Thrill Kill: The Murder of Kimberly Cates
'Jaimie, is That You?'
It started with a sound in the early morning hours of October 4, 2009. The mother detected a presence in the bedroom where she and her 11-year-old daughter, Jaimie, lay sleeping.
"Jaimie, is that you?" Kim Cates called into night, reaching for the bedside lamp.
The screams of alarm and pain turned to pleas: "You don't have to do this. Please stop."
Toward the end, as their assailants neared the end of their hacking, dark slaughter, after the pleas had met no compassion, the mother began to console her daughter, even as she struggled falteringly to defend them from the rain of blows. "Everything is going to be okay," she muttered amidst the attack.
It wasn't, though. A few final, wild swings of the blade and then the mother's head was pulled sharply back and her throat slit. Her daughter was lifted and thrown across the room, shattering a glass door before lying still, apparently dead. One more blow of the machete on the daughter's inert body, the blade mixing her blood with her mother's, and the assault was over.
Jaimie, Kimberly's 11-year-old daughter, sustained massive injuries as well; she was struck at least 18 times, leaving no part of her body untouched. The blows severed part of her left foot. Her skull was split open, and the force of one of the blows shattered her jaw. But by playing dead she survived. After her assailants left the house, she struggled to the kitchen, blood-soaked and terrified, and managed to summons the police to the scene of the most brutal, seemingly random and senseless crime in the history of Mont Vernon, N.H.