Hannah Clarke managed to give Queensland police three interviews before she died with burns to 97 per cent of her body.
The epic move is even more heroic given that she did not know if her alienated husband, Rowan Baxter, was alive after pouring Ms Clarke and their three children in petrol, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, and setting them on fire. Yet she did know that information would be needed by police.
“On the scene, she walked herself to the stretcher, put herself down and gave this description of what the monster had done and then apparently passed out going to the hospital and when she came to in ICU gave it all again,” Ms Clarke’s dad Lloyd Clarke told the Courier Mail in a Qweekend feature out today.
“And it was just so strong, and obviously she wanted this monster to get caught. She, at that time, didn’t know he had passed.”
Ms Clarke was on the morning school run when Baxter jumped into her car’s passenger seat and on February 19, in a suburban Brisbane driveway, doused the family in petrol.
Before asking people on the street not to help, he set them all on fire and then stabbed himself to death.
Baxter was granted a DVO by a Brisbane court in early January for kidnapping one of their kids and sending her interstate against the wishes of Ms Clarke.
The family believed Hannah had stalked through her smartphone and still knew where she was. Baxter pressured her to have sex with him every night, too.
“She wasn’t allowed to wear bikinis, she works in the fitness industry and wasn’t allowed to wear shorts. She had to cover up,” Suzanne said.
“In the beginning we thought he was a prude, but in hindsight we know there was more to it than that. He was controlling. It was Rowan’s way or the highway.”
“She had to grovel and then he would forgive her. She was petrified”.
“He could manipulate her. The night before he killed them he was on the phone to the children crying and she hung up or the children hung up she said to me ‘Mum I feel so bad for him’.
“She was concerned he would kill her,” her mother said.
“She said to me ‘What happens to my babies if he kills me?’”