Serial killer's autopsy: Suicide by
By Phil Benson and Breann Bierman - Kpho.com
June 20, 2013
FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) - The Pima County Medical
Examiner's Office has ruled the death of serial killer Dale Hausner a
After a complete autopsy and a review of toxicology
results, the medical examiner determined Dale S. Hausner, 40, took his
life by overdosing on amitriptyline, a type of anti-depressant
The Arizona death row inmate was found dead in his
prison cell at the Eyman state prison in Florence just after 12 p.m.
June 19, the Arizona Department of Corrections said.
On March 13, 2009, Dale Hausner was convicted of 80
crimes, including six counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder,
aggravated assault, cruelty to animals and other charges.
The series of crimes occurred in the Phoenix area in
2005 and 2006. He was sentenced to death in Maricopa County.
Hausner came to ADC custody on March 30, 2009.
The Serial Shooter refers to
what authorities now believe to be two men who committed multiple
drive-by shootings targeting random pedestrians. The shootings occurred
in Phoenix, Arizona, between May 2005 and August 2006, simultaneous to
the search for the serial killer known as the Baseline Killer who was
also committing random murders of brutality and sexual assault.
Investigators believe the Serial Shooter(s) were
responsible for eight murders and at least 29 other shootings in the
Phoenix area (some reports put the number as high as 38 incidents).
The Serial Shooters' most recent crime occurred
July 30, 2006 in
Mesa. According to police, Robin Blasnek, 22, was shot and killed at
approximately 11:15 p.m. while walking from her parents' house to her
August 3, Phoenix police released a statement linking Blasnek's
murder to the Serial Shooter, citing forensic evidence and other
similarities to the Serial Shooters' past crimes. Prior to that, they
shot pedestrians, cyclists, dogs and horses.
Phoenix police originally believed that the Serial
Shooter was a single individual responsible for 4 murders and 25
shootings beginning in May 2005, and that a series of 13 shootings in
the same area were the work of another offender. However, on
July 11, 2006,
investigators revealed that they believed the two series of shootings
Characteristics of Crimes
The Serial Shooter attacked
from a vehicle without warning. The offender targeted victims who walked,
biked or were otherwise alone outside, usually between 10 p.m. and 4
a.m. Victims appear to have been targeted randomly.
In an audio recording that was presented at trial, a police wiretap
records Hausner and Dieteman discussing the shootings in graphic detail.
According to reports, police first identified Dale
Hausner and Samuel Dieteman as suspects on July 31, 2006, through tips
received from the community, mainly from Ron Horton. On August 3, 2006,
police arrested both suspects outside of their apartment in Mesa,
Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.
On the morning of August 4, 2006, Phoenix police
announced two arrests had been made in connection with the Serial
The suspects have been identified as Dale S. Hausner
and Samuel John Dieteman. Authorities said they have also linked Hausner
and Dieteman to two arson fires at Wal-Mart stores on June 8, started 45
minutes apart from each other that caused approximately $7 to $10
million in damage.
Dale S. Hausner, 33, had worked as a custodian at
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport since 1999 as well as a boxing
photojournalist for RingSports.
Samuel John Dieteman, 31, had a history of petty
crimes such as shoplifting and drunk driving and had returned to Arizona
a few years prior from Minnesota.
Hausner was convicted on 6 of 8 murders, and 80 out
of 87 charges overall on March 13, 2009. Hausner was charged with 87
crimes attributed to the Serial Shooter investigation, including 8
murders, 19 attempted murders, numerous aggravated assaults, drive-by
shootings, firearms charges, cruelty to animals and arson.
Hausner's former roommate, Samuel Dieteman, has
pleaded guilty to two murders, plus conspiracy to commit some of the
other related murders.
On March 27, 2009, Dale Hausner was sentenced to six
death penalties. Hausner had previously ordered his lawyers not to argue
against persuading jurors to deliver the death sentences, saying the
jurors should put him to death to help the victims families heal. He
fell short of confessing any guilt for the convicted crimes. Hausner is
not expected to appeal.
During Hausner's 1/2 hour ramble to jury right before
sentencing, he apoligized to several people including his family. He
stated that he ruined the family name as people would hear the Hausner
name and think of Charles Manson.
He even compared himself to Charles Manson. "When you
think of Manson, 50 years from now you'll think of Hausner," he said.
Hausner gets 6 death sentences
March 27, 2009
The main suspect in the Serial Shooter attacks
received six death sentences Friday for a series of murders that put the
Valley on edge for nearly two years.
Dale Shawn Hausner, a former janitor convicted two
weeks ago of killing six people and attacking 19 others in random
nighttime shootings, was expressionless as the decisions were announced.
His kept his head down and flipped through papers in front of him.
Before being led out of the courtroom, Hausner thanked the judge who
presided over his trial.
"It's justice as much as it can be," said Rebecca
Estrada, whose 20-year-old son, David Estrada, was shot to death in
Tolleson in June 2005. "The death penalty is the limit and that's what
Hausner's mother was whisked out through the
courtroom's back door by one of her son's lawyers. Tim Agan, another
Hausner lawyer, declined to comment on the death sentences.
Michael Anthony Scerbo, a spokesman for the Maricopa
County Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case, declined to comment
on the decisions.
