Radcliffe Haughton: The Wisconsin Hair Salon Mass Murder-Suicide

     Radcliffe F. Haughton, a 45-year-old former Marine who lived in Brown Deer, Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee, was estranged from his wife Zina. He resided with their 13-year-old daughter. Zina Haughton and her 20-year-old daughter fro…

     Radcliffe F. Haughton, a 45-year-old former Marine who lived in Brown Deer, Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee, was estranged from his wife Zina. He resided with their 13-year-old daughter. Zina Haughton and her 20-year-old daughter from another marriage worked as hair dressers at the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin located across the street from the massive Brookfield Square Mall eleven miles west of downtown Milwaukee.

     Radcliffe had moved to the Milwaukee area ten years ago from Cook County, Illinois where he had grown up in the Chicago suburban communities of Northbrook and Wheeling. When he departed Illinois he left behind a history of arrests for disorderly conduct and domestic violence. In Brown Deer  he became known to the local police who arrested him several times for similar offenses.

     In January 2011, Zina called the police when Radcliffe threw her clothing out a window, and poured tomato juice on her car. Officers came to the house and set up a perimeter. They saw him through a window holding a rifle. He refused to come out of the house. After a 90-minute standoff, the officers left the scene without taking him into custody. He was later charged with disturbing the police, but the charges were dropped after he agreed to anger management counseling.

     On October 2, 2012, police officers were called to a gas station in Brown Deer where they found Zina Haughton barefoot and badly bruised in the face. She reported that she had been assaulted by her husband who had threatened to kill her. Officers went to the house where they spotted Radcliffe through a window. Again, he refused to come out of the dwelling. Instead of arresting him for physically abusing his wife, the police departed.

     Two days later, when Zina Haughton approached her car in the hair salon parking lot, she discovered that someone had slashed her tires. The next day, the police arrested Radcliffe and charged him with disorderly conduct and destruction of property. That day, Zina acquired a temporary restraining order against him. The 42-year-old embattled wife also petitioned the court for a permanent protection decree. In her request for a permanent injunction, Zina said that Radcliffe was convinced she was cheating on him. In a jealous rage, he had threatened to kill her by setting her on fire. He had also promised to kill her if she reported his threats to the police. She said she feared for her life. On October 18, the judge issued an order requiring Radcliffe to avoid contact with his wife for a period of four years. (What good are restraining orders against husbands who are insanely jealous, outraged, violent, and out of control?)

     On Sunday morning, October 21, 2012, Radcliffe Haughton pulled up to the two-story, 9,000-square-foot building that housed the Azana Salon and Spa. He alighted from the taxi cab at 11:09, and walked into the salon armed with a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. Once inside, he opened fire on the helpless occupants.  Haughton shot seven women inside the salon, killing his wife, and two other women identified as Cary L. Robuck, 35 of Racine, and 38-year-old Maelyn M. Lind from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

     Amid the chaos of women fleeing for their lives as Haughton walked around the salon firing and reloading his pistol, he set a small fire in the building.

     When police officers and SWAT units rolled up to the scene, women were running out of the smoking salon. Haughton escaped out a back door, but when he came around a corner of the building, he saw the police and re-entered the building.

     The four wounded women Haughton had shot, but didn't kill, were rushed to the Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. All of the victims were expected to survive their gunshot wounds.

     At four in the afternoon of the deadly rampage, the police, during the course of a careful search of the building, found the shooter. Radcliffe Haughton had locked himself in a room, and with the pistol he had used on his victims, shot himself in the head.

     As is often the case in murder-suicides, some of the people who knew Radcliffe Haughton told reporters that he was a nice and friendly guy. These folks were shocked that he could do such a thing. In reality, these people were probably mere acquaintances who didn't know the man that well. Moreover, you can never be sure what is going on in a person's mind, or what he or she is capable of. There seems to be something going on in modern society that is producing more and more of these murder-suicide rampages. They are in the national news for a couple of days then, except for the victims and their families, are forgotten until the next killing spree.

     The following are excerpts of Zina Haughton's testimony at the October 4, 2012 hearing in which the abused wife of 20 years petitioned the judge for a temporary restraining order:

"My husband thinks I'm cheating on him. He woke up angry that morning. He was screaming. He told me I wasn't going to work that day unless I gave him all the pass codes to my phone, unless I showed him my bank statements on line for the day of May 29, the evening he thinks I cheated on him. [That evening was] the scariest night of my life...he ran into the basement, and he came upstairs, and he pulled a gun from behind his pants, and it accidentally went off in between me and my daughter's head, about two inches from both of our heads....I never went to the police. The police were randomly called by people who overheard fights, and I've always sent the police away because I never want--I'm not a vindictive person. I love my daughter. I loved my husband. I never wanted to see him taken away, and I never wanted him--I never wanted him to be taken away, but things have gotten so bad. I just--we need to separate. We need a course before you hurt me. Even if it's an accident, I don't want to die. I just don't want to die."

