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Wisconsin man who killed wife at spa had terrorized her for years

MILWAUKEE — A man terrorized his wife for years, threatening to throw acid on her face, dousing her car with tomato juice and slashing her vehicle's tires before going to the spa where she worked, opening fire and killing her and two others.

Court records show the conflict between Radcliffe Haughton and his wife, Zina, had been escalating for years.

The 45-year-old former car salesman ultimately shot seven women at the spa before turning the gun on himself. Three remained hospitalized Monday.

Haughton of Brown Deer, a Milwaukee suburb, was charged with disorderly conduct last year after police officers responding to a 911 call saw him point what appeared to be a gun at his wife from a window at their home. Officers took cover, and a 90 minute standoff ensued.

Brown Deer police said Monday the standoff ended peacefully, and they were never able to confirm a gun was involved because Zina Haughton wouldn't allow them into the home. The charge against Radcliffe Haughton was dropped when a police officer failed to appear in court.

Police said the officer asked the prosecutor to reschedule, but the prosecutor refused. A call to the prosecutor Monday evening went unanswered.

According to court records, Zina Haughton told police when she called 911 that her husband had thrown her clothes and bedding into the yard and poured tomato juice on her car.

Zina Haughton wrote in a restraining order request filed Oct. 8 that her husband had threatened to kill her if she ever left him. He also, at various times, threatened to throw acid on her face and burn her and her family with gas, she wrote.

"His threats terrorize my every waking moment," she wrote.

Radcliffe Haughton appeared in court Thursday, when a judge issued a restraining order and told him to turn in all firearms to the sheriff. It's unclear whether he turned in any weapons.

On Saturday, he bought the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun used in the shootings, police said in a statement.

The shooting rampage also killed Cary Robuck, 35, a nail technician from Racine, and Maelyn Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc.

Wisconsin man who killed wife at spa had terrorized her for years 10/22/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 22, 2012 10:29pm]
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