PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Accused murderer Caius Veiovis sent a letter from jail chastising the news media for reporting he took his name from the “Twilight” movie series.

In a terse postscript, Veiovis expresses sorrow to the families of the victims in a triple homicide in which he faces murder charges.

“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, formerly of Augusta, stated in the postscript.

The letter, dated Oct. 16, was received Monday at The Berkshire 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, Mass., was not returned immediately.

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 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 believes there were reports alleging his first name came from “Twilight,” the popular series of vampire-themed books and movies.

The Berkshire Eagle never linked his name to the “Twilight” series, but 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 his first and middle names — Caius and Domitius — are 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.

Years ago, Veiovis reportedly revealed to the 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 on elevated assault charges for a ritual blood-letting ceremony in the Augusta area involving a 16-year-old girl.

Veiovis; Adam Lee Hall, 34, of Peru; and David Chalue, 44, of North Adams, are accused of kidnapping and killing 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 later were killed and buried in a trench on private property in Becket, Mass.

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.

Andrew Amelinckx is a staff writer with the Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle.

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