This is how a one-liner can catch a rat in the trap, or should I say expose an extra marital affair between gerbil and his cookie. It is an innocent little one-liner that had cost Gerard Baden-Clay exactly three cents.
02Apr 09:28am; origin – Taringa Central Off-peak 006:00:18 $0.03
When I read that, I asked myself, “Why didn’t they use IM? We would never have known.”
If they had, then there would be no record on the phone bill and I wouldn’t be on their tail, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning.
Having access to the court documents in the Baden-Clay case, the phone records were a temptation I could not resist. I was able to trace many of the numbers on those records on my own accord, which I then shared with a group of fellow sleuths in January of this year. The information was passed on and collated. I waited: there was little more than a gentle refrain. I released the phone records.
Lists of names and numbers have stories to tell; conversations, which we all want to hear. Having phone records of a network of people indicates that there is a sequence of events, a rhythm. Don’t you want to hear the music? I know I do.
Of the network of phones in this collection, there is one conversation I would like to share initially; the accused wife-murderer Gerard Baden-Clay’s. Not a monologue; that would bore us very quickly.
There is a hidden conversation within these phone records; a conversation between Gerbil and his cookie; Gerard Baden-Clay and Toni McHugh. The conversation is hidden because it needed to be behind the wife’s back.
Once Allison Baden-Clay had learned of the affair between her husband and Pussy Galore the previous October 2011, the lovers needed to resort to subterfuge; smoke and mirrors, in order to maintain their contact; arrange their assignations.
Allison had Toni McHugh’s number and so the lovers’ contact could no longer be open phone calls; no more business calls.
There was always email on the cloud, but that didn’t fulfil the need for a rat in the cookie jar. These pair were so deeply enmeshed in the realm of Neptune, that their adulterous fantasy required ongoing sensual input.
All five senses; six if you’ve got them, come into play when you’re on the hunt or playing the game of adultery and if Neptune is driving the affair, sense deprivation can lure lovers into the realm of madness. I’ve shared some of this already in a previous post – Gerbil in the cookie jar.
When the sense of touch is missing the other senses go up a notch in the needs scale. Without the taste or smell of your lover, the olfactory is missing. When lovers are kept apart the visual sense; sight, is missing.
That leaves just two senses left – the sense of hearing; the need to hear your lover’s voice and the sixth sense. We all know that intuition ‘aint going to cut the mustard, so the voice becomes all important.
Something has to fuel their addiction; a planet Neptune trait.
This is why email contact was not enough for these two self-satisfying lovers. Gerbil uses the alias Bruce Overland in emails but that fantasy’s not enough. They needed to hear each other’s voices, but how? Allison was checking every call and text message.
I even asked myself, “How are they going to get around this one?”
I believe that in the end, the addict cycle hits the wall; the addict wants to get caught. If no-one else will put on the brakes, then the wife is his next choice to stop the roundabout so he can get off.
Unfortunately, the mistress wasn’t going to let go, she was going for keeps; living the fantasy that the show pony was real.
Perhaps Gerbil didn’t even know that he wanted to get off the carousel, but when I follow his actions, I believe he unconsciously wanted to be caught. Whether he wanted out of the marriage or not, well that’s another story. We’re here to share a conversation between Gerbil and his cookie, not anyone else.
To the best of my knowledge apart from satellite use, a mobile phone connects to the nearest cell-phone tower and the message then usually relays to the next tower and so on until it reaches the recipient of the call, or rather, their phone.
What I do know is that the mobile carrier (in this case Telstra) includes the name of the original tower in the phone records and so we can see where a call originates from. For me, that’s the basis of this trail. I refer to the towers continually through this suggested conversation.
Note: All the calls are included in the phone records.
22 March, 2012.
Once their sense deprivation was sated, they turned to conversation.
“Oh if only I had a photo of the two of us together, then it wouldn’t be so hard without you GM. KWIM?”
“For you GG, anything. I’ll call the studio when I get back to the office.”
Gerbil 03:29pm called Breeze Photos, Pullenvale
Pussy Galore 07:30pm via Indoor’pily tower
“I’m here. Did you book the studio?”
“I can’t tell you off the top of my head. Once I put the girls down, I’ll be back in the office and I’ll check my diary then. Can I get back to you?”
Pussy Galore 09:00pm via Indoor’pily tower
“You were fantastic as always, GM. Goodnight.”
I’m scratching my head. How did they manage that? Allison knows that she can’t trust him. She is checking the calls on his phone. Has Pussy bought another phone?
