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A Timeline Of The Horrific Case Behind 'Dear Zachary'

Updated 17 Apr 2019 21.2k views17 items

Shirley Turner, a mother and medical student who played the victim card throughout her life, was not what she seemed - or was she? Dear Zachary is an unsettling and horrific true-crime film created by her murder victim's close friend Kurt Kuenne, which exposes the timeline of Turner's history of erratic behavior and the murders of father and son Andrew and Zachary Bagby. Turner's overbearing and obsessive actions included child abuse, the physical and psychological harassment of her lovers, as well as her eventual slayings and suicide.

Though her track record showed an increasing pattern of abuse and neglect toward her family and partners, an alarming turning point in Turner's history came only when she fatally shot Andrew Bagby. At this point, Turner had completely gone off the deep end, which culminated in the murder-suicide of both herself and young son, Zachary. Unsettled and left with no closure over the case, David and Kate Bagby, Andrew's parents and Zachary's grandparents, aggressively told their tale in Kuenne's documentary entitled Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. Screening the film wherever they could, including directly to the Canadian Parliament, the pair along with the filmmaker insisted that Zachary's story become more than just a true-crime documentary - it needed to push the creation of legal reformations to protect future children.

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