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/

Mueller Denies BuzzFeed Story on Trump, Cohen

Special counsel Robert Mueller issued an unusual statement saying a story asserting that President Trump told lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress was “not accurate.” BuzzFeed stands by the story, Trump calls it “a very sad day for journalism.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller Friday denied an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that his investigators had evidence showing President Trump directed former lawyer Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about a prospective business deal in Moscow, the Washington Post reports. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are not accurate,” said Mueller spokesman Peter Carr.  The special counsel’s office speaks and the statement seemed to dismiss the sensational allegation that Democrats had suggested could spell the end of the Trump presidency. No other media organizations were able to verify the story.

The story attributed to two federal law enforcement officials an incendiary assertion that Mueller had collected emails, texts and testimony indicating Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the extent of discussions about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. That project never came to pass, and Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about it. The special counsel’s office seemed to be disputing every aspect of the story involving its investigators. Trump criticized BuzzFeed, tweeting, “A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our country!”BuzzFeed insisted its story was correct. Editor Ben Smith said, “We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he’s disputing.”

from https://thecrimereport.org

Van Dyke’s 81-Month Sentence Deepens Chicago Rifts

Police officer Jason Van Dyke likely will serve less than four years in prison for killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. A relative says the penalty “reduced Laquan McDonald’s life to a second-class citizen.”

The killing of Laquan McDonald that roiled Chicago for years ended with an 81-month prison sentence for police officer Jason Van Dyke on Friday that only deepened the rifts, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.  For the family and supporters of Van Dyke, the sentence by Judge Vincent Gaughan represented hope and a measure of mercy. Prosecutors had asked for 18 to 20 years in prison. The 40-year-old officer, stripped of his powers and facing firing, will likely be paroled after serving only half the sentence. Van Dyke’s lawyer, Daniel Herbert, said the officer “was not just relieved, he was happy … about the prospect about life ahead of him.” To the family of McDonald and the activists who brought the murder to light, the sentence was little more than a slap on the wrist. The sentencing came the day after another judge cleared three of officers of charges they lied to cover up for Van Dyke.

Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s great-uncle, said, “This sentence … reduced Laquan McDonald’s life to a second-class citizen.” The judge cut a break for Van Dyke, sentencing him only on a second-degree murder charge, not 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. Defendants must serve at least 85 percent of a sentence for aggravated battery with a firearm. The last Chicago police officer to be convicted of murder on duty was Richard Nuccio five decades ago, for murdering a knife-wielding teenager. He received a 14-year sentence in 1969. Van Dyke also will likely serve less time in prison than Chicago cop Marco Proano, who was convicted in federal court in 2017 of civil rights violations after firing into a stolen car filled with teenagers, wounding two but killing no one. Proano got five years in prison but will likely serve 85 percent of that sentence.

from https://thecrimereport.org

Where Is Relisha Rudd?

     In 2014, eight-year-old Relisha Tanau Rudd resided in the D.C. General homeless shelter in Washington with her 27-year old mother, Shamika Young, her stepfather, and her three brothers. The family had lived in the shelter a year whe…

     In 2014, eight-year-old Relisha Tanau Rudd resided in the D.C. General homeless shelter in Washington with her 27-year old mother, Shamika Young, her stepfather, and her three brothers. The family had lived in the shelter a year when Relisha's mother, on March 1, 2014, arranged to have 51-year-old Kahlil Malik Tatum and his wife Andrea take the girl in and care for her. Kahlil Tatum worked at the homeless shelter as a janitor where he had a reputation of paying a lot of attention to the young girls who lived there.

     On March 19, 2014, after Relisha missed several days of school, the authorities launched a missing persons investigation. Mr. Tatum had also vanished. The janitor and the girl were caught on a D. C. area Holiday Inn Express surveillance camera walking down a hallway on February 26, 2014, a few days before the girl's mother gave her  up.

     Detectives learned that Tatum, on March 2, 2014, had purchased a carton of black, 42 gallon, self-tie contractor trash bags.

     Police officers, on March 20, 2014, found Andrea Denise Tatum's body in a motel room at an Oxon Hill, Maryland Red Roof Inn. She had been killed by a gunshot to the head. Her husband and Relisha Rudd were nowhere to be found. Homicide detectives uncovered evidence linking the dead woman's husband, Kahlil Tatum, to the homicide.

