A Summitville man serving a life sentence for the grisly slaying of a Pikeville woman has written to the Manchester Times to give his side of events.
Early last year, Gregory Scott Hale, 37, of Pete Sain Road, made a plea of guilty to first-degree premeditated murder in the June 8, 2014 death of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Hyder.
Along with the murder charge, Hale also had faced charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
According to Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott, Hale also admitted to cannibalism in the case.
Hale recently made headlines after a victim advocate in Texas claimed that the Summitville man had been advertising personal item on the website www.truecrimeauctionhouse.com.
However, Hale told the Times that he had not been advertising the items on the website.
“Those drawings and goatee I sent to a friend (be)cause they wanted something from me to remember me by,” Hale wrote. “They said they were not going to sell those items.”
Hale also took issue with Northcott “so freely exploiting my case” by saying he wanted to “fulfill an obsession” to kill and dismember a person “because of my Facebook page.”
“I was into horror and gore and I love shock value that does not mean I had an ‘obsession,’” Hale wrote. “I worked at a haunted attraction in Manchester during the month of October – Halloween.”
He also claimed he made masks and “other special effects props for the haunted woods I worked at.”
“One of my props I was working on was a dismembered female, but that don’t mean I had an obsession to really do it,” Hale said.
Says death accident
Hale also claims that the Manchester police and Northcutt “left out” how he claimed the death “was accidental and that I did try reviving the girl …”
“..(W)hen she never came to I freaked out and was drunk on both clear and dark liquor and also had been drinking beer all day and I made a bad choice and dismembered her to hide her instead of calling 911,” Hale wrote.
Hale also claims that in his statement to police, “I told them how the girl had said several times how she was dying of cancer and didn’t care about living anymore and was wanting to die and even asked me to kill her several times.”
“They never said none of that while they so freely exploited my case to the press and media tainting any way of me getting a fair trial if my case went that far,” Hale wrote.
Hale continued to write that “you people in the press and media should not be given any details (be)cause yalls (sic) exploitation hurts people’s defense.”
“Yall (sic) only put up the bad,” Hale wrote. “I have been told by a couple of people who really know me and who wrote positive things about me or said positive things and for some reason that never gets published.
“But people who don’t really know me that speaks only diluted B.S. that is second hand B.S. and bad about me yall (sic) want to smear that all over the paper.”
Hale wrote he “should have been given a manslaughter charge, but the D.A. made it a witch trial (be)cause of my religion.”
Published reports had described Hale as being a Satanist.
“Another thing yall (sic) so freely exploited about me that tainted my case cause of living in the Bible Belt little town.”
Hale also said if the press wanted to know what really happened, he would be glad to be interviewed at the Turney Center in Only, Tenn., saying he wants his side of the story heard.
For information on the Hale’s trial click here