Claremont podcast: Bradley Edwards’ Hollywood Hospital attack victim Wendy Davis in her own words

Kate RyanThe West Australian
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May 7, 1990 was the day that changed Wendy Davis’ life.

A social worker at Hollywood Hospital, she was going about her day when Telstra worker and now convicted killer Bradley Edwards attacked her, grabbing her from behind and dragging her back towards some toilets.

But she fought him off, and her evidence helped in the conviction of the Claremont killer.

But Wendy Davis is so much more than just “the Hollywood Hospital victim”.

After her ordeal she had to go on with her life, so she buried the traumatic events until 2016 — when detectives called to tell her that they thought the man who attacked her in 1990 was the Claremont serial killer.

In this episode, Wendy bravely tells her story.

The trauma she experienced, the grief for Sarah, Jane and Ciara’s families, and the anger at Telstra and Edwards is raw and emotional.

She describes her shocking experience to Natalie Bonjolo and Tim Clarke, explaining why she wants an apology from Telstra — and why she thinks Edwards should have been charged with more than common assault.

Wendy left the job she loved after the attack, because the trauma was too much. But Edwards got to keep his.

Wendy said telling her story had been therapeutic.

She said she even started jotting down her thoughts into a book, which she admitted may not actually see the light of day, but detailed her experiences with the attack and the resurgence of trauma.

Join Natalie Bonjolo and Tim Clarke as they speak to Wendy Davis about the attack that eventually linked Edwards’ name to the crimes at Huntingdale, and the DNA found from the Karrakatta rape victim and Ciara Glennon’s body.

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