Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century

Book - 2013
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Offers a detailed account of the shocking 1954 murder committed by two teenage girls in New Zealand, which led to headlines around the world and inspired the Academy Award-nominated film Heavenly Creatures.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781620876305
1620876302
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 G76
Characteristics: 341 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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DorisWaggoner
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.

AL_JENNY 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.

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hannanelson
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.

FederalWayEdna 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: rjdent.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/anne-perry-juliet-hulme

Gail49 Aug 05, 2014

bas bleu

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