8 Feb 2022

Case #033 - Honora Parker

From Crimes NZ, 5:00 am on 8 February 2022

On June 22,1954, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker went for tea and a walk at Victoria Park in Christchurch's Port Hills with Pauline's mother, Honorah Parker.

It was there, on one of the park's remote walking tracks, that the teenage girls brutally killed Pauline's mother.

Heavenly Creatures 
Year : 1994 - New Zealand
Director : Peter Jackson
Sarah Peirse , Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet (Photo by Archives du 7eme Art / Photo12 via AFP)

Peter Jackson's 1994 film Heavenly Creatures, which is just one of many fictionalised accounts of the murder. Photo: Archives du 7e Art/DR

True crime writer Peter Graham wrote a book about the case called So Brilliantly Clever and he describes how 16-year-old Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, 15, became two of New Zealand’s most notorious murderers.

Fearing separation, they came to believe Honora Parker was the only thing standing in the way of their being together. 

At trial, the pair were found guilty but due to their age and lack of proper holding facilities for them, they only served about five years in prison.

Juliet Hulme later changed her name to Anne Perry and became a successful writer. Both she and Parker now live in the United Kingdom.


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