Jean Perera: The Beauty Queen MurderEncores: 16 September, Sunday 9pm
Jean Perera Sinnappa was 31, vivacious and a former Malaysian beauty queen. She was a teacher and a mother of three children. She was also a widow.
On April 6, 1979, Jean was out for a relaxing Friday evening with her brother-in-law, Karthigesu Sivapakiam, a college lecturer. Within hours she was discovered brutally stabbed to death in her car off the Federal Highway near Kuala Lumpur. Karthigesu was said to be unconscious behind the car.
Two weeks later, Karthigesu is arrested and charged for Jean’s murder although there is no evidence linking him to the crime; no bloodstains on him, no murder weapon, not even accomplices.
Based on court transcripts, actual case files, candid interviews with expert witnesses, and re-enactments, Jean Perera: The Beauty Queen Murder follows the investigation that revealed not just a heinous crime, but also a besotted tale of passion, lust, jealousy, betrayal and adultery; even a love triangle. And with the aid of computer generated imagery the story expounds for the first time in 30 years, the theories of how the killing actually took place.