Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

eBook - 2013
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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. 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 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. Graham 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.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2013.
ISBN: 9781626363052
Characteristics: 1 online resource (341 p.) : ill.
Alternative Title: So brilliantly clever.


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Apr 27, 2020

Most people have heard of bestselling mystery author Anne Perry, but few realize that she was convicted of the bludgeoning murder of her best friend's mother when she was only 15-years-old. The story of obsession, mental illness, and love between the two girls is fascinating as well as frightening. Anne Perry/Juliet Hulme's relationship with Pauline Parker reminds me a lot of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's creepy, narcissistic, friendship. If you are reading this book for resolution, you won't see much here. It's a truly fascinating, dark, dense, tale. It's definitely a true crime story for the most dedicated reader.

Feb 09, 2019

They got off way too easy.

Aug 05, 2017

Since I greatly enjoy Perry's William Monk series, I was stunned when a friend told me about this book and what she'd done as a fifteen year old. I can't possibly condone what she and her friend did. However, the writer makes some sense out of how it happened. Her parents were ill-suited to each other, and to being parents. Juliet's earliest years were spent in London during the Blitz; Graham implies one effect on the brilliant, shy child was what we now call PTSD. After the war, and many moves within England, her brilliant father got a job in Christchurch, New Zealand as head of a college. To get Juliet out of her hair, her mother sent her to many different schools; one result was friendlessness. Finally she found Pauline, whose parents were of a lower social class. They developed a fantasy world in which they would become famous writers of, often, violent stories. Juliet's mother was oversexed, even moved her lover into the family home. The college fired her father, and the couple divorced. The plan was for Juliet and her father to go to South Africa for her health while he looked for a job. She couldn't bear to be parted from Pauline, which was the reason for killing Pauline's mother. Since Juliet was 15 and Pauline 16, they knew they couldn't be executed. The murder itself is described in gross detail. The girls confessed to police. Juliet's father then hired lawyers, who realized the only possible defense was insanity. Neither girl was called during the trial. The courtroom was packed with reporters from all over the world. They were found guilty, to serve in prison "at her majesty's pleasure," in separate prisons with no contact. After about five years, both were released. Both changed names, and ended up back in England in isolated settings. Anne Perry began writing successful crime novels based in Victorian London. Oddly, most of her own books don't describe the murders in detail.

ArapahoeStaff11 May 22, 2017

A shocking account of the real life murder that mystery author Anne Perry was convicted of as a teenager, this book was chilling.

Dec 15, 2014

Peter Jackson made a movie about this with Kate Winslet in the 90s - called Heavenly Creatures. (I sort of expected it to be listed in related subjects.)

multcolib_susannel Dec 14, 2014

How can an adolescent girl who helps to murder her best friend's mother grow up to be a best selling murder mystery writer?
Read this book and add to the list of theories about this real -life murder case.

FW_librarian Nov 05, 2014

Good nonfiction crime story - a bit too simplified but this true life crime story is almost too unbelievable especially when you realize who one of the murderers is - a current popular mystery fiction writer! If you're familiar with the Leopold and Loeb murder trial, it will make sense if not, you'll want to know how two young teens commit a brutal murder (matricide) without remorse and then serve hardly any time in prison.

EuSei Aug 06, 2014

This is a very interesting web site, a blog by author R. J. Dent, with lots of information about the crime:

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu


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