By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011) — Bits and pieces of the now-notorious Pittsfield Triple Murders continue to float in the air, in reality, and in cyberspace.
Capeless Deserves Some Slack — If and only until evidence to the contrary emerges, the most credible source of information on protection provided to witnesses in the Adam “Leo” Hall cases is Berkshire County DA David Capeless. Yesterday, in an exclusive interview with THE PLANET, Capeless made clear that his office not only provided protection requested by witnesses but also proactively reached out to witnesses, especially after Hall was released on bail. Having no reason to believe otherwise, THE PLANET joins those who have vouched for Capeless and the work of his office in connection their handling of the Hall prosecution.
Then There’s the Question of Bail — The most pressing question at the moment is that of Hall’s bail. Which judge granted it? When? Why? What were the reasons? Who put up the quarter million dollars to spring Hall from custody? Who was liable to pay if he had skipped? Will Central Berkshire District Court comment on any of these questions. Will the clerk magistrate release documents so that the public can have answers and help us understand how Hall was deemed safe to release, albeit after paying a hefty bail. As we know, Hall is one of three men now faced with murder. Would three men now be alive had officials kept Hall locked up, erring on the side of caution?
The Boring Broadsheet Turns in Its Most Pathetic Performance Yet — Can the Boring Broadsheet, The Paper Formerly Known as The Berkshire Eagle, sink any lower? Here it literally has a sensational story fall into its lap: A grisley triple murder, in its hometown, involving many exotic elements (see Kennebunk Journal story below), the stuff of National Enquirer, except they are facts. And yet, it’s first-day follow to the story on the arraignment of three suspects is to focus on the instant celebrity of one of the trio. ANY, repeat, ANY newspaper with an ounce of ink in its system would assign a team of reporters, full time, to track down the many angles of this case. THE PLANET sat down with a reporter friend (not from the BB, by the way) and we brainstormed a such dozen story leads. Once again, the BB has failed the citizens of Pittsfield and Berkshire County. It trivializes the Story of the Millennium into one about the makeup of Goatboy.
Caius, You Can’t call Him Ray — Speaking of the most infamous of the three alleged killers, it has been learned that Caius Veiovis in July 2008 legally changed his name from Roy Gutfinski Jr. while serving time in Maine State Prison.
The Kennebunk Journal reported this in a story yesterday, bylined by Betty Adams. Adams’ story also had more details about Veiovis’ previous criminal past. We present her story in full, but first, we run this picture of Veiovis, taken in 1999 in Waterville, Maine, District Court when he was known as Roy Gutfinski.
This is what Caius Veiovis looked like in 1999, when he was Roy Gutfinski Jr. Photo was taken in Waterville, Maine, District Court. (Credit Photo to the Kennebunk Journal)
Here is Adams’ story:
One of three men facing triple murder charges in Massachusetts was convicted in 2000 in Augusta in a sensational case that included blood-letting and overtones of vampirism.
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Caius Veiovis, also known as Roy Gutfinski, second from left, stands during his arraignment in Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield, Mass., on Monday, on charges including murder and kidnapping of three men whose remains were found on Saturday.
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Caius Veiovis was known as Roy Gutfinski when he appeared in Waterville District Court in 1999 as a 19-year-old.
Staff file photo by Ron Maxwell
Then, he was known as Roy Gutfinski Jr. of Augusta.
Today, after a legal name change in July 2008 while a Maine State Prison inmate, his name is Caius Domitius Veiovis.
Veiovis, 31, pleaded not guilty in a Pittsfield, Mass., courtroom Monday to three counts each of murder, kidnapping and intimidation of witnesses, according to a court clerk.
He is being held without bail and is to return to court Oct. 12.
James G. Reardon Jr., the court-appointed attorney for Veiovis, was unavailable Tuesday.
In news accounts published in Massachusetts, Reardon said he had received little information about the slayings or Veiovis’ alleged participation.
Veiovis and two other men — Adam Lee Hall, 34, allegedly a sergeant-at-arms of the local Hells Angels chapter; and David Chalue, 44 — are charged with killing David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell on or about Aug. 28.
“This is a pending case,” Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless said Tuesday. “There is very little I can say about it.”
His office issued a statement earlier this week announcing investigators had found the remains of three men who had been missing for two weeks, and charged three others.
He said officials still are investigating the association among all the men.
The penalty in Massachusetts for a first-degree murder conviction is life in prison without parole.
Veiovis served almost 71⁄2 years of a 10-year sentence in Maine on convictions in 2000 for elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and reckless conduct.
He was 19 and still known as Gutfinski when he sliced open the back of a 16-year-old girl, then licked the blood with another girl while they kissed.
The cutting was done by Gutfinski’s girlfriend, also 16, police said. The razor cut along the victim’s back required 32 stitches to close, according to court documents.
At Gutfinski’s waived-jury trial in 2000, prosecutor Alan Kelley portrayed Gutfinski as a member of the “Goths,” a group of people who wore dark clothes and practiced self-mutilation and some blood-licking or blood-drinking.
“Roy Gutfinski Jr. perceived himself (as) and claimed to be a Satanic worshipper, claimed to police he was a vampire and drank blood, his own as well as other persons’, as often as possible,” Kelley said in the courtroom.
Kelley and witnesses described Gutfinski’s apartment on Water Street as dark and dungeonlike with darkened windows, bones scattered about, pictures of bodies on the walls and razor blades throughout the apartment.
When police searched the apartment, they found a library book on human anatomy under a fish tank that housed a snake, and an ax near a wooden chair.
Kelley said the cutting victim met Gutfinski and his girlfriend downtown two days before the incident occurred.
Neither Gutfinski’s girlfriend nor the victim wanted Gutfinski prosecuted, and he did not testify in his own defense.
After his conviction, but before sentencing, Gutfinski took a razor to his own arms while in jail and needed 200 stitches to close the wounds.
Court records show he has had a series of mental evaluations over the years.
For the cutting incident, Gutfinski was sentenced on July 3, 2000, to 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended, and four years’ probation.
He served the initial term of incarceration, then returned to prison several times for violating probation. Some of those incidents involved getting charged with criminal conduct in New Bedford, Mass.
Gutfinski was released on probation from Maine State Prison on April 27, 2010, and discharged from probation July 8, 2010, according to Jody Breton, associate commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections.
In the intervening years, Veiovis had a series of hornlike objects implanted in his forehead. Now they are visible as bumps, three on each side.
He also has had a series of tattoos, some reaching to his face, and a roughly drawn 666 in the middle of his forehead.
Gutfinski also tried — and failed — to get a Kennebec County Probate Court judge to approve a name change to “Diszade Trash Horror” in 2003.
In that petition, Gutfinski described himself as a religious Satanist.
“I wish to shed all ties with the Christian church, and one important step toward that goal is legally changing my name,” he wrote.
In the successful name-change petition in Knox County, Gutfinski wrote, “Adopted as a child, (I) have no blood relation with, nor do I share the nationality my given name implies. It has long been a burden for me and I feel the new name I have carefully and with much thought, chosen more justly represents my individuality and nationality. This name is also in keeping with my religious beliefs.”
OFF INTO THE REST OF THE DAY, MY GOOD FRIENDS.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.