Thrill Kill: The Murder of Kimberly Cates
The crimes have even left an impact on the state'slegal system. Although New Hampshire holds a reputation as the most conservative state in New England, it has not executed a person since 1939. The state currently hosts only one prisoner on death row — a cop killer. Given the current state of New Hampshire law, none of this group, including Spader, would have been eligible for execution. Their ages at the time of the crime prohibited the death penalty. Beyond that, according to The Boston Globe, in New Hampshire, "Under state law, the death penalty can be imposed in the murder of a law enforcement or judicial officer, murders for hire, murder while serving a life sentence, and murders committed during kidnappings, rapes, or drug sales."
David and Jaimie Cates are alive. They stay out of the public eye and try to help each other heal. After Gribble's February trial perhaps they will be able to achieve some measure of peace.