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“No, daddy, please don’t, don’t do it!,” Pearle then heard her daughter pleading and begged them to run away, before Battaglia shot Faith and her younger sister, Liberty, in the head three and five times each, respectively.
According to detectives, Battaglia wished her a “Merry (expletive) Christmas,” before finally hanging up. After finding the girls’ bodies in his basement, police eventually located him hours after the shootings in a tattoo parlor getting a pair of red roses to commemorate his daughters.
Authorities stated that he had murdered the girls in an act of revenge against their mother, against whom he'd had a history of domestic violence, echoing the chilling words he'd left on her voicemail the night of the murders.
“Good night, my little babies,” he said. “I hope you are resting in a different place. I love you. I wish you had nothing to do with your mother. She was evil and vicious and stupid.”
He reportedly told the Dallas Morning News in a 2014 prison interview that he had no recollection of killing his daughters.
“I don’t feel like I killed them,” he said. “I am a little bit in the blank about what happened.”
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Pearle was present for Battaglia's execution, reportedly refusing to speak to interviewers after stating, "I've seen enough of him."