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Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Domestic dispute - Jealousy
Number of victims: 5
Date of murders: June 9, 2007
Date of birth: 1985
Victims profile: His ex-girlfriend Nicole McAffee, their twin infant boys, McAffee's sister and a friend
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Delavan, Wisconsin, USA
Status: Committed suicide the same day

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6 killed in Delavan home

Placid small town slept through a quiet night but awakened to tragedy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

June 10, 2007

This story was written in Milwaukee by Greg J. Borowski and John Diedrich. It was reported in Delavan by Annysa Johnson and Erica Perez and in Milwaukee by Linda Spice.

Delavan - On a clear night, at the close of a picture-perfect June day, it was easy to drift off to sleep. And the noises in the distance, the pops in the dark, well, it had to be kids and firecrackers.

Only it wasn't.

Residents along S. 2nd St. awoke Sunday to a stunning tragedy: Six dead, including infant twins. A 2-year-old girl hospitalized after being shot in the chest.

And a mess of relationships and connections that authorities would not discuss, even by late Sunday night.

Police would not say whether the shooter was among the dead, and whether the series of killings ended in suicide. But they issued a statement that said the community was not in danger from the shooter.

Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss said he couldn't reveal all the details of the case but added, "it is clearly a domestic situation."

He said police didn't have anyone in custody, "nor are they seeking anyone, but nothing can be ruled out. There are still unanswered questions."

Identities of the victims were not released. But family members identified one - Ambrosio Analco - as the father of the three children. Another, Vanessa Iverson, 19, was at the house visiting friends Saturday night, her family said.

"We want to make sure there is no stone unturned," Delavan Police Chief Timothy O'Neill said at an afternoon news conference, but he did not take questions from reporters.

State investigators are assisting in the case.

"The investigation is an ongoing and complex death case, and we certainly are not going to make premature comment," said Department of Justice spokesman Kevin St. John.

For others the confusion left shock.

"Any tragedy like this has got to affect the whole community," said Don Brick, a 48-year resident. "It is beyond comprehension that anything like this can happen in a community like this."

The neighborhood, of course, is a quiet one. After all, Delavan is a quiet town, some 7,956 residents about 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee in Walworth County.

The house, a two-story white duplex, is a few blocks from downtown. The streets are filled with older homes that ring Phoenix Park, a large spread of green with playground equipment and play fields.

Most residents say there were no signs of trouble with the family, renters who had moved in about eight months ago. One neighbor, though, said he heard yelling and door-slamming recently.

But on Saturday there was no shouting, no arguments.

Just the shots.

Based on a 911 call, those came just after 10:30 p.m. The address: just blocks from the police station.

In a vehicle outside the house, police found the 2-year-old girl, shot in the chest.

She was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Ill., about 40 miles away, then transferred by helicopter to University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Late Sunday, she was listed in serious condition.

Inside the house, on the second level of the duplex, the scene was worse: There were the two babies, twin boys, both dead. And four adults, all shot. All dead.

One of those killed was Ambrosio Analco, according to his cousin Marco Pastrana.

Analco had been to Pastrana's house earlier in the evening. He had his 2-year-old daughter, named Jasmine, along, and the twin infant boys. Their exact age is unclear.

The group left about 9 p.m., Pastrana said, headed back to the home where the children lived with their mother, Nicole McAffee. That is where the shooting occurred.

Pastrana said Analco and McAffee had once lived together but there were problems and they split. He didn't elaborate.

McAffee lived in the house with her sister and another man, Caspar Huerta, said Jose Huerta, Caspar's brother. Caspar Huerta was not shot, his brother said.

Jose Huerta said he once saw bruises on McAffee's face.

"She said (Analco) was the one who punched her. I told her to go to the police. She didn't say nothing. He told her he was going to kill her," Huerta said.

But Pastrana said his cousin couldn't have harmed his children.

"He loves his kids, he wouldn't do anything to hurt them," he said. "He wasn't drinking. He didn't do anything. He was just there to see his kids. I'm upset, but I'm angry, too. What kind of person would do that?"

In an interview with WTMJ-TV (Channel 4), the police chief said the house was not the sort that generated calls. He indicated police had few contacts with the people who lived there.

Kay Macara said her daughter, 19-year-old Vanessa Iverson, was among those killed. She was at the house to visit friends.

"She was very happy, very bubbly, friendly," Macara said. "She was always there for anyone in the family."

And she was one to prevent a confrontation.

