In my post on Friday, I reviewed the frightening movie Heavenly Creatures. The plot for this movie is based on an infamous 1954 murder in New Zealand.
Two 15-year-old girls, who had developed an extremely intense relationship based on shared fantasies, feared they would be separated when Juliet Hulme's parents divorced and her family moved to England. Thinking if they eliminated Pauline Parker's mother from the equation that Pauline would be allowed to go along to England, the two murdered Pauline's mother. They were considered too young to be given the death penalty. They were sent to separate prisons. Each served five and a half years.
So what happened to the girls when they were released from prison? Juliet Hulme left New Zealand very quickly to live in England with her mother and step-father. Pauline Parker was on probation until 1965. When her probation ended, she, too, left the country.
When the movie Heavenly Creatures was released, a curious public -- and the media -- wanted to know where the women now lived, if they were still alive. And they are. Both changed their names. It was discovered that Pauline Parker lives in rural Scotland. She taught handicapped children for many years and now has a riding school. Juliet Hulme, who lives in a different part of Scotland, was also outed, which was a great surprise to those who read her books, for Juliet Hulme took the name Anne Perry and became a successful, award winning writer of crime novels.
So my question today is a little more complicated than usual: Do you think it's all right if someone who committed a murder makes a living writing murder mysteries? Would you buy a book by Anne Perry?
I know it's been many, many years since two 15 year olds committed this crime, but I'm disturbed that Anne Perry makes a living -- and a very good living -- by writing about crimes.
Juliet Hulme may have changed her name to Anne Perry, but she's still a murderer. I would not buy a book by Anne Perry, and I don't say that merely because I don't read crime novels. Criminals should not benefit in any way from the crimes they've committed. Anne Perry has a personal relationship with the mind of a murderer.
How do you feel about this situation? Is it okay that Anne Perry writes about crime because she committed her crime so long ago? Is it all right as long as she doesn't use details from the crime she committed? Do you think it's all right if someone who committed a murder makes a living writing murder mysteries? Would you buy a book by Anne Perry?
I'm eager to know what you think.
Infinities of love,