In 1997, Anu Singh killed her boyfriend Joe Cinque.
She planned for weeks, told her friends, sedated him and injected him with a lethal dose of heroin. It took 36 hours for him to die.
It has been 18 years and she says she still doesn’t know why she did it.
The couple were living together in Canberra when Singh, a law student at the Australian National University at the time, injected Cinque with the dose of heroin after sedating him with Rohypnol.
He did not die immediately, instead it took more than a day and he died slowly in their bed, while Singh watched on.
“I don’t think you can ever atone for something like that,” she told News.com.au journalist Ginger Gorman when they met in a suburban Sydney coffee shop recently. “What I did was a horrible thing.”
One of the most disturbing aspects of the case was that Sigh’s actions appeared premeditated – she had told a university friend of her plan to kill her boyfriend and later herself.
Word spread among their social circle and on the night of Cinque’s death several of her friends, some of whom knew about the plan, attended a dinner party at the couple’s house.
No one stopped her. No one warned him.
The story is well known, not least because of its bizarre nature – the case was the subject of Helen Garner’s 2004 book Joe Cinque’s Consolation, which will soon be adapted for the big screen.
It is also notable because Singh was not found guilty of murder.