The jury's decision came a day after Hausner told
jurors they should put him to death because it would help the victims'
Prosecutors say Hausner preyed on pedestrians,
bicyclists, dogs and horses during a 14-month conspiracy that
occasionally included his brother and his former roommate, Sam Dieteman.
Dale Hausner is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on 74 other convictions
in the case.
Dieteman, who has pleaded guilty to two of the
killings and is awaiting sentencing, testified against Hausner, saying
he and his roommate cruised around late at night looking for strangers
to shoot. Dieteman could also face the death penalty.
The Serial Shooter attacks and an unrelated serial
killer case kept neighborhood watch groups on high alert in the summer
of 2006. Families stayed inside as police searched for the killers, and
authorities called meetings that drew hundreds of people who learned
more about the attacks and were encouraged to provide tips.
Police said their big break in the Serial Shooter
case came when one of Dieteman's drinking buddies, Ron Horton, called
police to say that Dieteman had bragged about shooting people. "They
called it 'RV'ing.' Random Recreational Violence," Horton told The
Associated Press in a 2006 interview. Horton died last year.
Dieteman said Hausner professed a hatred for
prostitutes and homeless people as they looked for victims in areas
frequented by streetwalkers. Still, Dieteman said, Hausner never
explained why he wanted to shoot people.
Even though Hausner has denied any involvement in the
attacks since his arrest in August 2006, he took an odd turn during the
penalty phase of his trial, telling jurors Thursday they should give him
the death penalty because it would help the families of victims.
Hausner appeared resigned by that point. He declined
the opportunity to call his own witnesses in a bid for leniency and
instructed his attorneys not to plead for a life sentence.
"I'm not up here to point the finger at anybody else
and say, 'Have mercy on my poor and withered soul,'" Hausner told the
jury on Thursday. "I'm willing to accept my punishment like a man
without blaming anybody."
Hausner had, in fact, suggested in the past that
Dieteman may have carried out some of the attacks, saying his roommate
could have taken his car while Hausner was sleeping.
Hausner offered alibis that included being at his
girlfriends' houses, shopping at the grocery store, driving in another
part of the Phoenix area or taking care of his daughter.
The punishments handed down Friday by the jury were
only for the six murder convictions against Hausner. Maricopa County
Superior Court Judge Roland Steinle is scheduled to sentence Hausner on
Monday on his remaining convictions for attempted murder, aggravated
assault, drive-by shooting, animal cruelty and other charges.
Two weeks ago, when jurors found Hausner guilty in
dozens of the attacks, they acquitted Hausner in two other killings and
another attack that didn't result in an injury.
Dieteman, a drifter who slept in Hausner's living
room for four months before their arrest, gave damning testimony against
his former roommate.
Dieteman told jurors that he and Hausner found humor
at the sight of one of their seriously injured victims, who held his
stomach and appeared angry.
Hausner's lawyers told jurors that Dieteman gave
authorities bad information in hopes of getting out of the death penalty.
Prosecutors said Hausner carried out the shootings
for fame and kept news clippings of the crimes as trophies.
Dieteman told jurors that he and Hausner often
followed news accounts of the killings because they wanted to see which
leads investigators were pursuing. Hausner said there was nothing wrong
with his collection of news clippings.
Hausner cast himself as busy divorced father of a
sick daughter, a ladies' man and a go-getter with side jobs in standup
comedy, bartending and boxing photography. He also made an appearance in
a TV commercial for a personal injury law firm.
As a murder defendant, Hausner took several unusual
steps. Shortly after his arrest, he held a jailhouse news conference
that ended when his newly appointed public defender entered the room and
whispered that he should stop talking to reporters.
His decision to take the stand in his own defense
exposed him to tough questioning from prosecutors. Hausner admitted that
he misrepresented himself to investigators who were looking into two
arsons allegedly tied to the case and lying to investigators about where
he threw away one of his guns.
In talking to jurors about how the names of infamous
serial killers arose during a police interview, Hausner said he was
fascinated with serial killers Charles Starkweather and Jeffrey Dahmer,
saying he wondered how Dahmer could eat the remains of some of his
victims and then go to work the next day.
In a statement to jurors just before deliberations
began in his trial's penalty phase, Hausner said the Hausner name would
likely become as infamous as Charles Manson's.
Hausner's brother, Jeff Hausner, pleaded guilty in
2007 to a stabbing and is serving a 7 1/2-year prison term. He was
indicted in another stabbing attack related to the Serial Shooter case
last summer. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.
Phoenix shooter convicted of 6 murders, 19 attacks
March 13, 2009
PHOENIX - A former janitor was convicted Friday of
murdering six people and attacking 19 others in dozens of random
nighttime shootings of pedestrians, bicyclists and animals that
terrorized this desert city over a 14-month period in 2005 and 2006.
The convictions bring to a close the first phase of
the six-month trial of Dale Shawn Hausner, the main suspect in
metropolitan Phoenix's Serial Shooter attacks. Prosecutors are seeking
the death penalty against Hausner, whose penalty phase begins March 23.
Hausner scratched out notes and whispered to one of
his attorneys as jurors delivered guilty verdicts on 80 of 86 charges
against him. He also was acquitted in two killings.
"It was a good day because we took something bad off
the street," said victim Tony Long, who still has 30 shotgun pellets in
his body after he was shot while walking in June 2006.
