Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 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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User Review  - JanaRose1 - LibraryThing

In 1954 Anne Perry (Juliet Hulme) and Pauline Parker murdered Pauline's mother Honora. Authorities quickly arrested the teenagers, making headlines across the world. During the trial, homosexuality ... Read full review

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User Review  - jlsimon7 - LibraryThing

I bought this book as an audio. The story was relatively interesting. I can't tell for sure if it was written well because the narrator was painful and drug the story out to the point that instead of listening to a crime book you felt like you were listening to a mortician. It was just painful. Read full review

Contents

Authors note
1
A Walk in the Park
5
State of Shock
11
e Investigation
19
Taking the Blame
29
A Suitable man
39
Strains of War
47
Cathedral City
55
A rare form of Insanity
185
e ing Called Bliss
191
Sleeping with Saints
203
I See nothing Insane
213
e Jury retires
221
Her majestys Pleasure
227
e Presence of evil
233
Life in Prison
243

A new residence
63
Sapienta et Veritas
71
family Secrets
77
Indissoluble Bond
89
Two Beautiful Daughters
95
Charles and Lance
105
Angelic Behaviour
117
e Temple in the Garden
123
Serious Trouble
133
A Lovely remark
139
Hectic nights
147
To Be Together forever
151
no ordinary Crime
159
e only Possible Defence
167
A Crime in a million
171
Dirtyminded Girls
177
A Difficult Year
251
A fresh Start
257
Blighted Lives
267
A Secret Past
271
A Lesbian View
277
Stripped naked
283
A Piece of fiction
295
e other Girl
301
What the Heck Was It?
309
Separate Lives
317
epilogue
319
Select Bibliography
326
Acknowledgements
329
Index
331
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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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