BOOKMARK DAMAS SECTION
NAPLES — Bound by rope and muffled with duct tape, Guerline Damas pleaded to speak with her enraged husband, according to a sworn statement released by the courts over the weekend.
Mesac Damas told a U.S. official in Haiti after his capture that when he removed the duct tape, his wife told him she loved him and begged him not to hurt the children, the statement says.
He said he had second thoughts but then realized if he let her go she would call police and his kids would be taken away, according to his confession to authorities.
Days later, Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies would find the bodies of Guerline Damas, 32, and the couple’s five children, who ranged in age from 19 months to 9 years. Each had been stabbed multiple times, and their throats had been cut. Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk called the deaths the “most horrific and violent event” in the community’s history.
Damas now sits in a Collier County jail, in the medical unit on high risk and suicide watch, charged with six counts of pre-meditated murder. Damas will be arraigned in circuit court on Oct. 26.
Days after the bodies were found, Mesac Damas was detained by the Haitian Police. He publicly confessed to the slayings, telling a Naples Daily News reporter “I did it” when asked if he killed his wife and five children.
Only a day before, FBI special agent Peter Kolshorn interviewed Damas. The agent transcribed the suspect’s confession, which Damas signed and told the special agent that “bad spirits” made him kill his wife and children.
The special agent’s transcription was provided to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. As part of the agency’s investigation, Sheriff’s Office Detective Andrew Henchesmoore provided Collier County Judge Vince Murphy a sworn statement with details of the slayings.
As he told the reporter, Damas reiterated to Kolshorn that he deserves death for killing his family. He said if he had a gun he would take his own life, he stated in the confession after waving his Miranda rights.
Mesac Damas told investigators that his rage started after Guerline Damas told him on two different occasions that she was leaving and taking the kids with her.
Damas told her “only death will separate us, only death,” according to the sworn statement. He said they started arguing in the home on Sept. 17. He told her “never” when she said she was leaving.
Mesac Damas then went to work at the Miller’s Ale House, only to leave early. When he arrived home, Guerline Damas asked Mesac Damas to sign some immigration papers and then told him again that she was leaving.
That’s when he became angry, grabbing a knife and some rope and tying her up, according to the sworn statement.
He said in the sworn statement that he contemplated many scenarios including killing the kids in front of her and burning down the house with him and the kids inside.
He also said in the sworn statement that he thought about sparing the childrens’ lives until he realized that if he did, the custody of his children would go to his mother-in-law, who he could not stand.
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Staff Writer Aisling Swift contributed to this story.
DAMAS FAMILY KILLINGS COVERAGE
ONE YEAR LATER:
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- 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