How Tyler Hadley Murdered His Parents So He Could Throw A Party

On July 16, 2011, more than 60 people descended on Tyler Hadley’s home and partied for hours, unaware that his parents’ bodies were hidden just behind their bedroom door.

Tyler Hadley, a 17-year-old from Port St. Lucie, Florida, posted a status on Facebook at 1:15 p.m. on July 16, 2011: “party at my crib tonight…maybe.”

There was only one issue. Hadley’s parents had returned home. And, having recently grounded Hadley for excessive drinking and drug use, they weren’t about to let their adolescent son throw a party. Some of his friends were taken aback. When asked if it was true, Hadley responded, “dk man im workin on it.”

However, by 8:15 p.m., the party had begun. Tyler confirmed the party on his Facebook page, writing, “party at my house hmu.” “What if your parents come home?” one of his friends inquired. “They won’t trust me,” Hadley replied.

That’s because Hadley had just assassinated both of his parents. Their bodies were barely cold when he posted on Facebook. And the adolescent wanted to hold a party at the crime scene.

Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley’s Brutal Murder

Tyler Hadley killed both of his parents calmly before inviting 60 people to his house for a party.

Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley had been concerned about their son for several years. Tyler had been to a psychiatrist and a substance abuse program for help.

Nothing was working. As a result, when Tyler drove home drunk one night, Mary-Jo confiscated his car and phone as a punishment.

Tyler exploded. He told his best friend, Michael Mandell, that he intended to murder his mother. Mandell dismissed the statement as something an angry adolescent would say. He had no idea Tyler would go through with it.

Blake and Mary Jo Hadley are Tyler’s parents.

Tyler, on the other hand, devised a strategy on July 16. He began by stealing his parents’ phones. They couldn’t call for help that way. Then, around 5 p.m., he took some ecstasy. Tyler was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to carry out his plan sober.

In the garage, Hadley discovered a hammer. Tyler stared at the back of Mary-head Jo’s for five minutes while she sat at the computer. The hammer was then swung.

Mary-Jo turned around and yelled, “Why?”

Blake dashed into the room after hearing the screams. Blake echoed his wife’s inquiry. Tyler retorted, “Why the fuck not?” Tyler then murdered his father.

The room where he stashed his parents’ bodies

Tyler Hadley dragged his parents’ bodies into their bedroom after murdering them. He cleaned up the crime scene by strewing bloody towels and Clorox wipes all over the bed. Finally, he threw a party for his friends.

The so-called “Killer Party” Tyler Hadley’s House

Tyler Hadley put out the invitation to the party shortly after cleaning up the crime scene — around sunset. More than 60 people had arrived at Tyler Hadley’s house by midnight. None of them realized Hadley’s parents’ bodies were in the other room.

High schoolers urinated on the neighbor’s lawn, played beer pong in the kitchen, and rubbed cigarettes into the walls.

Hadley initially tried to stop the teens from smoking inside, but eventually gave in. His parents, he explained, were in Orlando. Hadley then changed his story about his parents. “They don’t live here,” he told one of the guests. “This is my residence.”

Later that night, Hadley approached his best friend, Michael Mandell. “Mike, I murdered my parents,” Hadley admitted. Mandell responded in disbelief, “No you didn’t, Tyler. Shut up. “What are you on about?”

Tyler Hadley and Michael Mandell at Tyler’s party, shortly after Tyler revealed to Mandell that he had just murdered his parents.

Hadley insisted they were no longer alive. “Look at the driveway,” he said to Mandell, “every car is there.” My parents are not present in Orlando. “I murdered my parents.”

Mandell assumed it was a joke. Hadley then led his friend to the bedroom where he’d hidden the bodies.

“I turn the doorknob while the party is going on over here,” Mandell recalls. “When I looked down, I noticed his father’s leg against the door.” Mandell became aware that his friend was telling the truth.

Mandell did not immediately leave the party. In shock, he took a selfie with Hadley, knowing it would be the last time he saw her.

Mandell then left the party and contacted Crime Stoppers to report the murders.

Tyler Hadley’s Arrest and Conviction

On July 17, 2011, at 4:24 a.m., Michael Mandell left an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers. Tyler Hadley, he claimed, murdered both of his parents with a hammer.

Police rushed to the Hadley residence. When the cops arrived, the party was still going on, and Hadley claimed his parents were out of town and refused to let them in. Despite Hadley’s protests, they made an emergency entrance.

According to the arrest affidavit, “Tyler appeared nervous, frantic, and very talkative while speaking to the officers.”

Beer bottles were discovered all over the house by the cops. The floor was littered with unrolled cigars, and the furniture had been thrown around. They discovered dried blood on the walls as well.

When officers forced open the bedroom door, they discovered dining chairs and a coffee table thrown on the bed. Blake Hadley’s body was discovered under the furniture. They discovered Mary-body Jo’s nearby.

Tyler Hadley was arrested on suspicion of murder. Hadley was sentenced to life in prison three years later by a court.

Tyler sentenced to life in prison.

Hadley had considered suicide if the police had not arrived. He kept a stash of Percocet pills in his room.

But for the moment, whether it was the ecstasy, the party, or the murder, he was in a good mood. He even posted on his wall one last time at 4:40 a.m., just as police were on their way to his house: “party at my house again hmu.”


The Hadley house was demolished in April 2015.

This is, of course, a murder story (both matricide and patricide). But there’s a lot more to the story. Tyler and his older brother, Ryan, were the children of these loving parents.

Ryan Hadley was left as Tyler’s legal guardian, executor of his parents’ estate, and a loving son who was tasked with the monumental task of grieving his parents’ death while navigating a new relationship with his younger brother at the age of 23. Ryan has written an excellent book about dealing with tragedies like this called Thousand Fireflies: Living in the Aftermath of My Parents’ Murders.


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