Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

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Skyhorse Pub., 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 341 pages
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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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Review: Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

User Review  - Suzanne Skelly - Goodreads

This phenomenal non-fiction book my personal best read of the year. Well researched tells the story of two adolescent girls in New Zealand, their personal relationship, and the killing of one of their ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeanine - Goodreads

I came across this story in an odd way. While watching the Haunted Collector, a book flew off the shelf and John Zaffis picked it up, it was an Anne Perry book, and commented that this is the author ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Peter Graham served as a barrister for many years before turning to crime writing. In addition to Anne Perry , he is the author of Vile Crimes: The Timaru Poisonings . He lives in New Zealand.

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