So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme and the Murder that


So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme and the Murder that Shocked the World On June in the depth of a southern winter, teenage friends Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a park with Pauline s mother Half an hour later the girls returned alone Honorah Parker lay in a sea of blood on a lonely track She had been savagely murdered In this mesmerizing book, lawyer and true crime writer Peter Graham tells the whole story for the first time, giving a brilliant account of the crime and ensuing trial, dramatic revelations about the fate of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker after their release from prison and their strange lives today, and a penetrating insight into the crime using modern psychology Written by a New Zealand lawyer who was a child at the time of the most famous murder trial in New Zealand s history, this is a thorough examination of the case from all perspectives The premeditated murder of a woman by her 16 year old daughter and the daughter s 15 year old friend is shocking to learn about To be able to analyze a murder many decades after it occurred makes for a very interesting history of how the lives of the families involved were affected Several historical fiction book Written by a New Zealand lawyer who was a child at the time of the most famous murder trial in New Zealand s history, this is a thorough examination of the case from all perspectives The premeditated murder of a woman by her 16 year old daughter and the daughter s 15 year old friend is shocking to learn about To be able to analyze a murder many decades after it occurred makes for a very interesting history of how the lives of the families involved were affected Several historical fiction books have been written and a famous movie titled Heavenly Creatures staring Kate Winslet produced by Prince Edward of England brought the court case to the attention of people around the globe If you enjoy reading about court cases you will find this book worth the time How does one assign stars to this story of two self centered teens who murdered the mother of one of them so brutally that now, almost 60 years later, the details are still too horrible to read and the act too inhuman to imagine I didn t like it the subject matter was too frightening I did like it the author did a very thorough job of describing these young women, their lives and homes, their relationship, the murder, the trial and their sentences, outrageously too short 5 and a half year How does one assign stars to this story of two self centered teens who murdered the mother of one of them so brutally that now, almost 60 years later, the details are still too horrible to read and the act too inhuman to imagine I didn t like it the subject matter was too frightening I did like it the author did a very thorough job of describing these young women, their lives and homes, their relationship, the murder, the trial and their sentences, outrageously too short 5 and a half years So 3 stars It wasthan okay Can it be said I really liked it or that it was amazing I don t think so but it was an engrossing story and I read the book in three days It totally boggles my mind how these girls could commit the crime they did and show no remorse, no sense of guilt Indeed, one of them, after spending time in two horrendous jails, walked out a young 21 year old, boarded a plane with a passport and new name supplied by the government and returned to life as usual Never looking back on with the social set with whom her family dealt and eventually in mid life into a career that made her a millionaire with a lifelong female companion, and a lovely home in a lovely Scottish setting Don t think with all her travels around the world promoting her books that she gave any public readings in New Zealand.The other, the daughter of the woman slain, wasn t as fortunate She had to remain in New Zealand once she was released on parole Don t know why she was so closely monitored while her cohort was not but it is most likely the result of social standing shall we say She, when released from parole, had to petition to change her name but may have been provided the money and passport to leave by the government that is not make clear She wandered from job to job working with young girls, for heavens sake, in some instances She found God, through the Roman Catholic faith, attempted to become a nun but washed out again not clear why but it may be that her penchant for physical contact with other women may have played a part Wound up also in Scotland but in a bit less lavish condition in a somewhat less attractive setting A recluse, also with a female companion, very nasty and bitter They are in their seventies now a bit older than I I wonder if they ever think of the woman whose life they took at the age of 47 They ve had almost 30 yearslife than she did and though Anne Perry referred to her as an unhappy woman and therefore, no great loss I m sure given a choice she would have chosentime She certainly would have chosen a gentler death Perry s comments in recent years don t show any remorse now than when she sat in court laughing and giggling and whispering with her co defendant She claims not to have read this book or any others dealing with the crime, nor seen any movies or plays based on it I m glad she would get too much satisfaction from reading the impact they had on the psychiatrists, lawyers, policemen, and prison officials with whom they came in contact.Though I m sure it will have no impact on her, though I ve enjoyed several of her books, I will not be purchasing or reading anyof them The father of the girl whose mother was murdered went to court to prevent her inheriting any of her mother s estate he did not want her to benefit from her crime While it isn t quite the same situation, I don t want Anne Perry to