“They won’t get away with that too long”, I’m thinking.
The clock ticks and days pass. The emails back and forth continue. A coffee here, a grope there and a squeeze at the cheesecake factory after their portrait is taken; before you know it, Easter is coming up.
Sense deprivation raises the stakes.
5 April 2012
Bruce Overland 5:25am email Fig Tree Pocket tower
“Allison is in the office this morning then heading down the coast after lunch, can we catch up down the Valley? A nice empty rental perhaps, GG.”
Gerbil 10:23am via Valley West tower
“I’ll just check in with the office.”
“Are Allison and the girls staying down the coast over the school holidays?”
“IKWYM. No unfortunately, I’m driving down this afternoon. I have to go to the cheesecake factory now, so I’ll drop the deposit at the Breeze Photos on my way through.”
“It’s Easter Thursday. The traffic will be a nightmare. I’ll miss you GM.”
“I won’t get a chance to talk probably. It will be nice to hear your voice when I pick up the messages.”
“Not just that GM. I can vibrate in your pocket and you’ll know I’m there.”
6 April 2012 Good Friday
Pussy Galore 04:06pm via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone vibrates in Palm Beach and diverts to message bank. Duration 18Sec.
7 April 2012 Easter Saturday
Pussy Galore 02:03pm via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone vibrates in Palm Beach and diverts to message bank. Duration 2:25min
Gerbil 02:06pm Palm Beach #101 retrieved messages
Pussy Galore 02:54pm via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone vibrates in Palm Beach and diverts to message bank. Duration 50sec.
Gerbil 3:33pm Palm Beach #101 retrieved messages
Pussy Galore 04:07pm via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone vibrates in Palm Beach and diverts to message bank. Duration 56sec.
Gerbil 04:24pm Palm Beach #101 retrieved messages
8 April 2012 Easter Sunday
Pussy Galore 2:04pm via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone vibrates in Palm Beach and diverts to message bank. Duration 44sec.
Gerbil 7:55pm Kenmore #101 retrieved messages.
He’s back in town, however Pussy continues to vibrate in his pocket for the rest of the Easter break. Perhaps he’s bored because he doesn’t pick up his messages; he has more pressing matters on his mind.
Emails continue back and forth between Bruce Overland and GG. Using an alias allows the shyte to roll off the tongue without conscience. There are just a few bills that he needs to attend to. Gerbil continues to live the lie; attend counselling with his wife and continue the fantasy that life is normal.
“She picked it up off the credit card statement.”
“You mean she knows that we had the studio portrait done?”
“Yes, Allison knows. She wrote about it in her journal. We talked about it in counselling.”
Jealousy mounts frustration; those very needy senses are getting pretty uptight. Pussy thinks to herself, “So he’s going to counselling. We can’t have that. I need to take this relationship to the next level.”
18 April 2012
Pussy takes a risk, rings from work. The line is busy and so she leaves a message on his phone.
“I can’t wait GM. When are you picking up the photos?”
Gerbil 04:40pm #101 retrieved messages.
Gerbil 04:40pm called Breeze photos, Pullenvale
He had been reminded and made arrangements to collect the photos the following day.
Pussy Galore 6:09pm via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone is busy as he is having a long discussion with the Cheeseman. Her call diverts to message bank. Duration 17sec.
19 April 2012
Pussy Galore 4:17am via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone vibrates. Pussy hangs up before it goes to message bank. She waits.
Pussy Galore 8:03am via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 8:19am via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 8:21am via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
She’s getting frantic, but it’s time to go. Gerbil’s pocket gets the message.
Gerbil 02:43pm via Kenmore tower
“Blocksidge and Ferguson; how can I help you?”
“Can I speak to Toni McHugh please?”
“Certainly, Sir. I’ll put you through.”
A call of 5 minutes duration takes place between Gerbil and his cookie. He has reassured her of his commitment by openly calling her from his mobile phone. She caught the significance. It’s those unspoken words between lovers that really count.
On his way to the Cheesecake factory, Gerbil picks up the studio photos. They remain in an envelope. There is no time to view them now. There are a flurry of calls to make and he needs to get home.
The envelope makes it to Brookfield.
Gerbil 04:18pm via Brookfield tower
“Blockbuster video, Indooroopilly. What movie are you watching tonight?”
“I need a chick flick, mate. Got to placate the women.”
Gerbil 04:43pm via Brookfield tower
“I’m heading over now Mum. Do you want me to pick up anything?”
