Random Recreational Violence: Phoenix's Serial Shooters
Boys Will Be Boys, Or Maybe Meth-Head Serial Killers
Dieteman's parents had divorced when he was young, and he and his mother had shuttled back and forth between Minnesota and Arizona. In 1992, he and his girlfriend had a baby, married, moved to Arizona, where they had a second daughter.
In 2001, his wife left him and returned to Minnesota. Like Hausner, Dieteman did not take the separation well. He, too, threatened to kill his wife, saying he'd bury her body in the desert.
Family members say he slid into substance abuse. He lost his apartment and moved in with his mother and her new husband for a while, but his stepfather, tired of the drunken Dieteman's failure to even get up in time to make it to work, kicked him out in 2005.
Soon Dale Hausner was letting Dieteman sleep on his couch; he even "hired" him to shoplift liquor and CDs. Hausner sold the stolen goods to his airport coworkers, and the two split the profits.
Like bad-seed high school kids with too much energy and too little planning, the terrible trio drove about aimlessly, setting garbage cans on fire and shooting out car tires with a BB gun.
In April, Jeff Hausner stabbed a man in front of his brother and Dieteman.
Dieteman would later recall that he felt pressure to mimic their acts of aggression. Questioned about the allure of this violent group bond, he said it was initially "just random, senseless destruction."
That escalated to a deadly game with simple rules: "Kill, maim and terrify."