The Wisconsin gunman who killed his wife and two other women bought the weapon two days after a court ordered him to turn in all firearms under the terms of a restraining order, police said Monday.
Authorities say Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, killed three women, including his 42-year-old wife, Zina Haughton, and wounded four others Sunday before turning the gun on himself inside the spa where his wife worked in the suburb of Brookfield.
The other fatalities were identified as Cary Robuck, 35, of Racine and Maelyn Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc.
In a written request for a restraining order filed Oct. 8, Zina Haughton said her husband was convinced she was cheating on him, had threatened to throw acid in her face, and vowed to burn her and her family with gas. He said he would kill her if she ever left him or called the police, according to the court papers.
“His threats terrorize my every waking moment,” she wrote.
In a separate police report, she said the couple were in the process of getting a divorce and “we are always arguing.”
Haughton was arrested this month for slashing his wife’s tires; she was granted a four-year restraining order on Thursday.
Under the order, Haughton was told to turn in all firearms to a county sheriff. It’s not clear whether he turned in any weapons.
He bought the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun used in the shootings on Saturday, police said in a statement.
Police responded last year to reports of domestic violence at the Haughtons’ home in Brown Deer. Zina Haughton called 911 saying her enraged husband had thrown her clothes and bedding into the yard and doused her vehicle with tomato juice. Radcliffe Haughton was charged with disorderly conduct following the 90-minute standoff with police, but the charge was later dismissed because a police officer failed to appear in court.
A spokeswoman at Froedtert Hospital, where the injured women were taken, said one of the four was released Monday afternoon. Kathy Sieja said the three other women were in satisfactory condition.