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Don't Make A Deadly Mistake
Ken Turner is determined to
ensure his daughter's death was
not in vain.
He believes young people can
learn valuable lessons from her
murder. So Mr Turner is conducting testimonials about the murder
of his daughter, Shiiree, 22, to ensure young people are aware of the
dangers they face.
So far he has presented the testimonial to six church and youth
groups, hoping his audiences will
learn from the mistakes Shirree
made on the night she was killed.
"It is simply aimed at what I call
'TAP' - the awareness factor," Mr
Turner said yesterday.
"Shirree made some mistakes
that may have contributed to her
death. She got separated from her
friends, she had a few champagnes
and she obviously left Hindley St
with someone she should not have.
"If we can get through to young
people that they need to avoid
these mistakes, then they will be a
lot safer and avoid the same situation Shirree found herself in."
Shirree Turner was fatally
stabbed at an Oaklands Park reserve in the early hours of Sunday,
June 6, 1993. She was last seen by
two girlfriends at a Hindley St tavern about 10:30 the night before.
In October 1995, police charged
convicted sex offender Frank
Mercuri with her murder, but he
was subsequently acquitted.
Mr Turner then launched civil
action against Mercuri for wrongful
death, but this was abandoned. Mr
Turner, who last month married
long-time friend Jenny Pfitzner,
said the testimonial did not preach
"doom and gloom" or advise young
people not to go to places such as
Hindley St alone.
It involved the playing of a song
and video clip about Shirree's life,
a collage of photographs and newspaper clippings and commentary.
"I don't think there is one woman
who cannot relate to what Shirree
did that night .,. but at least they
are aware of what can happen if
they make the wrong choices."
Nor did it highlight the failings of
the legal system, Mr Turner has
done this in a book he and a cousin,
Lesley Turner, have written about
the case - Halfway to Justice - that
will be released next month.
"I believe doing that in the testimonial would be a waste of energy. .." he said.
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Murder Victim Rosemary Deagan Trusted Killer
A mother who refused to believe her de facto was a murderer was ambushed
and shot dead by him when their relationship turned sour.
Rosemary Deagan, 36, knew her boyfriend Frank Mercuri, 36, had a criminal past,
including a prison sentence for attempted rape.
But she accepted his declarations of innocence over the stabbing murder of an
When their five-year relationship ran into trouble last November, Ms Deagan
took an intervention order against him.
Two weeks later she, too, was dead.
A coroner yesterday found Mercuri shot Ms Deagan dead in the kitchen when
she returned to the Delahey house the couple once shared to collect clothes.
He then drove to Dandenong where he shot himself in the head.
Coroner Paresa Spanos said Mercuri shot Ms Deagan in the chest, then drove
her car to Dingley Ave, Dandenong, where he killed himself.
Both shots where fired from the same gun.
The coroner said Mercuri had a history of psychiatric illness including
schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, but was not receiving any treatment at the time of the killing.
The murder-suicide comes a decade after Mercuri was acquitted of the stabbing
murder of Adelaide child care worker Shirree Anne Turner, 22.
The South Australian jury was not told of Mercuri's criminal past, including
the fact he spent time in a Melbourne prison for the attempted rape and stabbing of a woman.
Ms Deagan spent years protesting her lover's innocence over Ms Turner's
murder -- refusing to believe he killed her.
Before Mercuri committed suicide vital new evidence directly implicating
him to Ms Turner's brutal murder came to light.
The case influenced the South Australian government to overturn the principle
of double jeopardy, so that suspects could be charged and tried for the
same offence a second time.
Herald Sun (17-10-2008)
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