A former police officer jailed for murdering his
wife killed his entire family when they came to
visit him in prison.
Domingo Villa Arellano, 40, was jailed in
maximum-security Puente Grande in
Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2006 after killing his
wife in a jealous rage.
But when his long-term girlfriend Isela, 36,
took their two children and step-daughter to
visit him in prison, no-one could have predicted
what would happen next – despite Villa’s
After going from the prison grounds to a
dormitory to avoid the rain, Villa’s children
started complaining that their mother was
unkind to them, and he snapped.
With a piece of sharpened wire, Villa stabbed
Isela in the chest, then killed four-year-old
Angel and suffocated baby Valeria, who was
less than a year old. Erika Lizeth, 17, managed
to escape the dormitory despite being
seriously wounded, but died later from her
According to State Attorney General Luis
Najera, all guards were busy during the
incident. When they found Villa, he had turned
the makeshift knife on himself, but was
tackled to the floor before he did himself
Villa is kept separate from other inmates at
Puente Grande because of the risk posed to
him as a former police officer.
After a large-scale search of the prison
following the crime, more than 50 litres of
tequila and 30 knives were discovered, as well
as a large quantity of drugs.
Where he was imprisoned after killing his wife in 2006