Australia Today: The 'Pyjama Girl' Murder Case

Title:
Australia Today: The 'Pyjama Girl' Murder Case
NFSA ID:
1357
Year:
1939
Courtesy:
Enterprise Film Co.
Category:
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This 1930s newsreel recounts the coronial inquest into the Pyjama Girl mystery, one of the most baffling unsolved murder cases in Australian criminal history.

It reconstructs courtroom scenes and the witness account of Detective MacCrae, who calls for the body to be preserved in the ‘interests of justice’.

The clip also shows footage of pieces of fabric from the pyjamas the woman was wearing when she was found.

Her preserved body is taken to the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University and, despite displaying her corpse to thousands of curious people, her identity remains unknown.