Adulturer, liar and murderer Gerard Baden-Clay has spent his first night in prison as a convicted murderer.
The Brisbane former real estate agent is serving out a life sentence for killing his wife Allison.
The devastated family of murdered mother-of-three Allison yelled out “yes!” in the courtroom yesterday as Baden-Clay’s guilty verdict was read out.
And now the jury has returned a guilty verdict, police can reveal the incredible lengths to which they went in their successful investigation.
Queensland police have revealed that, in one particularly inventive move, they bugged the flowers next to Allison Baden-Clay’s coffin in a bid to catch the wife-killer out.
The police investigating her death hoped Baden-Clay might break down and privately confess at his wife’s funeral –but the attempt failed when Baden-Clay arrived late with his three daughters in tow, The Courier Mail reports.
Other revelations include that Baden-Clay again searched ‘self incrimination’ on the morning after he murdered Allison, just prior to reporting her missing, Daily Mail reports.
Police have also revealed that phone taps picked up conversations between Baden-Clay and his mistress, Toni McHugh — and the Daily Mail reports Baden-Clay also told McHugh he faced losing his assets and three daughters if he chose to leave Allison.
Evidence of just how dire the killer’s finances were have also emerged. While evidence was given during Baden-Clay’s trial that he was $1m in debt and Allison’s life insurance policies were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, testimony in statements made to police were not included in evidence, partly because they were considered prejucidial.
The newly-revealed documents indicate Allison and Gerard Baden-Clay held a phone conference with a financial adviser about their life insurance policies less than a month before Allison’s murder, the Daily Mail reports.
Another document reportedly quoted Baden-Clay’s ex-business partner as describing the financial state of his real estate business as ‘diabolical’.
The Courier Mail reports further details of the complex investigation this morning.
According to the daily newspaper reports, photos of Baden-Clay’s scratches were sent to the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency for advice.
Police travelled the world to ask experts about those scratches, Sunrise reports.
Western Australian experts were consulted to eliminate death by drowning; Maggots found on Allison’s body were sent to Wollongong in NSW to determine their age; and a caterpillar expert was consulted about the marks on Baden-Clay’s neck and chest, which he said were caused by scratching off a caterpillar, the Courier Mail reports.