Flowerday’s murder initially drew little media attention and soon her case went cold. Then, months later, interest skyrocketed when a local television show said that her murder might have committed to facilitate the production of a snuff film.
Until October 8, 2003, Tanya Kelly Flowerday was just another South African murder victim, not even warranting a mention in the newspapers. But on the evening of October 7 an investigative program revealed that she might have been the first known victim of a snuff movie in South Africa. The next day, the newspapers took notice.