Hausner's relatives didn't respond to questions from
reporters as they were escorted out of the courtroom by court security.
Tim Agan, an attorney for Hausner, declined to comment on the verdicts.
Hausner was convicted of six first-degree murder
charges, 18 attempted first-degree murder charges, two conspiracy to
commit first-degree murder charges, 16 aggravated assault charges, 23
drive-by shooting charges, nine animal cruelty charges, three counts of
discharging a gun at a structure, one count of unlawfully discharging a
gun and two counts of arson of an occupied structure.
He was acquitted in the May 2005 killings of Tony
Mendez and Reginald Remillard, the July 2005 shooting of a horse and a
December 2005 attack on a woman that didn't result in an injury.
"We're happy he's not going to be out in the public
ever again," said Marci Matt, Remillard's sister. "Even though there was
a not-guilty (verdict in Remillard's death), we still have a sense of
Authorities say Hausner preyed on people, dogs and
horses in attacks that ended in August 2006 with the arrests of Hausner
and his roommate at their apartment in Mesa. Inside, police found guns,
news clippings of the killings and a city map marked with the locations
of some of the shootings.
The Serial Shooter attacks and an unrelated serial
killer case kept neighborhood watch groups on high alert in the summer
of 2006. Families stayed inside as police searched for the killers, and
authorities called meetings that drew hundreds of people who learned
more about the attacks and were encouraged to provide tips.
Police investigating the Serial Shooter case said
Hausner attacked people from his car in a conspiracy that occasionally
included his brother, Jeff Hausner, and his former roommate, Samuel
Dieteman, the star prosecution witness, testified
that he and Dale Hausner had cruised around late at night looking for
strangers to shoot.
Taking the stand in his own defense, Hausner denied
any involvement in the attacks, offered alibis and suggested that
Dieteman may have carried out some of the attacks. Dieteman, who is
awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to two of the killings, could
face the death penalty.
Dieteman said Hausner never explained why he wanted
to shoot people, though Hausner professed a hatred for prostitutes and
homeless people as they looked for victims in areas frequented by
In one attack, Dieteman said he and Hausner found the
sight of a victim wounded by Hausner to be funny, because they didn't
think he was seriously injured, even though the victim was holding his
stomach and appeared angry.
Later that night, Dieteman said he committed his
first shooting after spotting a woman walking on a sidewalk in
Scottsdale. " 'It's your turn, dude,' " Dieteman quoted Hausner as
The victim, 20-year-old restaurant worker Claudia
Gutierrez Cruz, was attacked after stepping off a bus on her way home
from work and later died at a hospital.
Serial Shooter suspect Dale Hausner was convicted in
six murders and attacks on 19 other people, seven dogs and two horses.
He was acquitted in two killings, the shooting of a horse and an attack
on a woman that didn't result in an injury. Here's a list of most of the
crimes on which Hausner was convicted:
• June 29 — David Estrada, 20, who was shot to death in Tolleson.
• June 29 — A horse that was found shot to death in Tolleson.
• July 20 — A horse that was shot and wounded in Tolleson.
• July 20 — A dog that was shot to death.
• Nov. 11 — A dog that was shot and wounded.
• Nov. 11 — A dog that was shot and wounded.
• Nov. 11 — Nathaniel Shoffner, who was killed.
• Dec. 29 — A dog that was shot to death.
• Dec. 29 — A man who was wounded.
• Dec. 29 — Jose Ortis, 44, who was fatally shot.
• Dec. 29 — Marco Carillo, who was fatally shot.
• Dec. 30 — Three dogs that were shot.
• Dec. 30 — A woman, who was wounded.
• May 2 — A victim who was shot in the back while walking.
• May 2 — Claudia Gutierrez-Cruz, 20, who was fatally shot while
walking in Scottsdale.
• May 17 — A man stabbed in an attack in a parking lot.
• May 30 — A man who was wounded.
• May 31 — A man who was shot in the side while walking.
• May 31 — A man shot in the left side.
• June 8 — A man who was shot in the right side while walking.
• June 8 — Arsons at two Wal-Mart stores.
• June 11 — A woman who was shot in the left hip while riding her
• June 20 — A man who was shot while sitting in a parking lot.
• June 20 — A man who was shot in the torso while walking.
• July 1 — A woman who was shot while walking.
• July 1 — A man who was shot while standing behind a strip mall.
• July 3 — A man who was shot while pushing his bicycle on the
• July 8 — A victim who was shot in the back of the head while
• July 8 — A man who was shot in the torso while walking.
• July 22 — A man who was shot.
• July 30 — Robin Blasnek, 22, who was fatally shot while walking in
Baseline Killer suspect gets new neighbor in jail
January 12, 2007
suspect Mark Goudeau was moved to a new jail cell Friday, following
a Tribune report that he had been housed in an adjacent cell to
Serial Shooter suspect Dale Hausner. “They’ve already been moved,”
jail spokeswoman Lisa Allen McPherson said Friday afternoon. She
said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio made the decision because he
did not like the misleading implication in the Tribune article that
the suspects had a “growing friendship.”
A news release from the
sheriff’s office acknowledges that Goudeau and Hausner had been housed
in adjacent cells until Friday in the Special Management Unit at
Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail.