benefit from my purchase of her books.How strange that one of the murderers of the Dartmouth professors is named Parker This story so closely resembles thisrecent one, it is chilling Until this book popped up in my suggestion feed, I had no idea that Anne Perry and Juliet Hulme were one and the same As a longtime fan of the Pitt and Monk novels I was quite surprised andthan a little disturbed.Upon finishing the book I watched Reflections of the Past An Open Discussion of the Parker Hulme Murder Case, as well as Anne Perry Interiors both available throughstreaming Ms Perry still takes little responsibility for her actions so long ago In her own words she Until this book popped up in my suggestion feed, I had no idea that Anne Perry and Juliet Hulme were one and the same As a longtime fan of the Pitt and Monk novels I was quite surprised andthan a little disturbed.Upon finishing the book I watched Reflections of the Past An Open Discussion of the Parker Hulme Murder Case, as well as Anne Perry Interiors both available throughstreaming Ms Perry still takes little responsibility for her actions so long ago In her own words she says she knew it was stupid but if she didn t go along Pauline would kill herself It s interesting to see that now she lives in a remote area of Scotland, the center of the universe for the few people who are around her on a daily basis her every need and wish catered to and by their own admission her moods affecting those of the people around her She controls the life of every person she allows to inhabit her world.Not unlike the young Juliet described in Mr Graham s book Most interesting to learn is that Ms.Perry handwrites all her novels, employing a typist who comes in daily I wonder if this harkens back to her young days of writing fanciful stories with her friend Pauline The book itself is very well researched we see a portrait of what family life was like for the girls and how their obsession for each other came to the violent crescendo which caused the death of Honorah Parker I do wish there weredetails about what happened to Pauline while she was in custody for example did she get the same level of therapy Juliet was treated to And why wasn t she given a new name and hustled out of the country upon release as was Juliet It s a pity that we do not have Juliet s diaries from that period to compare with Pauline s which were so damning during the trial Alas, all we have are Ms Perry s words today which play down her own involvement and lay the blame squarely with Pauline When she finally shows emotion at the end of the Interiors film, it seems so contrived as to be chilling.We learn from the book that Pauline now has a new name she has lived the majority of her life as a recluse since her release from prison Ironically, the girls have lived only about a hundred miles apart for quite some time, though there is no indication they ve met since being released.I d recommend the book for anyone who reads true crime genre but don t expect a feeling of resolution once completed There are simply too many unanswered questions left, and Ms Perry Juliet doesn t appear anxious to reveal the whole truth anytime soon I have to be honest say that Pauline Parker Juliet Hulme must have been two of the most arrogant, conceited, affected straight out unlikeable teenagers ever to walk on this planet Juliet Hulme did also have equally unlikeable , in the case of her father, uncaring parents Pauline s father appears to have been very distant with his children It is certainly ironic that the only parent who made any attempt to actually parent was seen as the obstacle in the way of Juliet Pauline s naiv I have to be honest say that Pauline Parker Juliet Hulme must have been two of the most arrogant, conceited, affected straight out unlikeable teenagers ever to walk on this planet Juliet Hulme did also have equally unlikeable , in the case of her father, uncaring parents Pauline s father appears to have been very distant with his children It is certainly ironic that the only parent who made any attempt to actually parent was seen as the obstacle in the way of Juliet Pauline s naive dreams of Hollywood stardom.So they decided to kill her.Honorah Rieper as she was known when alive after her death it was discovered that she Bert Rieper had never married died a horrible, brutal death Both girls took part in the killing with extreme enthusiasm in spite of Hulme s later self serving denials still appeared to think they were so brilliantly clever even after their arrests They were both found sane enough to stand trial, convicted served 5 years in prison After their release from separate prisons they changed their names in Hulme s case twice disappeared Proving that truth can be stranger than fiction Hulme became successful murder mystery writer Anne Perry Being outed may have even helped her career Parker is believed to have been remorseful in later years, but has never agreed to be interviewed.A fascinating story, but it is let down in the 2011 Awa Press edition by typos, missing commas repeated words A shame as Graham writes well he just needed a better proof reader.Another fault is Graham repeats the rumour that Hilda Hulme had their gardener destroy Juliet s diary It is a reasonable assumption that Juliet kept a journal Pauline did Graham quotes extensively from it but there is no proof A book that will give me nightmares for days to come

  • Paperback
  • 341 pages
  • So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme and the Murder that Shocked the World
  • Peter Graham
  • English
  • 07 June 2017

About the Author: Peter Graham

Peter Graham, born 1947 in New Zealand Librarian s note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Peter Graham is a retired barrister who has worked in Hong Kong for over thirty years Peter Graham now lives in New Zealand and is a true crime writer.


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