Tyler Hadley Killed His Parents Because Port St. Lucie Is So Boring, Rolling Stone Says

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St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
It's tough to grow up in Florida. Things seems alright until you hit 16 and realize that shuttling between stucco strip malls leaves a little to be desired. But for Tyler Hadley, living in Port St. Lucie was so boring that he would do anything for a good time. At least that's the premise of a recent Rolling Stone article that details how the then-17-year-old murdered his parents and threw a rager while their corpses were inside the house.

According to the article, Port St. Lucie has no constructive options for teenagers, which is evinced by a slew of young criminals there, such as a marauding band of skateboarders and a group of kids who enjoyed vandalizing big-box stores. "The whole mindset is that there's nothing to do, so I'm not going to do anything but throw a party," one local told reporter Nathaniel Rich.

That's exactly what Tyler Hadley did the night he brutally murdered his parents with a hammer. Practically the whole town showed up for the party he threw afterward, despite the fact that Hadley was a relatively unknown pill-head with a history of mental illness and violence.

See also: Tyler Hadley Killed Parents With a Hammer So He Could Throw a Facebook Party, Police Say

Perhaps the most intriguing parts of Rich's article are the Facebook chats he excavated out of 1,802 pages of discovery files and sprinkled throughout the narrative. "I always prefer direct quotation to paraphrase," Rich explains. It's a powerful effect; the logs show a flat affect on the part of the teenagers that is downright horrifying.

In one online conversation, Hadley explains how his mom took his cell phone away. "Yeah she's a cunt fa sho I might kill her" he writes to a friend. "Omg no jail!! Or I mean prison! Lol," she replies in lieu of a normal, human response to a murder plot. Most of the conversations are like this -- mostly comprised of truncated thoughts with no emotional depth. Hadley spoke of killing his parents, and no one could do anything except send acronyms and emoticons back.

See also: Tyler Hadley Was on Ecstasy When He Killed His Parents

In fact, Hadley told people at the party that his parents were dead. To others, he alluded to the fact that he had committed a murder, saying he was going away for a long time. Both of his parents' cars sat in the driveway during the festivities, a fact that no one bothered to question. After Tyler confessed to his best friend, the two posed for a selfie that they uploaded to Instagram.

Not only does the article make today's teenagers seem terrible, it makes the Treasure Coast town seem like a hell hole. "The article, the way it's written, doesn't paint a very pretty picture of Port St. Lucie," Jenny Grow, city spokeswoman, told a local TV station there. Hadley's attorneys say the piece is full of sensationalism and even claimed it was inaccurate.

Rich, the author, says that he spent a considerable amount of time in West Palm Beach as a kid but had no preconceived notions about Port St. Lucie, having never traveled there before spending a week reporting the Rolling Stone piece. His theory of boredom-induced rage came from interviewing dozens of teenagers and about eight of the Hadley's neighbors.

"I think the story speaks for itself," says Rich. "I'd only add that I was amazed to learn how many kids at the party seemed to have known that Tyler's parents were dead--and kept partying anyway."

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29 comments
M.M.
M.M.

Rolling Stone articles tend to be sensational. Thats the only way they sell. It if bleeds, it leads. 


Why can't people accept that a nice suburban all American boy can turn out to be a deranged killer?    And boredom is not to blame.



Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

I think it's time to, instead of dropping a ball in Times Square, drop about 20 of these mufuckas into an olive oil boiling couldron, ALIVE!

Jay Hirschfeld
Jay Hirschfeld

The Cure-all for Boredom is Murder, or, Reason #2,516,309 Why Drugs Should Be Legal, by Rolling Stone

James Barone
James Barone

death by lethal injection eye for and eye

grantstern
grantstern topcommenter

Never ever live in a town with a lead tainted water supply.

Bill Greene
Bill Greene

Well death by lethal injection is probably boring to watch...ho hum. (I am generally against the death penalty, but in cases like these, it seems perhaps tailor made.)

Ramon Arocha
Ramon Arocha

Funny thing and my girls parent wanted to move up there and they got psycho's like this running around over there

LoWanda McFadden
LoWanda McFadden

mental illness is real. Why can't people just accept that? It has nothing to do with where you live. This kid killed his parents because he is sick in his brain.

Mônica da Silva
Mônica da Silva

I am overwhelmed by the number of teenagers who commit acts like this every day. I'm wondering what the future holds for this country, and specifically, South Florida.

Thomas Druck
Thomas Druck

Dagoberto E Castillo I think this answers my question, whether PSL is worth a visit :)

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

So he killed them NOT B/C HE WAS BORED BUT HE HAD MENTAL ISSUES



Seems like the writer is trying to connect this "fact" ( NOT) as to go along with the black criminals who a few months back ADMITTED


TO THE KO "GAME" and a person was killed



b/c THEY WERE BORED

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman

That's how I feel about Orlando . But I'm not going to kill anybody. I'll just move. Look, there's a Publix in Asheville ,NC

Alex Porro
Alex Porro

This is a trend with kids nowadays!! They're bored, so they commit these horrible acts( murder, rape, the knockout game, etc.) just to see what it's like to inflict harm on others..

Barbara Behrens
Barbara Behrens

So very sad, he should have been committed into a institution for his mental illness. Long time ago..

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Freak! Maybe Jose Baez can rep him and use the "imaginary friends" defense.

Brandon Young
Brandon Young

David McPartland Ilene McPartland Bob Mcpartland Jennifer Alfano

Ozzy Rosenberg
Ozzy Rosenberg

Public execution maybe? Maybe then people will learn that their actions do have consequences. ..

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