UPDATE: Hyde Park attacker who stabbed woman 21 times denied parole

A Hyde Park woman who pleaded guilty to stabbing a woman 21 times in 2015 was denied parole Wednesday.

Pearl Moen, who was 18 when she was arrested early last year and is now 20, pleaded guilty in January to attacking a woman the morning of Nov. 14, 2015. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempted murder.

“The record indicates the instant offense has elements of brutality, violence, assaultive behavior, or conscious selection of victim's vulnerability indicating a conscious disregard for the lives, safety, or property of others, such that the offender poses a continuing threat to public safety,” the parole decision’s notes say.

On the day of the attack, Moen’s victim was lying outside near the corner of 44th Street and Speedway on a blanket when someone — who police and prosecutors later determined was Moen — suddenly attacked her with a knife. Moen stabbed her nearly two dozen times, and the woman was taken to the hospital with injuries that she said required months of physical therapy to recover from.

After receiving a tip from Moen’s mother, Austin police said investigators searched her house in 2016 and uncovered what appeared to be a description of the stabbing in Moen’s diary. 

“I stabbed an innocent woman to death earlier today – technically yesterday since it’s 1 a.m.,” a passage from the diary read, according to Moen’s arrest affidavit. “It was absolutely fantastic. Murder gives me a high unlike any other.”

She was arrested early last year. 

The stabbing victim, who asked to only be identified by her first name, Katie, had asked her friends and neighbors to write to the parole board, urging them not to release Moen early.

“I really just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me during this trying time and that wrote letters to the parole board to keep this evil girl in prison,” Katie told the American-Statesman Thursday. “I want to keep trying every year she's eligible for parole to fight to keep the community safe by keeping her in prison.” 

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Texas Digest: Baby hippo dies at Dallas Zoo

DALLAS Hippopotamus born at zoo exhibit dies The first hippopotamus born at a new Dallas Zoo exhibit has died. Zoo officials said a female hippo gave birth early Saturday to her first calf, but she did not help the newborn to the surface of the pool soon enough, The Dallas Morning News reported. Harrison Edell, the zoo’s vice president of animal...
DPS trooper is shot east of San Antonio
DPS trooper is shot east of San Antonio

A Department of Public Safety trooper was shot in eastern Bexar County while pursuing a suspect around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The incident occurred near Interstate 10 and Graytown Road, SAEN reports, and a suspect may have been shot as well. The Express-News reports that San Antonio police and Bexar County deputies...
Third-graders in Missouri selling raffle tickets for AR-15 weapon
Third-graders in Missouri selling raffle tickets for AR-15 weapon

Selling raffle tickets to benefit an athletic team is not new, but having an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon as the prize is drawing heavy criticism in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 and injured dozens, The Kansas City Star reported. Third-graders in the southern Missouri city of Neosho were selling the tickets to...
John Kasich rips Congress, urges 'common-sense gun laws'
John Kasich rips Congress, urges 'common-sense gun laws'

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who signed laws making it legal to carry concealed weapons at daycare facilities and college campuses, said he has “no confidence” Congress will approve what he called “common-sense gun laws” in the wake of a mass shooting last week at a Florida high school. During an interview Sunday on CNN’s &ldquo...
2 kids dressed as 'tall man' unable to gain admission to 'Black Panther'
2 kids dressed as 'tall man' unable to gain admission to 'Black Panther'

Two kids decided they wanted to go to the new Marvel superhero film “Black Panther,” but they didn’t want to pay for two movie tickets. So, they tried to dupe the movie theater’s manager. The duo went to the theater disguised as one “tall man” under a trench coat, but unsurprisingly, their plan didn’t work...
More Stories