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On October 3, 2009 Friends and family ...
BOOKMARK DAMAS SECTION
NAPLES — In a North Naples home, detectives discovered a crime scene that was covered in blood.
Within an SUV parked at Miami International Airport, they swabbed samples of suspected blood from the front seats and the cargo area.
And on a voicemail machine at a Lely home, investigators heard a sobbing voice believed to be that of Mesac Damas, explaining to his father that he had hit his wife and that she might not wake up.
New details in the Damas family killings, released in three search warrants, show the brutality of the slayings and offer evidence in the arrest of suspect Mesac Damas.
Damas, 33, was charged with the Sept. 19 homicides of his wife and five children. He confessed publicly to the killings while being moved from a jail in Haiti.
Collier County sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies after entering the home, at 864 Hampton Circle, on Sept. 19.
Before they could further search the home, investigators needed to obtain a warrant, which required a sworn statement about the crime scene.
The affidavit gave the following details:
Deputies first noticed blood pooling in front of a closed closet door under the stairwell. When they opened the door, they discovered “a deceased black female bound with what appeared to be a white extension cord.” Her head was covered by a black plastic bag.
In a second-floor bedroom, they found the body of a male child, face down on a blood-soaked mattress. In a nearby room, the bodies of the four other children were found. All had “severe neck lacerations.”
After obtaining the warrant, investigators collected numerous suspected blood samples throughout the house. Samples were taken from rooms, walls, mattresses and banisters. Samples were also taken from shoes, furniture and dolls, as well as a wedding photo.
Haiti passports for Guerline Damas and Mesac Damas were collected from a living room shelf. From the same shelf, detectives found two pieces of paper with lists: One was ‘Ten things I love about you,’ and the other was ‘Ten things I hate about you.’
Deputies found a box cutter at the scene, and they discovered an empty knife sheath.
Damas’ SUV, a black GMC Yukon Denali, yielded other suspected blood samples. Most were taken from the driver and front passenger seats. Others were taken from the cargo area and the exterior.
A green Publix shirt with suspected blood was collected from the cargo area. Guerline Damas worked at a Publix in Naples.
Mesac Damas is believed to have taken a flight from Miami International Airport to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday, Sept. 18, the day before the bodies were found. He purchased a one-way ticket, according to detectives.
A voicemail recorded on the same morning was collected from the home of Mesac Damas’ father, Jean Damas.
According to the affidavit for a search of the home, on Martin Street in Naples, “Mesac was crying in the message and stated that the family needed to be strong.”
He then explained in the voicemail that he had been in a fight with his wife, had hit her and that he didn’t believe she was going to wake up, the affidavit says.
DAMAS FAMILY KILLINGS COVERAGE
ONE YEAR LATER:
- Year after slayings of Guerline Damas, five kids, relatives ask ‘did it really, really happen?’
- Confessed killer Mesac Damas wants to die, so should court system let him?
- Damas family slayings: Year later, still haunting lives of friends, family, deputies
- Jail phone call: Accused killer Mesac Damas talks to father about his slain family, Satan and adultery
MESAC DAMAS CONFESSION VIDEO:
DAILY NEWS STAFF JOURNALISTS TALK ABOUT THE CASE:
- THE FIELD: Naples Daily News staff writer describes how he obtained an interview with Mesac Damas
- THE FIELD: Visual Journalist Greg Kahn discusses being the first journalist at the Damas crime scene, and other observations from the field.
- THE FIELD: Staff Writer Steven Beardsley answers questions about his interview with Mesac Damas