Frank writes to John Reece Cole, on June 24, 1954 (two days after the murder):
What a lovely murder in Chch! Just shows how far astray we writers are when Life insists on copying the Greek playwrights -- instead of the creations we provide for it. But it isn't clear whether the brick was in the stocking or employed separately. Surely Baxter can rise to something as distinguished as 'Lizzie Borden took an axe ...'To Charles Brasch, on October 16, 1954.
Point about Hulme-Parker is the universal nerve is touched. Getting rid of a parent -- what everybody has thought of -- the foundation of every religion -- Freud, the anthropologists. Only real point of interest in the case is just why the strongest taboo of all broke down in two intelligent schoolgirls. Nearest parallel I know of is Lizzie Borden, and she accounted for both:
Amazing that about 40 blows should operate in Christchurch just as in New England ...Lizzie Borden took an axe,And gave her mother forty whacks,When she saw what she had done,She gave her father forty one!