     A Prince George's County prosecutor charged Kahlil Tatum with first-degree murder. On March 26, 2014, the FBI added the fugitive homicide suspect to its "Most Wanted List" and offered a $70,000 reward for information regarding his whereabouts. The Prince George's County Police Department posted a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

     On March 27, 2014, shortly after a witness reported having seen a man meeting Tatum's description with a girl in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in northeast D.C., a party of more than 100 officers searched the 700-acre park. Four days later, a searcher came across Mr. Tatum's body. He had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with the gun used in the murder his wife. Searchers found no signs of Relisha Rudd. On April 3, 2014, the park search was called off.

     The D.C. City Council Committee of Human Services, in the course of reviewing the hiring policy at D.C. General, found that Kahlil Tatum possessed an extensive criminal record. He had been convicted in 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, and 1993 of various crimes including breaking and entering and grand larceny. He was last convicted of a crime in 2004. In those days he went under his birth name, Karl Lee Tatum.

     According to the administrator in charge of hiring at the D.C. homeless shelter, Tatum, because his last conviction was ten years old, was eligible for employment at the facility. Had any of his offenses involved children, he would have been automatically excluded regardless of the date of the conviction.

     Social service authorities, following Relisha Rudd's disappearance, took away Shamika Young's three boys and placed them into foster care. The mother, who herself had grown up in the Virginia foster care system, had been shuttled between foster homes, group homes and mental health facilities. Diagnosed in middle school as "mildly retarded," Shamika reported hearing voices telling her to kill her foster family and herself. She also suffered from depression and a variety of other emotional problems.

     After Shamika Young signed herself out of foster care at age 18, she gave birth to four children from two men. She had no training on how to be a good mother and no way to make a living. Prosecutors over the past few years, on three occasions, have charged Young with child abuse and neglect. The cases were all dismissed.

     Since Relisha's disappearance, Shamika Young fought to get her three sons out of foster care. This created a heated debate among child protection advocates and Young's extended family, some of whom blamed her for Relisha's disappearance.

    In January 2018, the police received a tip that led to a six hour search for Rudd's body in parts of the Anacostia River. The effort failed to locate the missing girl's remains.
     

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/

Police Chief Accidentally Shoots His Wife

     William McCollom lived with his wife Margaret in a modest house in Peachtree, Georgia, a upscale town of 35,000 southwest of Atlanta. In October 2014, the major appointed the 58-year-old law enforcement officer to the position of ch…

     William McCollom lived with his wife Margaret in a modest house in Peachtree, Georgia, a upscale town of 35,000 southwest of Atlanta. In October 2014, the major appointed the 58-year-old law enforcement officer to the position of chief of police.

     On Thursday January 1, 2015, at four-fifteen in the morning, Chief McCollom called 911 to report the shooting of his wife at their home. "Gunshot wound," he said. "Accidental, need medical ASAP!"

     The 911 dispatcher asked, "Who shot her?"

     "Me," he replied.

     "How did you shoot her?"

     "The gun (a 9mm Glock) was in the bed, I went to move it, put it to the side. It went off."

     "Is she awake?"

     "No, everybody was sleeping."

     "No," the dispatcher said, "is she awake now?" (A woman could be heard moaning in the background.)

     "Yes," the chief said. Then to his wife he asked, "Are you having trouble breathing, dear?" To the dispatcher he said, "Come on guys, get here. Oh my God, how did this happen?"

     "Is that her crying?" asked the dispatcher.

     "Yes, she's having trouble breathing."

     "Were you asleep also when this happened?"

     "Yes." At this point, about two minutes into the 911 call, Chief McCollom identified himself. "I'm the chief of police," he said.

     "Where is the gun?"

     "The gun is on the dresser."

     "You're the chief of police in Peachtree?"

     "Yeah, unfortunately, yes," he replied.

     Emergency medical personnel flew the 57-year-old shooting victim to the Atlanta Medical Center. According to doctors there, Margaret McCollom was in critical condition. The mayor of Peachtree placed the chief on administrative leave and asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to take over the case.

     The district attorney of Fayette County told reporters that he would decide if criminal charges were appropriate after the GBI completed its investigation of the shooting. Friends and neighbors questioned by reporters all insisted that the chief and his wife were not experiencing marital problems or any form of domestic discord.

     On Monday January 12, 2015, doctors released Margaret McCollom from the  hospital. The shooting had left her paralyzed from the waist down. She told GBI detectives that she was asleep when shot and that she believed it was an accident. Before submitting a report to the district attorney's office, investigators were awaiting the results of crime lab tests on the gun as well as the chief's blood-alcohol analysis.

