Chilling tales of mystery driver
During week two of Perth's trial of the century, chilling tales emerged of late-night encounters with a mystery driver cruising the streets of Claremont and Cottesloe in the mid-1990s.
A man, prosecutors say was the Claremont Serial Killer.
One by one, women cast their minds back more than 20 years, to a time they and their friends frequented pubs and clubs in the western suburbs.
They were young, intoxicated and trying to get home.
These are the women who lived to tell the story.
The 'Damsel in Distress'
It was December 1995 and Katrina Jones was "upset" and "angry" after fighting with her boyfriend at a wedding reception at the Albion Hotel.
The 63-year-old said she was walking home along Stirling Highway when a man in a white van pulled up and offered her a lift. She got in.
"He was ever so polite, he really was very friendly," Ms Jones said.
When she asked him what he was doing out at 2:30am, he said "I was heading to Cottesloe to pick up damsels in distress like yourself".
Ms Jones said when she got out of the van, the man followed her, grabbed her arm and tried to kiss her.
"I just said 'do not even go there because I will drop you'," she told the court.
Ms Jones said the driver told her he worked for Telecom or Telstra. But her original police statement did not mention the company, only that he worked in "telecommunications".
Annabelle Bushell, 45, said a gut instinct told her to "get out" of a car she and her friend Trilby Winsome Smith had hitched a ride in in December 1996.
She recalled downing 15 to 20 middies of beer earlier that evening at the Ocean Beach Hotel.
Ms Bushell said they got into a man's white station wagon which had a large Telstra logo on the bonnet.
She couldn't remember much about the journey, other than she "wasn't in a good spot" and wanted to get out.
As the car approached a red traffic light, she made up an excuse to stop and dragged her friend out of the back.
Her testimony clashed with that of Ms Smith, who described being in an "electrical van", and getting out at a different part of Claremont.
The Telstra Taxi
It was the Friday night before Christmas in 1996 and Natalie Clements had also been drinking at the Ocean Beach Hotel with friends.
After failing to grab a taxi out the front, the group started walking home along Eric Street.
Ms Clements said she saw a silhouetted station wagon driving up behind them, and thinking it was a taxi, hailed it.
But when it pulled up, she realised it had a ladder on the roof and Telstra logo on the door.
"I said 'no, I didn't need a lift' and they kept going," Ms Clements told the court.
She said that was one of five times she saw the car that night, doing laps of the pub.
The Park Pickup
Jane Ouvaroff, 47, testified she also got into a station wagon, mistakenly thinking it was a taxi, in the summer of 1996-97.
"When I sat down, I looked at the dashboard and recognised that it wasn't a taxi," she said.
She said she got the driver to stop by saying she had left her shoes at a park.
Ms Ouvaroff said she returned with her shoes and two male friends who had been out in with her in Claremont that night, asking the driver if they could have a lift too.
"I remember he was not particularly willing to chat," she said.
Ms Ouvaroff said the car had a Telstra logo on the door and tools in the back.
The Long Stare
In the early hours of January 27, 1996, Julie-Anne Johnstone left Club Bay View to find a taxi on Stirling Highway.
While she was waiting, a car pulled up in front and stayed there for 10 to 15 minutes.
She said the driver wound down his window and leaned over the passenger's side, staring at her for up to 30 seconds.
"I just said 'what', but there was no response," Ms Johnstone told the court.
She said the car looked like a Toyota Camry sedan and had a Telstra logo on the side door.
Months later, police created an Identikit from her description of the mystery driver. But it differed from the descriptions the other witnesses gave of a clean-shaven man with short, neat hair.
According to prosecutors, all of those women encountered the same man – Telstra technician Bradley Robert Edwards.
It's alleged three others somehow ended up in his car, but never made it home - Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon.
Edwards denies any involvement in their murders.