It was a standard-sized piece of paper with a cryptic handwritten message: “He who asks about the $5 bill is a homicidal maniac, arsonist, thief, destroyer of property, drug using god among mortals.” Police found the inscription lying on the kitchen counter in the apartment of the men accused in the Serial Shooter case, court records show.
On the back of the paper was information about a boxing event. The note was made public Thursday, along with other items police found inside the residence.
Suspect Dale Hausner told the Tribune in a phone interview from Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail, he was shocked when he heard about the note.
“Oh my God,” Hausner said with a surprised laugh. “That’s the worst thing I’ve heard all day. I’m absolutely speechless.”
Investigators found shotgun shells in Hausner’s car and a clear plastic baggie containing “a white crystallike residue” tucked under the padding of a child’s car seat, records state.
Although Hausner said he battled with drug addiction, he said he would never put drugs near his child.
“I’ve got more respect for my daughter,” Hausner said. “I had a problem with drugs in the past and when I got back with Sam (Dieteman), he kind of led me. I was battling it, but I wasn’t a fullblown addict.”
Hausner said the drug paraphernalia found in his room was not a crack pipe, as some media outlets reported. Also, he said the shotgun shells police found in his car and fanny pack were left over from when he would go hunting for small game or “shooting out in the desert at cans.”
“We would stuff our pockets with them,” Hausner said. “You throw the fanny packs in the trunk and the shotguns in the trunk and then, when you get in the car, you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m sitting on a shell,’ and then you throw it in the back of the car.”
According to court records, police used a test kit to search for gunshot residue in the car. Hausner said he has “no idea” if the tests will find anything.
“If they find gunshot residue in my car, it’s only because Sam would use my car at night,” Hausner said. “I don’t know how this works, but if you’re shooting out in the desert and you get into my car, is it going to be all over my car?”
Hausner said authorities also took his cameras and a map of the United States on his wall, which he said he received as a gift and used to track the states he has visited by placing a black “X” on each place.
“Before I died, I wanted to visit every state,” Hausner said.
Now, his only visits are with family, whom he talks with over the phone each day. He spends his days in solitary confinement in the jail’s Special Management Unit, which also houses his former roommate Samuel Dieteman, and Mark Goudeau, who was charged this week in connection with two rapes in the Baseline Killer case.
Hausner said he “cannot live” on jail food and has had his bedding and clothes changed once in a month. He said when he asked for toilet paper, a guard told him to use “the same hand I shot all those people with.”
Hausner continues to deny any involvement in the shootings.
“I hope the police find who did these senseless crimes soon,” Hausner said. “I am 33 and my life is over. Ruined.”