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Today show host Allison Langdon fought back tears during her emotional interview with the parents of murdered Brisbane mum, Hannah Clarke, as they discussed the red flags in their daughter’s abusive relationship and revealed the moment their daughter knew she would die at the hands of her ex-husband, Rowan Baxter.
Clarke’s father, Lloyd, who is still understandably angry over what happened to his daughter and grandchildren said the hardest thing is not knowing who the kids could have grown up to be.
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“They had some great futures, but obviously it wasn’t meant to be,” Lloyd told Today.
Her mother, Sue, said while “there is no one to be angry at anymore” the pain will never go away.
“I’m just sad – there’s been a whole lot of tears over the past couple of years – too many,” she said.
Sue also revealed that her daughter had come to visit her a week before her death and asked her mother if she should get a will.
“I said ‘why?’ and she said ’well, what happens Mum when he kills me? He’ll be in jail and I’ll be dead. What happens to the children?’ she said ‘I want you and Dad to have them’.”
“She had a feeling and then out of the inquest on January 26 we found out he’d written a suicide note and that was a shock to us, we didn’t know about that – so it was so pre-meditated,” Lloyd added.
They did however know that there was something wrong with their daughter’s relationship when Baxter forced her to delete her Facebook page.
“He was very charming to start with, he won us over,” Lloyd said.
“But there were little things like, she couldn’t walk on the beach in bikinis,” Sue said.
“As the kids got older, he would check with them, ‘What did mummy do today? Who’d mummy chat to?’ and things like that.”
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Clarke and her three children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, were murdered by Baxter, on February 19, 2020, while Clarke was on a school run.
Baxter had jumped into Clarke’s car before dousing the family in petrol and setting the vehicle in flames. While Baxter died on the scene with self-inflicted knife wounds, Clarke was able to escape the car and desperately tried to save her children.
“My babies are in the car … why didn’t I just stay in the car with them?” she said to emergency services.
“I didn’t save my kids, I couldn’t save my kids.”
Clarke later died in hospital that same day with burns to 97 per cent of her body.
Two years on, a coronial inquest has helped bring light to Hannah Clarke and her children’s heinous murder.
It is a case that has still scarred the nation, with Sue and Lloyd asking families and friends of domestic violence perpetrators to take immediate action before they or someone they love face a similar tragedy.
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