An Iowa prisoner who killed seven people, including his girlfriend and her five children, in 2001 committed suicide in his prison cell.
Adam Moss was found hanging with a bed sheet around his neck tied to a wall vent in his cell at the Iowa State Penitentiary on Wednesday. He was confined to a mental health unit. The Lee County Medical Examiner said the cause of death was asphyxia due to suffocation.
Moss began serving his life sentence in 2001 after he pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend Leticia Aguilar, her five children and his former employer, Ronald Fish.
Retired Sioux City police Chief Joe Frisbie said that the spree was “the most heinous crime I’ve ever seen in the history of Sioux City, and probably the state of Iowa.”
“I don’t know anybody that wants to spend the rest of their life in prison, but the other side is that most people value life enough to where they probably wouldn’t take their own,” he said. “He certainly didn’t value the lives of that family.”
According to police, Moss beat all the victims to death with a hammer and slit his girlfriend’s throat. Their bodies were discovered by Aguilar’s babysitter, Donna Stabile. When she found out about Moss’ death, she was on the verge of tears.
“When I think of the children and their momma, I think of the good and happy times, and don’t let myself go to the tragedy. They are in heaven, and that’s a sure thing,” she said.
Stabile said she forgave the Iowa prisoner who killed seven people.
“For my own sake,” she said. “I can’t carry bitterness and hatred in my heart.”
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