“Rot in hell, scum”: grandfather unleashes a monster that sets fire to daughter and her three children
Hannah Clarke’s father says that the “monster” who killed his daughter and her three children when they were driven to school could not have loved them.
Lloyd Clarke, the father of Hannah Clarke – who died alongside Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three – when their father Rowan Baxter set fire to their car in eastern Brisbane on Wednesday, says he hopes the “scum will rot in hell’.
“If he really loved them, he wouldn’t have killed his children in such a terrible way,” Mr. Clarke wrote on social media.
“He may have said he cared for his children and loved him, but I know it was always about him first.”
Hannah Clarke’s father says that the “monster” who killed his daughter and her three children when they were driven to school could not have loved them. Pictured: Hannah with her mother Suzanne Clarke
Hannah Clarke died alongside Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three – when their father Rowan Baxter set fire to their car in eastern Brisbane on Wednesday
In a series of text messages to a family member, Ms. Clarke spoke of her relief when she finally fled Baxter at the end of last year, but seemed to live in fear.
“I’m so happy I got out.” ‘I am safe, I am with my parents who are very, very normal. I’m just so happy I got out. And I’m so glad you contacted me, “she wrote.
In another conversation, shared with The Courier Mail, Mrs. Clarke spoke about the day Baxter kidnapped one of their children and took her interstate.
“He picked her up from me on the street because I said the kids couldn’t stay with him until we got a court order,” Hannah said.
“He got the s *** s and picked her up and threw her in his car.”
Hannah’s parents Suzanne and Lloyd Clarke said Baxter had spent months stalking Hannah, followed her phone, and tormented her in the run-up to the horrific murder
Text messages sent by Hannah Clarke to a family member in the weeks after she fled her violent marriage and moved to live with her parents
Baxter abducted one of the couple’s children on Boxing Day last year. Hannah revealed the details in a text message to a family member
Mrs. Clarke took her children to school from her parents’ house on Camp Hill in eastern Brisbane when Mr. Baxter jumped into the front passenger seat of the car.
The car made it to nearby Raven Street, where, according to a witness, Mrs. Clarke escaped from the car and shouted “he poured gas on me” as the flames rose.
The children died in the back seat.
Mrs. Clarke, 31, died on Wednesday evening from her extensive burns.
Baxter died of self-inflicted wounds and the police confirmed that a knife was found on the spot.
Baxter holds the son of the couple Trey and Hannah with the daughters Aaliyah (six) and Laianah (four)
Hannah’s family said Baxter was hiding in their garden and chasing her and the kids. He then poured gas on them and set the car on fire
The charred remains of the Kia Sportage SUV were removed from the quiet street of Brisbane on Wednesday evening
The horrific domestic violence incident occurred when Mrs. Clarke did the regular school run, and just meters from her parents’ house where she had driven.
At about 8:25 a.m., Baxter poured gas over his children who were tied in the back seat, on Hannah and himself, before setting fire to the vehicle.
Hannah managed to free himself from hell and shouted, “He poured gas on me,” witnesses said.
Startled spectators have told how Baxter ‘went crazy’ and told residents not to help his children get out of the burning car before he stabbed himself.
Heroic neighbor Michael Zemek, who washed his car on the road, ran to help and is still recovering in the hospital after he himself sustained serious burns.
The Baxter children Laianah, four, and Aaliyah, six with Trey, three
Dave Kramer, who once worked for the Baxters in their gym, broke out when he visited the makeshift shrine on Thursday
The witness said he let Mrs. Clarke roll on the floor until the flames were out, and then sprayed the burns all over her body with water.
Another neighbor, Andrew Sinclair, heard the explosion and came running and arrived to see Mrs. Clarke’s penetrating gaze as two neighbors washed her down.
“She stood with her arms outstretched and her palm facing the snake. She looked straight at me, staring, “he told Daily Mail Australia.
“It was a look of pain and shock that always stays with me.”
Sinclair compared the burns all over her body with the famous photo of a burned girl in the Vietnam war.
