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November 27, 2002

Free Reads -- Anne Perry

Friedrich --

Do you remember the movie "Heavenly Creatures"? Peter Jackson directing a tale about two teenaged girls who have a folie a deux friendship and wind up killing the mother of one of the girls? It made Jackson's reputation, and it got Kate Winslet's career off to a great start.

You may remember that the story was based on an actual New Zealand murder case, and you may also remember that at the time of the film's release, one of the real-life girls, now grown-up, was tracked down -- and that she turned out to be the very-successful English crime novelist Anne Perry.

An amazing story. Now Perry has spoken for the first time at length about the crime, and about what it has been like for her to live with the knowledge of her role in it. Olga Craig does a beautiful job of writing the conversation up for the Daily Telegraph, here.

Sample passage:

It was during solitary confinement, Anne says, that she learned to accept the enormity of what she had done. "It was then that I forgave myself," she says. "Don't run away, I told myself. I faced what I had done. I knew it was wrong. There was no evasion. I had done a terrible, vile thing. And when you face your worst crime, the fear leaves you."

Not exactly cheerful Thanksgiving reading, but fascinating nonetheless.



posted by Michael at November 27, 2002


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