A man labelled New Zealand's first serial killer, who killed
two prostitutes and a massage parlour boss, says he has
abandoned the second "hell" personality that drove him to
commit the murders.
Hayden Poulter, now 51, was jailed for at least 15 years for
the 1996 rape and killing of prostitute Natacha Hogan,
stabbing to death of sex worker Ladda Nimphet and her boss
Herbert Richard Norris.
He told police that his second personality, "Hell", drove him
to commit the murders and also the attempted murder of
another sex worker, Angkana Chaisamret.
He became eligible for parole in 2011, but has so far been
denied an early release.
In his latest appearance before the parole board, Poulter
said he had let go of the Hell persona, which he had adopted
to avoid responsibility for his offending, and it would not
He said he used the persona to avoid dealing with a variety
of emotions, including those resulting from his wife and
child leaving him.
Board convenor Marion Frater said it was a significant
development, but it would need to be looked at by a
Poulter had earlier expressed remorse for the killings. He
will appear before the board again in October.