UPDATE 4/15/08 – Michel Veillette is dead. He hung himself with a sheet in his jail cell and was discovered at 1:39 a.m. today, approximately three months after he allegedly killed his wife and children.
Mason, Ohio - You know, if you’re gonna off your whole family, there just seem better ways to do it than setting fire to your $436,000 slice of suburban real estate, effectively ruining the market for everyone around you. But nooooo, Michel Veillette, 34, is not only a selfish homicidal bastard, he’s also a bad neighbor.
Veillette capped off his workweek Friday night with a little family en flambe. After beating and stabbing his wife Nadya Ferrari-Veillette, he then set fire to his three-story brick behemoth with his dead wife and the family’s four children inside. It is thought that the children were already in bed on the third floor of the home when their father set the house on fire. Because he’s nice like that.
Marguerite Veillette, 8 , Vincent Veillette, 4 , and Jacob and Mia Veillette, 3, were killed in the fire. Three of the children were alive when firefighters arrived, but died shortly after arriving at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Mason. Authorities thought at first that all the victims died of smoke inhalation, but realized later that Nadya had been stabbed and had head trauma indicative of a beating. The children were not stabbed, and all the victims were found in third-floor bedrooms.
Michel Veillette jumped from a second-story window (above) and appeared to have a few well-deserved knife wounds as well. He’s in serious but stable condition and is now single with no kids. He’s been charged with aggravated arson, one count of murder for his wife, and four counts of aggravated murder for his kids. Which sounds sort of like a nice way to say he was really, really pissed off when he killed them.
Michel Veillette is a self-employed engineeer from Quebec who traveled extensively for work, spending only a few days a month at home. Margeurite’s teacher reports that the second-grader never mentioned her father at all. And employees at the Colors Cafe’ in Mason, where Nadya Ferrari-Veillette worked part-time, remember her answering “Who?” when asked about her husband. Nadya’s co-workers report that Nadya was bubbly and sweet, but troubled by her marriage.
Michel Veillette’s mother and brother say that when they last spoke with Michel on Firday, he was driving home and anxious to get there and see his children. Was he planning on murdering his family then, or did something happen to set him off once he arrived home?
What does an affluent Canadian contract engineer living in Ohio really have to get that upset about? Did L.L. Bean run out of turtlenecks? Did one of the kids get a C on the semester grade report? If the guy had an adjustable-rate mortgage, I can kind of see burning the house down, but not with the family inside.
I’m waiting for the news that Veillette was up to his eyeballs in debt. Barring that, there’s gotta be a mistress out there somewhere who was pushing to take the relationship up a notch. No Amber Frey has yet been located, but given the nature of this crime, there’s either sex or money involved.
Update, 4/15/08 – Michel Veillette has committed suicide. He was found hanging in his cell at 1:39 a.m. Tuesday morning, a few weeks after being taken off suicide watch. Guess he won’t be going to trial after all. Thanks, Michel, for doing the right thing, although it would have been nicer to have done it before setting the house on fire and killing the family.Tags: Familicide