The story of the Pyjama Girl murder near Splitters Creek more than seven decades ago has been brought to Albury's MAMA Museum in art form.
The gruesome murder of Linda Agostini in 1934 has been depicted in a series of paintings by Sydney artist Elizabeth Rankin and opens at the museum on Thursday.
And it was Ms Rankin's experience with the case as an eight-year-old girl at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the 1950s which has come to life in her artwork.
Ms Rankin said it was the way NSW Police presented the gory details and evidence from the case alongside May the 'Fat Lady', contortionists, farm animals and rows of show bags which piqued her interest.
"It really is about my interpretation of the case when I first came across it at the show and how it was presented to me," she said.
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"It is a story about domestic violence, it is incredibly terrifying but because it is so historic there is something very powerful about telling her story."
Ms Rankin said for people who find the art "confronting" to have an open mind.
"I would say to see it as someones memories of it," she said.
"It is my interpretation of it as a child but also a reflection on that as an adult."
Ms Rankin said despite there being "some theories" about the circumstances around the murder and whether it was "police corruption" or not, the exhibition is a reflection of her understanding.
"It is just how you view it - all sorts of explanations were given all sorts of theories were thrown around but this is the one that I understand to have happened," she said.
Portraits of Linda and her husband, who was convicted of her murder, sit side-by-side in the exhibition as centerpieces to the story.
And Ms Rankin said the oil paintings tell the story about how she was identified through her dental records but also put on show with farm animals at the Royal Easter Show.
"It is this putting a dead body on show which really stuck with me," she said.
"I hope people come and see it, even if people in the area know the story or were around when it happened it is just a different way or portraying a story."
In September 1934, the body of a young woman was found in a storm water drain on the outskirts of Albury near Splitters Creek.
She was badly disfigured and wearing distinctive yellow silk pyjamas.
Her body was unable to be identified, so it was preserved and put on display at Sydney University in the hope someone would be able to identify her.
Ten years later, dental records were used to identify the victim as missing Sydney woman Linda Agostini.
Linda's husband, Antonio Agostini, was charged for her manslaughter in 1944, serving four of his six year sentence before being deported to Italy.
Pyjama Girl was selected as one of six exhibitions to came through MAMA's 2018 open call process and opens on Thursday.
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