Find a list of your saved stories here

News / 

More Details Revealed as Hacking Case Ends

More Details Revealed as Hacking Case Ends


Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

Tonya Papanikolas Reporting In the midst of yesterday's sentencing for Mark Hacking, some new details were revealed about how he carried out his crime, and the lies that led up to it.

For so long, people wondered how Lori's car got to Memory Grove, to what extent he carried his lies about school, and how much Lori had learned the night she died. Yesterday many of those questions were answered.

Lori Hacking may not have known about her husband's lies in the beginning, but Mark's family says she learned everything the night she was killed.

Douglas Hacking, Mark Hacking's Father: "As you can imagine, Lori was deeply hurt. She didn't go directly to bed. They talked for over an hour. And she kept asking him, why?"

Hacking's attorney said Mark didn't like the pain he'd caused her and wanted to help, out of love.

Gil Athay, Mark Hacking's Attorney: "Came across the gun and in the briefest of moments, that was the solution."

Mark described to Athay being in a fantasy-like state of mind that night, wondering if he'd dreamed the killing. The next night he ended up at the Chase Motel, reportedly running naked outside. His lawyer says that's where he tried to commit suicide.

Gil Athay: "He had overdosed. He had gone to the store, bought some medication, bought some alcohol, and believed the synergistic effect of the two would result in his death."

Instead, it put him in a state of delirium and he was taken to the hospital.

Thelma Soares says it's hard to separate her own life from the lies Mark Hacking told. On the day he was supposed to graduate from the University of Utah Hacking faked sick. Thelma says he appeared so ill she had to drive him to pick up the prescription his father had called in. She says Mark often talked about his classes and stored textbooks in her garage. She even helped him with a term paper and grad school essay.

Eraldo Soares, Lori Hacking's Father: "Mark, he was a heck of a good liar, let me tell you right now."

Hacking visited several medical schools to "interview." Thelma says he stayed with one of her family members in New York when he claimed to have an interview at Columbia University, and afterwards told everyone, including Lori, how well it went.

Douglas Hacking, Mark Hacking's Father: "Mark told everyone that he had been accepted to four schools and deliberated which to attend."

Gil Athay also confirmed yesterday that Hacking had driven Lori's car to Memory Grove and then walked home. The judge revealed Hacking had also tried to discard evidence in five different dumpsters.

Most recent News stories

STAY IN THE KNOW

Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast