Convicted murderer Steven Hayes mailed a letter to representatives of The Courant recently. The one-page letter, dated Sept. 29, 2012 was handwritten in small capital letters except his signature. Following are two key excerpts, the rest of the letter was blurred because of privacy issues. "I declared to my defense team and the DOC that I was going to petition to waive my direct appeal and go to the death chamber." "I cannot live with the intense tourcher [sic], torment, harrassment, and the resulting psychological trauma dished out by the Dept. of Corr. staff here at Northern."