COLLIER COUNTY — He asked his family to pray for him.
He spoke about turning his back on God and the power of Satan. He admitted to being unfaithful in his marriage.
And at the end, Mesac Damas asked his father for a photograph of his wife and kids — the same people he has confessed to violently killing just shy of a year ago inside their North Naples home.
During a 15-minute collect telephone call from the Collier County jail to his father Jean on July 4, Damas, 34, asked how his family was doing and talked briefly about his life behind bars. But for most of the conversation — if you could call it that — Damas lectured his father about religion and his interpretation of the Bible, which he claims to have read “about 15 times, from Genesis to the Apocalypse” since his arrest in Haiti last year.
The Daily News obtained an audio recording of the conversation, and had it professionally translated from Creole to English. Although Damas does not explain why he killed his family, and doesn’t exactly show remorse for doing so, the conversation sheds some light on Damas’ mindset as he bides his time inside a cold and empty jail cell, rediscovers his faith, and comes to terms with what he believes will be his ultimate judgment.
“There is not a lot of time until I am gone, you understand,” Damas told his father. “So ... you know, I love my wife very much. I love my kids very much, and I cannot live without them, so I am calling to ask you to pray, pray, because each person has their own personal life to save.”
Jean Damas, the more emotional of the two speakers, told his son that family members are “all waiting, suffering.” He said his wife, Mesac Damas’ mother, “is not good.”
“You don’t need to worry about me,” Mesac Damas said, “just worry about them only.”
They talked about sin, damnation and death. Some of the conversation veered from traditional religion to evil spirits — witches that Mesac Damas said “were trying to eat me,” and a strange reference to “the big butterfly” that “dropped a bunch of stuff on me.”
“I was raised in the gospel, born in the gospel, so you gave me, you did all you could, you and mom, you did all you could,” Mesac Damas tells his father, “because strength of character, you could give someone education, but the person has to have his own strength of character and live with that. You did all you could, and I thank you very much.”
Damas refers to the killings of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, 32, and their five children, Morgan, 19 months; Megan, 3 years; Marven, 5; Maven, 6; and Meshach “Zack,” 9, as “this big crime on my head, a load I cannot carry.” But he doesn’t come across as particularly remorseful and, in fact, seems more concerned about his own judgment by God.
Jean Damas repeatedly tells his son that “as soon as you confess your sins, God is ready to forgive you.”
“I don’t ask for anything at all, but I ask God to give me a chance so that I can live again, even if I am going through a lot of suffering here on Earth, even if I die,” Mesac Damas said.
Satan, Mesac Damas tells his father, is powerful and will seduce you and destroy your family.
“I told God, ever since I married my wife, I don’t want to get involved with other women anymore, I don’t want to give anyone any troubles anymore,” he said. “But I did not keep my promise. I left the church, I left the church, and I started to do bad things. Adultery is a big thing.
“God says, even he says that he will punish you if you commit adultery.”
He said he did not kill himself “because the way things happened was not only for me to kill my wife and kids but also to kill myself too. But everything, everything I tried so I could kill myself, I could not. You understand, if I had a weapon, it would have been easier to kill myself.”
Still, Mesac Damas told his father that he didn’t expect to live for more than two or three months. It would be better to die than to remain in jail, where he said he is mistreated.
“You lost seven children,” he told his father. “You can consider me gone too, because, me, I am not here anymore.”
Mesac Damas described his living conditions as a cold room with a mattress on the floor and no pillows and no clothes “to put around your neck and kill yourself.” Damas, who is residing in the jail’s medical unit where the Collier County Sheriff’s Office reports he receives no visitors other than his attorney and medical staff, told his father he is surrounded by “crazy people.”
“There is a partner next to me here. He is going crazy,” Mesac Damas said. “He is banging his head against the walls since the day before yesterday, blood coming out of his head. He is breaking his head. And I am praying.”
Being the most high-risk and high-profile inmate in the jail, Damas’ opportunities to make phone calls are limited, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. After an inmate’s initial phone call, all additional phone calls are collect, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
“He does not have as much access as everyone else because everything has to be planned out,” Rambosk said.
During their conversation, Mesac Damas, who is facing six counts of premeditated murder, told his father that he loves him very much, and said “this may be the last time I am speaking with you.” He ends the call with one final request.
“Send a picture of my wife and kids for me please dad,” he said, “please, do that for me.”
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- 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