Arpaio said the unit is
where the most dangerous suspects are housed, and each inmate is
separated by several feet of concrete and steel and no one is within
view or earshot of one another. “Hausner would appear to have quite an
imagination,” Arpaio said in the statement. “My detention staff says
there has not been any direct contact between these men and that Hausner
misled the reporter in order to get more publicity for himself.”
Hausner and Samuel
Dieteman were arrested Aug. 4 at their Mesa apartment and charged with
37 random shootings linked to the “Serial Shooters.” The case spanned 14
months and included seven slayings in Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix.
Hausner said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he had been moved
to the cell next to Goudeau after he attempted suicide in December. “I
see him every day and we talk,” Hausner said. “He seems to be a very
nice person.” Goudeau, apparently, did not return the sentiment.
Arpaio’s news release
said Goudeau told jail officials Friday morning that he has never spoken
to Hausner and “would not want to affiliate himself in any way ‘with a
mass murderer.’” Phoenix police have named Goudeau a suspect in 19
incidents linked to the “Baseline Killer.” That case includes rapes,
robberies and slayings across the Valley from August 2005 to June 2006
and overlapped the Serial Shooter investigation.
The sheriff’s statement
did not address one question: If Hausner and Goudeau had no contact with
each other, how did Hausner know the identity of his next-door neighbor?
“People talk,” Allen McPherson explained. But she emphasized that this
did not include the possibility that Hausner and Goudeau had talked to
Judge Bans Photos in Serial Killer Case
January 3, 2007
A judge on Wednesday
barred news media from photographing or filming two serial killing
suspects in court, saying the publicity could prevent a fair trial.
Maricopa County Superior
Court Judge Roland Steinle said photographers and cameramen could still
attend court hearings regarding Samuel John Dieteman and Dale S. Hausner.
"The court was concerned that continuing publicity would affect whether
the defendants would receive a fair trial," Steinle said during a court
hearing. He did not restrict photos of the men in other situations.
Hausner, 33, and
Dieteman, 31, are accused of randomly shooting numerous people with
shotguns as they cruised Phoenix area neighborhoods late at night.
Hausner has been charged with seven counts of murder and Dieteman has
been charged with two counts. The two are to be tried separately, and
prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if they are convicted. Both
men have pleaded not guilty.
A former lawyer for
Hausner previously failed to change the court venue because of the
intense media attention. His current lawyer, Ken Everett, did not return
a phone message Wednesday. Dieteman's lawyer, Maria Schaffer, said she
didn't plan to ask the judge to move the case. No trial date has been
set. The next hearing for Dieteman is scheduled for May 21, while
Hausner has a court hearing set for Jan. 8.
Serial Killer suspects charged with arson
August 30, 2006
two men accused of shooting 16 people in a string of late night attacks
now face even more criminal charges.
Hausner and Samuel Dieteman were indicted in federal court today on two
counts of arson.
U-S Attorney's Office says the two men torched two Wal-Marts in Glendale
over the summer.
federal prosecutors say they'll stand by while Hausner and Dieteman face
murder and attempted murder charges in state court.
Maricopa County Attorney's Office hasn't said whether it will seek the
death penalty against the pair.
Authorities say the federal investigation into the Wal-Mart fires was
key to identifying and catching Hausner and Dieteman.
Tipsters from the arson first led federal agents to Dieteman and Hausner.
Later, the two men became suspects in the Serial Shooter investigation.
Police bring brother of serial killer suspect in for questioning
August 29, 2006
Phoenix police have questioned the older brother of Serial Shooter
suspect Dale Hausner. A police spokesman says Jeff Hausner is not a
suspect in the case. Jeff Hausner tells The Associated Press that he was
brought into the police station in handcuffs. He said he agreed to a DNA
test and allowed police to search his vehicle and his home.
Hausner said police also asked him for a polygraph test, but he
declined. Dale Hausner and his roommate Samuel Dieteman both face murder
and attempted-murder charges in connection with 16 shootings in the past
year. In a jailhouse interview earlier this month, Dale Hausner said he
met Dieteman through his brother Jeff. Dale Hausner said Dieteman was at
one time roommates with Jeff and that the three men would hang out from
time to time.
Accused serial killer's
August 29, 2006
Phoenix police have
questioned the brother of accused serial shooter Dale S. Hausner as part
of their investigation into a string of random attacks that left seven
people dead and wounded 17 others.
Police spokesman Sgt.
Andy Hill said Jeff Hausner, 39, spoke to police voluntarily last week.
Hill said Jeff Hausner is not a suspect in the case. Jeff Hausner told
The Associated Press in an e-mail Monday that police handcuffed him when
they brought him in for questioning.
suspect wants case moved out of Phoenix area
August 10, 2006
A man accused of
shooting 16 people in a string of late night attacks wants his murder
trial moved outside of Maricopa County because of the ‘‘carnival
atmosphere'' surrounding the investigation.
Defense lawyer Garrett
Simpson said in a motion filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior
Court that Dale S. Hausner, 33, won't get a fair trial in Phoenix, where
news coverage has been ‘‘beyond extensive.'' ‘‘The change of venue is
appropriate because of the uncommon and overheated publicity in the
matter,'' Simpson told The Associated Press. ‘‘I'm afraid it's only
going to get more overheated.''
