Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century
The spellbinding true story of Anne Perry, her friend Pauline Parker, and the brutal crime they committed in the name of friendship.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... show more
The spellbinding true story of Anne Perry, her friend Pauline Parker, and the brutal crime they committed in the name of friendship.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. 52 B&W photographs
Publish date: May 1st 2013
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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When I was in High School, I rented the movie Heavenly Creatures from my local library. After watching the story of two girls turned murderous over their obsession with each other, I discovered that a mystery I had recently read was actually written by one of the girls: Anne Perry, previously Juliet...
During my teens and twenties I read quite a bit of crime, both fictional and non-. Eventually I dropped the true crime because it was just depressing. Real crime isn't clever, motives are frankly stupid, and the criminals are largely just blundering about. That's all true here. Certainly there was p...