It’s June 1954 in Christchurch, New Zealand, and best friends Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker are facing the unthinkable. Juliet’s parents are embroiled in a divorce, and as a result the obsessively close pair have been threatened with a permanent separation from each other. So, in order to stay together, the teenagers decide to commit a terrible crime – one that continues to haunt the nation to this day.
Juliet came into the world on October 28, 1938, in London, England, to Hilda and Dr. Henry Hulme – the latter being a physicist who would go on to help create the hydrogen bomb. Then, six years after Juliet was born, her parents had another child whom they named Jonathan. After their son’s birth, however, Juliet became seriously ill.