HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) — Convicted Cheshire home invasion killer Steven Hayes apparently wrote a suicide note before he was found unresponsive this week in his cell at Northern Correctional Institution. The Hartford Courant reports receiving the note from Hayes Wednesday. two days after Hayes was rushed to a hospital, and six days after it was dated.
Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky were convicted of the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley and Michaela in 2007, and both were sentenced to death.
The paper reports that Hayes wrote the letter, assuming it would be received after his death, calling the prison — in his words — a psychological torture chamber. He referred to allegations he made in a federal civil rights complaint more than a year ago, charging harassment and cruelty — saying those were the conditions that prompted his action. His lawyer told the paper that some correction officers have targeted Hayes.
In the note, Hayes claimed to feel genuine guilt and remorse for his crime. He is currently recovering from an overdose of medication.
Prison officials told the Courant that Hayes has a nine-page disciplinary record during his time in state prisons, dating back 25 years.