What happened To Rowan Baxter? Hannah Clarke Husband And Death Facts

Rowan Baxter and his family members. ( Source : Nypost )


Rowan Baxter is a former rugby player and a criminal. He played for the New Zealand Warriors and was an owner of a fitness club in Integra8 & Crossfit SMC in Brisbane. 

Baxter was responsible for killing his wife and family two years ago.  On June 22, 2022, Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley delivered an emotionally awaited findings. Continue to know more about the case.

Is Rowan Baxter Dead Or Still Alive? 

Rowan Baxter died after brutally killing his wife and children. He took his own life on the 19th of February, 2020.

Baxter, after killing his family, had stabbed himself with a knife. The cops are still perplexed as to why Baxter killed his children and then committed suicide. The horrible crime had brought attention to Australia's domestic violence epidemic. It had caused a great deal of national sadness.

Monster Husband Rowan Baxter Had Burned Down His Whole Family

Baxter had killed his wife Hannah Clarke and three children; Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey Baxter, 3. 

They were all burned down by Baxter in a vehicle in suburban Brisbane before he took his own life. The kids almost died right away from burns and breathing in smoke and Hannah had passed away in the hospital. Baxter had ambushed the family on their way to school.

Hannah Clarke and three children; Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey Baxter, 3. 
Hannah Clarke and three children; Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey Baxter, 3.  ( Source : Dailymail )

According to DailyMail, Baxter's behavior toward his ex-wife got worse after Hannah had filed a domestic violence case. In March 2020, the poor mother had asked for police protection from Rowan, who used to beat her over and over again.

The DailyMail article also claims that Baxter was not crazy, but was a rather master manipulator. The CCTV footage had discovered him buying heavy flammable liquid before committing the horrendous crime. Unexpectedly, he also purchased three Kinder Surprise candies, likely for his kids.


Why Did Rowan Baxter Kill His Wife & Children? 

According to Coroner Jane Bentley, Rowan Baxter was not mentally ill, however, was a "master of manipulation". 

Baxter had constantly displayed controlling and abusive behavior towards his wife. These included controlling what Hannah wore or demanding sex every night and criticizing her body image. He committed a "final act of cowardice" by killing his family and himself because he could not bear the public rebuke and the punishment he would have faced.

Bentley says in her statement: "I find it unlikely that any further actions taken by police officers, service providers, friends, or family members could have stopped Baxter from ultimately executing his murderous plans."

According to the new inquest report, Hannah may have passed away due to Baxter's fire-caused multi-organ failure. She had displayed "amazing bravery," explaining to the witness what Baxter had done.

Bentley believes that in order to stop other tragedies, police training needed "urgent attention." Her recommendation includes a face-to-face training program for domestic violence officers, an immediate domestic module for the officers, and funding for men's behavior change programs in prisons and communities.