Barbara Payton was a beauty who was completely self destructive. After a promising start in Hollywood, she quickly fell out of favor with the studios. Her promiscuity was an open secret and her private life soon became a public scandal.
Some have suggested that she was abused as a minor and this sent her into a downward spiral in terms of her sex life. It does seem that she was working hard on "Murder is My Beat," but low budget production was not enough to revive her faltering career.