     On March 11, 2015, McCollom resigned from the police department. On the city's website he wrote the following: "I have had two families in Peachtree--my police family and my personal family. I need to continue to focus my time and efforts there."

     According to District Attorney Scott Ballard, McCollom had accidentally shot his sleeping wife after he had consumed alcohol and sleep medication. The prosecutor planned to ask a grand jury to indict the former chief of police on the misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct.

     In August 2015, William pleaded guilty to the above charge and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

    

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/

The Peek-A-Boo Child Pornography Case

     In 2011, after passing a background check, 27-year-old Elliot Gornall began teaching second and third grade at the R. F. McMullen Elementary school in the central Ohio town of Loudonville. In the fall of 2014, Gornall, well-liked by…

     In 2011, after passing a background check, 27-year-old Elliot Gornall began teaching second and third grade at the R. F. McMullen Elementary school in the central Ohio town of Loudonville. In the fall of 2014, Gornall, well-liked by his students, their parents, and his fellow teachers, bean teaching a class of 25 kindergarten kids.

     Gornall's reputation and teaching career took a major hit on November 18, 2014 when local drug officers raided his home in Loudonville. The drug cops found a quantity of marijuana, illicit prescription drugs, and several pairs of children's underwear. The searchers left Gornall's dwelling that day in possession of his personal computer.

     Not long after the drug raid, an Ashland County grand jury indicted the kindergarten teacher on several counts of prescription drug abuse, marijuana possession, and theft related to the underwear. He pleaded not guilty to all charges, posted bail, and was released from custody.

     Following the indictments that shocked everyone in the community, school district officials placed the 32-year-old teacher on administrative leave. On December 8, 2014, Gornall tendered his resignation from the R. F. McMullen Elementary School. He moved out of his place in Loudonville and took up residence in Lorain, Ohio.

     The big shock in the case came on March 6, 2015 when police officers arrested Gornall and booked him into the Ashland County Jail on 23 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. If convicted as charged, he faced up to 184 years in prison.

     A couple of months after the drug and theft indictments, detectives with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation discovered child pornography and videotaped images of R. F. McMullen Elementary school kids using the kindergarten bathroom. Investigators searched the restroom and found, hidden in a white plastic hook stuck to the wall, a pinhole video camera. Detectives believed Gornall had installed the secret camera in August 2014.

     At his March 9, 2015 arraignment, Gornall pleaded not guilty to the charges related to the spy camera in the kids' restroom. Ashland County prosecutor Chris Turnell informed the judge that detectives had found 63 videos of 25 kindergarten students plus more than 100 downloaded images of child pornography on the ex-teacher's computer. Judge Ronald Forsthoefel set Gornall's bail at $500,000.

     In October 2015, Elliot Gornall pleaded no contest to 181 charges related to his videotaping activities and other charges. Judge Ronald Forsthoefel sentenced him to 99 years in prison.

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/

Mom Got Drunk With Her Two-Year-Old

     Police say a Massachusetts woman allowed her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and poured some of it into the girl’s sippy cup. Forty-one-year-old Sheldy Nelson of Lynn, Massachusetts pleaded not guilty on Feb…

     Police say a Massachusetts woman allowed her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and poured some of it into the girl's sippy cup. Forty-one-year-old Sheldy Nelson of Lynn, Massachusetts pleaded not guilty on February 24, 2015 to child endangerment in a Salem district court. She was charged in connection with the August 2014 incident. The judge set her bond at $1,000.

     A witness told police that Nelson ignored two warnings from the restaurant staff to stop giving her daughter sips of the alcohol. Both the mother and her daughter appeared lethargic and were taken to a hospital where medical personnel found alcohol in the toddler's system. Police found the sippy cup in Nelson's bag. It smelled of alcohol. The girl was placed in state custody. [In July 2015, the judge agreed to drop the charges against Nelson if she took a parenting class and agreed to random drug testing for a period of three months.]

"Mom Let 2-Year-Old Sip Margarita," huffingtonpost.com, February 28, 2015 

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Thornton P. Knowles on Lobbyists

If politicians are America’s waste product, then lobbyists who bribe them are rats who live and thrive in the sewer. Washington, D.C. is not a swamp to be drained, swamps are good. It’s an open sewer in need of major plumbing.Thornton P. Knowles

If politicians are America's waste product, then lobbyists who bribe them are rats who live and thrive in the sewer. Washington, D.C. is not a swamp to be drained, swamps are good. It's an open sewer in need of major plumbing.

Thornton P. Knowles

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Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Lollipops

Two squid lollipops, handmade by Shinri Tezuka. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here….

Two squid lollipops, handmade by Shinri Tezuka.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines here.

from https://www.schneier.com/blog/