Man Murders Woman 2017 – 1 March 2017

Darren Patrick Clover, 52, was charged with the murder of 32 year old Tanya Burmeister and her 15 year old daughter Zoe Burmeister and a third victim, known as ‘Bluey’.
It is alleged that on 1 March 2017 Darren Clover purchased petrol before deliberately setting light to the disused Kinnears Rope factory in Footscray, Victoria.
Darren Clover is believed to have owned the factory the three victims were known to be living in but no motive for the alleged murders has yet been publicised.

Our deepest condolences go to Tanya and Zoe Burmeister’s family and friends, as well as those of the third victim.


The summary of women killed in 2016 listed by sex of known or presumed perpetrator is located here, with the 2017 summary listed here. Unsolved cases of the death or disappearance of women are also listed on these pages where we are aware of them.

At the end of 2016, approximately 92% of the perpetrators charged with the murder, manslaughter or otherwise in relation to the death of women in Australia in 2016 were male. Where perpetrators were identified, 94% of women were killed by male perpetrators (91%) or male and female perpetrators. Only 6% of women’s deaths were caused by women acting alone.

The count of women killed by known or suspected male violence in a Australia is jointly undertaken by Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia.

We report the deaths of women as accurately as possible, updating these records as we are able to. If we have misreported any facts of this case, please contact us. We do not wish to affect any future court actions and will not intentionally publish posts or comments which do this.

Please bear in mind cultural sensitivities when sharing these reports. Where it is not culturally or legally appropriate to do so, we will not report the victim’s name.

If you have any additional information about women killed by male violence in Australia in 2016, please email us at or via the facebook pages of Reclaim the Night Perth or Women Shout Out Australia.

Reclaim the Night Perth and Women Shout Out Australia

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