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The Mystery of Allison Baden-Clay

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The peaceful, leafy green hamlet of Brookfield, in Brisbane, Australia, is a slice of rural heaven nearby the hustle and bustle of the city. At least it was…

On the 20th of April, 2012, at 7:30 a. m., the calm was destroyed by a phone call that would shatter the safe suburban aura that pervaded the postcode of 4069. The call was from Gerard Baden-Clay. His wife and mother of their three young children, Allison Baden-Clay, was missing, and had last been seen by her husband at 10 p. m. when she reportedly went for a late night walk.

A small team of police officers responded quickly to the call and obviously discovered something suspicious, because by the next day, the Baden-Clay home had become a crime scene and with more than 140 SES and Police involved, this was the start of one of the biggest searches in Queensland since the abduction of Daniel Morcombe.

Next thing I knew, SES crews were knocking on my door, asking why our rubbish bins were out, and whether or not we had seen anything strange in them! It was at that moment I realised the massive scale of this search and became increasingly interested in this terrible story.

On the 30th of April, the news we all dreaded came. Allison had been found by a canoeist, dead, under a bridge, 20 minutes drive from her home. The police made a statement informing the media that the investigation was no longer a missing persons case and was now being dealt with by the homocide squad. This of course, just fueled the rumour mill even more, and it appeared that Gerard Baden-Clay was being trialled by the media. Stories circulated that Gerard had been having an affair, that his business was going under, and that Allison had a huge life insurance policy, it all seemed endless. But everyone had to admit that Gerard was acting a little strangely…

I find it telling that at no point the Dickies (Allison’s parents) and Gerard had been seen together, not even in the very early hours after she was reported missing.

The Dickies made an emotional, desperate public plea for help at a full-on news conference – he made a brief statement outside his parents place where he talked about himself. “I’ve done everything ….” At some point he also spoke about “my daughters” before Allison was found. Freudian slip?

My other half wonders if he isn’t guilty and whether police are deliberately letting everything point to him while they stitch up the evidence to catch the right person. Maybe Gerard thought someone else was responsible, and explained it all when he first reported Allison missing, and that’s why the search kicked off so quickly?

Curiously, on the day Allison’s body was found, Gerard Baden-Clay obtained a senior barrister (Peter Davis SC) whose specialty is dealing with murder cases and dismissing evidence.
Peter Davis worked on the first significant DNA-based case in QLD. That case was the murder-rape case of R v Fletcher. Peter Davis, acting on behalf of the defendant, skillfully argued that even if the jury believed beyond reasonable doubt that the DNA evidence at the crime scene matched his client’s, it did not prove that the accused was the offender. In addition to that, he also argued that if there was only DNA evidence against the accused, a judge cannot convict them. The most famous case, however, that Mr Davis was involved in, would be the tragic one of Deirdre Kennedy – the murder and rape case of a toddler found on the roof of a toilet block in Ipswich.
You might ask yourself why on earth a man would hire a lawyer this talented (and expensive) just for “dealings with police and media”! Perhaps, he is expecting to be represented in court by this barrister in the near future…

In my opinion, what’s most horrifying about this case is that Allison was a typical QLD mother and could easily have been the girl next door or a family friend across the street. For now, we wait, and pray that Allison’s killer is brought to justice…

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About Myles

The name is Myles Holley, which I've to admit doesn't quite have that Bond-James-Bond ring to it. As to who I am, I could tell you but then I would have to kill you. In all seriousness though, I am a student studying Law and Journalism, and started this blog because my lecturer told me that I should. But don't get me wrong, I will blog with just as much (if not more) passion and devotion as somebody who started a blog because they wanted to...

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10 thoughts on “The Mystery of Allison Baden-Clay

  1. Hello Myles.. I think you need to get the facts straight first before posting. It was never reported that she went for a late night walk. Mr Baden-Clay has always maintained that he last saw his wife when he was going to bed around 10pm and that she was watching the footy show. I may be wrong but I don’t believe it was Mr Baden-Clay who did this. I have a different theory – but only time will tell who the perpetrator was when all the details come out.

    Posted by cactus | May 6, 2012, 9:50 am
  2. ex-beauty queen = superficial focus (appearances are everything) + conditional commitment to marriage (always thinks she could have landed a better man if she wanted to).

    real estate agent = financial strain (fast lane during the boom but too highly leveraged to make it through the bust) + short attention span + prone to opportunistic (sometimes unethical) behaviour.

    Never marry a beauty queen and take for yourself the curse that is her beautiful past. As for real estate people, easy come easy go. It’s just a matter of time before they’ve got the evidence necessary to make the arrest.

    Posted by Sam | May 11, 2012, 7:20 pm
  3. Would really live to know how many men if asked what their wife was wearing yesterday would be able to describe exactly what their wives were wearing.
    I asked my husband what I was wearing yesterday and he got only my top right.
    He couldn’t even tell me what shoes I had one.
    Funny how gc knows

    Posted by Tanya | May 12, 2012, 11:10 am
    • Well, famously, Gordon Wood knew exactly what his girlfriend was wearing on the day she was murdered simply by inspecting her extensive wardrobe and deducing what she was wearing by what was missing. Some men, like Gordon Wood & Gerard Baden Clay are clever like that.

      Posted by Penster | May 29, 2012, 11:49 am
  4. I reckon she suicided

    Posted by ?? | June 27, 2012, 1:19 am
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    Posted by cellulite | November 16, 2013, 1:50 pm
  6. Sadly, from day one, everything about Gerard Baden Clay has indicated a guilty man. The moment I heard the first police report about a missing woman, I turned to my family and said – ‘if she has died, it will have been the husband. This is not my usual reaction. I did not even think of Jill Maher’s husband, for instance, when I first heard of her disappearance. However, from that point on, every action/inaction/statement/explanation/ al la coverup has only served to further confirm this. There is nothing plausible in anything that gbc claims. From life’s experiences, I have come to learn that one’s true gut reaction is usually right and my gut reaction with this was so very strong.
    No one, man or woman, is so determined to remain with a ‘loved one’ to death do us part, if they are already deceiving him/her with other relationships. They have already begun to move on for goodness sake, once they are involved with another/s. If we are to believe all gbc says, including Allison’s at times, crippling psychological health, his life would have been more like a nightmare; certainly not as he now claims as a life of love & devotion.
    I even query the convenient travel (such that anti malaria tablets were seen as necessary)! This potentially may have paved the way for gbc to introduce Allison’s health issues and supposed state of mind, as plausible, down the track. I am sure readers will understand where I am going with this, without me spelling it out. If not, simply google the risks and it will be revealed. Quite a simple but good back up plan if in the event that one carried out one’s sinister thoughts or plans. ‘The ground work’ is what this is called!
    Allison died because she had $$$ for him to cash in on with her death. Otherwise he would have simply divorced her when he had finally had enough. That poor girl died for one reason; the cash her death would generate.
    I doubt there would be a single experienced investigator or psychologist in the country that would consider his responses or accounting for himself as plausible. So Sad – for the children & both families. A conviction will prevent him gaining monetarily $ and prevent his warped sense of right & wrong and rationalization of his behaviour, in any form, being applied to others.

    Posted by Lyn Yates | July 8, 2014, 5:51 pm

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