Dale Hausner, One of Phoenix's Infamous "Serial Shooters" in 2005-06, To Remain On Death Row

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Dale Hausner, the creepy crawler who, with co-conspirator Sam Dieteman, terrorized the Valley in 2005-06, randomly killing six people and seriously injuring more than two-dozen people and animals, will remain on Arizona's death row, after the state Supreme Court this morning upheld his convictions and sentences.
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Dale Hausner, serial killer, after his August 2006 arrest

The high court confirmed Hausner's convictions on the six murders and 73 of 74 non-capital charges against the Mesa man. The one count tossed out was an animal cruelty charge in which the jury had convicted Hausner of the July 2005 shooting in Tolleson of a horse named Apache.

The court's unanimous 70-page opinion, written by Justice Scott Bales, concluded that Hausner had shot (and killed in this instance) another animal, a dog named Whiskey, with a .22 that same night, but about two miles away from the Tolleson incident, and "a jury could not conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Hausner also shot Apache.

Though he probably did.

Dieteman, Hausner's partner in the murderous spree, pleaded guilty and testified against his former pal. He is serving a life sentence at the same state prison in Florence where Hausner will be residing on death row for many years to come, as his appeals continue their trek through the labyrinth of the criminal-justice system.

The "Serial Shooters" (one of the weaker handles ever devised for a thrill-seeking murder team) worked in tandem at the same time as "Baseline Killer" Mark Goudeau was shooting and sexually assaulting women, mostly in central Phoenix. (Goudeau was caught shortly after Hausner/Dieteman and also is on death row.)

Those around here at the time will remember the fear well. It was a terrible time. 

We wrote a bunch about the dual serial killers over the years in stories such as "Waiting For Goudeau" and "Fear Factor." 

The Supreme Court's opinion in Hausner is well-crafted, and readers can link to it here.

One of the most chilling parts is when Judge Bales recounts a conversation between Hausner and Dieteman that was intercepted with an emergency wiretap in the Mesa apartment the men shared shortly before their arrests.

It occurred a few days after the pair gunned down 22-year-old Mesa woman Robin Blasnek, who was walking by herself at night near the intersection of Gilbert Road and Grandview Drive.

"I love shooting people in the back, it's so much fun," Hausner tells Dieteman.

Dieteman says he's heard that the cops are looking to link crimes in other states to their murder spree.

"So we're being copycatted, Sam?" Hausner replies. "We're pioneers, Sam? We're leading to a better life for everybody, Sam?"

After listening to Dieteman read an article about the recent Blasnek shooting, Hausner says, "She was on her knees. `Oh, I've been shot!' Blood's pouring out, right?"

Hausner then mocked Blasnek's "I've been shot" wail and, according to the court's opinion, "he and Dieteman mimicked crying, laughed, and referred to Blasnek scornfully. Reading from an obituary, Dieteman later asked if Hausner knew a Blasnek.

Hausner replied, "I know a blast neck."

These were, and are, very bad men. The worst.

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15 comments
Camille Kimball
Camille Kimball

The closest family of Dale did, indeed, appear to be visibly moved when the tapes were played in court. In particular, there was emotional reaction by Dale's mother and brothers when the baby's voice could be heard.  Camille Kimball Author

Gregory
Gregory

I suggest to all that is on here to buy the book A SUDDEN SHOT BY CAMILLE KIMBALL. As the oldest brother of Dale I want to let all of you know that all of the victims are my heros. I pray for them all of the time. I have never recovered from this insanity that happened.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

state sponsored murder MAKES so much sense, I know.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Let's teach people who are considering killing other people that killing people is wrong by killing people - what kind of reverse logic is this?

COPS LIE
COPS LIE

I agree THB and like the latter portion of your reply.....to me it's obvious these bastards don't and didn't care. As soon as I heard the wire tap, enough for me. Pick em up and just start beating their ass to death, slowly but surely and save the State..LOTS of money.

Todd Hemming Books
Todd Hemming Books

I believe these guys deserve jail and the death sentence. Anyone who shoots innocent people and animals deserve to suffer.

CH
CH

These two lowlife's deserve to be right where they are for life.  I'm so glad they were caught.  Karma wins in this case.  Two of the worst scums off the street for good.  Yeeeeh!!!!!

slipery Mike
slipery Mike

just one hour in GP,and we wouldnt have to feed this puke a final meal 15 years from now! all we need is an "inept"prison guard.

COPS LIE
COPS LIE

no shit, let's see how tuff you really are, shooting people in the back......come straight to their face and hurt them MF's

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

I'd off this guy for gas money to Florence-Right now.

COPS LIE
COPS LIE

too funny Tubes! I'll cover the gas and go with ya...

Vblais1
Vblais1

How many more years are the good citizens of Az having to feed this creature, the lowest scum there is!

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