In June 1975, dressed to impress in her finest ball gown, dripping with expensive jewellery and driving a limited edition luxury car, socialite and brothel madam Shirley Finn was invited to the grounds of the Royal Perth Golf Club for a special occasion – her own modern day public execution.
The killers knew they wouldn’t be caught. Their power reigned supreme in one of the most remote and prosperous cities on earth, during an era of police protection and ‘containment’ of organised crime.
Rising out of an abusive welfare system to become a police-protected madam, Shirley’s fate took an astonishing turn towards the top end of town.
As one of Perth’s best-known socialites, she hosted fabulous parties. But her downfall was fast and furious, following fears she might expose money laundering and high-level corruption in ‘The Wild West’ of the seventies.
An important historical document that reveals the secrets and lies of powerful interests, criminal and political. - David Whish-Wilson
About the Author
Juliet Wills has choppered into crocodile breeding grounds, been chased by rioting armed gangs, and jumped from a civilian plane with the 13th load at 13,000 feet on Friday the 13th. She has also pursued the story of brothel madam Shirley Finn’s state-sanctioned murder with fearless obstinacy.
Born in Sydney, Juliet has lived and worked throughout Australia. She has been awarded for her Excellence in Television Journalism, written for major newspapers, and lectured in broadcast journalism at two universities.
The mother of three lives in Perth and now works in real estate. Her first book, The Diamond Dakota, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2006.
An important historical document that reveals the secrets and lies of powerful interests, criminal and political. -- David Whish-Wilson
Once I started reading the book I found it, and the revelations it contains, hard to put down. It should be read by all those working in law enforcement agencies, lawmakers, prosecutors and everyone with a concern for justice, and interested in the history of this state, which in the times of which Juliet has written, was (perhaps deservedly) referred to by some as “The Wild West”. -- Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC - Governor of WA 2011-2014
This is a shocking book. As the cover proclaims, it is all about what is alleged to be a “state sanctioned murder”. Perhaps we might expect such allegations to involve tales of intrigue or dirty dealings in some obscure part of a foreign country many years ago. Instead, it involves the relatively recent activities of the police and associated agencies in Perth, Western Australia in the 1970s.
The author has provided a valuable service to all of us who live in Australia by having held as it were a mirror up to nature, and allowed us to see an important aspect of our society for what it is. It is a great achievement on her part—and a terrible disgrace on the part of others. -- Dr Robert Moles LLB (Honours) - Author and Retired Associate Professor of Law – Adelaide University
Dirty Girl challenges the notion that a justice system can function with the policy of ‘containing’ certain crimes as opposed to seeking eradication or legalization. The policy of containment leads to inconsistent application of the law, favoritism, corruption, and cover-ups. And, in the case of Shirley Finn, likely resulted in her death.
Corruption can only end when individuals within the law enforcement community stand up against the system when it fails to serve the community.
There is much to learn from Dirty Girl. Juliet Wills should be congratulated for spending years researching and writing this important book. -- Professor Justin Brooks - Director, California Innocence Project, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st February 2017
Publisher: Fontaine Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38