The Utah father who k*illed his five kids, wife, and mother-in-law and then shot himself left a note saying he’d rather “rot in hell” than “put up” with his “manipulative” wife another day.
Michael Haight, who was 42 years old, was being investigated for child abuse when he shot his family and then himself earlier this year.
Bodycam footage of the shooting on January 4 was also released by the police. It showed officers entering the quiet family home in the small town of Enoch in southwestern Utah.
The Daily Mail said that in Haight’s strange suicide note, he blamed his wife, Tausha, for everything.
“This is crazy, and I can’t take it for another day. We won’t be a bother to other people. Haight is said to have written, “I kept asking for help, but you wouldn’t listen.”
“I’d rather go to hell than have to deal with this manipulation and control for another day.”
Haight k*illed his daughters Macie, Briley, and Sienna, as well as his sons Ammon and Gavin and Tausha’s mother, Gail Early, who was 78 years old.
Tausha was going to ask Haight for a divorce when he ki*lled her and the rest of their family.
Documents that the Deseret News got through a public records request showed that Haight took guns from the house, was investigated on suspicion of child abuse, and searched online for “gunshot in a house” before the murders. This is where the suicide note comes in.
Caseworkers went to the Haight house in Enoch on December 19, two weeks before the shootings, to look into a claim that Michael threw the family’s 7-year-old son Ammon to the ground when he was angry.
Reports say that 11 days ago, authorities began looking into the family after hearing that the couple’s oldest daughter may have been abused.
She asked caseworkers not to talk to her husband until she filed for divorce, which she did on December 21.
According to the reports, she also told the police that her husband had said he would k*ill himself or “make her life hell” if she left him.
It scared the whole family and made the red marks on their seat belts.
Haight grabbed his oldest daughter by the head and threw her into the hard part of the couch in another incident.
The girl’s daughter, Macie, told caseworkers that her father was taller than her and her siblings and would almost make them feel scared.
‘Dad jumps to react to anything he doesn’t like,’ said Macie, the records show.
‘He yells a lot and wants to make sure they know he is right.”