Domenic and Nancy Ianiero were murdered at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort, an hour south of Cancun in Mexico while attending the marriage of their daughter. That would be a be a story unto itself. But vacation murders are never simple it seems like these days.
Domenic Ianiero, 59, and his wife, Annunziata, 55, were beginning a two-week vacation and attending the marriage of one of their two daughters in an exotic tropical ceremony along with 16 friends and family.
They arrived Saturday at the Barcelo Maya Beach Resort, a sprawling, all-inclusive resort about an hour’s drive south of Cancun along a stretch of white sand beaches that draws tens of thousands of Canadians each year.
Within 36 hours, they were lying in a pool of their own blood, their throats expertly slit from ear to ear, police said.
It was a killing performed by someone who was sure of hand and purpose, the gashes identically deep and clean. (Toronto Star, February 23rd)
There are strong indications that the couple were murdered by three female guests staying on the same floor of the hotel and murdered hours before these guests left to return to Canada. There were footprints that had blood on them that lead from the Ianieros room to the room down the hall that had residue of blood on them.
The strongest evidence police have, the official said yesterday, were bloody footprints leading from the Ianieros’ room to another down the hall occupied by the Canadians who “ordered room service for three and they asked for towels for three” last Sunday night. Mexican police suggest the Ianieros were killed that night sometime between midnight and 3 a.m.
Police say the women used the towels to wipe traces of blood from their room.
The blood was later detected by forensic equipment, said the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Police in Mexico allege the three boarded a flight back to Canada hours later, but haven’t specified where, after hotel staff discovered the victims with their throats slashed.
Asked how such a gruesome crime was committed by three females, the source said wedding photographs obtained by police show the women to be “very strong.” (The Star, February 26th)
The people registered into the room at the hotel were not properly accounted for by the hotel personnel. They used the names King and Everald. King Everald is the name of an obscure reggae band.
We will keep an eye on this case as it will be interesting to see how it can be brought to a resolution with the Mexican and Canadian governments involved. Was it a planned murder or did it happen due to a disagreement in Mexico?