1. Complete this information about the suspected killer and the three girls who went missing.
Name: Bradley Robert Edwards, Age: ___ , Occupation: ___
Name: Sarah Spiers, Age: ___ , Occupation:___ , Date missing:___
Name: Jane Rimmer, Age: ___ , Occupation: ___ , Date missing: ___ , Date body found: ___
Name: Ciara Glennon: Age: ___
2. Discuss in small groups:
Describe the suburb of Claremont, what it looks like, the people who live there and things to do in Claremont.
Search for images of the poster they displayed around Claremont in 1996 to ‘Help Find Sarah’
Search for images of the 3 girls and the suspected killer.
3. The podcast mentions other criminals that terrorised Perth before the Claremont serial killer.
Divide the class into two groups to research one each. Think about the questions – Who? What? When? Where? How? Then share the information with someone from the other group.
Eric Edgar Cooke
David and Catherine Birnie
Name: Bradley Robert Edwards, Age: 50, Occupation: telecommunications technician and little athletics volunteer
Name: Sarah Spiers, Age: 18, Occupation: secretary, Date missing: Jan 261996
Name: Jane Rimmer, Age: 23, Occupation: child-care worker, Date missing: June 9 1996, Date body found: Aug 3 1996
Name: Ciara Glennon: Age: 27
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain
After listening to the podcast, discuss with a partner the stories and lies Hamish told and the warnings about him from other people. How does the quote from Mark Twain relate to this? How are the characters Jay Gatsby and James Bond used in reference to Hamish?
Find these locations mentioned in Episode 3.
SoHo, New York
Research these people mentioned in Episode 3 and remember what was said about them in the podcast.
Brian Price, FEX Group
Bec says that Hamish’s image changed while she knew him. Discuss these words with a partner and how they relate to Hamish’s image:
Finally search for images of:
Hamish McLaren and Bec
Hamish with a sticker on his head in New York with the name Hamish McLaughlin
This lesson is based on Episode 1 of the Who the Hell is Hamish podcast from The Australian reported by Greg Bearup. Hamish has stolen millions of dollars from innocent victims and this podcast aims to explain how he did it.
Before listening to the podcast discuss these questions:
Have you ever cheated? Have you found out someone who has cheated?
Do you always tell the truth? Are there any situations when you think it would be acceptable to lie?
If you had money to invest how would you make decisions on what to do with it?
How would you feel about travelling in an autonomous flying taxi by yourself?
Rodin Lyasoff talks about this idea on TED Talks. Listen to the talk and take notes as you listen.
Listen for a second time and use your notes to help you create comprehension questions based on this talk. Write the questions including the answer. Check through the transcript if you need extra help with this task. Try to make at least 6 comprehension questions.
Find images related to the topic of autonomous vehicles – cars and flying taxis. Look for a variety of images including graphs, photo’s or infographics. Try to gather at least 4 images to share with other students.