BOSTON (AP) _ A Boston-area man who police say killed his family said in a note that he should have been “writing a book”  about living with his wife’s dysfunctional family instead of letting it fester “until one murderous night.”

Details of the letter written by Thomas Mortimer IV and found at the slaying scene are contained in a nine-page statement of the case filed by prosecutors. The statement was made public Tuesday after The Associated Press and other media fought efforts by Mortimer’s defense to have it impounded.

The documents also say Mortimer’s wife questioned him about a bounced check hours before the slayings.

Mortimer is accused of fatally stabbing his wife, Laura Stone Mortimer, her mother and their two children in their Winchester home in June. The Avon, Conn., native has pleaded not guilty.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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