Hannah’s note moved Grimshaw to tears

 

An empowering note Hannah Clarke wrote to herself and her young daughters has moved Tracy Grimshaw to tears.

In an emotional interview with Clarke's devastated family, the seasoned A Current Affair host had just heard how the young mother-of-three had agonised over whether to leave her abusive husband.

"She said to me before she left 'Mum, I'm 31. Do I stay here and just be miserable forever or do I get out and try to get a life?' mother Suzanne Clarke said.

"I said 'Honey you've got to get out'. That's when we started to make plans."

 

The Clarke family told Hannah’s story on A Current Affair. Picture: Channel 9.
The Clarke family told Hannah’s story on A Current Affair. Picture: Channel 9.

 

Hannah Clarke was killed by her estranged husband on Wednesday. Picture: Supplied
Hannah Clarke was killed by her estranged husband on Wednesday. Picture: Supplied

Clarke, 31, and her children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, were killed when 42-year-old Rowan Baxter torched the family car on a quiet suburban street in Brisbane before taking his own life.

But just before her death, Clarke had written an emotional promise to herself on Instagram, laying out her grand plans for a new, happier life.

"Lloyd, she posted something on social media. You have it on your phone. Do you feel up to reading it?" Grimshaw asked Clarke's father.

"No, I don't think I can," he said.

"Let me read it," Grimshaw volunteered.

 

Hannah Clarke described herself as a
Hannah Clarke described herself as a "strong woman" in one of her last Instagram posts. Picture: Instagram

"I am a strong woman, I don't sit around feeling sorry for myself nor will I ever let anyone mistreat me again," Clarke had written.

"I don't respond to people who dictate to me or try to bring me down. I am a survivor not a victim.

"I am in control of my life and there is nothing I can't achieve. My girls will grow up being strong women who understand their worth."

 

Tracy Grimshaw was moved to tears by the post. Picture: Channel 9.
Tracy Grimshaw was moved to tears by the post. Picture: Channel 9.

It was those heartbreaking words that brought tears to Grimshaw's eyes and to those of viewers at home.

 

 

BRAVE FINAL ACT

Clarke's family gave a thorough description of Hannah's troubled marriage, from the rules she was forced to follow to an incident on Boxing Day when Baxter kidnapped one of the children and took them interstate.

But in one last "brave" act for her children, they revealed Hannah was able to give an "articulate" and "detailed" account of the attack to first responders before she died.

They said after she got out of the car, she rolled on the ground, trying to put the fire out. She then yelled out to a neighbour who was watering the grass, "Help me, I'm covered in petrol".

 

Lloyd Clarke said his daughter was able to give a detailed account of the attack to police before she died. Picture: Channel 9.
Lloyd Clarke said his daughter was able to give a detailed account of the attack to police before she died. Picture: Channel 9.

She managed to give a detailed account to both medical workers and police, "almost like a police report", they said.

"To the end she fought to make sure if he survived he got punished for what he did to her babies. She was so brave," her father Lloyd said.

After suffering burns to 97 per cent of her body, Hannah was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but died of her injuries later that night.

"I didn't know she'd been able to be that detailed," Grimshaw commented.

The family said she made sure to provide "as much information as possible" before she was sedated.

Hannah with Rowan Baxter and their three children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey. Picture: AAP Image/Facebook
Hannah with Rowan Baxter and their three children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey. Picture: AAP Image/Facebook

The Clarke family now want to start a new movement in Hannah's name called "Small Steps for Hannah" based off the fact only her footprint remained.

"My sister was so badly burnt that the soles of her feet were only part of her body that weren't burnt," Nathaniel said.

"So we want the symbol of her foot to be a symbol for her and her legacy. We want to try and start something to help women who are in this situation who have suffered domestic abuse, mentally, physically, sexually."

 

Her three children were also murdered in the family car. Picture: Supplied
Her three children were also murdered in the family car. Picture: Supplied
Nathaniel Clarke said his sister had been very brave. Picture: Channel 9.
Nathaniel Clarke said his sister had been very brave. Picture: Channel 9.

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