Tragedy haunts ex-journo

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

FOR­MER jour­nal­ist Monique Warnock (46) has never stopped think­ing about the fam­i­lies of three young women who went miss­ing in Clare­mont from 1996.

Ms Warnock started as ed­i­tor of Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s South­ern Gazette just months af­ter South Perth res­i­dent Sarah Spiers went miss­ing on Jan­uary 26, 1996.

Nearly a year af­ter her dis­ap­pear­ance, Ms Warnock got an exclusive in­ter­view with Sarah’s mum, Carol, that was pub­lished across the news­pa­per group on Jan­uary 21, 1997.

She said her strong re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal po­lice, in par­tic­u­lar De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Paul Fer­gu­son from the Ma­jor Crime Squad, helped gain the trust of Mrs Spiers.

“They (the po­lice) spoke to Carol Spiers on my be­half, it was the one-year an­niver­sary and they asked if I could sit down with her and work out what she wanted as well and that’s what she ended up do­ing,” Ms Warnock said.

“I sat in Carol’s house in South Perth and we were both cry­ing as she was show­ing me all the let­ters from peo­ple she had kept in boxes.

“I’ve never stopped think­ing about it be­cause I’d spo­ken to the parents and Above and right: Re­ports on in­ter­views with fam­ily mem­bers of the girls who dis­ap­peared in Clare­mont. heard their an­guish.”

In March 1998, Ms Warnock pub­lished an­other exclusive story af­ter in­ter­view­ing Den­nis Glen­non, the fa­ther of 27-year-old Ciara Glen­non, who was mur­dered af­ter disappearing from Clare­mont on March 14, 1997.

The dis­ap­pear­ance of Ms Spiers, Ms Glen­non and 23year-old Jane Rim­mer on June 9, 1996 had a pro­found ef­fect on the then 26-yearold jour­nal­ist’s so­cial life.

“I looked a bit like Ciara and Jane, I was 26 and out club­bing in those ar­eas,” Ms Warnock said.

“We were ter­ri­fied to get in to taxis and al­ways look­ing over our shoul­ders.

“It changed the way we be­haved. It took our free­dom away.”

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