And deny Gerard did. But, to my mind, not vehemently enough for a man who claims he is not guilty of his wife’s murder. It wasn’t convincing; it didn’t ring true.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I would think that should I ever come under fire for the same heinous act and I was not responsible, I would be impassioned in my denials. Long pauses and quiet but adamant responses seemed at odds with the nature of the crime and the fiery questioning of the prosecutor.
Of all the times to play to what he thought the jury would want to hear and see, this was probably not it. It came off as false. It came off as arrogant. And it struck me that at no stage during his cross-examination in these past 2 days did he cry. He didn’t even come close to crying. Instead, he went on the defensive.
His behaviour seemed strangely incongruous with the nature of the questioning. The same questions that resulted in floods of crocodile tears when asked by the defence were met with agitation and disdain when asked by the prosecution. He has no real emotion… He seems incapable of true feeling. But it was obvious to all that a simmering anger was there, just below he surface. His eyes are dead. There is nothing behind them… He is constantly scanning the room, looking for behaviours to mirror and, by extension, responses to feign.
I know everyone here and in the courtroom wanted the Crown Prosecutor to just go at him, increasingly the pressure until he broke … but that was never going to happen. I’m not a psychiatrist or an anthropologist but I know this: you could question him like that daily for the next 30 years and he would never, ever break. Never tell us what happened. That’s just the reality of WHAT he is.
But the Prosecutor knew that. That much was obvious to all in the court room. He’d done research on how to cope with this type of person (using that word very loosely!!) … Fuller played to what would aggravate GBC, what would reveal his carefully concealed underbelly.
He knew to attack Gerard’s pride… knew to make him appear weak. He knew to expose the lies behind Gerard’s carefully constructed public image. The only thing that has ever or will ever matter to him. Twitter and the newspaper won’t do Fuller’s cross-examination justice. It was masterful.
GBC won’t ever admit to what we think he did. No, not even on his death bed. He won’t ever give her family that satisfaction, that relief. I suspect he knows deep down that her parents never took to him. Parents know. They see things their children don’t but because they love us, the give us the freedom to make our own mistakes. But sadly, sometimes there are people like Gerard Baden-Clay in the world.
Now, all the evidence has been presented. After closing arguments on Monday, it comes down to 12 people to decide his fate. There is nothing more we or anyone else can do but hope and pray that justice for Allison Dickie is handed down.
PS. Towards the end of the cross-examination, I couldn’t write fast enough to keep up and watch for reactions at the same time so I just stopped writing. For the exact questions and Gerard’s responses, the Channel 9 News had excellent coverage of Todd Fuller’s onslaught :)