PITTSFIELD -- Accused murderer Caius Veiovis has sent a letter to The Eagle from jail in which he chastises the media for reporting that he took his name from the "Twilight" movie series. And in a terse postscript, Veiovis expressed sorrow to the families of the victims in a triple murder case he has been charged in.
"I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families involved in this tragic case. The deceased are not the only victims here," Veiovis stated in the postscript.
The letter, dated Oct. 16, was received Monday at The Eagle.
It is not clear what Veiovis meant by "not the only victims here."
A call to his attorney, James Gavin Reardon Jr. of Worcester, was not immediately returned.
Veiovis, 31, of Pittsfield, and two other men are facing three counts each of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation in the August deaths of three Pittsfield men.
Veiovis, who has horn implants, facial tattoos, sharpened teeth and a split tongue, among other body modifications, legally changed his name from Roy C. Gutfinski Jr. to Caius Domitius Veiovis in 2008.
The main thrust of Veiovis' letter focuses on what has been written in the media about the origin of his name. The letter is penned in a highly stylized hand, and he signed his name with an upside-down cross and "666" beneath that. His forehead is tattooed with "666," which the Bible says is "the number of the beast."
Currently being housed in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction without bail, Veiovis states in his letter that he has been "cut off from access to the media," but believed there were reports alleging his first name came from "Twilight," the popular series of vampire-themed books and movies.
While The Eagle never linked his name to the "Twilight" series, several other media outlets have.
"Pop culture inspires me to vomit hot blood," Veiovis wrote, adding that he wouldn't waste his time "even now" reading the series of books.
Veiovis explained that his first and middle names -- Caius Domitius -- were inspired by "the great Roman emperors Caligula and Nero," and his last name is from "an ancient Etruscan daemon."
Veiovis has a long relationship with the judicial system -- he was first arrested at age 13 for carrying a knife -- and with the occult. He has told authorities he is a vampire and worships the devil.
Earlier in life, Veiovis allegedly revealed to staff at a juvenile detention facility that a nun had called him "psycho" and "evil" and told him that he would grow up to be a murderer, according to court documents.
He later served 7 1/2 years of a 10-year prison sentence in Maine on elevated assault charges for a ritual blood-letting ceremony involving a 16-year-old girl.
Veiovis, Adam Lee Hall, 34, of Peru, and David Chalue, 44, of North Adams, are accused of the kidnapping and murder of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell.
Authorities said the victims were taken Aug. 28 from the Linden Street home that Glasser and Frampton shared, and they later were killed and buried in a trench on private property in Becket.
The crimes allegedly were committed to keep Glasser from testifying against Hall, a member of the local chapter of the Hells Angels, in a kidnapping and assault case set for trial in September.
Police said Frampton and Chadwell were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A fourth defendant, David Casey, of Canaan, N.Y., has been charged as an accessory to the crimes for allegedly helping to bury the bodies by using an excavator.
All four men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Text of the letter
To whom it may or may not concern,
Due to current circumstances I have been cut off from access to the media. Though I do hear tell and I hear that it has been printed that I took my name from the movie "Twilight." Pop culture inspires me to vomit hot blood and I promise you I have never seen this silly movie, nor have I read the books, nor would I ever -- even now -- waste my time with such useless drivel. My first and middle chosen names were inspired and taken from the great Roman emperors Caligula and Nero, my last -- from an ancient Etruscan daemon. Anyone who knows me should have told you this -- I suggest you check your sources.
Caius Domitius Veiovis
Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction
467 Cheshire RD
Pittsfield, MA. 01201
P.S. I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families involved in this
tragic case. The deceased are not the only victims here.
Read a PDF of the actual letter here:
Caius Veiovis Letter