7.3.2 Timeline of important events.
Part 2 of 2
1954, April 28 (Wed).
[*] *PYP Diary: 'Digby's,' JMH @ PYP's, girls bathe
together, PYP felt suicidal, writes of PYP's desire to
"rid myself of this obstacle"--HM Parker--for first
1954, April 29 (Thurs).
[*] *PYP Diary: PYP states JMH not told of PYP's plans for
removing HM Parker.
1954, April 30 (Fri).
*PYP Diary: first mention of telling JMH about
"intentions" regarding Mother.
[note: I think the date of this entry is an extremely
important error in trial transcripts, stated there to
be April 13. The Press and G&L give April 30. jp]
1954, May 1 (Sat).
*PYP Diary: HM Hulme's "lovely remark"--"Won't it be
wonderful when we are all back in England, Gina." PYP
and JMH don't sleep together fearing Dr HR Hulme
[note: An absolutely key entry for many reasons,
including the way it shows that Dr HM Hulme has not yet
finished formulating the "Second Plan" nor has he told
HM Hulme of it. She would not have made such a remark
if she had known of the "Second Plan." I believe this
is also her way of "putting the plans for America out
of their heads" which HM Hulme had testified to doing.
In addition, it also shows that Dr HR Hulme was
collecting data on the girls' relationship. They had
obviously noticed his increased/renewed awareness of
their actions and behaviour over the last week. jp]
1954, May 2 (Sun).
First Term [Fifth Form] ends.
..........May holiday begins.
1952, May 3 (Mon) - 8 (Sat).
| *CUC "Capping Festival Week" celebrations and
1954, May 6 (Thurs).
| *PYP Diary: gloriously happy, love our new fianc‚s.
1954, May 8 (Sat).
| *Dr HR Hulme again consults Dr Bennett about girls'
| relationship. This is exactly 8 weeks prior to the
| planned date of departure of Dr HR Hulme and his
| children according to the "Second Plan."
| [note: This consultation came after a whole week of
| Dr HR Hulme weighing his choices, and his making
| observations of PYP and JMH, and of HM Hulme and WAB
| Perry. I believe there was disagreement among adults
| over the need for a "Second Plan." I believe Dr FO
| Bennett told Dr HR Hulme essentially what was in his
| later testimony, namely that PYP and JMH's relationship
| had become overtly homosexual. Given standard medical
| opinion and practise of the day, Dr FO Bennett probably
| advised in favour of active intervention, to 'reverse'
| or 'stave off' JMH becoming irreversibly homosexual.
| I believe it was Dr FO Bennett, in this consultation,
| who convinced Dr HR Hulme of the need for separating
| JMH from PYP immediately. And this was when Dr HR Hulme
| enlisted Dr FO Bennett as an ally.
| This was when Dr HR Hulme committed himself to the
| "Second Plan." The "Second Plan" was to abandon HM
| Hulme and WAB Perry to their own devices, and to take
| custody of Jonathon, and to deliver JMH to South Africa
| to stay with an aunt (Ina?).
| It cannot be coincidence that this is exactly 8
| weeks before the planned departure date. I propose that
| Dr HR Hulme bought his passage on May 8. It was
| probably necessary for him to book all tickets or pay
| a financial penalty he could not afford. This was the
| decision he had to make on May 8, 1954: purchase one
| passage home to England, or three?
| According to conventional medical wisdom at the
| time, lesbianism was caused by an overly-close
| association between a daughter and her mother [see
| G&L], and this could have been used to justify the
| "Second Plan" had there been argument from HM Hulme. No
| doubt, Dr HR Hulme also used the threat of 'adultery'
| on the divorce petition, and the threat of publicity
| and courtroom proof of HM Hulme as an 'unfit mother' to
| secure the release of Jonathon to his care. At this
| point Dr HR Hulme had absolutely nothing to lose, which
| probably made him seem desperate and 'dangerous' and
| not worth taking on, to WAB Perry and HM Hulme.
