The Model & The Murder Case — Part One

From 1950 Sydney model Shirley Beiger regularly wore the lastest frocks and swimwear at fashion shows and posed for newspapers and magazine articles and advertisements, her fresh face and attractive figure used to promote cars and furnishings. But in 1954, aged just 22, Shirley shot her lover dead outside a Sydney nightclub. But why did she kill this man — and what punishment would she face?

During the Coroner’s hearing a dozen cameras flashed as Shirley kissed her mother Edith in a desperate moment when faced with the crowds and media frenzy.
PIX magazine spread. Left: Shirley arrives at Coroner’s hearing.
Right: in happier modelling days.

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