“She was dressed in active wear like a typical suburban mother and it was burned, there were holes in it, and her skin fell off her body,” he said.
Forensic experts comb the street where the father and his three children died after setting them all on fire
Suzanne Clarke with grandaughters Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4. Mrs. Clarke said she spent months trying to protect the children and her daughter Hannah from Baxter’s “monstrous” behavior
“She was burned all over her body. It was like someone you would see in a war movie. She was only standing because of adrenaline, the pain she must have had was unimaginable. “
Sinclair said the fire was so intense that he couldn’t even see what kind of car it was.
“Whatever the fire brigade did, they couldn’t put out the fire, there was no chance to save those kids,” he said.
“I don’t understand why he would do this. Even if he no longer loved his family, there are his parents, brothers, cousins who have to carry this forever. “
Another witness said the car rolled up the road with Baxter following him. He then jumped into the burning car and grabbed a knife.
Witness Andrew Sinclair compared the burns on Hannah’s entire body with the famous photo of a burned girl in the Vietnam war
The last family outing that Hannah had with her children was to Seaworld on Sunday, three days before they were killed. Depicted are Trey, 3, (middle) and his sisters Aaliyah, 6, and Laianah, 4 with their cousins in Seaworld
“He stabbed himself in the chest and then he fell,” said a young woman whose house stopped the car for him.
“You couldn’t hear or see anything from the car, it was over so quickly for those kids. It is the most terrible thing I have ever seen. ”
In a moving Facebook message on Thursday morning, her brother Nathaniel Clarke described the murderer as a “heartless monster” and revealed that his parents had funded his sister’s custody battle.
“My mother and father gave everything they have to help my sister try to get away from this monster,” he wrote.
Hell on Raven Street, Camp Hill, in Brisbane, after Baxter set fire to his family in their SUV
Baxter filled his social media accounts with photos of himself with children Laianah, four, Trey, three and Alaliyah, six
Hannah and Baxter married in 2012, but her parents said his controlling behavior took its toll and she left in November last year
A woman sheds tears as she lays flowers in the makeshift shrine in Camps Hill on Thursday
Baxter took marriage problems badly and lived like a virtual hermit with his dog in the former family home.
In the back yard a basketball lay on the grass and children’s clothes and bedding hung on the clothesline and were left there for weeks, according to a neighbor.
Before the divorce, neighbors described a happy family, with the sounds of the children playing in the back yard often filling the air.
“They seemed like a nice happy family. He was always polite and said hello, “someone said.
“We would see them take the children to school and daycare.”
A puppet remains at the site of the horrific suicide in Camp Hill, Brisbane
Hannah with her son Trey, three. On her social media accounts, Hannah described herself as “mother of two princesses and one prince”
Devastated residents and friends of Hannah and the children leave flowers, cards and soft toys at the place of the tragedy
Mrs. Clarke was a trampolining champion, while Mr. Baxter had tested with the NRL team of New Zealand Warriors in the mid-2000s, but did not play first-class game.
“Australians across the country are just shocked, saddened and destroyed about what happened,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday.
“Hannah and her three children have been murdered so meaninglessly and crazily in what happened in a terrible act of violence and it is only affecting our hearts today.”
The murders are a terrible reminder that family violence and violence against women is the national emergency that the country is still facing, says Patty Kinnersly, head of the violence watch group Our Watch.
She says there is a need for long-term, secure and ongoing funding across the sector of violence against women, including response and early intervention work that prevent this from happening in the first place.
Professor Kerry Carrington, professor at Queensland Technical University, an expert on gender violence, believes the deaths could have been prevented by previous intervention.
The latest federal government report on domestic violence shows that one woman was killed every nine days by a partner between 2014 and 2016.
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The marital home of the Baxter on the outskirts of Carindale, in Brisbane, is deposited as a crime scene, while mourners place flowers and soft toys on the spot
A sanctuary grows on the scene where Hannah and her three children were immersed in fuel and set on fire, while one person left a gripping sign about domestic violence