Uninformed Housewife’s Opinion Solves “Unbreakable” Case
Cites long distance appraisal of key witnesses as crucial.
Experts had long predicted that the police hunt for the person responsible for 44 year-old Eileen Fadia’s disappearance was an exercise in futility. The questions surrounding the case would remain unanswered, they said.
For the longest time, a cold case seemed inevitable. The case baffled all who followed it, with no leads and several high-profile former members of the WA Police sharing differing views on who was to blame for Mrs Fadia’s disappearance. That is until, out of the blue, a friend encouraged 46 year-old Mosman Park housewife Clarissa Pritchard to come forward to the authorities with her “strikingly logical and insightful” theory on the case she had observed exclusively from the nightly news, current affairs, and Woman’s Day.
“A lot of the girls at spin class choose to have a coffee on the balcony at one of our houses after Enrique has given us varying levels of a personal workout. We have a good chat about anything, and there’s only so much gossiping about other school Mums that we can do before we inevitably move onto current affairs.” Pritchard said. “There are a lot of different opinions thrown around and given that this is the case that’s gripped Perth we often talk about that poor Eileen Fadia more than anything else these days. Not really ‘listening’ to each other’s opinions as such but just psychoanalysing the family and friends of that woman based on what we see on the TV and offering extensive explanations to each other as to what happened.”
Little did the women know, these discussions would advance from a simple chin wag over coffee and cake to a theory that would indeed change the course of Western Australian criminal law. Weeks ago, Pritchard’s friend and confidant Maria De Cerva convinced Clarissa that her views on the case so complex it has criminologists world-wide watching on with interest held such weight that they simply had to be shared with the proper authorities.
Initially Police Chief Karl O’Callaghan was taken aback when one of his associates presented him with the theory. “This was something constructed by a woman so full of botox, collagen and saline that her urine could be toxic enough to have been the murder weapon itself.” Having reviewed the theory, though, he was taken aback by Pritchard’s “remarkable insight, having been able to effectively pick apart the case bit by bit without being privy to around 98% of the required background knowledge”.
That insight has broken open the most famous search for a criminal the state has seen in decades. “Obviously given the publicity the case has generated we’ve allocated a huge amount of resources to finding out what happened to the victim. There has been a special grant of funds to allow us to bring in the nation’s top detectives and forensic teams. For so long the case was of such complexity that it was giving some of our greatest minds complete breakdowns. Little did we know we have some of the best analytical minds somewhere out in suburban Perth just waiting to be tapped into. It’s hard to believe that this has happened.” O’Callaghan said.
But happen it did. Pritchard described the facts as “obvious from day dot” and explained that she was shell-shocked that others didn’t see it her way. She said between dropping son Jimmy, 7, off to Auskick and the weekly rounds of grocery shopping was where she did her best work. The secret? Just a “mother’s hunch”, according to Pritchard.
“Watching those programs, you know, 60 Minutes and ACA, the look on the the husband’s best friend’s face was just something different. There was no remorse.” Pritchard said. “The look in his eyes whenever he was in front of the media, you could see that he did not care that his best mate’s wife had gone missing and to me that was conclusive evidence of guilt right then and there.”
“I had no reason to suspect there was any other key facts, witnesses or information that I should peruse or that there were any key legal and evidentiary issues that went over my head. He was guilty and he deserved to go away for a long time.”
When asked if her degree in nail technology at the Australian College of Beauty Therapy provided her with a greater skill set in considering this case, Pritchard, humble as ever, said “not at all. After 15 years of being a full time mother, you just know how to read people. It’s that simple.”
Simple for some, maybe. The WA Police Force has vowed to consult Mrs Pritchard on future cases of this magnitude.
Kevin Fadia’s friend James Marsh was convicted of murder in September and is awaiting sentencing. He declined to comment.