DARK MUSIC)

ALISON: Australia Day,

six years to the day

since Sarah Spiers went missing.

But now there's a new generation

in Claremont,

a generation who have forgotten
Sarah, Jane and Ciara.

But the man who abducted them
is still out there.

The police are yet to make an arrest
or confirm once and for all

that they've taken
the killer off these streets.

Until they do, the terrible question
still hangs over this suburb -

could he strike again?

Leave us alone!
Lance isn't talking to anyone.

I can totally understand why.
Mrs Williams, I'm Alison Fan.

Look, we're not here
to accuse Lance.

I actually think
it's really important

that people hear
his side of the story.

Lance, the police say you are

the number one Claremont
serial killer suspect.

No-one's had
anything to fear from me.

See, I'm just a person who got
caught up in this whole thing.

Just probably being nosy.

So why are they so sure it's you?

Well, I'd seen girls

walking on their own
in Claremont and, um...

..that was sort of
upsetting me a bit.

What I saw made me think, "Well,

"that's not behaviour
that is correct," you know,

"for that sort of area."

So you admit that you followed
young women in Claremont?

Yes.

But you say you were protecting them?

Well, yeah, the...killer
was still out there.

The police hadn't caught anyone.

But, Lance, you failed
a lie detector test.

I've never had any results except
a comment saying something about

how I failed a character test.

Well, how do you fail
a character test, you know?

It's not pass or fail.

And what do you think?

I've thought about it a lot
and, um...

..all I can come up with is

I was asked whether I'd ever
deliberately hurt someone.

I thought about
when I was younger, about...

..the fights I had with
my brother, you know?

Sometimes I probably did
deliberately hurt him,

like he did me.

So, Lance,

if you're innocent...

..how do you feel about being
a suspect for all these years?

Well, it's been hard.
Hard?!

(SIGHS) They follow him everywhere.

If it's not them, it's...
Well, it's the media.

He can't work. I mean, he's been
in and out of hospital.

That must make you angry.

Oh, it's...

(DARK MUSIC)

(POP MUSIC PLAYS)

I just did a two-hour interview
with Lance Williams.

I don't think it's him.

I just looked at the man.

He's not the killer.

You tell that to Dennis Glennon?
I did. I called him.

All that money he's raised, if the
police spent the last six years

on the wrong man,
he has a right to know.

You ring Kirby with this
'I just looked at the man' theory?

(SIGHS) He won't return my calls.

Gavin, what if I'm right?
You're not, OK?

Lance Williams fits
every profile we have.

Tell me. Convince me.

You know I can't do that.

All I can say...

All I can say is that if you knew
what we know about Lance Williams,

we wouldn't be having
this little conversation.

He failed a lie detector test.
He explained that.

Did he explain why
there's been no other murders

since we've been watching him?

And what are you gonna do?

Follow him for the rest of his life?

The rest of yours?

If that's what it takes, yeah.

And what if you're wrong and
the real killer's still out there?

Some other guy that
you know nothing about,

because you've spent
all this time on Lance.

There is no other guy, OK?

Lance Williams is
the Claremont serial killer.

End of story.

James, grab me another, please?

Hey, Dad!

MAN: Oh, why are you sneaking up
on me all the time?

Every time, you sneak up on me!
Come on, throw it, Jo.

Watch all this, please!

I don't want to get this
all flipped over.

While she's doing the dressing, hey?
Alright, let's eat.

Hey, you're getting good at throwing.
That's far.

That's far. Good stuff.
Alright, I'll be back, OK?

I'll be back in a sec. OK.

Do you want some of this?

I might have some too.

Do you want lots?

(DARK MUSIC)

CHILD: Hey, Dad!

Come and have a look at this!

Coming!