| It is also possible that HM Hulme and WAB Perry
| did not fight too hard to retain custody of JMH and
| Jonathon. jp]
| *HM Hulme resigns from Christchurch Marriage Guidance
| Council. [note: G&L report that Council was stunned,
| so this may have been a pre-emptive resignation, or
| the statement historical revisionism. G&L also mention
| that Council didn't recover from the scandal of HM
| Hulme for years; she managed to break nearly all
| charter principles of the Council in her private life
| over a very short period of time. The Council still
| distances itself from her. jp]
1954, May ("Around time PYP staying at Ilam after Easter").
| *HD Rieper gave confusing and inconsistent testimony
| about the following critical events and especially the
| timing of them, indicating he was probably out of the
| decision-making loop. It appears as if he may have
| been 'concerned' or even annoyed by PYP's behaviour,
| but it also seems clear he didn't really perceive a
| crisis condition--he just didn't pay close attention.
| Clearly, HM Parker got in touch with Dr HR Hulme
| again, with new concerns about PYP and JMH's
| relationship (HD Rieper's testimony was consistent
| about this). Clearly, she was told by Dr HR Hulme
| that he would be leaving NZ with JMH in a matter of
| weeks (the date of the conversation and length of time
| to departure were the most inconsistent parts of HD
| Rieper's testimony). And, clearly, it was HM Parker
| who made the decision to allow PYP "to see as much of
| Juliet as she desired, pending her departure."
| [note: Why did HM Parker approach Dr HR Hulme again?
| I think it is possible the Dr FO Bennett may have
| contacted HM Parker again after Dr HR Hulme's
| consultation, to convince/confirm for her the
| seriousness of the situation and to suggest she discuss
| the matter with Dr HR Hulme.
| When are JMH and PYP told of the "Second Plan?"
| This is such a critical question, but there is no clear
| answer. The diary record is, unfortunately, incomplete
| through most of May. I suspect that the "Second Plan"
| was fully discussed between Dr HR Hulme, HM Hulme and
| WAB Perry late in the first week of May, and Dr FO
| Bennett was consulted as "the final word"--he knew both
| Hulmes independently and well. The Riepers were
| probably called by Dr FO Bennett on May 8, and HM
| Parker probably called Dr HR Hulme the next day, Sunday
| May 9, HD Rieper's day off. JMH and PYP were probably
| informed simultaneously by their respective parents on
| the Sunday night, May 9, or very soon thereafter.
| HM Hulme testified that JMH pleaded for PYP to be
| taken to South Africa with her. HM Hulme also testified
| that both families spent some time explaining to both
| girls that PYP could not possibly accompany JMH. There
| are no published diary records to support or refute
| these statements. jp]
1954, May 17 (Mon).
|..............May Holiday ends.
Second Term [Fifth Form] would have begun.
1954, May 23 (Sun).
*PYP Diary: Mr Perry taken ill, PYP worried that his
death would "spoil everything."
[note: A fascinating entry, interpreted in trial as
indicating PYP and JMH were worried about losing WAB
Perry as blackmail victim. WAB Perry discounted this,
again stating there was nothing to be blackmailed
about. I agree.
More likely is that JMH and PYP have modified
their 'escape plans.' I propose that the "Hollywood"
plan has been abandoned and PYP and JMH are now
planning to meet in South Africa; JMH will accompany Dr
HM Hulme and her brother, while PYP will fly and meet
JMH there. This makes Dr HR Hulme the agent of their
staying together and PYP's salvation from her parents.
PYP and JMH logic: If WAB Perry had died then JMH
would have probably had to stay with HM Hulme, not go
to South Africa. PYP can only be with JMH if they leave
Christchurch; to stay meant PYP staying with her
parents, and being subject to their control. jp]
1954, May 26 (Wed).
*PYP 16th birthday.
1954, May 27 (Thurs).
*PYP Diary: thwarted robbery of safe.
1954, May 29 (Sat).
*PYP Diary: Saints' anatomies.
1954, June 3 (Thurs).
*Official farewell ceremony for Dr HR Hulme as Rector
of Canterbury University College in College Hall.
*PYP Diary: wonderful photo of Dr Hulme.
1954, June 6 (Sun).
[*] *PYP Diary: PYP & JMH are 'mad.' So is Dr Hulme.
*In the coming week, JMH will ask WAB Perry about the
air fare to South Africa. He replies it is about 150
[pounds]. She replies "good" because they already have
about 100 [pounds]. [WAB Perry testimony]
1954, June 7 (Mon).
