SALT LAKE CITY POLICE/EPA/Landov
08/06/2004 at 08:00 AM EDT
Mark Hacking is due to be arraigned on Monday and could get the death penalty for killing his pregnant wife Lori – a crime he confessed to his older brothers, according to their father, Douglas Hacking, who believes his son Mark simply "snapped."
Douglas Hacking told the details of the confession to the Salt Lake Tribune. The father said that Mark, after being confronted with the evidence that he was involved in the murder and being overwhelmed by the volunteer community effort to find his missing wife, confessed when his brothers Scott and Lance visited him at a psychiatric ward July 24.
"He decided the time was right – he had better let authorities know what happened," Douglas Hacking said.
Brother Scott Hacking told the newspaper that after Mark confessed, "My brother and I sat and hugged him for about an hour, and then we went home."
The information was reportedly relayed to police through an intermediary on July 25. Mark Hacking was arrested on Agu. 2.
"I've never seen him (Scott) hurting so much as that night, struggling with having to make that decision," said Douglas Hacking. "When it was all done, he said, 'I never felt as relieved or miserable at the same time.' It's a terrible dilemma for him to be in."
He said he believed Mark Hacking had a psychological breakdown because his wife apparently learned of his lie about having been accepted to medical school. Both Scott Hacking and Douglas Hacking are physicians, and the elder man has said his younger son probably felt pressured by the achievements of his siblings.
Police believe that three days before she vanished, Lori Hacking discovered that her husband had not been enrolled at a medical school in North Carolina, where the couple was packing to move.