On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme better known as
bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry and Pauline Parker went for a
walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline s mother, Honora. Half an
hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline s
mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a
pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at
hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed
to the killing. Their motive? A plan to escape to the United States
to become writers, and Honora s determination to keep them apart.
Their incredible story made shocking headlines around the world and
would provide the subject for Peter Jackson s Academy Award
nominated film, Heavenly Creatures.
A sensational trial followed, with speculations about the nature
of the girls relationship and possible insanity playing a key role.
Among other things, Parker and Hulme were suspected of lesbianism,
which was widely considered to be a mental illness at the time.
This mesmerizing book offers a brilliant account of the crime and
ensuing trial and shares dramatic revelations about the fates of
the young women after their release from prison. With penetrating
insight, this thorough analysis applies modern psychology to
analyze the shocking murder that remains one of the most
interesting cases of all time.
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