Aug. 27–28, 2011. Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Tropical Storm Irene, recently weakened from a hurricane, was dumping massive amounts of rain and whipping the eastern seaboard with intense winds. Roommates David Glasser and Edward Frampton, along with their friend Robert Chadwell, were hunkered down in Glasser and Frampton’s house, waiting out the storm.
Frampton was described as “mildly” mentally challenged, but an active man who played basketball and competed in the Special Olympics. He was also an advocate for people with disabilities, giving presentations to help caregivers understand and meet the needs of the people they were serving.
Chadwell, a good friend of both Frampton and Glasser, had been a counselor helping adolescents with drug and alcohol problems before moving back to his hometown of Pittsfield.
Glasser was a popular handyman who like rock music and played the drums. Like Frampton, he had some mental and physical disabilities.
But he had a problem — one that would put all three of their lives in danger.
Two years earlier, Adam Lee Hall, a high-ranking member of the Massachusetts chapter of the Hell’s Angels, had lured Glasser to his home and then beaten him with a baseball bat because he thought Glasser had stolen a carburetor from him. Glasser, perhaps not understanding the risk to his safety, went to the police. Two days later, police arrested Hall on not only the assault charge, but on drug and gun charges as well.
Hall was due in court to face the charges in September of 2011 — as was Glasser, who was going to testify against him.
But Glasser, along with Frampton and Chadwell, would never be seen alive again.
After the storm finally moved on, it was Robert Chadwell’s brother, Les, who first began to suspect something was wrong with his brother. The two stayed in near-daily contact, and when Les couldn’t get ahold of Robert, he began to get worried.
Around the same time, Erin Forbush, Frampton’s disability case worker, went to check on him after not hearing from him either. She found the house empty, Glasser’s truck still in the driveway, the television still playing. She also found that Frampton’s medications, which he took daily, hadn’t been touched, and his wallet had been left on his computer stand.
The three men were reported as missing. Knowing that Glasser was in danger because he was going to testify against Hall, police focused their investigation on him, while continuing to search for the three men.
After 11 days, the bodies of Glasser, Frampton, and Chadwell were found dismembered, wrapped in plastic bags, and buried in a pit. Autopsies would later reveal they had been tortured, gutted, and shot to death. The police believed that Glasser was the target, and the other two were simply “at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Through their investigations, police found that Hall had not acted alone. They identified three accomplices: David Chalue, who was reportedly a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, and David Casey, a backhoe operator from New York. It was the third accomplice who would take this case from a typical, if gruesome, organized crime-related murder to an international media sensation.
The third accomplice charged in the killing of Glasser, Frampton, and Chadwell was Caius Domitius Veiovis — a man who claims to be a vampire and worship Satan.
Originally named Roy C. Gutfinski, Jr., he legally changed his name in 2008. In a letter to the media, he said his first and middle names were inspired by the Roman emperors Caligula and Nero (both known for their insanity and depravity) and his last name is from “an ancient Etruscan daemon” (which is not entirely accurate).
But his name was not the only thing he changed about himself. He has facial tattoos, including runic writing across one cheek and the number 666 in the center of his forehead. He also has two rows of subdermal implants in his forehead, which give the appearance of horns. He has implants in his ears to make them look pointed. His teeth are sharpened and his tongue, split. In his booking photo, he is wearing a large-gauge septum piercing and two smaller bridge piercings. His outlandish booking photo became a viral sensation, attracting media coverage from all over the world.
Veiovis also had an interesting history with law enforcement; his first arrest was when he was 13, for carrying a knife.
Later, in 1999, he (aged 19, and still named Gutfinski) and his 16-year-old girlfriend were convicted in Maine for assaulting another 16-year-old girl. They lured her to their motel room, where his girlfriend slashed the girl’s back with a razor. The two kissed as they licked up the girl’s blood. Their victim would end up needing 32 stitches to close the wound.
Veiovis was sentenced to 10 years for elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault, and reckless conduct, but only served seven and half.
Then, in 2006, while he was still on parole, he was charged with kidnapping two strippers from a nightclub and holding them against their will in a hotel room. The charges were later dropped, but he was sent back to prison for violating his parole.
Veiovis was the last of the four accomplices to stand trial. Hall and Chalue were both convicted of three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, and three counts of intimidation of a witness. Both were given life sentences.
Casey, who reportedly helped bury the bodies with a backhoe, pled guilty to three counts of accessory after the fact of murder, kidnapping, and intimidation of a witness. In exchange for his testimony against Hall and Chalue, he was sentenced to time served.
Veiovis’ trial began in September of 2014. He pled not guilty on all counts, and his defense was actually pretty strong. There was no physical evidence linking him to the victims or the crime — in fact, none of the weapons used has ever been found. All the witnesses for the prosecution in Hall and Chalue’s cases had testified that Veiovis was not present at any of the incriminating events. In fact, Veiovis’ current girlfriend gave him an alibi for the night of the murders. And unlike Hall and Chalue, Veiovis didn’t belong to either the Aryan Brotherhood or the Hell’s Angels — he didn’t even own a motorcycle. The prosecution nonetheless produced testimony that Hall considered Veiovis a prospect for the Hell’s Angels.
Witnesses did, however, state that the three were seen together the night before the murders. There was also evidence of blood in his car — though it couldn’t be proven to be any of the victims’. Other evidence introduced in the trial included knives, machetes, and diagrams of human dissections found in Veiovis’ apartment — evidence, the prosecution claimed, that he “really enjoyed torturing them and cutting them up.”
The jury deliberated for 37 hours over six days before delivering a guilty verdict. When they read their verdict to the court, Veiovis yelled, “I’ll see you all in hell, remember that, every f**king one of you! I’ll see you all in hell!”
Under Massachusetts law, he was given the mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole. At his sentencing, he continued to proclaim his innocence: “Let me make this clear: my hand wasn’t in this,” he said.
He appealed his case to the state Supreme Court in 2017, but his conviction was upheld.
Veiovis is currently serving his sentence at the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner, Massachusetts.