The Mont Vernon Murder
The Mont Vernon Murder was a “Thrill Killing” that attracted national and international attention due to the brutality of the killers’ crimes, the apparent lack of remorse of the murder’s mastermind Steven Spader, and the ages of the thrill killers when they committed murder.
October 4th – The Thrill
On October 4, 2009, 17-year-old Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble murdered Kimberly Cates and severely maimed her 10-year-old daughter Jamie during a home invasion in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.
Both victims were assaulted with a machete. Steven Spader admitted to hacking Kimberley Cates to death with 36 blows to the head and torso.
A former Boy Scout, Spader was a high school dropout who passed the GED high school equivalency exam. Steven Spader had formed a club he called “The Disciples of Destruction” shortly before the murder, to whom he recruited his confederates.
Spader designed a logo with the initials D.O.D. Steven told his recruits that the home invasion was to be a rite of “initiation” for club members.
Life In Prison For All
Both Steven Spader and Gribble were sentenced to life in prison, while three other accomplices are also serving prison time.
Because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Miller v. Alabama ruling that circumscribed the sentencing of minors to life sentences, both Steven Spader and Gribble were granted sentencing rehearings. Apparently content with his life sentence, Spader informed his attorneys during an April 2013 re-sentencing hearing that he did not want a reduction in sentence, describing himself as “the most sick and twisted person you’ll ever meet.” He did not appear at the hearing.
The State of New Hampshire claimed that Steven Spader lacked remorse, considering it “unnecessary” and a form of weakness, and likely would commit more crimes upon release from prison.
Steven Spader Drops His Appeals
His sentence of life plus 76 years was upheld. In May 2013, the New Hampshire Supreme Court allowed Steven Spader to drop the appeal of his conviction.
His appellate attorney told the press that Spader did not want to appeal for “personal and moral reasons.”
Spader was moved to a New Jersey prison in February 2014 and subsequently sustained injuries in a prison fight.
In October 2014, Gribble sought a reduction in his sentence based on his young age but the court did not rule immediately.
The murder led to the New Hampshire legislature expanding the crimes punishable by the death penalty to include murder during a home invasion.
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