Murderer Dad Rowan Baxter had a series of mistresses and texted hundreds of women while he was married to the woman he killed next to their children, his cousin says.
Sandra Taylor told Daily Mail Australia that she feared the controlling and vengeful coward would kill his estranged wife Hannah Clarke, and offered her home as a safe haven.
Mrs. Taylor, 45, began to prepare her house in southern Brisbane for her to run, even to buy treats for her three children.
But before they could use it, Hannah was burned to death in her car, along with Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, after Mrs. cousin Baxter ambushed them with her parents who came to Camp Hill.
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Murderer Dad Rowan Baxter (pictured with estranged wife Hannah Clarke) had a series of mistresses and texted hundreds of women while he was married to the woman he killed next to their children, his cousin says.
Rowan Baxter’s cousin Sandra Taylor (photo) told Daily Mail Australia that she was afraid he would kill his estranged wife Hannah Clarke
Left: Hannah Clarke depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: Mrs. Baxter at her marriage to her husband
Mrs. Taylor was shocked to hear about the senseless murder on Wednesday morning, but afterwards knew it was coming.
“I was deeply shocked when I heard … [but] this doesn’t surprise me ‘, she told Daily Mail Australia.
The mother-of-one said she was worried because Baxter’s behavior was becoming increasingly threatening, including an attack on Hannah and constant stalking.
“Rowan was a man with a dangerous sense of ownership and right to his wife and children, especially in the last three months that I was worried about,” she said.
“This was a man with a level of hatred and contempt for their mother so great that he would make this choice – the most horrific and despicable choices.”
Mrs. Taylor, Baxter’s first maternal cousin, revealed that he was supposed to cheat Hannah.
The murderer (photo, center right) flooded his social media with photos of his three children, creating the impression of a loving father
Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3) sees a day enjoying her own grandmother (far left)
“We were on a family barbecue and he was at the grill and I walked up to him and he sent hundreds of texts to other women,” she said.
“I know Hannah believed she wasn’t the only one.”
She also believes that Baxter had several things during his first marriage.
While talking to Nine News, Taylor said that Baxter had a long history of disgusting female hatred, believing women were either “prostitutes” or “cleaners.”
Rowan Baxter’s cousin Sandra Taylor (photo) believes that Baxter had different things during his first marriage
He had let his wife suffer for years through sexual, emotional, and financial abuse before she finally burst out of his clutches and planned to start a new life.
But he soon made sure that her dream could never be realized.
“Rowan believed that women are two things – to clean the house and to be a prostitute,” she said.
Mrs. Taylor extended her hand to Hannah when Baxter posted a long post on Facebook last month and played the victim about the custody battle, saying that a “grand father like him” was hard to do.
The couple realized that they were working in the same building, and after Mrs. Taylor explained the history that helped explain Baxter’s abuse, she forged a bond.
“I told her that this was a safe house, it’s minutes from work and you’re safe with us. I started buying treats for the kids, I had visions of girls’ evenings and made up the spare room, “she said.
In her kitchen, an unopened 12-pack from Nutella was bought by her and her fiancé for Hannah’s three children and was looking forward to spoiling them.
She said Hannah was a network of safe houses that she could run to when Baxter appeared and threatened her.
A sanctuary grows on the scene where Hannah and her three children were immersed in fuel and set on fire, while one person leaves a gripping sign about domestic violence (photo)
Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday
But Baxter was a step forward because he had hacked Hannah’s phone with dodgy attachments and soon turned Taylor on.
“I started to worry because I suddenly saw dog droppings all over my driveway and two of my potted plants were destroyed,” she said.
“He’s such a guy who does that.
“I didn’t know how to tell her he was going to walk through the building where we both worked.”
Mrs. Taylor said it was all logical now after Hannah’s parents had revealed that Baxter hacked Hannah’s phone, followed her movements, and had been monitoring her activities for years.
Mrs. Taylor said she was worried because Baxter’s behavior was becoming increasingly threatening, including an attack on Hannah and constant stalking
Mrs. Taylor said it in no way excused Baxter’s unspeakable crime, but it could have been prevented if he got help for the mental scars.
“He thinks he did the right thing because there was no mentor for him, no one to show him that this is not right,” she said.
“It has just been fear, control, mental, sexual, and physical abuse?”
Mrs. Taylor said that more help and resources were needed to break the cycle of abuse.
“I’ll never understand. I still ask the same question for twenty years, “she said.
“When does it all stop?”
The family car (photo) is removed from the scene in Camp Hill, Brisbane, after Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire
Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire in their car on Wednesday morning by Rowan Baxter (all in the photo together) who stabbed himself to death at the Camp Hill scene
Hannah’s shattered father Lloyd Clarke has put together the gruesome timeline of events that led to the tragic loss of four lives and Baxter’s suicide.
Despite burns of up to 97 percent of her body, heroic Hannah was able to give the police on site a detailed explanation of what happened.
She took the children to school after 8 hours from her parents’ house in Camp Hill, Brisbane, while her killer was lurking.
A notorious control freak, Baxter has been in a spiral since Hannah left him after years of abuse.
“Rowan has probably been lurking somewhere nearby, hiding on the side of the house or in the driveway of the neighbors,” Mr. said. Clarke v Daily Mail Australia.
“His car was found in the street, this was certainly premeditated.”
Lloyd Clarke (photo, left) appeared on A Current Affair with his wife Suzanne (center) and son Nat (right) while paying homage to their family
Aaliyah (left), 6, Laianah (right), 4 and Trey (center), 3, were killed on Wednesday morning in a fourfold murder-suicide when their father set their car on their way to school
It comes after her family gave a brave TV interview to talk about the horrors of domestic violence just days after they lost their three grandchildren and their daughter.
Loving grandparents Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke loved Hannah’s children and took them on days full of fun vacations and day trips.
In addition to Hannah’s brother Nat, the family announced that they would launch a charity in their name to support other victims during a remarkable interview at A Current Affair on Friday night.
In words that viewers left in tears of tears, the family encouraged others to keep their loved ones close – and not let hatred consume them.
Lloyd Clarke (photo, left) and Suzanne (right) meet baby Trey for the first time, together with his big sister Aaliyah. Trey was to die at the age of three with his sisters and mother
An improvised shrine appeared on the scene of horrible crime. Sad friends and family left flowers and teddy bears when they mourned the loss of Hannah Baxter and her three children
“I know everyone knows he was a monster,” said Hannah’s brother Nat.
“[But] don’t get caught up in hatred and all that.
“Just spread the love you have. Go home, hug someone. Keep them close.
“Appreciate your children. If there is someone, a family member you dropped out for some reason or something, just contact us.
“Talk to them. See how they are doing. That will be my best thing. “
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Queensland Police officers are summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is seen filling a jerry can with fuel at a local gas station.
Baxter dives into the white Kia Sportage of his estranged wife Hannah Clarke as she prepared to drop off the school in Raven Street, Camp Hill, a rich suburb of Brisbane.
He extinguishes Mrs. Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in gas and turns on the car.
Neighbors hear an explosion that sounded like a ‘gas bottle’ explosion. At least four explosions followed.
Baxter takes a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.
He tries to prevent neighbors from saving his wife and children before he dies on the street.
Mrs. Clarke escapes the burning car and shouts, “He poured gas on me.”
Startled witnesses see her skin peel off her body.
A heroic neighbor washes her down in an attempt to save her life and suffers from burns herself.
She is being brought to Royal Brisbane and the Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
Mrs. Clarke dies in the hospital because of the terrible burns she sustained during the suicide of the four-fold murder.