*PYP Diary: discussion of Saints' having sex while
1954, June 8 (Tues).
*PYP Diary: telepathy in dreams.
1954, June 9 (Wed).
*PYP Diary: 'Digby's' then disagreement with HM Parker.
1954, June 10 (Thurs).
*PYP Diary: sex education and felt close to Deborah.
1954, June 11 (Fri).
[*] *PYP begins 'last visit' with JMH @ Hulme residence
(Ilam), with HM Parker's blessing, for 10 days before
planned JMH departure for South Africa. [HD Rieper
[*] *PYP Diary: trip to cinema to see 'IT,' 'enacting
Saints making love' with JMH.
1954, June 12 (Sat).
*Departure date for Dr HR Hulme and children confirmed
and "set" for exactly 3 weeks from today, according to
HM Hulme testimony.
*PYP Diary: spent night hectically.
1954, June 13 (Sun).
[*] *PYP Diary: hectic night going through the Saints,
discovering Bliss and Sin.
1954, June 14 (Mon).
*PYP Diary: discussed spicy ideas and spent a glorious
1954, June 15 (Tues).
*PYP Diary: beautiful dreams of Port Levy.
*HM Hulme spends day at Port Levy--object of much
confusing testimony and cross-examination during trial,
with Crown Prosecutor Brown probably trying to get HM
Hulme to admit that she and WAB Perry used Port Levy as
a 'love nest' all this time.
1954, June 16 (Wed).
*PYP Diary: hectic night going through the Saints until
1954, June 17 (Thurs).
*PYP Diary: didn't misbehave.
1954, June 18 (Fri).
*PYP Diary: planned our moiders in our operas.
1954, June 19 (Sat).
[*] *PYP Diary: HM Parker moider planned with JMH @ Ilam,
and had a simply wonderful time in every posible way.
1954, June 20 (Sun).
[*] *PYP leaves Ilam. Driven by HD Rieper with the Rieper
family to visit Rosemary Parker at Templeton Farm. (see
[*] *PYP Diary: moider plans discussed with JMH @ Ilam.
1954, June 21 (Mon).
*PYP tells HM Parker she will start a new job on
following Monday 28th. PYP proposes a trip to Victoria
Park to celebrate, and proposes JMH to come with them.
HM Parker agrees, and tells HD Rieper of these things.
[HD Rieper testimony]
*JMH gets phone call from PYP inviting her to Victoria
Park. [HM Hulme and WAB Perry testimony--probably
trying to implicate PYP as instigator, in the trial.
PYP diary stated JMH called PYP.]
[*] *PYP Diary: PYP back home, rose late, helped HM Parker,
details of chosen murder method given. Excitement and
anticipation. Murder tomorrow.
1954, June 22 (Tues).
[*] *PYP Diary: "The Day of The Happy Event."
[*] 10:30 *JMH collects half-brick from a pile beside Ilam
garage. She is driven downtown by HR Hulme, dropped off
at Beaths Store, on Cashel St, just east of Colombo St,
one block south of Cathedral Square, for "personal"
shopping. HM Hulme describes JMH as happy, calm and
affectionate that morning.
[*] 11:00 *JMH arrives @ Riepers with half-brick. Chat with HM
Parker in kitchen. Went up to PYP's room where PYP
placed half-brick in stocking, knotting it. PYP placed
weapon into school shoulder bag. JMH had pink stone in
her pocket, taken from a brooch.
[*] 11:45 *HD Rieper arrives home and works in garden.
[*] Noon *Lunch, a happy affair, with laughing, jokes. PYP, JMH,
HD Rieper, HM Parker, Wendy Parker. HD Rieper and Wendy
return to work after lunch, leaving HM Parker, JMH and
PYP to clean up.
[*] 1:30 *HM Parker, JMH and PYP leave house for Cathedral
Square where they catch #2 bus to The Tahake, Victoria
Park Terminus in Cashmere Hills.
[*] 2:35 *JMH, PYP, HM Parker arrive @ The Tahake, Victoria Park
Terminus. Walk uphill to the Tea Kiosk. HM Parker had
tea, JMH and PYP had soft drinks (one lemon, one
orange). All ate cakes and scones. Chatted to Agnes
Ritchie. Two other customers.
