Wis. gunman’s wife had told court he terrorized her

She was among 3 women killed in spa shooting

MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin woman whose husband killed her and two others Sunday at the spa where she worked said he threatened to throw acid in her face and jealously terrorized her ‘‘every waking moment,’’ according to court documents.

Authorities say Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, killed three women, including his 42-year-old wife, Zina Haughton, and wounded four others before turning the gun on himself.

The Waukesha County medical examiner’s office identified the dead on Monday as Zina Haughton; Cary L. Robuck, 35, of Racine; and Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of Oconomowoc. All were found in the spa.


In a written request for a restraining order filed Oct. 8, Zina Haughton said her husband was convinced she was cheating on him and that aside from the acid threat he also 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.

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‘‘His threats terrorize my every waking moment,’’ she wrote.

In a separate police report, she said the couple was in the process of getting a divorce and ‘‘we are always arguing.’’

Haughton was arrested earlier this month for slashing his wife’s tires; she was granted a four-year restraining order on Thursday. Under the order, Haughton was prohibited from owning a firearm.

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, but the charge was later dismissed because a witness failed to appear in court.


A .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun was used in the attack Sunday, said agent Tom Ahern, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A spokeswoman at Froedtert Hospital, where the injured were taken, said one of the four women remained in critical condition early Monday. Kathy Sieja said the three others were in satisfactory condition.

The shootings, which happened about 11 a.m., triggered chaos in the commercial area around the spa.