Assassin Dad Rowan Baxter rushed into his estranged wife’s car, stabbed her throat and told her to drive, and then set her on fire with their three children when she stopped for help.
Hannah Clarke, 31, and her children Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, burned after Baxter, 42, set fire to the Kia Sportage on Wednesday morning.
Her shattered father Lloyd Clarke has put together the gruesome timeline of events that led to the tragic loss of four lives.
Despite burns to 97 percent of her body, Hannah was able to give the police on site a detailed explanation of what had happened.
Lloyd Clarke (photo, left, with his grandson Trey) was a practical grandfather for Hannah’s three children
Hannah Clarke (pictured with daughters Aaliyah and Laianah) was murdered Wednesday by her estranged husband
She took the children to school after 8 hours from her parents’ house in Camp Hill, Brisbane, while her killer was lurking.
Well-known control freak, Baxter, had accelerated since Hannah left him with the children in November and decided to take his revenge.
“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.”
Hannah took the children in the car and walked to the back seat to put on Trey’s seat belt, because the girls could make their own clothes.
That was the time her killer needed.
“He was very fast, as a former athlete. As she does that, he runs into the passenger seat and holds a knife to her throat and tells her to drive, “Mr. Clarke said.
“She went to the corner here, turned to the left and saw a neighbor washing his car and driving over to get help.”
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)
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 her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3) died of her injuries on Wednesday
Michael Zemek was the heroic first reaction to the horror that was about to flood Raven Street and traumatize dozens of residents.
When Hannah stopped next to him and shouted, “He poured gas on me,” Baxter realized his time was up and lit the fire while he was still in the car.
“If he gets stuck in a corner, he has no empathy, so he would have just gone” “ok, that’s it, light it, boom, gone,” Mr. Clarke said.
“In a way, I hope he gave it (the gasoline) to the girls, because that would have been faster.”
As the car went up in flames, Hannah jumped out while her sportswear was on fire and the flaming gasoline melted her skin.
Mr. Zemek helped her to control the flames by falling to the ground and rolling, and then spraying water on her horrific burns with his garden hose.
He suffered burns to his face and hands in the process and is still recovering in the hospital.
Hannah Clarke (pictured with her three children, aliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3) sees a day enjoying her own grandmother (far left)
Left: Hannah Clarke depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: Mrs. Baxter on her marriage to her husband
Amazingly, even with burns on every part of her body, Hannah was able to explain exactly what had happened to the police who arrived quickly, except for the sole of one foot.
“She still had enough strength and was still conscious enough to give the first responders a detailed description of what had happened,” Mr. Clarke said.
“He bothered her and got into the car. She managed to provide a detailed report on drugs and first responders there, the police, “he told A Current Affair.
“They said almost like a police report. She was so articulated. Right now he did this and he did that.
“She fought to the end to make sure that if he survived, he would be punished with her babies. She was so brave.
“I didn’t know she could have been that detailed. She made sure she received as much information as possible. ”
Lloyd Clarke (photo, left) appeared on A Current Affair with his wife Suzanne (center) and son Nat (right) while paying homage to their family
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
The shattered father said he was struggling with how much he wanted to know about his daughter’s last moments and that there were more details that the police had not yet shared.
“I want to find out and I don’t want to find out,” he said.
“I don’t know what his agenda was, did he go somewhere to do it somewhere else, did he just do Hannah?”
Witnesses told Daily Mail Australia that even while Hannah was on fire, her thoughts were with her children.
“My children are in the car except my children,” she cried.
But it was too late. The heat was so intense that the children had no hope, and traditions trying to open the doors burned their hands.
“She loved her children, there was nothing she had not done for them. Even at the end she fought to save them, “Hannah’s mother Suzanne said.
Lloyd Clarke (photo, left) was an active and involved grandfather, who often took the children on day trips. He is seen with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4
Suzanne Clarke (photo) with Aaliyah, 6 and Laianah, 4 said her grandchildren were ‘her world’
Cowardly Baxter, on the other hand, tried to fight neighbors and tried to extinguish the fire in the car, after which he stabbed himself in the chest until he died.
During the A Current Affair interview, Hannah’s devastated mother revealed that she had even talked about writing a will and said, “She only said to me last week:” Mommy should I do a will? “
“What will happen 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 ‘.
“I didn’t think he would hurt the children. She was afraid he would kill her. I believed that could be possible. “
The family said the devoted mother would do anything for the young children, and worked on a new life for them.
Hannah Clarke was burned alive with her three children after her violent husband, Rowan Charles Baxter, set fire to their car at the school run in Brisbane on Wednesday morning
Lloyd Clarke (photo, left) enjoyed gardening with his grandchildren for the heinous murders
While they held each other’s hands during the interview, the Clarkes said they were starting to fear for their daughter’s safety when she finally left her abusive husband in November last year.
He had not yet physically abused her before, using financial, sexual, and emotional manipulation instead.
Asked if she was worried about her daughter’s life, her mother said, “Especially when she was getting ready to leave.
“Although he felt that he was still in control of the situation, it was not physically dangerous.
“But we knew there was no way to say” I’m going “and walk out the door.”
BRISBANEIC KILLER-KILLER: HOW COWARDL RAMPAGE PERFORMED
Queensland Police officers are summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:
Ex-NRL star 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.
WHO WAS ROWAN BAXTER?
Rowan Baxter was a former NRL player who once had a contract with the New Zealand Warriors.
He was a member of the President’s Selection 2005 pre-season team and spent the last 20 years of his life in the sports and fitness industry.
He grew up in Tauranga, on the North Island of New Zealand, before moving to Australia.
Baxter lived in Brisbane alongside his wife, Hannah, and three children until as recently as late last year, when the couple broke up.
The 42-year-old opened a gym, Intergr8 and CrossFit SMC in Capalaba, with his wife, but the couple closed it when they worked through their split.
Former Brisbane Broncos players Sam Thaiday and Matt Gillett are known to train in the gym.
The company website of the former athlete described him as an experienced body weight trainer for NRL and AFL teams.
Unsuspecting family and friends believed he was a loving and dedicated father.