[*] 3:05 *HM Parker, PYP and JMH leave tea kiosk, enter the Park
through a gap in stone wall and set off on a steep
[*] 3:20 *(approx). 420 yards along they cross a small wooden
bridge. JMH drops stone. The three turn back after a
few more metres. PYP points out pink stone to HM
Parker. Murder of Honora Mary Parker by PYP and JMH.
[*] 3:30 *Agnes Ritchie states PYP and JMH arrive at kiosk with
bloodsoaked clothing, white-faced and hysterical,
screaming that HM Parker was hurt and crying for help.
PYP had blood on face and hands, JMH had much blood on
*A Ritchie took girls into tea kiosk. Sent a customer
for Kenneth Ritchie. A Ritchie went to head of path,
looking for HM Parker but couldn't see her. A Ritchie
returned to PYP and JMH, asking where accident had
happened. PYP and JMH beg her not to make them go back.
*K Ritchie arrived at kiosk. Went with his assistant
Eric McIlroy down the path to investigate.
*A Ritchie phoned for doctor and an ambulance. She
allowed PYP and JMH to wash off blood in servery. PYP
and JMH both asked for their fathers. A Ritchie phoned
HD Rieper at Dennis Brothers' Fish Supply, but he was
not in the shop and she left a message. Then A Ritchie
phoned HR Hulme, and he said he would come immediately.
A Ritchie brings PYP and JMH hot tea with much sugar
and notes PYP gulps down hot tea with no milk,
oblivious to the temperature and apparently in shock.
JMH was noted to be talking rapidly and hysterically.
3:40 *K Ritchie and E McIlroy find HM Parker's body; she is
obviously dead and not an accidental death because they
saw the brick nearby. K Ritchie pulled HM Parker's
dress back down over her legs. E McIlroy left guarding
the body while K Ritchie returned to kiosk.
3:45 *K Ritchie reaches kiosk as ambulance arrives. He
4:00 *HR Hulme arrives at kiosk. He tells A Ritchie to tell
the police he was taking PYP and JMH to Ilam. HR Hulme
drives PYP and JMH away from Victoria Park, back to
4:10 *(approx). Dr D Walker arrived responding to A
Ritchie's call. Decides to wait for police after
talking to K Ritchie who tells him of condition of HM
4:20 *Sgt R Hope and Const D Molyneaux arrive after having
first gone to Victoria Lake instead of Victoria Park. K
Ritchie took them, Dr Walker and ambulance driver to
body. Dr Walker confirms HM Parker dead without
disturbing body. Const Molyneaux ordered to stay at
scene to ensure no-one approached area or body while
others return to kiosk. Sgt Hope radios Central Police
Station in Christchurch from police car.
5:00 *Senior Det M Brown dispatches DetSgt A Tate and Det G
Gilles to scene.
5:00 *(approx). HD Rieper arrives at Victoria Park, driven
by a friend, having finally received message that HM
Parker had had an accident and an ambulance had been
summoned. Upon his arrival, Sgt R Hope questions him
about his whereabouts that afternoon. HD Rieper not
taken to HM Parker's body, but told to wait at kiosk,
where he paces anxiously. HD Rieper prime suspect for a
short time at this point.
5:20 *DetSgt A Tate and Det G Gilles arrive with Const AE
Griffiths. Sgt Hope took them to body. All examined
body and area thoroughly, noting brick and torn
stocking. Getting close to sundown and dark.
6:00 *DetSgt A Tate returned to kiosk and reported back to
Senior-Det M Brown, who contacted Inspector D McKenzie.
Tate arranged for coroner, a pathologist and police
photographer to come to scene.
7:00 *Inspector McKenzie, Senior-Det Brown join Dr EBE
Taylor (Coroner), Dr CTB Pearson (pathologist) and WM
Ramage (police photographer) at Victoria Park. They and
the other detectives examine body and surroundings,
working by flashlamp in the dark. Scene and body
photographed thoroughly. Senior-Det Brown DetSgt Tate
ordered to interview JMH and PYP. Brown interviewed HD
Rieper and obtained his permission to interview PYP
without presence of counsel.
