Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

by Peter Graham


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“A worthy retrospective that feels chilling in the manner of novelist Perry.” –Kirkus Reviews

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634505185
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 182,176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 1

1 A Walk in the Park 5

2 State of Shock 11

3 The Investigation 19

4 Taking the Blame 29

5 A Suitable Man 39

6 Strains of War 47

7 Cathedral City 55

8 A New Residence 63

9 "Sapienta et Veritas" 71

10 Family Secrets 77

11 Indissoluble Bond 89

12 Two Beautiful Daughters 95

13 Charles and Lance 105

14 Angelic Behaviour 117

15 The Temple in the Garden 123

16 Serious Trouble 133

17 A Lovely Remark 139

18 Hectic Nights 147

19 To Be Together Forever 151

20 No Ordinary Crime 159

21 The Only Possible Defence 167

22 A Crime in a Million 171

23 Dirty-Minded Girls 177

24 A Rare Form of Insanity 185

25 The Thing Called Bliss 191

26 Sleeping with Saints 203

27 "I See Nothing Insane..." 213

28 The Jury Retires 221

29 Her Majesty's Pleasure 227

30 The Presence of Evil 233

31 Life in Prison 243

32 A Difficult Year 251

33 A Fresh Start 257

34 Blighted Lives 267

35 A Secret Past 271

36 A Lesbian View 277

37 Stripped Naked 283

38 A Piece of Fiction 295

39 The Other Girl 301

40 What the Heck Was It? 309

41 Separate Lives 317

Epilogue 319

Select Bibliography 326

Acknowledgements 329

Index 331

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