Wife of Theater Shooter Got Protective Order

Filing shows she moved all weapons from their marital residence
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2015 11:13 AM CDT
Wife of Theater Shooter Got Protective Order
This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows John Russel Houser, in Lafayette, La.   (Lafayette Police Department via AP)

The wife of Louisiana shooter John Russel Houser sought a protective order against him in 2008 after he "exhibited extreme erratic behavior" and "made ominous as well as disturbing statements," according to court documents cited by the AP. The filing for the order, which was at least temporarily granted, says that his wife, Kellie Maddox Houser, had "become so worried about the defendant's volatile mental state that she … removed all guns and/or weapons from their marital residence." The papers also noted John Houser had "a history of mental health issues, i.e., manic depression and/or bi-polar disorder." It wasn't just his wife, who filed for divorce in March, who was concerned. Other family members also joined the court filing, saying that Houser had traveled from Phenix City, Ala., to where they lived in Carroll County, Ga., and "perpetrated various acts of family violence."

Meanwhile, using info found on a LinkedIn page that appears to be that of the shooter, the Daily Beast tracked down several online forums and websites where Houser allegedly expressed "strong views on race, immigration, and the future of America," all under the names "John Russell Houser" ("Russell" spelled slightly differently than what's been reported in the media) and "Rusty Houser." "I am also sorry for what is to come for the other very few moral souls left in the entire US," he reportedly wrote in one forum lamenting the murder of a man in the deer-processing business. "I am not sorry for the 90% immoral population which will be meeting the same fate. Filth is rampant. That none have stood against it causes me to take rest in the worse than MAD MAX near future which approaches." (More John Russel Houser stories.)

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