Man on Death Row Planned Suicide-by-Oyster

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A convicted murderer on death row in Connecticut planned to trade pepperoni pizza and raw oysters with hot sauce in exchange for fabricated information about murders that never happened, according to an interview published in the Hartford Courant. In 2007, with an accomplice, Steven J. Hayes raped and strangled Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killed her daughters Hayley and Michaela during a home invasion in Cheshire. In prison last year, Hayes claimed he had murdered seventeen other women during an earlier killing spree, then offered to trade soda and food for details. No murders had actually taken place, however, and Hayes is allergic to oysters. “I planned to eat them and have them find me dead in my cell the next morning,” he told the paper. The plan backfired. [Courant]