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March 10, 2022

Episode 12: The Matricide of Honorah Rieper - Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker

Episode 12: The Matricide of Honorah Rieper - Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker

Its been 65 years since two distressed and blood-covered teenage girls ran out of a wooded area in Christchurch’s Victoria Park in NZ crying for help. The couple who owned the tea kiosk in the park recognized them; they’d left the tearooms just a few minutes earlier after eating there with an older woman.

This was 16 year old Pauline Parker and 15 year old Juliet Hulme.  One of the girls wailed, “Please help us, Mummy is hurt, covered in blood,” so Agnes Ritchie took them inside the kiosk while her husband Kenneth, thinking the woman had suffered a fall, headed off down the path they’d just come from, to see if there was anything he could do. A few minutes later and about 130 metres down the path, he found the battered body of Honorah Rieper (45). Her severe injuries suggested that this was no accident. The police were called, and they discovered half a brick in a bloodied stocking thrown under some nearby trees. So began the investigation into a case that has gone down as one of the most intriguing in New Zealand’s criminal history and that is still a subject of fascination all these years later.

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