Hannah Clarke’s heartbreaking latest message just days before she was burned alive by her violent ex
Murdered mother of three Hannah Clarke told friends that she was a “survivor, not a victim” in a complex final Instagram post a few days before her death.
The 31-year-old mother from Brisbane was burned alive with her three children in a massacre that rocked Australia after years of emotional, sexual and financial abuse.
Her estranged, abusive husband Rowan Charles Baxter set fire to the family car on Wednesday morning while Mrs. Clarke brought the children to school in Brisbane.
Despite heroic attempts by passersby, their children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3 all died on the spot.
After finally releasing herself from her bad husband, she said she “would never abuse anyone again,” and hoped that her daughters would “become strong women.”
Hannah Clarke (pictured with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah) posted a final emotional post on Instagram after she separated herself from her abusive husband
In the heartbreaking latest Instagram post, Ms. Clarke said she wanted her daughters to “grow up as strong women who understand their value”
Mrs. Clarke suffered for more than 10 years at the hands of her abusive husband before finally leaving him in November.
She wrote on social media during the New Year period and said: “I am a strong woman.
I don’t feel sorry for myself and never let myself be mistreated.
“I don’t respond to people who dictate or try to overthrow me.
“I am a survivor, not a victim.
“I have control over my life and there is nothing that I cannot achieve.
“My girls will grow up as strong women who understand their value.”
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
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
The shocking suicide that has left Australia unfolded just meters from the home of Mrs. Clarke’s parents in Raven Street, Camp Hill, bringing her children to school
Friends revealed that Mrs. Clarke was the victim of years of emotional, financial and sexual abuse.
On Friday morning, good friend Manja Whaley, who met the mother of three in a gym last year, said that Baxter had even admitted that he had killed his oldest child from a previous relationship.
He also threatened to harm their children if she refused to have sex with him and would not let her wear shorts to the gym in case she attracted other men.
Mrs. Clarke stayed at her parents’ house in Camp Hill when she was ambushed by Baxter while she brought their three children to school.
Left: Hannah Clarke depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: Mrs. Baxter on her marriage to her husband
He dived into the car, threw them in gasoline and set him on fire, burned all four while he stabbed himself in the chest until he died next to the car.
The friend said that Mrs. Clarke did not believe she had a relationship with domestic violence because she had never been touched.
“I work in domestic violence … so when she first entrusted me to me, we talked about the violence and she didn’t believe she had a relationship with domestic violence for so long,” Whaley said.
“It hadn’t occurred to her, because as she told me, her words,” he didn’t hit me. “
“Then I started unpacking emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse with her, and she had all experienced that.
On Thursday morning, dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay tribute to Mrs. Clarke
The Baxter children Laianah, four, and Aaliyah, six with Trey, three
“And some of the things she would explain was this excessive control over Rowan, the sexual abuse daily, and if she didn’t have sex with him, he would punish not only her, but also the children.
“She should not go to the gym, which was not only her passion, but also her outlet.
“There was checking her accounts on Facebook, the allegations of her cheating, if she had messages with men, even men he knew from the gym, he would accuse her of being flirtatious.”
Mrs. Clarke’s ruined parents, Lloyd and Suzanne, told Daily Mail Australia that although Baxter went into a downward spiral after leaving him with the children, he was always a threat.
Hannah Clarke was desperate to save her babies even when they were covered in flames while her skin melted off
They said that from the start of their relationship 11 years ago – when their daughter was just 20 – Baxter was the boss and emotionally abused and trying to isolate her from friends and family.
“We always had doubts about him,” Mrs. Clarke said as the couple stood next to a table with two framed photographs of their daughter and her children on either side of a bouquet of flowers.
“He always checked, he ruined her relationship with everyone and even tried to get her away from us.”
Mourning people pay their respects to an improvised shrine near the stage. Mothers saw kneeling by the flowers with children (photo) in Camp Hill, Brisbane
Baxter’s New Years’ Day post: the murderer brought in the New Year with this post from his children in the shallow water. “Goodnight ratbags always in my heart,” was the caption
“We would go to the coast and if they turned up and saw us there, they would go to another beach.”
Baxter violated a domestic violence order weeks before committing the four-fold suicide.
He had to appear in court again on April 8 after a magistrate decided that he was free to return home during his first hearing on January 29.
Less than a month later he would commit his unimaginable act of evil.
Manja Whaley shared this photo of Mrs. Clarke (in the middle of black next to her mother Suzanne) with her children and dog in the gym where she worked and led a class of ‘Mums and bubs’. Bottom right is Manja Whaley with her children
Mr. Clarke said that few people knew what a Baxter monster really was, because he could convince everyone that he was “done hard” and that he was the right guy.
“Rowan was very good at manipulating people to do what he wanted, he could shed tears and pity you,” she said.
Baxter, a castoff from New Zealand, was occasionally allowed to see the children at the weekend, but there was always tension and even one attack on drop-offs and pickups.
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