Brisbane car fire: Rowan Baxter’s degrading views on women revealed
The estranged cousin Rowan Baxter has revealed the man, who killed his wife and three children in a car fire on Wednesday, had degrading views on women that fuelled his rage.
“Not that I’m saying Rowan is a victim, but Rowan has been raised by a father and his father and his father — and it goes onwards — that women are two things: to be the house cleaner and to be a prostitute,” Sandra Taylor told 9 News.
Mr Baxter killed his wife Hannah Clarke, and children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, when he doused them in petrol and set their car alight in Brisbane on Wednesday morning.
He died shortly after stabbing himself in the abdomen with a knife.
Ms Taylor said she was not surprised at Mr Baxter’s horrific actions.
“For everybody else, they’re shocked; I’m not,” she told 9 News.
She explained how she had often seen his threatening actions up close.
Mr Baxter once spread dog poo all over her yard after she had offered support to Ms Clarke.
“It was just fear, complete fear,” Ms Taylor said.
“The moment I reached out to Hannah there was all this dog faeces. I’ve never had a stray dog on my property.
“He was continually walking past my store at the shopping centre the same one where Hannah worked.
“One time, Hannah had come to the car and he was letting Trey play with the photos of his mother cut up — so very, very threatening that Hannah’s life was coming to an end.”
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Meanwhile, a vigil will be held to mourn the lives of Ms Clarke and her children at 5pm today at Bill Hewitt Reserve in Camp Hill, while Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge and City Hall will all be lit up pink to honour the late family.
“I think it will be a wonderful celebration of Hannah and the children’s lives,” he said.
“There are so many negative things that could be focused on but she was a beautiful person with beautiful children, from a beautiful family.”
On Saturday, Hannah’s family posted a thankyou message for public support as donations for the family soared past $206,000.
“It is the most beautiful thing to see so many people offering donations and such kind messages — It has given the family hope for change and touched their hearts to know so many care,” Ms Clarke’s sister-in-law Stacey Roberts said.
— with AAP
Originally published as Killer dad’s sick view on women revealed