4:30 *(onward). At Ilam, HM Hulme bathed PYP and JMH,
treated them for shock, fed them and sent them to bed.
HM Hulme washed PYP and JMH underclothes. WAB Perry
took bloodstained outer clothes to Wicks' Drapery, dry
cleaners in Fendalton Rd.
8:00 *Senior Det Brown and DetSgt Tate arrive at Ilam.
Interview HM Hulme, HR Hulme and WAB Perry. Brown and
Tate, accompanied by HM Hulme, interview PYP, who was
abed. PYP states HM Parker had fallen. WAB Perry
invited in half-way through. Brick and stocking
discussed. PYP makes no incriminating statements.
*Brown and Tate went downstairs and JMH interviewed in
a sitting room in presence of HM Hulme, HR Hulme and
WAB Perry. JMH gives same story as PYP at first. Brown
said they didn't believe JMH was present at HM Parker's
death. WAB Perry asked to speak alone with JMH at which
time he told her to tell the truth. WAB Perry then said
JMH wished to make a second statement. Tate recorded it
while Brown interviewed PYP again. JMH second statement
recorded, indicating she didn't witness accident but
had turned back after hearing voices to find HM Parker
lying bloody on ground, did not notice a brick or
stocking, and she had supported PYP's story.
*Brown meanwhile returned to PYP's bedroom, alone,
stated to PYP he thought JMH had not been present, and
accused PYP of being involved in HM Parker's death. PYP
agreed to answer questions. Brown recorded PYP's
statement in form of Q&A in which she admitted killing
HM Parker but stated JMH not involved, then PYP signed
*Brown and Tate arrest PYP. Leaving Ilam, they ask her
about the brick. HM Hulme quickly stated it had not
been obtained from Ilam. PYP taken to Christchurch
Central Police Station, a few blocks from her home.
late *Brown and Tate accompany HD Rieper to Rieper
residence, where they search PYP's room with his
permission. Recover 14 exercise books, a scrap book and
2 diaries. Read final diary entries and take possession
of the material.
*Gilles, Hope and Griffiths remove HM Parker's body to
Christchurch Hospital mortuary where Griffiths removes
HM Parker's clothing and effects for evidence.
*PYP left in Tate's office where she writes note. It is
confiscated and placed in an envelope. PYP spends night
in police cells.
*JMH recites poetry at Ilam and sleeps in her mother's
*strong rumour [G&L and "Daughters of Heaven," mf] has
frenzy of activity @ Ilam, destroying evidence, i.e.
burning of JMH diary and writings, removal of bricks.
1954, June 23 (Wed).
*HD Rieper identifies HM Parker's body, accompanied by
9am *Inquest into death of HM Parker opened by Coroner EBE
Taylor, adjourned sine die after evidence of
identification given by HD Rieper with DetSgt AB Tate
*Det Gilles recovers PYP and JMH clothing, still
uncleaned, from Wicks' Drapery.
10am *PYP, unrepresented by counsel, charged with murder of
HM Parker on application of DetSgt GW Alty in
Christchurch Magistrate's Court before Mr RC Abernethy,
S.M. and remanded to appear on July 1.
*PYP Returned to Central Police Station and interviewed
in Tate's office. PYP stated that she would tell truth
if JMH present. Detectives leave for Ilam, leaving PYP
in Tate's office. PYP grabs note and tries to burn it
but it is partially recovered. Later, PYP remanded in
custody to Paparua Prison, Christchurch, until July 1.
aft. *Brown and Tate arrive at Ilam. Later, go up to JMH
bedroom. JMH interrogated again, gives 2nd statement,
implicating herself in the murder. JMH arrested and
placed in custody in gaol.
1954, June 24 (Thurs).
*JMH, represented by TA Gresson, charged with murder of
HM Parker on application of DetSgt Alty in Christchurch
Magistrate's Court before Mr R Ferner, S.M. and
remanded in custody to Paparua Prison, Christchurch to
appear July 1. Both Dr Hulme and Hilda Hulme are
*Dr Bennett examines PYP and JMH individually for about
3/4 - 1 hour each in Police Station.
*Dr Saville interviews JMH and PYP separately.
