Sandy Edwards was an inmate who appeared from episodes 235-264, she was a cocky gangster's moll who was inside for murder, she was one of the fans' favourite top dogs, but later disappears in mysterious circumstances and it is revealed Kate Peterson was the one to get rid of her.
Life In PrisonEdit
Sandy Edwards and Kate Peterson were both introduced in late 1981. Both had been sentenced for murder, Her sentence was 22 years.
They are seen together in the van taking them to Wentworth: Sandy tells Kate she's been in prison before, but not in Wentworth. When they arrive at Wentworth, Sandy takes the opportunity to play a trick on Janet Conway, and claims to be another prisoner on the charge sheet, who should have gone to Barnhurst. After this has been sorted out, Sandy and Kate are put in the same cell. Judy Bryant introduces the newcomers to the other women in the rec room. Sandy has heard about Bea Smith from her time in Barnhurst and tells Kate later she thinks it's odd that she didn't come to check them out.
The reason soon becomes clear: Bea is suffering from a kidney disease and her illness leaves a power vacuum that Sandy thinks has better be filled, preferably by herself. She challenges Doreen Anderson and Judy over who shall operate the press, and they have to back off and let her.
Sandy gives Andrea Hennessy a bashing for her treatment of Linda Goldmen (236): Bea is impressed, and gives her a pat on the back. Sandy is moved (with Kate) to share with Bea, as both the newcomers are seen as troublemakers.
The women split into two factions, one headed by Judy and Doreen and the other by Sandy. Sandy gets more concerned as Bea's condition worsens and she steals painkillers from the surgery for her, and forces the women to volunteer for tests to see whose tissue is compatible with Bea's to be a potential kidney donor. Bea eventually hands over the top dog position to Sandy (241).
Sandy gets a visit from her "lawyer", John Fitzwater, who is really working for McNally. He wants Sandy to recruit women from the prison to work as prostitutes on their release. Sandy asks for him to arrange to smuggle extra washing along with the normal deliveries (244) and also has a set of keys made and smuggled in. Meanwhile, Kate has started to meet Inspector Grace in secret to pass on information about Sandy - like the location of Meg Arnott's body - but Grace is more interested in Sandy's involvement with Fitzwater.
Sandy uses a key to open the security gates, gets to the staff room and drops a lighted cigarette into a locker. The fire is easily extinguished, but it is the final straw for Ted Douglas who happens to be visiting at the time. He feels the women need a calming influence so he has Marie Winter transferred from Barnhurst.
At first Marie seems quite willing to defer to Sandy as top dog, but the women are increasingly unhappy and want Sandy to do something about the tight security. Marie manoeuvres Sandy into organising a riot (246) and lets her take all the credit - and the blame afterwards.
Erica Davidson sends Sandy to solitary (249), and the new male officer Steve Fawkner escorts her there. She hints that he may visit her whenever he likes, and he is obviously tempted. At the VJ's hearing, Sandy gets an additional two years and four months and, when she expresses her contempt of the hearing, another two days in solitary. This gives Marie Winter the chance to take over, and also for Steve and Sandy to start an affair, with him visiting her in solitary.
When she returns to work (252), Sandy is told by Marie that she's taken over the laundry racket and switched from money to drugs. Sandy is angered, but backs down for the moment. The women hear a TV report that the McNally massage parlours have been raided and drug supplies found. Both Sandy and Marie are concerned that McNally is going to point blame at them and accuse someone inside of tipping off the cops. Marie intercepts a note from Fitzwater telling Sandy to "take care" of the lagger he's certain exists, and sends a reply back that Sandy is too busy with other matters. In revenge for this slight, Fitzwater has Sandy's husband Arthur killed in Pentridge (254).
John Fitzwater comes to see Sandy in person, posing as her solicitor (256) He lets Sandy know how unhappy he is with her and reminds her of the "Too busy" message she sent him. Sandy knows nothing about it and agrees with Jack that there is a lagger inside. She also agrees to take care of the lagger and asks him if he brought in what she asked for. Jack nods and produces a rather large switchblade. Inspector Grace arrives, having received a tip-off that Fitzwater is there to see Sandy. Jack expresses regret that he doesn't have more time to "enjoy" with Sandy. He also apologizes about her husband but feels certain she understands. Sandy assures him that she does - and rams the switchblade deep in his gut. Jim Fletcher bursts in to find Fitzwater's hands about Sandy's throat before he falls to the floor. Grace is right behind him and is ready to charge the blood-soaked Sandy with murder. But Jim is quick to say it appeared self-defense to him.
Sandy is by now suspicious of Kate and feeds her false information in the hope she will pass it on to the police. The rivalry between Sandy and Marie is also hotting up with Bea back on the scene. Marie decides she will have to get rid of Sandy and forces Kate to steal drugs from the infirmary to weaken Sandy and then tries to hang Sandy in the shower block (260), but Doreen and Bea save Sandy in time. Kate is now seriously worried that Sandy knows she has been lagging and attempts to poison Sandy (262) but Sandy makes her drink it herself.
Sandy and Marie come to an agreement: they will play a game of cards and the first one to draw the ace of spades will be the one to kill Kate. Sandy wins and Marie organises a diversion in the grounds so that Sandy can get Kate out to the rubbish bin area for a "talk".
Sandy never returns from this meeting and at first it is thought that she had escaped somehow, but it looks more likely that Kate has knocked her out and thrown her body in the garbage bin. The rubbish crusher seen collecting the contents of the bin would have crushed it and taken it away leaving no trace of Kate's crime.
- Louise Le Nay fell pregnant not long after being cast as Sandy. If you look closely, you'll notice that towards the end of her appearances, she was filmed behind the press, or sitting down, etc, to hide her bump. The writers worked her pregnancy into the dialog (260/41:43) when Sandy, while doubled over with stomach pains, jokes with Kate Peterson saying, "Maybe I'm pregnant?" to which Kate responds, "If you are, I don't know how you managed it in here." Sandy quips, "Where there's a will, there's a..."
- Sandy's storyline was written in a way to allow Le Nay to return to filming later if she wished. Obviously she didn't, so Sandy is considered to be dead, however had Le Nay decided to return, the writers had the option of saying she managed to escape from the garbage truck.
- Sandy was mentioned by Joan Ferguson during a conversation with Steve Fawkner shortly after her arrival and again by Colleen Powell to Meg Morris during the beginning of the Nola McKenzie saga.