Terrifying details of a Florida killing spree, which left three people dead and two with shocking injuries in February, were released to the public for the first time yesterday.
William De Jesus, a 41-year-old Floridian with a history of mental illness, shot and killed a 76-year-old man at a Deerfield Beach trailer park on February 9 - sparking a hostage stand-off with police that ended in a frenzied knife attack on his wife and two young sons.
At one point he allegedly asked his wife which son she wanted him to kill first. He also told both boys that he had to kill them, otherwise they would be cut up and eaten by police officers.
Paranoid: William De Jesus killed himself after shooting one man dead and knifing his family, including wife Deanna Beauchamp, resulting in their son's death
Nine-year-old Jeshiah De Jesus - who suffered from severe autism and could not speak - died after being stabbed eight times in the thigh, chest and back. William De Jesus also died from six self-inflicted stab wounds to the chest.
Yesterday, Florida police released more than 200 pages of documents - including a heartbreaking interview with seven-year-old Samson De Jesus just hours after the drama tragically unfolded, and the testimony of Samson's half-sister Mishelie.
Samson told a detective at Broward Sheriff's Office: 'I was saying, "Please, no, please". Then he said, "Sorry, son, because I don't want you to get killed and get eaten".'
In court: Beauchamp, showing the scars of William De Jesus's attack, faces charges of manslaughter and child abuse for her role in the February 9 murders
Victims: Jeshiah De Jesus, nine, who was autistic and could not speak, was fatally stabbed eight times. Oliva Plante, 76, was shot in the abdomen and head
Samson's testimony revealed his father's paranoid state of mind during the stand-off.
The boy said: 'He thinks that people on the radio said that they were gonna eat me, they gonna cook me. He didn't want us to get eaten… He just wanted us to go up to the sky with the other angels and stuff.'
The interview also reveals why Samson's mother, Deanna Beauchamp, 37, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect resulting in bodily harm.
Prosecuters claim she did nothing to stop her husband from killing their autistic son, Jeshiah, and attempting to kill Samson.
Siege scene: A Swat team surrounded this trailer in Deerfield Beach, Florida, as De Jesus barricaded himself inside with his family and an elderly hostage
In the interview Samson told police that his mother merely promised the boy a future in heaven. She is also accused of helping De Jesus sexually abuse both boys.
But Samson's half-sister, Mishelie - who was not present during the attack - told police that she believed her step-mother was powerless to stop De Jesus from carrying out his murderous intentions.
One document quotes her as saying: 'He leaned over to ask her, "Which one, um… you want me to do first?".
According to 20-year-old Mishelie, Ms Beauchamp replied: 'I can't answer that.'
The police documents reveal that, on February 9, De Jesus drove his wife and sons to South Florida from their home in Port Orange.
'He thinks that people on the radio said that they were gonna eat me, they gonna cook me. He didn't want us to get eaten… He just wanted us to go up to the sky with the other angels and stuff'
Prosecuters claim his mission that day was to buy drugs and, apparently without premeditation, stopped at the Highland Woods trailer park at Deerfield Beach.
De Jesus quickly got into an argument with Ovila Plante, 76, and shot him in the abdomen and head. He then shepherded his family into Plante's trailer and took Plante's girlfriend, 72-year-old Pierrette Beauchemin, hostage.
Neighbours called 911 and an armed Swat team was sent in response.
Ms Beauchemin managed to escape the trailer unhurt when De Jesus was distracted kissing his sons goodbye.
Despite being interviewed almost immediately after the incident, terrified Samson could not remember large portions of the unfolding events.
He did not support his half-sister's assertion that De Jesus gave Beauchamp a choice over which son to kill first, and he did not remember Beauchemin's escape.
In her statement to police, Ms Beauchemin said Beauchamp was totally involved in the hostage situation - at one point holding a knife to Ms Beauchemin's neck and demanding everyone obey her husband.
But Beauchamp's lawyers have said she was also a victim of De Jesus, suffering regular sexual and physical abuse - displaying the submissing symptoms of battered wife syndrome.
De Jesus had a history of mentally illness, and is believed to have molested his sons and encouraged Beauchamp to do the same.
Other family members have testified that De Jesus was highly unstable on the day of the murder/suicide, saying that the day was the end of the world - and, at one point, claiming that a helicopter flying overhead was a military aircraft sent to kill him.
The case continues.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2145216/William-De-Jesus-asked-Which-want-knife-attack-family-killed-son-nine.html#ixzz1v3E7rPdR
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