*JMH joins PYP in Paparua Prison. There, they will
listen to classical music, take long walks together and
write voluminously. Examined by Dr Medlicott within
first two or three weeks of arrest, seven hours each.
*body of HM Parker cremated after a funeral service at
Bromley Methodist cemetary, Christchurch.
1954, June 27 (Sun).
*Dr Medlicott interviews JMH separately for 2 1/2 hours
at Paparua prison. [sb]
1954, June 28 (Mon).
*Dr Medlicott interviews PYP separately for 1 1/2 hours
at Paparua prison. [sb]
1954, June 29 (Tues).
*Dr Hunter interviews PYP and JMH separately.
1954, July 1 (Thurs).
*JMH, PYP due to be released from custody before trial
but held over.
*Dr HR Hulme meets with JMH in Paparua prison to tell
her he is leaving NZ for England. He stated they met
for a few minutes and JMH told him, before he kissed
her goodbye: "I want you to go."
1954, July 3 (Sat).
*Planned date for Dr HR Hulme and JMH departure for
England via South Africa, where JMH was to have been
left with Aunt Ina (see 7.11).
*Dr HR Hulme and son Jonathon apparently sail on
schedule [Or around this time, and certainly before
July 16. Date not yet confirmed. jp] from NZ on the
liner "Himalaya," bound for London via Capetown and
Marseilles, where they will disembark and vanish. Dr HR
Hulme will never return. During the sea voyage, he
states: "The world will just have to think of me as an
unnatural father. I cannot say why I decided to leave
New Zealand at this time. It would involve too many
people. But there is nothing I can do there just now.
My only concern now is for my son. I want to spare him
all I can. I've told him his sister is mentally ill--as
indeed she is."
1954, July (after Dr HR Hulme's departure)
*public auction of Hulmes' personal effects held at
Ilam. Huge attendance of gawkers. [reported NZ Truth 22
Sept '54. G&L]
1954, July 11 (Sun) and July 12 (Mon).
*Dr Medlicott interviews PYP and JMH for c. 2-3 hours
total at Paparua Prison. [sb]
1954, July 12 (Mon).
*Dr Saville interviews PYP and JMH separately.
1954, July 14 (Wed).
*Dr Hunter interviews PYP and JMH separately.
1954, July 16 (Fri).
*PYP & JMH committed for trial at sensational inquest,
Christchurch Magistrate's Court, where extracts from
diaries read. Worldwide publicity begins in earnest.
[PYP & JMH incarcerated at Paparua but PYP transported
to & from Mt Eden prison in Auckland for exams,
according to testimony. G&L claim PYP moved to Mt Eden
at the secret insistence of her own counsel, to see
what effect there would be upon separation of PYP and
1954, July 26 (Mon).
*Dr K Stallworthy examines PYP six occasions between
now and 19 Aug. at Paparua? or Mt Eden?. (probably JMH
also, separately; she is interviewed 4 separate times).
*Dr Saville interviews JMH and PYP separately.
*Dr Hunter interviews PYP and JMH separately.
1954, July 27 (Tues).
*Dr K Stallworthy examines PYP at Paparua. (probably
JMH also, separately).
1954, Aug. 2 (Mon).
*Dr Hunter examines JMH at Paparua after PYP sent to Mt
1954, Aug. 6 (Fri).
*Dr Bennett examines JMH at Paparua prison for 1 hour.
1954, Aug. 10 (Tues).
*Dr HR Hulme and son Jonathon arrive in Marseilles on
the liner "Himalaya" and disappear from public view.
1954, Aug. 13 (Fri).
*Dr Saville and Dr Hunter together examine PYP and JMH
1954, Aug. 14 (Sat).
*Dr Bennett examines PYP at Paparua prison for 1 hour
(she had been brought back from Mt Eden by this time).
1954, Aug. 15 (Sun).
Second Term ends.
August Holidays begin for NZ schools. The trial will
occur during the school holidays, guaranteeing a large
crowd of spectators and much local interest.
1954, Aug. 19 (Thurs).
*Dr K Stallworthy examines PYP at Paparua. (probably
also JMH, separately). Also 2 more exams for PYP at
Mount Eden Prison, near Auckland, before trial and 1
more exam for JMH before trial, unspecified location.