"She would always step in if two people were fighting. She was the mediator," Macara said. "We did have our family quarrels but she would always try to make peace."

As she spoke, tears ran down her face.

"I want answers," she said.

Duane Iverson, Vanessa's brother, said he last spoke to her at 9 p.m. Saturday.

"Everything seemed fine," he said.

That was the attitude in the neighborhood Saturday night, as lights were flicked off in house after house.

Jesus Valadez arrived home Saturday at about the time of the shootings and got in the shower. Although he lives next door, he heard nothing and didn't know anything was wrong until Sunday morning when he took out the garbage.

"All the cop cars were everywhere," Valadez said.

That scene played out in other homes on the street. Soon, many were outside their homes, some sitting on lawn chairs, watching the investigation unfold on the other side of the police tape.

At one point, Walworth County Coroner John Griebel arrived, carrying several folded body bags under his arms. Later, bodies were wheeled out on stretchers.

Leanda Mena, who has lived on the street for 17 years, was among those watching the commotion.

She said people tend to move in and out of the unit where the shootings occurred, so she doesn't get to know them well.

"There was never any trouble there," she said. "There are always quiet people. It's kind of sudden for something like this to happen."

Mena heard the shots before she went to bed, only she didn't know it until morning.

"I didn't pay much attention," she said. "I shut off the TV and went back to sleep."

She thought it was kids and firecrackers.

Only it wasn't.


Domestic dispute leads to 6 deaths

Twin infants among dead in Wis. house; 2-year-old survives

June 11, 2007 - Associated Press

DELAVAN, Wis. - A domestic dispute erupted into a mass killing in southern Wisconsin, leaving six people, including two infant boys, shot to death, and a 2-year-old girl with a gunshot to her chest.

A prosecutor said late Sunday no one was in custody but that police weren’t looking for a suspect and no one else was in danger. Officials often use such language when the shooter is among the dead.

“What we have is a complicated death scene and we’re investigating all the possibilities,” said Kevin St. John, a spokesman with the state Justice Department, which is leading the investigation.

Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss said the shooting was part of a domestic dispute, but he wouldn’t elaborate until autopsies were completed and the crime scene was fully evaluated.

Officers, responding to a report of shots fired, stormed an A-frame duplex Saturday night with weapons drawn, kicking in the door, neighbor Richard Heideman said. He saw two paramedics go in behind them and come back out minutes later.

“That’s when I knew everybody was dead,” Heideman said.

As the bodies were wheeled out, one onlooker dropped to his knees on a neighbor’s lawn and threw his hands to the sky in prayer.

The 2-year-old girl was found in a nearby van, seriously wounded. A male family member who escaped the shooting was helping investigators.

Names released

Police released the names of the dead Monday. The adults were Nicole Marie McAffee, 19, the mother of the three children; McAffee’s sister, Ashley Lynn Huerta, 21; McAffee’s ex-boyfriend and the children’s father, Ambrosio Analco, 23; and Vanessa Iverson, 19, a family friend of McAffee.

Also killed were McAffee’s twin boys, Isaiah Christian Analco and Argenis Analco, who were less than a year old.

The twin’s 2-year-old sister, Jasmine, was in serious condition at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Marco Pastrana, Ambrosio Analco’s cousin, said Analco no longer lived with the children’s mother. Analco left Pastrana’s house Saturday night to drop the kids off with her at the duplex, Pastrana said.

The landlord of the complex, Duane Brellenthin, said two sisters rented the upstairs apartment. He declined to name them, deferring to police. He said they’d lived there about a year and a half, and he’d never had problems with them.

'I want answers'

With tears in her eyes, Kay Macara said on Sunday that her daughter, Iverson, went to the apartment the previous night to visit friends.

“My child,” she said. “I want answers.”

Monday morning, a cluster of teddy bears, stuffed bunnies, a dinosaur and candles stood under a tree outside the duplex.

Neighbor Leandra Mena, 65, said she heard what she thought were firecrackers coming from the house around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I thought it was firecrackers because it’s so close to the Fourth of July,” she said.

Police cordoned off two blocks around the duplex for most of the day. On Sunday morning neighbors, some still bleary-eyed, clustered on the sidewalks, watching investigators move bodies out of the house.

Tina McKinnon, 37, lives about a block away and said there was never any commotion at the house. “The children were very pleasant,” she said.

Delavan, home to about 8,000 people, lies in the farm fields and woods between Janesville and Milwaukee. The P.T. Barnum Circus, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” was founded in Delavan in 1871, and statues of circus animals decorate the town square.


