August 12, 2004 08:00 AM

A letter from Lori Hacking to her husband, suspected murderer Mark Hacking, was revealed by Salt Lake City police on Wednesday, showing that she had pleaded with him to change his ways.

“I want to grow old with you, but I can’t do it under these conditions,” she wrote in a typewritten letter discovered by police at the same time they found a blood-stained hunting knife in the couple’s apartment, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

“I hate coming home from work because it hurts to be home in our apartment,” she wrote. “I can’t imagine life with you if things don’t change. … I got someone I don’t want to spend the rest of my life with unless changes are made.”

Police are not aware of the date of the message, though there is the possibility that it could be related to Lori’s July 16 discovery her husband had been lying to her and others about his going off to medical school.

Search warrants reveal that police immediately grew suspicious of Mark when he purchased a queen-size mattress just minutes after he called them in a panic to report Lori missing.

Asked about the new mattress, Mark Hacking allegedly told investigators he had to dispose of the old one because his wife had bled on it during menstruation.

Lori Hacking’s body, which police believe is somewhere in a landfill, has yet to be recovered.

According to a probable cause statement released this week, prosecutors have filed a first-degree murder charge against Mark Hacking, 28, who allegedly confessed to his brothers that he killed his wife by shooting her in the head with a .22-caliber rifle. The charge carries a possible penalty of five years to life in prison.

Hacking also was charged with three counts of obstructing justice. Each carries a possible sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

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