A suspect in the Serial Shooters case who faces seven counts of first-degree murder has requested a discount Tribune subscription as a reward for generating newspaper headlines.
“I’ve sold a lot of newspapers for you,” Mesa resident Dale Hausner said Wednesday during a telephone call from Fourth Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix, where he is awaiting trial. Hausner called himself “Dale the Innocent” when placing the collect call and said he deserves a “sweetheart deal.”
The Tribune declined Hausner’s request.
Hausner has sent several letters and placed several phone calls to the Tribune since his arrest in August. The other suspect in the case, Samuel Dieteman, has declined media requests for comment.
Police who interviewed Dieteman said the two men took turns shooting random people and animals in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa from May 2005 to July 2006. The pair are charged with seven slayings in connection with 42 shootings. They also face felony counts of arson and animal cruelty.