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

Nov 09, 2017
Pearl Moen

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.”