Long Reads Pick of the Week: January 18, 2014

Tyler Hadley’s Killer Party

One of the scariest, spine-tingliest stories I’ve read – half because teenager Tyler Hadley killed his parents and then threw a party with their bodies locked in the bedroom and half because of this concluding paragraph:

On the morning after the party, the news of Tyler’s arrest spread rapidly among the teenagers who had attended the party. Mike Young and several of his friends had just returned from the beach when their phones started buzzing.

“I was like damn, brother,” says Mike. “That’s creepy as hell. I can’t believe we partied last night where there was dead people.” After Mike gave an interview to a local news reporter, he got 30 Facebook friend requests. “They were like, “I seen you on the news, bro!’ I was like, ‘Yeah, it was awesome!'”

“I wasn’t upset when I heard,” says the 16-year-old cheerleader. “I wasn’t scared, or disgusted. It’s not like I knew him personally. I was just in awe.”

When Anthony Snook found out about the Hadley murders, he thought, “Wow. I just went to the party of a lifetime. It’s messed up what he did, but 20 years from now, I’ll be able to say I was there. I hate Port St. Lucie, but that’s kind of cool.”

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