Delavan: Slayings Fit 'Family Annihilation' Pattern

Jun 15, 2007 - Associated Press

MADISON - Infant twins blown away. Their mother and her sister shot down at the same time, along with a friend who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The sheer audacity of the mass killing that left six dead in Delavan has people asking "How could this happen?"

But experts said Tuesday the killings follow a pattern played out often enough in the U.S. that social scientists have coined a name for it: family annihilation.

"The pattern is so strong," said Jack Levin, director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston and author of the book "Extreme Killing."

"It's almost always a husband-father who methodically executes the members of his family. He plans the attack far in advance. He's suffered a prolonged period of frustration and depression. He experiences what he sees as the catastrophic loss of his children. He blames everybody but himself for his problems."

Delavan police discovered the bodies of Ambrosio Analco, his ex-girlfriend Nicole McAffee, their twin infant boys, McAffee's sister and a friend Saturday night in a duplex about two blocks from the police station. They'd been shot.

They also found the 2-year-old daughter of McAffee and Analco in a van outside. She'd been shot in the chest but was treated and later released from the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

Walworth County authorities said the incident was a murder suicide with Analco as the shooter.

Gaspar Huerta, McAffee's brother-in-law, said he escaped the shooting by jumping out a window and called police from a neighbor's house. An audio tape released by police shows he told the dispatcher McAffee's boyfriend was in the apartment shooting everyone.

The Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., estimates about 1,200 Americans die each year in murder-suicides. Its study on the first six months of 2005 found that nearly all the killers were males who used guns, and three-fourths of the cases involved a romantic partner, such as a girlfriend, wife or former spouse.

The most recent report by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence found 28 people were killed in the state in 2004 as the result of domestic violence. Five perpetrators committed suicide.

Levin estimated that each year there are about 16 to 20 "family annihilations," which he defined as four or more victims, usually relatives.

It begins with depression and a sense of owning or possessing a partner, feelings more common in men, Levin said. Those feelings eventually produce threats.

Court records show Analco had no domestic violence convictions in Wisconsin, but Victor Huerta said his sister-in-law told him Analco had threatened to kill everyone in the apartment if McAffee cheated on him.

Analco had found a letter to McAffee from another man, he said.

Experts said that kind of jealous anger can build into a selfish rage -- often as a relationship ends -- that can engulf anyone around the primary target.

"It's like gasoline. When you spill gasoline and ignite it, a lot of things get burned," UW-Madison psychiatry professor Burr Eichelman said.

Family annihilators tend to be socially isolated husbands and fathers, Levin said.

Analco, who moved to the United States from Mexico, may have found himself in that situation in Delavan, he said.

They also want revenge against the women they think ruined their lives, Levin said. Court records show Analco was making $8.80 an hour in March and had been ordered to pay McAffee about $442 a month in child support.

They see killing the children as a way to devastate their partner before killing her, too. Killing friends and extended family is more unusual, Levin said.

McAffee's sister and friend may have been killed to inflict more pain on her, or they could have just been in the way, Levin said.

If indeed Analco was the shooter, "the easy answer is he killed everyone who was available," Levin said. "But I think there's more to it here. He killed everyone associated with (McAffee). He got even with her by destroying everything she loved."

Then comes the last act -- suicide.

"Without that person," said Meghan Stroshine, an assistant professor at Marquette University who studies domestic violence, "they don't see a point in going on living."


Delavan: Six Dead in Mass Murder

By Sean O'Flaherty, Silvia Acevedo, Tom Murray & Mick Trevey -

Jun 15, 2007

DELAVAN - In a press briefing Wednesday Delavan Police officials declared that the mass murder in Delavan should be considered a murder-suicide and that the killings were committed by a lone gunman.

Police officials identified the gunman as 23-year-old Ambrosio Analco.

Investigators finished their investigation Tuesday at the home where six people were shot dead and a 2-year-old was injured by gunshots.

Officials are now waiting on forensic evidence before the case can officially be closed.

Ambrosio Analco shot the others, including his ex-girlfriend and their three children, and then turned the gun on himself. Analco was among the dead.

"I was in my house and my sister-in-law, her boyfriend, comes and starts shooting everybody," Gaspar Huerta said on the tape.

The operator appears to be in disbelief about what he is being told.

"You saw the person doing this?" the operator asks.

"Yeah," Huerta said. After giving the address he pleads, "Could you please hurry up please?"

Found dead in the duplex were:

-- Ambrosio Analco, 23. The reported gunman. He did not live in the duplex.