Total psych exams since murder: PYP = 23, JMH = 20.
1954, Aug. 20 (Fri).
*Dr Saville and Dr Hunter together examine PYP and JMH
1954, Aug. 23 (Mon).
*Trial of PYP & JMH begins. Both plead Not Guilty.
Opening arguments by prosecution. Coroner's report
read. HM Hulme testifies. HD Rieper testifies. JMH's
1954, Aug. 24 (Tues).
*Second day of trial. HM Hulme recalled to testify. WAB
Perry testifies. Close of prosecution case. Opening
arguments by defense. Insanity plea entered by defense.
Dr Medlicott testifies for defense.
1954, Aug. 25 (Wed).
*Third day of trial. Dr Medlicott continues to testify.
Dr Medlicott brutally cross examined by prosecution.
1954, Aug. 26 (Thurs).
*Fourth day of trial. Dr Medlicott finishes testifying.
Dr Bennett testifies for defense. His equivocal &
confusing testimony eventually summarized by the judge.
1954, Aug. 27 (Fri).
*Fifth day of trial. Crown calls three expert
witnesses: Dr Stallworthy, Dr Saville and Dr Hunter.
They testify that PYP and JMH were legally sane.
1954, Aug. 28 (Sat).
*Sixth day of trial.
*Ranfurly Shield rugby match being played in Chch and
supporters show up for trial in the morning.
*Final addresses by both counsel. JMH sits with fingers
plugging her ears during Brown's emotional, vitriolic
tirade and famous quote.
*Judge gives summing-up for 1 h 20 min.
12:10 *All-male jury retires for 2 h 14 min.
2:53 *HM Hulme sits with her eyes shut, fists clenched as
the verdict is read. PYP & JMH are found legally sane
and are convicted of murder of HM Parker. Trial ends.
*Spectator yells "I object! I protest!" as terms of
sentence read out. This becomes rallying cry for public
reaction to sentence. He is ejected from Court.
*PYP & JMH unemotional, do not look at families as they
are led away, back to Paparua Prison.
*From his home, HD Rieper states: "I have nothing to
say about it."
*HM Hulme and WAB Perry retreat to Hulmes' Port Levy
holiday home to escape publicity--evicted from Ilam
after departure of Dr HR Hulme in July.
1954, Aug. 31 (Tues).
*ST Barnett: Imprisonment of PYP and JMH was "the most
complex and difficult custodial problem the penal
administration has yet faced. ... Hulme is the more
dominant personality and the leader of the two. She is
likely to present the greater custodial problem. ...
Obviously they should be treated equally and my present
mind is that they should each have an experience of
Mount Eden." [G&L]
1954, Sept. 1 (Wed).
*TC Webb: vows that both girls were to have "a taste of
*PYP & JMH sentenced to imprisonment, to be detained at
Her Majesty's pleasure in separate institutions. There
is to be no contact of any sort between them during
*PYP moved from Paparua Prison, Christchurch, to a
Borstal north of Wellington, Arohata Women's
PYP will spend most of her incarceration here,
some time at Mt Eden and finally back to Paparua.
Converts to Roman Catholicism. Completes University
Entrance and most of requirements for BA degree while
incarcerated. Visited once by HD Rieper. Visited by
other members of her family once she is transferred
back to Paparua, near the end of her incarceration.
1954, Sept. 3 (Fri).
*JMH flown by Air Force plane to Whenuapai, Auckland,
met by Superintendent Haywood and taken to Auckland
Prison (Mt Eden), to the women's wing.
JMH apparently in solitary confinement for the
first 3 months. While she was at Mt Eden there were 4
or 5 hangings. On the one hand, she received a certain
level of special consideration, on the other she was
sent there rather than the lower security Borstal where
PYP was sent because she was considered the "more
dominant personality and the leader of the two." The
whole time she was incarcerated, she received no visits
from any member of her family, and "their
correspondence with her was infrequent." [sb] JMH will
spend most of her incarceration at Mt Eden. Tutored
privately, she completes University Entrance.
Transferred to Arohata for the final part of her
1954, Sept. 5 (Sun).
*HM Hulme changes her name to Hilda Marion Perry by
deed poll in Christchurch. She will go by the name "Mrs
H Marion Perry" from this point onward. [mf,sb]
1954, Sept. 6 (Mon).
