Inmate Describes Spader’s Gruesome ‘Bedtime Stories’

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – The teen on trial for murder in a New Hampshire home invasion detailed his crimes in letters he described as “bedtime stories” to another inmate.

The inmate, Chad Landry, says he was in the same cell block as murder defendant Steven Spader.

Prosecutors say Spader wielded a machete in the attacks that killed Kimberly Cates and severely hurt her 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie.

Landry told jurors he and Spader would pass notes back and forth by sliding books down the floor between their cells.

Spader wrote that he whacked the mother 36 times and that he could see brains, lots of blood and that her eyeball was hanging out of its socket.

Landry said he used the letters to cut a deal with prosecutors on his assault charges.

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