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Phoenix Serial Shooter: Dale Hausner (2015)
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Phoenix Serial Shooter: Dale Hausner (2015)

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Seemingly random killings were spreading across Phoenix, Arizona. Between 2005 and 2006, bodies were piling up.

Cyclists, pedestrians and even animals were being gunned down on deserted streets. Some were wounded, others shot dead.

The first to lose their life was 20-year-old David Estrada in June 2005. The final victim was Robin Blasnek, 22, murdered in July 2006.

The police received a tip-off from a man who’d heard local criminal Samuel Dieteman bragging about how he and his roommate, Dale Hausner, liked to shoot people at night. Both were put under surveillance and arrested in connection with arson incidents.

In Hausner’s apartment, officers found rifles, ice picks and other weapons – as well as newspaper clippings about the shootings. They also found a map with dots marking the location of some of the killings. Both men were charged with first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

However, it was Hausner who was ultimately convicted of 80 crimes…

Dale Hausner was born in Nebraska, in February 1973, believed to be the youngest of five brothers. By November 1994, Hausner, then 21, was married to Karen, and had two sons, aged 3 and 2.

But tragedy struck that November…

His wife, Karen, was driving when she fell asleep at the wheel. The car plunged into a creek. Hausner attempted to rescue his sons, but failed. The little boys lost their lives…

Hausner later talked about his ‘extreme guilt’ and said that he battled ‘serious depression’. Could the guilt have affected him enough that he became a killer?

Hausner’s marriage to Karen crumbled. She said he’d driven her to the desert, threatened to shoot her. She even filed for an order of protection against him.

Then, in 2005, the crime spree started…

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Dale Hausner @ Murderpedia

Serial Shooter @ Wikipedia