Simpson also asked
Superior Court Judge James Keppel for a gag order preventing authorities
from giving out information about the investigation. In the nine-page
motion, Simpson said thousands of news stories already have circulated
on the Internet about Hausner and his alleged accomplice Samuel John
One in The Arizona
Republic included a banner headline where Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon
called them ‘‘monsters.'' ‘‘Respected local medical doctors - who have
never seen the defendant - have gone on-camera to give televised
opinions about Mr. Hausner's mental state,'' Simpson wrote in the
motion. ‘‘One declared him to be a sociopath and a liar.'' An Aug. 18
hearing is scheduled for Simpson's motion.
special assistant county attorney, said prosecutors would fight the gag
order request and the motion to change venue. Lotstein said Superior
Court in Arizona's most populous county hasn't had problems selecting
impartial juries in other high profile cases such as the AzScam
political-corruption trial in the early 1990s and Bishop Thomas
O'Brien's fatal hit-and-run case in 2003. ‘‘We're confident in the
fourth largest county in the United States that there will be an
impartial jury,'' Lotstein said. Hausner and Dieteman are in jail on two
counts of first degree murder, 14 counts of attempted first degree
murder and 16 counts of drive-by shooting. Neither has entered a formal
plea to the charges.
Their arrests are part
of the so-called ‘‘Serial Shooter'' investigation that includes seven
fatal shootings since May 2005. Authorities continue to investigate
those other shootings as well as a rash of attacks by another serial
predator known as the ‘‘Baseline Rapist.'' Dieteman's lawyer, Maria
Schaffer, wouldn't comment Thursday about Hausner's request to move the
Hausner, a janitor who
moonlighted as a radio talk-show host and boxing ring announcer, already
has spoken with reporters on two occasions about his arrest. During his
second news conference, Simpson rushed in and told him to stop talking.
‘‘I found out I was appointed to that case minutes before I walked into
that room,'' Simpson wrote.
In his motion, Simpson
said he expected the County Attorney Andrew Thomas to pursue the death
penalty against Hausner. Given the stakes, Simpson said the judge had to
move the case. ‘‘There is no reason to think the avid interest in the
case will abate locally, even as the case might fade in the public mind
the further away from Phoenix one goes,'' Simpson said.
Accused killer was
struggling before arrest, friend says
August 7, 2006
Before he was accused of being a serial killer, Samuel John Dieteman was
already grappling with a difficult life. Dieteman, a drifter who was
wanted in Minnesota on several criminal charges, had been surviving in
Arizona for the past few years with the help of friends, said Kelly
Hottowe, a bartender who has known him since 2002. Then, last summer,
the bottom fell out. Dieteman's mother kicked him out of her house in
Glendale, and he lost his job as an electrician, Hottowe said. "He
started drinking a lot," she said. "He'd be at the bar as soon as it
opened." It was during this year, police said, that Dieteman started
preying on pedestrians and bicyclists with another friend, Dale Hausner.
According to court documents, Dieteman said the two would drive around
at night and randomly shoot people on the street. The two were arrested
last week on two counts each of first-degree murder and 13 counts each
of attempted first-degree murder. Phoenix police said the two men are
the serial shooters who have terrorized residents in a string of attacks
for more than a year.
are being investigated in about three dozen incidents in all, including
seven killings and the wounding of 17 people. "Hopefully these arrests
in the serial shooter cases will bring some closure for the families,"
Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said. A sheriff's spokesman said
Monday that Dieteman was declining interview requests.
Authorities had been searching for Dieteman for more than a month as
part of an investigation into arsons at two Glendale Wal-Marts. They
found him early last week, according to a federal affidavit. The
affidavit said a witness told federal agents that Dieteman was drinking
that night at the Stardust bar, a pool hall at the corner of a strip
mall in Glendale. Hottowe said she was working in the bar that day. She
said Dieteman was playing a game of 3-ball pool when police closed in.
"There was an undercover detective sitting right at the bar," she said.
Police followed Dieteman as he left in a light colored four-door sedan.
They kept him under tight surveillance for four days before capturing
the two men at their gated apartment complex in Mesa last Thursday.
the Stardust on Monday, Hottowe shook her head in disbelief at what has
played out on the news. "He was my brother - at least that's what I used
to call him," Hottowe said. "We were really good friends for four years.
He'd do anything for me." "He was very playful. He loves my kids. He
took my 15-year-old to some concerts. He went to his Pop Warner games."
Hottowe said the two remained friends until last summer, when Dieteman
seemed to snap. "When all that (stuff) happened, I just backed off and
left him alone."
Hausner told reporters Monday he was innocent and had no idea that
Dieteman could be involved in the serial shootings. It's possible,
Hausner said, that his new roommate might have been sneaking out of the
apartment and shooting people on his own. Hausner said he knows Dieteman
through his brother, Jeff, who may have hired the electrician to do
handiwork at his home. They started to hang out when Jeff wouldn't go
out, Hausner said.
Hausner said that he let Dieteman into his apartment five weeks ago.
