Female Killers Podcast

Heavenly Creatures: Pauline Parker & Juliet Hulme

April 11, 2019 Shevonne Season 1 Episode 5
Female Killers Podcast
Heavenly Creatures: Pauline Parker & Juliet Hulme
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Female Killers Podcast
Heavenly Creatures: Pauline Parker & Juliet Hulme
Apr 11, 2019 Season 1 Episode 5
Shevonne

If you haven’t seen the movie Heavenly Creatures, then I can’t recommend it enough.   You can judge for yourself if it was an obsessive friendship or the two were lovers.  Either way, Pauline and Juliet lived in a fantasy world where they were better than others and only were happy together.  When their reality was threatened, they decided to focus all of their fear and anger towards Pauline’s mother.  For such a horrific and tragic murder, I am in shock that the girls received only five years and new identities.  However, it seems that Pauline is still seeking redemption. Juliet, I am not so sure.


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If you haven’t seen the movie Heavenly Creatures, then I can’t recommend it enough.   You can judge for yourself if it was an obsessive friendship or the two were lovers.  Either way, Pauline and Juliet lived in a fantasy world where they were better than others and only were happy together.  When their reality was threatened, they decided to focus all of their fear and anger towards Pauline’s mother.  For such a horrific and tragic murder, I am in shock that the girls received only five years and new identities.  However, it seems that Pauline is still seeking redemption. Juliet, I am not so sure.


Shevonne:

The Fairer Sex, Bombshell, Bitch, Mother, Girl Boss, Lady are some of the ways that have been used to describe women. Killer is usually not a word that comes to mind. Welcome to the Female Killers Podcast where we will explore women who have killed out of revenge, love, or just pure evil.

Shevonne:

We have all been teenagers. The intensified feelings that come during this time, and the feeling of the finality of every moment because you can’t see past the current moment. What if these feelings cause you to commit murder? Even scarier, what if the person you kill is your own mother? This is what happened to Pauline Parker and her friends Juliet Hulme. They both killed Pauline’s mother cause they couldn’t imagine being apart.

Shevonne:

One of my favorite movies as a teenager was “Heavenly Creatures” starring Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. My sister, mom, and I watched it one night, and my mom locked her bedroom door when she went to bed. We were more impacted by this movie because we found out it was based off a true story. My sister and I spent hours trying to learn more about this crime and the two teenage girls. However, the Internet was not how it is now, and the library didn’t have anything on them. Therefore, we were very limited in what we found out. Even then, we found out some shocking tidbits on the two girls especially Juliet Hulme. It is now time to revisit the case.

Shevonne:

Pauline Parker was born in New Zealand to Herbert and Honora Reiper. At the age of 5, Pauline was found to have osteomyelitis. It is a rare condition that is an infection of the bone usually caused by infection. This can be painful and cause changes in physical activity. Therefore, Pauline usually had to sit out during recess, etc. I mention this because this is one of the reasons that she started spending time with Juliet Hulme. Juliet joined Pauline’s class and suffered from tuberculosis. She had spent her childhood in Africa because of the belief that warmer climates help ease the disease. They moved to New Zealand due to her father’s job. The two became inseparable. Juliet was wealthy while Pauline was working class. Therefore, Pauline was enamored with Juliet’s life, which included her home and parents. Even though her parents were not as refined as Juliet’s parents, they, more so her mother, were there for her, her sister, and one another. However, she couldn’t see that Juliet didn’t have that. It caused her to start resenting her life and everything and everyone in it, especially her mother,

Shevonne:

Pauline and Juliet were very imaginative. They even created their own stories and started calling themselves Gina and Deborah. They were never away from one another, and they start isolating themselves. The two thought they were geniuses and others were not as special as them. Pauline and Juliet even believed that due to their enlightened states, they could enter the Fourth World, a magical heavenly world. They believed they reached their enlightenment due to their friendship. Pauline and Juliet wrote different stories about the magical land they actually thought existed. They wrote so many stories to fill six books, and this doesn’t include the poems and plays that they did as well. This attitude and isolation caused both sets of parents to growing concern that the friendship was not a healthy one.

