Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker were teenagers in New Zealand, ages 15 and 16, when in June 1954 they killed Pauline's mother. The murder resulted in a sensational court case, extensive local and international media coverage and a public association of lesbianism with "evil", "insanity" and extreme violence. After the release of "Heavenly Creatures" last year, the film based on the murder case, Juliet Hulme was "outed" as successful mystery writer Ann Perry, alive and well and living in Scotland. A second furore erupted as she disclaimed any memory of a lesbian involvement with her cohort. This text focuses on the circumstances and significance of the murder case beyond the "mad and bad" sound bites bandied about almost 40 years earlier. The authors expose the issues of sexuality and social control, class, race and homophobia, within which the 1950's headlines were mired.
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(215mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Firebrand Books,U.S.
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