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It was the telephone call that famous mystery writer Anne Perry had been dreading for thirty-five years. “Theres a ridiculous rumour going around in New Zealand. Theres a film being made about a murder. They say youre Juliet Hulme, one of the… We must put it to rest.”You cant,” Perry said. “Its the truth.”This is the spellbinding true story of mystery novelist Anne Perry, her friend Pauline Parker, and the brutal crime they committed in the name of friendship. On June 22, 1954, the teenage friends went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Paulines mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Paulines 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 Honoras determination to keep them apart. Their incredible story made shocking headlines around the world and would provide the subject for Peter Jacksons Academy Awardnominated 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 by New Zealand former barrister Peter Graham applies modern psychology to analyze the shocking murder that remains one of the most interesting cases of all time. 52 B&W photographs

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