Mary Jane Pearle left her girls with her estranged husband John Battaglia for a meal at the mall on May 2, 2001. However, he took them to his apartment in the Adam Hats Lofts, Deep Ellum, Dallas. From the apartment, Battaglia called Mary Jane.
While she listened helplessly, he shot and killed their 6- and 9-year-old daughters. During the telephone conversation, he requested that Faith ask her mother, “Why do you want Daddy to go to jail?” Prior to her death, she wept “No, Daddy! Please refrain! Don’t do it!” Then, Mary Jane instructed the girls to flee, but it was too late. Battaglia then raised his gun and fired three shots at Faith and five shots at Liberty. He then wished their mother “Merry Fucking Christmas” in reference to an incident he blamed her for reporting on Christmas 1999. This was his “final vengeance,” Then, Mary Jane ended the connection and contacted 911.
John then left a message on the answering machine of the female.
“Hi, girls. I just wanted to tell you how incredibly courageous you were, and I hope you are at peace now. I wish you had no relationship with your mother. She is wicked, violent, and foolish!”
After that, he visited a tattoo parlour and commemorated his two girls with two flowers. Soon after, he was apprehended, but it took four officers to subdue him.
On April 30, 2002, after 19 minutes of deliberation, he was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to death.
On February 1, 2018, he was executed by lethal injection at the age of 62. He still taunted his ex-wife during his last minutes on death row. When asked by the warden if he had any final remarks, he initially responded “No,” but then changed his mind. “Hello, Mary Jane,” he remarked, glancing at his ex-wife and smiling. He said, “I’ll see you all later,” before closing his eyes and reclining. Moments later, he opened his eyes and asked, “Am I still alive?”