Random Recreational Violence: Phoenix's Serial Shooters
Stand-Up Family Man Or Psychopath?
A divorced dad, Hausner had custody of his daughter two nights a week. She suffered from a chronic illness, not detailed in reports of the crimes and trial: she was on a feeding tube, and her glucose levels demanded frequent monitoring. When he had custody, he needed to check on her every few hours.
He also asserted himself as a ladies' man, offering up a complicated romantic schedule as an alibi for his whereabouts during the killings.
The truth was a little sadder.
Ledford later claimed that Hausner was bisexual, and that he'd violently attacked her. She claimed that when she began dating someone else after their separation, he drove her into the desert near Wickenburg and threatened to kill her. The murder, she said, was thwarted only when a pair of motorcyclists drove by.
Hausner started spending much of his time drinking and joyriding with his brother, Jeff, and eventually they found an even more miserable sidekick.