By Emily Eklund Power

Shirley's Story - A tale of strength, courage, and hope

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From the oppressed shores of India to a racially charged Fiji, her mother’s death at her birth, early adoption, marital abuse, military takeover, and move to Australia, Shirley Singh had already overcome a life of adversity when she was subjected to a nightmare no mother should endure.

On April 22, 2003, three of Shirley’s children, Neelma, Kunal, and Sidhi, were found murdered, submerged in the spa bath of their home in an affluent Australian suburb.

In a crime that gripped the nation – and led to a five-and-a-half-year investigation involving more than 1,500 lines of inquiry, 750 witness statements, 490 exhibits, the elimination of 180 DNA profiles, and the collection of 10,000 foot impressions, Shirley and her husband, Vijay, faced accusations of domestic violence, molestation, affairs, prostitution, and bad business deals.

Strong, sassy, passionate, and loving, Shirley depended on her love for her children, her faith in God, and her decision to keep a ‘clean state of mind’ to overcome alcohol and substance abuse while battling mental illness to help catch the killer.

After a 95-day committal hearing and 80-day criminal trial – the longest in Queensland legal history – a Supreme Court jury deliberated for four days before finding Massimo ‘Max’ Sica guilty of murdering Shirley’s three children.

When her only surviving child, Archana, died of a brain aneurysm in February 2020, Shirley was once again forced to dig deep, finding strength in memories captured over 43 years.

This is Shirley’s Story, a tale of strength, courage and hope as told to Emily Eklund Power.

More Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: April 2023
  • ISBN: 978-1-925914-64-1, 978-1-925914-65-8 (ePub)
  • Weight: 0.3kg
  • Size: 216mm x 140mm 
  • Pages: 180
  • Imprint: Pepper Press

About the Author

Emily Eklund Power is a writer, media and communications professional with a passion for news and current affairs.

A former journalist for News Limited, Bauer Media Group and Hearst, her work has been published in newspapers and magazines nationally and internationally.

​She has led Queensland Government communications and issues management in disaster recovery and managed national and international press for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. She currently manages communications and stakeholder relations for a large national company.

Emily enjoys telling people’s stories with conviction and evoking emotion through words.

Shirley’s Story is her first book.

Author Acknowledgement

Thank you for letting me tell your story. I hope we’ve done it justice. May you dance again soon with Archana, Neelma, Kunal and Sidhi. 

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