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Bedroom with female murder victim on bed. Location and details unknown; presumably Sydney, ca 1942.
New South Wales. Police Dept.
Glass plate negative:
Other photographs in this series show the same scene but with the bloodstained pillow covering the victim's head and torso, and the blinds drawn. A small US flag can be seen above the mantelpiece. The US True Confessions magazine on the armchair (the lead story of which is 'I was the town's bad girl') would not have been normally available in wartime Sydney.
Peter Doyle with Caleb Williams
City of shadows: Sydney police photographs 1912-1948
Historic Houses Trust, 2005, pp.138-139, 232.
City of Shadows at the Justice & Police Museum, Sydney, November 2005-January 2007.
Justice & Police Museum ; 126
Justice & Police Museum