In possibly the most convoluted suicide plot of all-time, Connecticut resident and prisoner Steven Hayes—already on death row for the 2007 Cheshire home invasion killings—lied about 17 additional murders and several date rapes just to take his own life. Hayes hoped that he’d be able to barter information about the fictitious crimes for oysters that he would use to kill himself. He's allergic to shellfish.
Despite confessing to the Hartford Courant to clear his mind, many doubted his story from the jump. Judge Jon C. Blue says that if this were all fact, Hayes would be “one of the great serial killers in modern American history.” Hayes did not get his wish, and while he still wishes for a swift end to his misery, he remains stranded on death row.