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Dr. Shirley Turner Pennsylvania/Canada

I am working on a project for a publisher about Dr. Shirley Turner, the insane lady who shot and killed her baby's father, Andrew Bagby, and then strapped the baby, Zachary, to her and jumped into the Atlantic Ocean, killing them both. You may know the story from the documentary Dear Zachary: A letter to a Son about His Father

I am so surprised that so little information is to be found. This is a wild, crazy and uber-heart wrenching tale of jealousy, rage and apparent mental disorder. Strangely I have found very little online and although 48 Hours on CBS covered the case, the episode isn't available online. There are only a handful of reputable news sources to glean knowledge from.

I am especially curious about Shirley as there is virtually no first hand testimony about her life before meeting Andrew. We know what she did and who she was with but there isn't much else to see. I cant find anything from her children or husbands.

Poor, crazy Shirley could have been stopped and helped long, long before this tragedy struck. Her behavior throughout her life was strange and erratic. But that didnt happen. And now sweet, kind Andrew is gone and young, tender Zachary ripped away before he had a chance.

I can wait to find out more about this case. Its been an interesting assignment.

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