Dieteman seemed down on his luck, Hausner said, and he let his new
friends stay without paying rent. Dieteman had a low self-esteem,
Hausner said. If Dieteman did shoot people, it probably was for
attention. "If he did this stuff, it would be for recognition," Hausner
said. "Or if he didn't and he is confessing that he did, it would be for
Friends of accused
serial killer are shocked
August 6, 2006
He was always polite to
friends, never rude. A lover of boxing who decorated his room with
drawings of his favorite athletes. A father to a 2-year-old girl, and
two young sons who died in a car accident. To people who know him, Dale
S. Hausner simply is too sweet, too timid, to have terrorized city
residents in a rash of late-night shootings as police alleged on Friday.
doesn't even look like he would know which end of the [gun] barrel the
bullet would come out of," said Mary Ann Owen, a Las Vegas photographer
who has known Hausner since 1999. Hausner and his alleged accomplice,
Samuel John Dieteman, have each been booked on two counts of
first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted first-degree murder for a
series of attacks since May 2005.
Police arrested Hausner,
33, and Dieteman, 30, on Thursday after keeping both under tight
surveillance for four days. Outlining the evidence they said helped them
track the suspects, authorities said the two are clearly the men sought
in the city's so-called Serial Shooter case.
are confident these are the individuals involved," Assistant Police
Chief Kevin Robinson said. The men are being investigated in 36
shootings, including some involving animals. They're also suspected of
committing two arsons. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 14.
An unidentified person
tipped off police that Dieteman would drive through cities selecting
random targets that he called
"RV" -- Random
Recreational Violence. Investigators later searched the Mesa apartment
that the men shared, finding shotgun cartridges, shotguns, and long
rifles. The two men also apparently kept close tabs on what people were
saying about the shootings, which included the killing of six people.
Police searching through
their trash found a map with red and blue dots representing the
locations of the attacks. The bag also contained an America's Most
Wanted video and news clippings of the shootings and other attacks
linked to another serial assailant dubbed the Baseline Killer. Hausner's
daughter was in the apartment when he and Dieteman were arrested
outside, police said. She was returned to her mother, police said.
Friends remembered Hausner having sad moments, recalling the loss of his
told me he lost a whole family to a car accident," Owen said.
According to a 1994
report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hausner's sons, ages 2 and 3,
drowned in a creek after a car crash. The story said Hausner's
then-wife, Karen, was driving the car and fell asleep. At the gated
complex where Hausner and Dieteman shared an apartment, the news of
Hausner's arrest came as a shock to Jill O'Donnell.
makes me wonder what kind of background checks they do," she said.
O'Donnell, 20, said she spent a lot of time chatting with Hausner, and
he was always "really
nice." Still, O'Donnell said, during the past month Hausner
off a vibe of someone you didn't want to be too social with."
wouldn't say `Hi.' " she said.
wouldn't wave when I passed him. Little things like that."
Another friend, Clement
Vierra, agreed that something had changed with Hausner. Vierra, owner of
the Hard Knocks Gym in Phoenix, said he met Hausner about two years ago
and would talk to him at boxing events, where Hausner would take
pictures. But about a year ago, Hausner stopped showing up at the
was pretty strange because he was really involved with the boxing,"
Vierra said. "He
just stopped. Nobody knew where he was. He wouldn't return any calls
that we left for him," Vierra said.
killer suspect from area
August 5, 2006
A man police say is
responsible for a string of apparently random late-night killings that
have terrorized residents of Phoenix was from the St. Peter and Mankato
area. Samuel John Dieteman, 30, reportedly attended St. Peter High
School, had dozens of run-ins with local police and left the area in
He was arrested along
with Dale S. Hausner on Thursday in an apartment complex in Mesa, Ariz.
Phoenix police say they are confident the two are the serial shooters
who’ve terrorized the city since 2005, killing six and wounding dozens
more in 36 shootings. Dieteman has a half-sister in the Mankato area as
well as his father and other relatives.
Records show that from
1992 to 1999, Mankato police had nearly 40 contacts with Dieteman,
including DWIs, thefts, and assaults. Nicollet County court records show
he had failed to pay child support to his ex-wife. Their last recorded
contact with him was in early 1999 when he failed to appear in court for
possession of stolen property and theft. It was about that time that
Dieteman moved to Arizona according to a reporter covering the case for
the East Valley Tribune in Arizona. Mankato Police Comdr.
Dan Schisel said his
department had not yet been contacted by Arizona police, but he expected
they would be soon. “We’ve had some public involvements with him, but I
don’t personally remember him,” Schisel said. Dieteman had lived at some
five different addresses in St. Peter and one in Mankato. Neighbors at
several of those homes said they did not recall Dieteman.
Most of the addresses were
arrest two in serial shooter case
August 4, 2006
Arizona police have
arrested two suspected serial killers blamed for a string of fatal
shootings that terrified Phoenix-area residents, officials said on
Friday. Officers arrested Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman at an
apartment complex in Mesa, Arizona, 15 miles east of Phoenix, late on
Thursday following a tip, Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris told a news
Investigators say the
men shot and killed six people in a crime spree that began in May 2005.
Eighteen others were wounded in the apparently random attacks carried
out at night and in the early morning, which targeted walkers and
cyclists. "These are the two monsters that we have been hunting,"
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said. Harris said police had weapons and
incriminating statements linking the two men to the shootings. He did
not speculate on motives for the attacks.
