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Parker – Hulme Murder Case

Photograph of Pauline and Juliet before the trial.Pauline Parker, 16, and Juliet Hulme, 15, were found guilty of killing Pauline’s mother Honora Mary Parker with a brick in a sock. The murder took place on 22 June 1954. The jury rejected a plea by the defence that the girls were not guilty on the grounds of insanity.

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This information comes from Christchurch newspapers at the time of the trial and articles written since. Some of the coverage is available as transcripts from the articles and PDFs of the newspaper. The transcripts are easier to read and faster to download but the PDFs retain the look of the original. Articles that have not been transcribed are available only as PDFs. Articles written after 1954 are only available in transcript form.

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News coverage of the Trial

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Download the above trial reports, as a single file [8.8MB PDF].

Photograph of Juliet Hulme about a year before the murderLater coverage

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