Olivia is down and there’s a barbeque at Skull Manor. Gerbil needs to get some sausages for the girls.
Pussy Galore 5:01pm via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 5:03pm via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 5:04pm via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 5:05pm via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 5:06pm via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 5:08pm via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 5:09pm via Indoor’pily tower
“I’ve been trying to ring for ages. I couldn’t talk at work. Did you get the photos?”
“Yes. I’ve got them. They’re at home, but there’s no chance I’m going to get out tonight. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I can’t talk now.”
Pussy Galore 5:12pm via Indoor’pily tower – diverts to message bank
Pussy Galore 5:42pm via Indoor’pily tower
“I forgot to tell you. I’ll be at the Property Management conference tomorrow.”
“That’s a nuisance. Allison is going to that conference as well. She’s going with Kate. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for us to get together.”
“What do you mean Allison is going to the conference. Why didn’t you tell me this before? You’ve got to tell her, Gerbil.”
An argument escalates between the lovers, however Gerbil is able to extract himself as he pulls into the driveway of Skull Manor.
Pussy Galore 6:54pm via Indoor’pily tower
Gerbil’s phone vibrates in Kenmore and diverts to message bank.
The night unfolds in another conversation, which we don’t have time for just now.
As for the conversation between Gerbil and his adulterous Pussy Galore, he did not retrieve his messages until the following day 20 April at 1:57pm.
There were no sensual messages from his cookie; no strokes for his ego. She had waited until she heard his recorded voice and then hung up.
But back to the phone records… How did they get away with all this contact?
Pussy could not have been ringing Gerbil from home, as her apartment was right under the St Lucia tower. The calls didn’t originate from St Lucia.
Did Pussy ring the office mobile and then it diverted to Gerbil’s personal mobile phone? I checked with Telstra.
The C21 Westside office mobile phone in the account name of Mr Gerard Baden-Clay was a basic FleetSelect plan with no options. For just $10 extra per month, it would have had the divert option, but it didn’t.
The 03cents one-liner telling us that WAP/internet session were available on the “Office” mobile phone had not been utilised by this pair. This leads us to believe that there can only be one answer as to how they got away with it until now…
A picture speaks a thousand words.
For those who need the answers to the clues…
- Toni McHugh had previously worked at this office C21 Westside and admitted to having had assignations with Gerard Baden-Clay in the office after-hours.
- Toni McHugh had either kept her old key after she was sacked when Allison found out about the affair, or Gerard Baden-Clay gave her another one at a later date.
- Toni McHugh knew that Allison was sitting at her (Toni’s) old desk (it’s in the statements) so part of her fantasy would most likely be that she let herself in with her key outside of business hours or on the public holidays and dallied there with Allison’s paperclips, sat in her chair, rifled her drawers – play-acting/fantasizing that she was Mrs Baden-Clay.
- Gerard Baden-Clay had the office mobile phone for staff to call him on his mobile when he was out. It was a cost saving exercise, rather than to use the C21 phone/fax landline which charged per phone call.
- During office hours the cell phone tower which covered the area of the C21 office radiated from the business sector, Taringa Central tower. After-hours it reverted to the Indooroopilly tower. The phone did not need to be moved – it was the clock that moved…
- I suggest that Toni McHugh drove up to the office from her home nearby, let herself in with her own key and rang Gerard Baden-Clay from the office phone on the occasions that I refer to above. Either that or she called from her own phone to the office mobile number, which then diverted to Gerbil’s personal mobile phone. Either way it is covert action to avoid Allison catching them out. We would need to have Toni McHugh’s mobile or the office phone for extraction, to confirm either way. Let’s hope the QPS did this.
- All phone calls can be checked – Office mobile call record and Baden-Clay phone record – Gerard
- As to the portrait photos from Breeze. I have suggested that Gerbil left them at home on the afternoon of the 19th before he went to Kenmore for the barbeque. Was it an unconscious act leaving them for Allison to find?
- IM is instant messaging. To put it very simply (I’m not techno-head) instant messaging is similar to SMS/text messages in that it is typed as a short message, however it does not travel via the mobile phone carrier service (Telstra in this case) as a SMS/text does; IM’s travel via the internet (like emails). Therefore it does not appear on a phone bill as a call; it is part of the data package.
- We would need to have the phone in order to extract the data to find out what the WAP/internet session was used for on that occasion, which I refer to in the beginning of the post above. Was it to send emails, to browse the internet or send IM’s etc?