The gunmen last struck
on Sunday, when a woman was shot and killed as she walked near her home
in the city. Harris said Hausner, 33, and Dieteman, 30, also shot
several dogs and horses in the area. The Arizona Republic and local
television stations reported that Hausner worked as a custodian at the
city's Sky Harbor International Airport, and took photographs for a
boxing Web site.
Dieteman had a history
of petty crimes and only recently returned to the Phoenix area after
living in Minnesota, the media reports added. Residents across the
sprawling metropolitan area of 3.7 million people, who had lived in fear
since the attacks, expressed relief on Friday. "It's been a worry for
months," said coffee shop worker Francis Charfauros as he served
customers at a busy cafe. "Let's just hope that they got the right guys
so it doesn't continue."
Police said they had
kept a round-the-clock watch on the two suspects since they identified
them four days ago. The investigation also linked Hausner and Dieteman
to arson attacks on two Wal-Mart stores in early June, which were
carried out within 45 minutes of each other.
SECOND SERIAL KILLER
Police are also
searching for a man wanted in connection with a series of murders, armed
robberies and sexual assaults in the Baseline Road area of the city. The
"Baseline Killer" is believed to have shot eight people and sexually
assaulted 11 women since August 2005. Investigators believe the man
responsible for the crimes is black or Hispanic, aged 25 to 40. Some
witnesses have described the attacker as a bald man, while others say he
wears dreadlocks. Police have set up a tip hot line and are offering a
reward of up to $100,000 in both the Serial Shooter and Baseline Killer
cases. It was not immediately clear if anyone would receive a reward
following the arrests in the Serial Shooter case.
Serial killer linked
to Mesa death
August 4, 2006
Police have linked the
fatal shooting of a Mesa woman Sunday to one of two serial predators who
have been operating in the Phoenix area for more than a year. The
shooting brings to six the number of killings the "Serial Shooter" is
believed to have committed. In a second serial murder case in Phoenix,
prosecutors on Thursday dropped murder charges against a man jailed
since January after confessing to killing a woman in September.
James Mullins, 33,
recanted his statement last month after forensics linked the killing of
19-year-old Georgia Thompson to a serial criminal called the "Baseline
Killer," who is believed responsible for killing seven women and one man
and sexually assaulting 11 women and girls in the past year.
Ariz. Death Linked
to Serial Killer Case
August 3, 2006
death of a woman who was gunned down while walking has been linked to a
serial killer believed responsible for dozens of random shootings across
metropolitan Phoenix, police said Thursday.
shooting was linked to earlier cases because of similarities and
forensic evidence, said Mesa police Sgt. Chuck Trapani.
Authorities say the so-called "Serial Shooter" is responsible for three
dozen shootings of people, and dogs and horses. The shootings have
generally happened late at night, with no witnesses. Six people were
killed and 17 _ mostly pedestrians and bicyclists _ have been wounded
since May 2005.
Blasnek, 22, was walking to her boyfriend's home in Mesa, a suburb east
of Phoenix, at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday when she was gunned down.
Neighbors heard a shot and ran to help the young woman, but she soon
lost consciousness and died at a hospital.
father told the East Valley Tribune that Blasnek grew up as a special
needs child and lived part time with her parents in Mesa and a group
home in Tempe.
was just a great kid. Very, very naive, and pure as far as not
understanding the dangers of the world," Steve Blasnek said. "I guess my
only regret is that I didn't give her a big hug."
Trapani said Mesa police plan to beef up patrols and have assigned a
detective to the Phoenix police serial criminal task force.
unit already has about 200 officers working to try to solve the serial
shooter case, plus another case involving a serial criminal dubbed the
Baseline Killer is believed responsible for killing seven women and one
man and sexually assaulting 11 women and girls during the past year.
Police think his most recent killing was the shooting death of
37-year-old woman at a Phoenix car wash June 29.
$100,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the
capture of either killer.
Spanish forum to address serial killer issues
August 1, 2006
Phoenix Police Department and the city's Silent Witness Program will
hold a community forum in Spanish Wednesday night to inform residents
and business owners of the latest developments regarding the rash of
violent crimes committed by two serial killers.
Phil Gordon, Police Chief Jack Harris, Commander Glen Gardner, Detective
Mike Fischer and Sergeant Jaqui MacConell are scheduled to speak at the
7 p.m. Aug. 3 forum at Creighton School, 2802 E. McDowell Road.
Several Spanish speaking officers and investigators will be on hand to
Univision-TV Channel 33 will run a live feed and ABC-TV Channel 15 will
broadcast a streaming video of the town hall meetings on its Web site,
Janice Todd, vice president and general manager of ABC 15, said the
station will continue to devote significant resources to the coverage of
"these dangerous individuals."
will do everything we can to provide information to keep our residents
safe," she said. "Providing this town hall in Spanish to our Hispanic
residents is simply part of the coverage we are devoted to."
week, Clear Channel Outdoor and the city of Phoenix launched a billboard
campaign to increase public awareness and help catch the serial killers
who have evaded capture for more than year.
killer may have struck again
August 2, 2006
suspected serial killer may have taken another life early Monday.
Police believe the latest crime scene is 48th Avenue south of Dobbins
brought in to the Humane Society dog had to be euthanized after
suffering from gun shot wounds.
