Day six of Claremont serial killer trial

DAY SIX OF THE CLAREMONT MURDERS TRIAL:

* Hazy memories and an absence of records from more than 20 years ago has become a recurring theme in the trial of accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Robert Edwards

* The 50-year-old former Telstra worker is fighting allegations he murdered Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, in 1996 and 1997

* A man who had an affair with Edwards' first wife testified the accused threatened to kill him

* He also contradicted her earlier testimony, saying their affair started before he became their boarder and included secret weekend sex

* The man said when Edwards caught them kissing one day, they all cried but Edwards told the man he wanted him to stay

* Speaking about when they first met, the man said after he and his children accepted the first wife's invitation to see her horse, he asked her to dinner, not knowing she was married, and they had sex. He dropped her off around the corner from her home so her husband would not find out

* The man said he began watching The X-Files with the married couple, then moved in as their boarder and said Edwards spent "every night" on his computer alone

* Edwards drove the man's BMW "like a flipping lunatic, I thought he was trying to kill it"

* The man had significant difficulty with dates, including where he was living at certain times crucial to the case and even when his child was born

* In a statement, BankWest employee Michael Chivell said cold case homicide squad detectives asked him to track down ATM cash withdrawal records from the era, but they were only retained for seven years

* While Edwards told police he had no association with Claremont, his second wife last week said she feared for her life when she compiled notes of his bank statements, which showed two withdrawals from a Bayview Terrace ATM in December 1996

* Mr Chivell said short descriptions of ATM locations within internal bank data had changed in recent years but it was "entirely feasible" the wording used by the woman in her notes would have been used by the bank

* Telstra worker Robert Kinnear told the court he could find no records for work allocated to Edwards in the 1990s

* He was also asked about Wellard, where Ms Rimmer's body was found, but said Telstra records did not show when infrastructure was installed in the semi-rural area

* There were, however, several documents for workwear issued to Edwards. The workwear is relevant because fibres were found on the bodies of Ms Glennon and Ms Rimmer

* In the dock, Edwards began taking notes for the first time. He also seemed upset, with his jaw tensed, as his former love rival testified

* Justice Stephen Hall drew laughs when he was asked to peruse an article in the internal Telstra magazine. He said: "I'm probably the only person in history who has read it." He later sarcastically referred to the magazine as "fascinating material".