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Updated Jun 8, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Arizona serial killer Dale Hausner saved pills before suicide

PHOENIX — A convicted serial killer who committed suicide in an Arizona
prison last year was likely hoarding antidepressants from a fellow inmate in the
months before his death, a state prison investigation said.

Findings in an Arizona Department of Corrections report released Friday
indicate another inmate gave 40-year-old Dale Hausner several amitriptyline
pills a week over a two-month period at a Florence prison.

According to the documents, the unidentified inmate told the Inspector
General’s Office that Hausner said he was having trouble sleeping. So, the
inmate initially gave Hausner nine pills before giving out four or five each

The inmate told officials he had medications to give because prison nurses
didn’t always watch him take what was a daily dosage. He would save any he
didn’t feel like taking.

While the inmate recalled talking with Hausner about the idea of stockpiling
pills to commit suicide, the inmate said he thought Hausner was taking them as
he received them.

According to the inmate, he would use a homemade fishing line to transport
pills from his cell to another until they reached Hausner. It’s possible Hausner
had more than 56 tablets, the inmate said.

He was found unresponsive in his isolation cell at Eyman state prison complex
on June 19, 2013. He was pronounced dead about an hour later at a hospital in
Anthem, according to Arizona Department of Corrections officials.

The Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a suicide and said
the cause of death was “amitriptyline intoxication.”

Hausner was found guilty in a series of random shootings on pedestrians,
bicyclists and animals. The former airport janitor was given six death sentences
and hundreds of years in prison for killing six people and attacking 19 others
in 2005 and 2006.

Hausner was arrested in August 2006 with his roommate Sam Dieteman at the
apartment they shared in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. Inside, police found guns,
news clippings of the killings and a city map marked with the locations of some
of the shootings.

Dieteman, who pleaded guilty in two of the killings and was sentenced to life
in prison, testified against Hausner, saying they cruised around late at night
looking for strangers to shoot.

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 and authorities called meetings that drew hundreds of people.

Since his convictions, Hausner had asked that he be executed quickly.

County authorities have said that while he was awaiting trial, Hausner tried to
kill himself with an overdose of cold tablets.


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