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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Mesac Damas confessed publicly Tuesday to killing his five children and wife in North Naples, and told the Daily News he wants to die and go to heaven.
“I want death,” Damas said from the back seat of the pickup truck transporting him to the Port-au-Prince airport, from where he was extradited to Miami late Tuesday.
The 33-year-old Naples man admitted to the brutal slayings of his five children and wife, Guerline Damas. The six bodies were discovered in the couple’s rented townhouse on Saturday night. Family members of the victims say their throats were cut.
Damas told a Daily News reporter in Haiti that he meant to kill himself but “lacked the courage.”
He blamed his wife and an evil spirit for causing the slayings, and he said he had found forgiveness in Christianity.
“Right now, my eyes are open,” he said.
He spoke as Haitian and American officials transported him to the airport from the Central Department of Judicial Policing, a single-level concrete station typically used for holding inmates to be deported.
As he was led through several long hallways, Damas covered his face and remained quiet when asked about the crime. He wore the same suit in which he was captured on Monday.
After stepping outside the police station, Damas was asked if he had anything to say. He paused, turned toward a Daily News reporter and told him that he wanted to be buried beside his family.
Asked if he had killed them, Damas replied in an even voice: “Yes, I did.”
Asked why, he replied “Only God knows.”
He would later say he killed his children because of their mother’s influence, as well as brainwashing and an evil spirit.
He said he didn’t kill himself as he originally planned because he didn’t have the courage, fearing that suicide would keep him out of heaven.
Earlier on Tuesday, a police official in Haiti spoke about Damas’ capture on Monday morning.
Frantz Thermilus, Director General of the Central Department of Judicial Policing, said roughly 30 of his officers surrounded the Port-au-Prince home in which Damas was staying with friends on Monday. Officers had received a tip, he said, which they relayed to those in charge of the search.
Thermilus said Haiti’s minister of justice called him on the day the family’s bodies were found, telling him to make Mesac Damas’ capture a priority.
“He knew this was going to be a big scandal,” Thermilus said.
The official said that Damas didn’t resist arrest, but told him that “evil things” caused him to kill his family. Other officers recalled similar conversations with Damas on Tuesday.
Louis Wilkins, 34, a Haitian police officer, said Damas also confessed to him about the killings during a conversation between the two.
Wilkins said Damas claimed his wife was unfaithful.
Tuesday’s transport of Mesac Damas turned into a spectator event at the police station, where officers and staffers gathered in the hallways and by the truck to witness the move. Agents from the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service joined Haitian National Police in the convoy.
A blue pickup truck, white SUV and brown pickup truck traveled the two blocks between the police station and airport.
The convoy ended on the tarmac of the airport, where an American Airlines flight awaited. The shackled Damas was led up the steps and into the plane, where he was to be seated next to two U.S. marshals.
He arrived later Tuesday in Miami, and was to return to Collier County overnight to be jailed.
Upon his return, Damas faces six counts of first-degree murder, which upon conviction would bring either life in prison or the death penalty.
Asked on Tuesday by the Daily News if he believed he would go to heaven, Damas replied, “Right now, yes, right now.”
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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