|Dale Hausner soon after his arrest. Pool photo|
Five years on, Dale has long since had his day in court. We all listened to him as Americans who (photo by Camille Kimball)
believe in his right to a fair trial including to take the stand try to convince a jury in his own words with the force of his personality.
The person who had to listen to him the most was his lead defense attorney, shown here taking the brunt of Dale's energetic ideas in court while prosecutor Laura Reckart slips away for a break. Ken Everett had a tough job and, as he himself knew, was on the receiving end of a lot of community hostility. But as the trial wore on and I watched Dale tug on his sleeve constantly, passing notes, gesticulating incessantly, busily whispering, whispering, whispering always in Everett's ear, I developed some real pity for the lawyer. As the photo shows, most of us could get away from Dale. Ken Everett couldn't.
But that's just a tiny little side observation. The main event was that Dale Hausner was the driving force behind a year of terror for America's fifth largest city and several life sentences of grief and maiming for many specific individuals.
On August 4, 2006, a network of cops such as Cliff Jewell, Darrell Smith and Pete Salazar and a brave citizen named Ron Horton, put a screeching halt to the mayhem caused by the Serial Shooter.
On August 4, 2006 we learned his name.
On August 4, we saw his face.