Shevonne:

Juliet suffered a bad bout with tuberculosis and was sent to a sanatorium, which is an establishment for the medical treatment of people who have a chronic illness. During the 19th century, this was where a lot of people who were suffering from tuberculosis were sent. Both sets of parents took this as an opportunity to bring some distance between the two girls. However, it was temporary because when Juliet left the sanatorium after three months, Pauline and she continued the intense and obsessive friendship. A psychiatrist who Pauline’s mother Honora took Pauline to see from the recommendation of Juliet’s father, believed the two girls were in a lesbian relationship. When Juliet into the sanatorium, Pauline started having sexual encounters with men, including a boarder in her house who fell madly in love with her. After Juliet got out, Pauline quickly broke up with the boarder and never looked back.

Shevonne:

In the movie, it was hinted that the two girls were more than just friends. Juliet as an adult came out in 2006 that this was a lie, but you have to wonder if it was. See, Pauline’s parents had found out about her affair with the boarder who was a university student. However, they still believed that Juliet and Pauline were more than friends. Around this time, Juliet’s parents were splitting up due to Juliet’s mother’s infidelity. They decided that it was best if Juliet went to go live with her father in another country. The two girls believed that Pauline would go with her. They excitedly started to make plans. However, they were devastated when they found that wasn’t the case. Even more unfortunate was that they blamed Pauline’s mother.

Shevonne:

There were four parents, but they blamed only Pauline’s mother Honora. I believe it’s cause she was the most present in her daughter’s life. As I said before, Juliet’s parents were more focused on themselves, and Pauline’s father worked a lot. During this time, Pauline and Juliet decided to kill Honora. Pauline started planning the murder in her diaries. Excerpts from her diary: · 19 June: "…our main idea for the day was to moider Mother. …it's a definite plan we intend to carry out. We have worked it out carefully and are thrilled by the idea. Naturally, we feel a trifle nervous but the pleasure of anticipation is great. · 21 June: "Deborah rang and we decided to use a rock in a stocking rather than a sandbag. We discussed the moider. I feel keyed up, as if I were planning a surprise party." 22 June: "The day of the happy event." I am writing a bit of this on the morning of the death. I felt very excited and the-night-before-Christmassy last night. I didn't have pleasant dreams, though.

Shevonne:

On June 22, 1954, the two girls decided to take Pauline’s mother to the park for tea. When they were alone, they took the hidden brick in the sock and started striking her. Bloody, Pauline and Julie ran out of the park screaming that someone had attacked Honora. Their plan was to make it look like an accident, but Pauline’s mother was stricken too many times. The police was instantly suspicious. They found Pauline’s diary that detailed the murder, and they arrested both girls.

Shevonne:

Pauline and Juliet both pleaded not guilty due to reasons of insanity. However, with statements like the one Juliet gave after being arrested "I would have to be an absolute moron not to know murder was against the law,” this didn’t hold. Two months later, they were found guilty of murder. The murder was so disturbing that the arresting officer committed suicide later on. His daughter was quoted with saying. "What really got to him was not only that they were the same age as me but they appeared to be two normal girls."

Shevonne:

The two girls were sentenced to five years in separate jails, which they served. After their prison sentences, they were given new identities. Pauline, now known as Hilary Nathan, went to college and became a librarian for a while. In 1997, a journalist found her living in England in a small town as the owner for a Horse Riding School. a New Zealand journalist tracked Pauline Parker down in a small village in Kent, England. Pauline’s sister says that her sister is now a Devout Catholic who spends her life in isolation. Juliet, now known as Anne Perry, became a Crime Novelist who has written over 50 books. She was interviewed in 2006 and was very remorseful. However, I found that she still blamed everyone but herself. The two girls never saw each other again.

Shevonne:

If you haven’t seen the movie Heavenly Creatures, then I can’t recommend it enough. You can judge for yourself if it was an obsessive friendship or the two were lovers. Either way, Pauline and Juliet lived in a fantasy world where they were better than others and only were happy together. When their reality was threatened, they decided to focus all of their fear and anger towards Pauline’s mother. For such a horrific and tragic murder, I am in shock that the girls received only five years and new identities. However, it seems that Pauline is still seeking redemption. Juliet, I am not so sure.

Shevonne:

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