Hedley Shale was an artist who painted naked portraits of women. Much to the chagrin of his wife, Serena, he engaged in affairs with his models - one of which was his cleaner Katrina Toplis. Another of his models, Francesca Boutron, attempted to engage in an affair with him but he rejected her, preferring the natural beauty of Katrina.

One morning after his wife had gone to work, he called Katrina to come round. However, he went to his bedroom to find Francesca there, bound and gagged. She had a revolver held in her feet, and she shot him, enraged that he had spurned her. She dropped the gun, and having bound and gagged herself, was not suspected in the crime.