-- Nicole McAffee, 19. Analco's ex-girlfriend.

-- Ambrosio and Nicole's 6-month-old twin boys, Isaiah and Argenis.

-- Nicole McAffee's sister, Ashley Huerta, 21.

-- Ashley's friend, Vanessa Iverson, 19, of Delavan.

Found wounded in a van outside the residence was 2-year-old Jasmine Analco, the daughter of Analco and McAffee.

The girl was treated at University of Wisconsin Hospital from a gunshot wound to her chest - the bullet just missed her heart. A spokesman said Jasmine was released Wednesday.

Huerta said in the 911 call that he escaped from the shooting by jumping off the second floor roof of the duplex.

When asked who the shooter was, he gives a name that is difficult to decipher. When asked again, he says he can't think of it.

"Is he still there with the gun?" the dispatcher asked.

"I think so," Huerta said. "He's there shooting my wife and all the kids."


Gaspar Huerta's brother, Victor Huerta, said Nicole McAffee and Ambrosio Analco often fought. Analco once threatened her with a gun a few years ago, Victor Huerta said.

Victor Huerta said his brother (Gaspar) and Gaspar's wife (Ashley Huerta) lived in the apartment and took in Nicole McAffee and her children after she separated from Analco.

Gaspar Huerta wasn't happy about the situation, Victor Huerta said. He wanted to live alone with his wife.

But he helped care for the children, Victor Huerta said, and whenever Analco came over Gaspar would go in another room because he felt Analco wasn't a good father.

Victor Huerta said he visited with his brother, his brother's wife, McAffee and all three children around 6 p.m. Saturday. Ashley Huerta told him Analco had told Nicole McAffee that he would kill everyone in the apartment if he ever caught her cheating on him.

Victor Huerta said Analco had discovered another man's letter to McAffee.

Nicole McAfee's friends told a similar story. They said Ambrosio Analco had repeatedly abused Nicole for several years. In fact, Nicole told a friend that Ambrosio had threatened to kill her.

Nicole's friend Molly Lewallen said that Ambrosio had found a letter Nicole had received from a boyfriend named Emmanuel.

But Marco Pastrana, Analco's cousin, said Monday that Analco couldn't have been responsible. Analco and the children were at his house Saturday before Analco left about 9 p.m. to take the children back to their mother, he has said.

Police took a report of shots fired at the duplex about 10:30 p.m.

"I don't think he'd kill Nicole, or his kids, or her sister," Pastrana said.


Officers called to the area Saturday night for the sound of shots found 2-year-old Jasmine Analco in a white mini-van in the driveway of the home. She had a gun shot wound to her chest.

She was taken first to Lakeland Hospital, then transferred to Rockford Memorial Hospital in Illinois, and then flown to UW Hospital in Madison.

Walworth County SWAT officers entered the home next to the van at 309 S. 2nd Street and found six people who had been shot to death.

Neighbor Richard Heideman said officers stormed the house with weapons drawn, kicking in the door. He saw two paramedics go in behind them and come back out two minutes later.

"That's when I knew everybody was dead," Heideman said.

The dead were all found on the second floor of the duplex.

Delavan Police Chief Timothy O'Neill said a gun was recovered inside.

The Walworth Sheriff's Department was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Authorities spent most of Sunday removing the bodies from the home.

James Brandenburg, 57, of Delavan dropped to his knees as police wheeled out bodies and threw his arms to the sky. He had spent several minutes earlier, also on his knees, praying.

"It's tragic. It's getting worse all the time," he said. "If we want to, we can put a stop to this."

Police said they were talking to family members and learning more about the situation at the household.

Chief O'Neill told a Sunday press briefing that the investigation had been turned over to the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

Victor Huerta said he talked to his brother Gaspar on Monday morning -- "He's really crying, upset" -- but Victor didn't know where Gaspar was staying or where he was Monday afternoon.

Victor Huerta said he wished police would hurry up with their work because it could put suspicion on his brother, who "never would do something like this. He always tries to run from problems."


Analco was ordered in December 2005 to pay $25 a month to cover $4,165 in birth expenses for Jasmine.

He was found in contempt in March for not paying child support and ordered to pay $442 per month for all three children. A Walworth County judge sentenced him to six months in jail but stayed the sentence as long as he paid the support.

Records show he and McAffee shared a home in Elkhorn at some point and lived together at a different Delavan apartment before McAffee moved into the duplex where the shootings took place.