Police say the dog may be the latest victim of what Valley police are
calling a serial killer.
shootings began in the far West Valley in June of last year. The shooter
seemed to first target horses, then progressed to involve three murders.
shootings happened all over the Valley and in a span of two months, in a
two-mile area, a man, five horses, and two dogs were shot. The victims
were all shot by a small caliber weapon.
latest shooting marks the 19 incident of which police believe are
related, but so far only four have definitively been linked.
Police say they know of no witnesses to any of the shootings.
Silent Witness is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an
arrest in this case.
reportedly on the loose
February 3, 2006
serial killer might be on the loose in the Valley and police are adding
two more shootings to the list.
two shootings happened back in November but detectives say the incidents
could be linked to 16 others.
was shot in the leg and was rushed to the vet.
Fortunately, he survived, but another dog Shep was killed when the
suspect or suspects shot through a chain-like fence.
June, 18 random shootings have taken place, killing three people,
wounding two others and hitting 13 animals.
Police are asking for the public’s help. A $5,000 reward is being
shootings may be work of serial killer
January 27, 2006
series of 16 random shootings has left people and animals dead and
wounded from Tolleson to east Phoenix, and police now suspect the
shootings may be connected, possibly to a serial killer.
June 29, three people have been killed, and two others wounded in the
shootings. The death toll also includes three horses and four dogs.
of the shootings already have been linked by physical evidence, Phoenix
police said Friday. Time, proximity and other details could link the
other 12. But police aren't sure if the shootings are the rampage of one
gunman or if more people are involved.
"Indications are that we could have an individual or a group of
individuals randomly driving around shooting at animals and occasionally
people," said Assistant Phoenix Police Chief Kevin Robinson.
we look at the pattern of behavior, clearly it gives us cause for
shots come in the dark of night in areas where virtually nobody is
around. Fourteen of the shootings were with a small-caliber weapon; the
other two, a shotgun.
targets appear randomly picked: People outside alone; dogs on corner
lots surrounded by chain-link fences; horses. Usually, there are several
targets clustered in one area.
couldn't believe when the cops told me. All these shootings by the same
person or people," said Timmy Tordai, 40, who was shot Dec. 29 in
Phoenix. "It freaks me out. I hope they don't come back. There's no
reason for it."
Tordai had to miss three weeks of work after his shooting. The same
gunman also may have killed two homeless men just blocks from where he
was shot. At the time, police said Tordai, Marco Carillo, 28, and Jose
Ortis, 44, were shot with the same caliber weapon.
might get their jollies off shooting people," Tordai said, "but they
have to be sick in the head."
shootings have occurred in Phoenix, Tolleson and Avondale. The four that
have been positively linked stretch from the earliest shootings in the
spree to the latest:
horse shot to death at 8:50 a.m. on June 29 in Tolleson.
dog shot to death at 12:08 a.m. on July 20 in Phoenix.
shooting of Tordai at 11:39 p.m. on Dec. 29.
dogs shot, one fatally, at 12:10 a.m. on Dec. 30.
just pure meanness, I guess," said Ron Travis of Phoenix, the owner of
the dogs shot on Dec. 30. The dogs were outside in a fenced yard doing
their business before bedtime when Travis heard one cry out in pain. His
son heard two pops. Payton, an 8-year-old Labrador mix, had to be put to
sleep. Martin, a 3-year-old Transylvania Hound, survived but has a
bullet lodged in its chest.
senseless," Travis said. "I don't know what's the matter with them when
they do things like that. I think it was just somebody driving around,
and they were looking for something to shoot."
12 shootings police still are trying to definitively link include the
killing of David Estrada, 20, in Tolleson on June 29,as he stood on a
roadway, and the wounding of Clarissa Stevens, 21, as she walked alone
on Van Buren Street at 2 a.m. Dec. 30.
the shootings appear to have occurred in groups, beginning June 29 then
continuing in July and August. In addition to Estrada's murder, five
horses and two family dogs were shot, all within a few miles of each
second cluster of shootings began Dec. 29 when Ortis, Carillo and Tordai
were shot. Stevens was shot a couple hours later. Two dogs also were
killed during that time frame.
Police said Friday they have no witnesses and essentially no clue as to
who is doing this.
"We're not sure if we've got two people out there or three people or a
group of people or if it's just one," said Phoenix police Cmdr. Kim
Officials declined to disclose what evidence specifically linked the
four shootings or why they couldn't definitively connect the others.
only clue appears to be the description of a vehicle seen near shootings
in Tolleson and Phoenix. The vehicle is believed to be a 1995 or newer
Honda-type sedan, dark green or gray with tinted windows.
Phoenix police officers were advised Friday to pay special attention to
small-caliber weapons and animal issues. Police said it's likely the
shooter or shooters has bragged about what they've done, and they're
asking the public to step forward with tips. A $5,000 reward is being
offered through Silent Witness, 1-800-343-TIPS.
"We're certainly not trying to frighten the community," Humphrey said.
"We're angry this is going on."
Friday afternoon, Tordai walked to the bus stop to catch his usual ride
to work. Days, he's fine but at night he worries. Someone now drives him
home when his shift in a cafeteria ends.
one is safe," Tordai said. He pointed to the spot on the sidewalk where
he was shot. His blood still colors the pavement.
want to shoot people," he said, "join the Army."