August holidays end.
3rd term begins for NZ schools.
1954, Sept. 12 (Sun).
*HM Perry and WAB Perry leave New Zealand for England.
Neither will return. In Sydney, WAB Perry tells the
press: "We firmly believe Juliet is mad. ...Mrs Perry
is sorry to leave Juliet, but she believes that
Jonathon now has the greater need of her." [sb] [note:
Not known who ended up with custody of Jonathon. jp]
1954, Sept. 15 (Wed).
*Howard League for Penal Reform condemns the Secretary
of Justice and Minister of Justice's statements about
subjecting JMH and PYP to "a taste of Mt Eden." The
intervention of this organization may have had a
significant influence on JMH (see dedications to Anne
Perry's novels in section 7.11).
1954, Oct. 28 (Thurs).
*JMH 16th birthday.
*PYP enrolled in correspondence courses for English,
French, Latin, Mathematics, Drawing and Design. Later,
she enrolled for a course in Maori.
*JMH studied English, Italian and Mathematics. [note:
Three subjects is traditional in English system of 'A'-
levels. Also note that Dr HR Hulme was a mathematical
1954, Dec. 10 (Fri).
*JMH reported to now be remorseful, in press. [sb]
[note: This would be about the time JMH was released
from solitary confinement. Statement actually
substantiated by Anne Perry in '94-'95 interviews. jp]
*PYP reported to be "trying desperately to find out
what has happened to" JMH.
1954, Dec. 12 (Sun).
*PYP reported to have tried to smuggle a letter to JMH.
*Dr HR Hulme and HM Perry are divorced.
*WAB Perry and HM Perry marry.
*Dr HR Hulme (aged 47) marries Margery Ducker, daughter
of Sir James and Lady Cooper.
*Dr HR Hulme begins appointment at Aldermaston in UK.
*HD Rieper reluctantly visits PYP but finds the visit
*Britain successfully tests thermonuclear Hydrogen-bomb
at Christmas Island in the South Pacific, making it a
full-fledged, independent nuclear power. Dr HR Hulme is
a key member of Britain's H-bomb design team. His
scientific role is roughly equivalent to that of Edward
Teller's in the US effort.
*Dr HR Hulme becomes Chief of Nuclear Research at
Britain's Atomic Weapons Research Establishment,
1959, Dec. 4. (Fri)
*ST Barnett, now NZ Secretary of State for Justice,
announces JMH (aged 21) and PYP (aged 21) released in
that order some weeks earlier from prison and given new
identities. "Neither girl knows where the other is
*JMH provided with a Department of Justice escort and
assistance by the Department to make travel plans. She
travels to Sydney, Australia then joins HM Perry and
WAB Perry in the UK. JMH assumes the name Anne Perry
(revealed '94). Beginning in '79 Anne Perry rejoins the
public arena as a published author.
*PYP released on probation, about 2 weeks after JMH has
left NZ, until '65. PYP provided assistance by Justice
Department to assume new identity and find employment.
She leads a closely-supervised but anonymous life under
terms of her parole. She completes her University
education and receives her degree. She has no contact
with any of her family after her release. [G&L]
*HD Rieper states after learning of his daughter's
release: "It still doesn't make up for robbing a person
of their life. It was evil between them that did it.
1963, Dec. 11.
*Department of Justice letter placed in PYP's file,
noting concern by officials about PYP's lesbian
*PYP completes her probation and leaves NZ, destination
unknown. She lives her life as a private citizen out of
the public arena from this point on.
*Dr HR Hulme, aged 65, retires from Aldermaston.
1981, May 5.
*Herbert Rieper dies of pneumonia, Christchurch, NZ,
aged 92. [sb]
1991, Jan. 8.
*Henry Rainsford Hulme dies, Basingstoke, England, aged
*JMH, now known as Anne Perry, lives in Portmahomack
Scotland, a mile from her mother, now widowed from WAB
Perry. Ms Perry is a successful author of Victorian
*Present whereabouts and identity of PYP officially
unknown, but published reports of rumours put her in
Auckland, NZ, working in a Christian Bookshop. She has
continued to lead her life out of the public arena