A makeshift shrine of teddy bears, stuffed bunnies, a dinosaur and candles stood under a tree outside the shooting scene Monday. People came all day to pay their respects and place items in front of the house.

The building's landlord, Duane Brellenthin, said the other couple that lived in the duplex was on vacation Saturday. Brellenthin couldn't understand why anyone would shoot little children "It's tragic, that's all you can say. Why would anyone kill kids? I can understand somebody getting upset and going overboard, but to do the kids in, that's just nuts."

Sisters Nicole McAffee and Ashley Huerta rented the upper apartment in the duplex where the murders occurred. Police asked the landlord to open some locked areas of the duplex on Monday, but no more victims were found.


Family members of the victims feel upset and say they cannot come to terms with what happened. DeeDee, an aunt of Nicole McAffee and Ashley Huerta, said, "It is overwhelming to lose four members in one night." She continued, "We miss you and we love you and you'll never be out of our hearts."

Mary Ballbach, Vanessa Iverson's aunt, said she's tired of the police silence. Iverson's mother, Kay Macara, can't get closure, she said.

"Right now she's got nothing," Ballbach said.

Victor Huerta, the brother of Gaspar Huerta who escaped the shooting unharmed, felt upset too. He said that Nicole McAffee and Ashley Huerta were his best friends.

"It's tough to forget. That's mostly the thing - when something happens like this. You need to be taught to forget but I don't think it's going to go away."

Pete Brancheau, 59, who lives across the street from the shooting scene, said he heard six shots Saturday night but thought nothing of it because children in the neighborhood play with firecrackers "all the time," he said.

About a minute later, he heard a series of about three shots, he said. He looked outside a few minutes later and saw police cordoning off the area.

It's scary," he said. "Especially when there's a baby involved. There's no answer for it."

Another neighbor, Leandra Mena, 65, said she heard what she thought were firecrackers coming from the house around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

"I thought it was firecrackers because it's so close to the Fourth of July," she said.

Mena said she didn't know the people who lived in the duplex.

"This is something we never thought could happen here," she said.

Tina McKinnon, 37, lives about a block away and said there was never any commotion at the house.

"The children were very pleasant," she said.

Gov. Jim Doyle issued a statement Monday saying his thoughts and prayers were with everyone affected by the "heartbreaking" shootings, which he said were "a reminder that we need to work to ensure the safety of families and communities across the state."

Delavan is a quiet community of 8,000 people about 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee. The white house where the shootings took place is on a tree-lined street that is a block from a United Methodist Church.

The city two-block downtown area has brick-covered streets. The P.T. Barnum Circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth," was founded in Delavan in 1871.


Delavan: 911 Call From Survivor

By Lauren Leamanczyk & Erin Drew Kent -

Jun 15, 2007

DELAVAN - Delavan police released the first 911 call reporting a shooting that left six dead at a duplex.

The caller was Gaspar Huerta. He escaped the mass murder by jumping from a second floor balcony. Gaspar's wife Ashley was murdered in the shooting rampage.

Operator: Delavan 911 what's your emergency?

Caller: Yes, I live at 301 South 2nd Street.

Operator: Uh, huh.

Caller: Apartment A. I've got a gentleman here that says there's been some gunshots fired outside.

Operator: OK. Uh, did you hear them yourself?

Caller: No, I didn't. The gentleman's right here he wants to talk to you.

Operator: OK, put him on.

Gaspar Huerta: Hello.

Operator: OK, you say gunshots?

Huerta: Yeah, I was inside of my house and my sister-in-law, her boyfriend comes and starts shooting everybody (unintelligible) the roof.

Operator: You saw the person doing this?

Huerta: Yeah.

Operator: OK, where at?

Huerta: 309 Second Street. Could you please hurry up please?

Operator: What's the person's name that's shooting?

Huerta: (unintelligible)

Operator: What's his name?

Huerta: Uh, I can't think of his ... name right now.

Operator: Is he still there with the gun?

Huerta: I think so.

Operator: He's at 309.

Huerta: I went onto the roof, I jump out.

Operator: He's upstairs shooting?

Huerta: He's there shooting my wife and all the kids.

Operator: He started shooting your..

Huerta: I don't know. ...

Operator: Hey listen, at 309 South 2nd Street he's shooting your wife and kids?

Huerta: (unintelligible) I saw shooting my wife and saw shooting his, their, I don't know all the people there was another one of my friends, my wife's friends.

Operator: OK, so he's at the house now?

Huerta: Yeah.

Operator: OK, hold on for a moment.



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