Murderous father’s hair-raising last words to his friend before he killed Hannah Clarke and their three children
A close friend of murderer Rowan Charles Baxter revealed the hair-raising last conversation they had only a few days before he burned his wife and children alive.
The controlling fitness fanatic killed his wife Hannah Clarke and their three children, Aaliyah (6), Laianah (4) and Trey (3) on Wednesday.
But just three days earlier, Baxter – who had been alienated from his wife after years of domestic violence – had told a friend in tears that he would “do nothing stupid.”
The friend, who did not reveal his real name, had known Baxter for 10 years and went to Brisbane for two hours for lunch.
“The last thing I said to him when he walked away was,” Friend, don’t do anything stupid, “he told the Brisbane Times.
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
The friend, who did not reveal their name, said he was worried that Baxter might hurt himself, but did not think he could hurt his family (stock image)
“And he turned a little as he walked away, and he just said,” No mate, I’m not going to do anything stupid. “
The friend said he was worried that Baxter would hurt himself, but did not think he was able to hurt his family.
He had told the friend in tears that his children were “all I have in life.”
But he tore away their future only three days later when he set fire to the family car during the morning school run in Camp Hill, Brisbane.
Tied up in the back seat, the three young people didn’t stand a chance.
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
Hannah Clarke (pictured with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah) posted a final emotional post on Instagram after she separated herself from her abusive husband
On Thursday morning, dozens of family and friends visited the tragedy scene to pay homage to the family (photo)
Their brave mother fought to save them despite burns to 97 percent of her body, but died later in the hospital.
Baxter had been chasing his estranged wife for weeks, even though he was under a domestic protection order.
The friend said that although he did not justify Baxter’s actions, he believes that more attention should be paid to men’s mental health to prevent such atrocities.
“We have to get to a point where we ask: what drove this guy to this point where he reached a state in his mind where all rational thinking disappeared and he became the monster he was that day?” he said.
Left: Hannah Clarke depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: The couple on their wedding day
He confirmed that Baxter received counseling before the heinous suicide.
It comes as Baxter’s cousin described him as a pathological women’s hatred that women considered only good for two things – cleaning and sex.
“Rowan believed that women are two things – to clean the house and to be a prostitute,” Sandra Taylor told Nine News.
“For everyone – they are shocked. I am not.’
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.
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 (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday
But he soon made sure that her dream could never be realized.
Hannah took the children to school just after 8 o’clock from her parents’ house in Camp Hill while her killer was lurking.
A notorious control freak, Baxter has been in a spiral since Hannah left him after years of abuse.
“Rowan must have lurked somewhere, hidden on the side of the house or in the neighbors’ driveway,” her father Lloyd Clarke told Daily Mail Australia.
“His car was found in the street, this was certainly premeditated.”
Hannah’s ruined mother, Suzanne, revealed that she had even spoken of writing a will and said, “She said to me only last week:” Mommy, should I do a will?
“What happens to my babies if he kills me?” Because he goes to jail for murder, who will get my children? She said: “I want you and Dad to have them or Nat. I don’t want his family to have them ‘.
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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.