Dad of Spa Shooting Suspect: 'My Son Is A Good Person'

Details of shooting suspect begin to emerge as Patch obtains interview with Haughton's father in Florida.

The father of Brookfield shooting suspect Radcliffe Haughton told Patch Sunday afternoon that his son was in the local car business and that he "put his wife on a pedestal."

But the father—named Radcliffe Haughton Sr.—acknowledged the marriage had problems. He said that his son was a Jamaica native who moved to Milwaukee as an adult.

"I'm his father," his dad told Patch from his home in Florida before his son's body was discovered inside the spa Sunday afternoon. "My son is a good person. I can't tell you what I think happened. My son loved his wife, and he put his wife on a pedestal, and he cared about her. He raised her daughter which he accepts as his stepdaughter, and they have one child together. She is now 13."

The younger Haughton moved to Milwaukee as an adult to manage a Waukesha car dealership, his father said.

"Yes, he is always into the car business. He loved the cars, that was his MO. He could tell you anything about cars. He was a salesperson."

Before Milwaukee, the family lived in Illinois, in Highwood and Northbrook, the father said.


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Asked what had happened, the father said, "I don't know. I'm here in Florida. I just came from from a funeral, and my wife was on the phone and that's how this reached me."

He said the funeral was not for another family member.

Pressed on whether his son had slashed his estranged wife's tires, and why there was a restraining order against him that was just issued in court, the father said: "They have been having problems. I am not going to go into details, lady."

Patch also interviewed a former co-worker of the suspect

The co-worker described Haughton as "very private," said that he had worked with him at Concours Motors a few years ago.

Court records show that the suspect's wages were garnished by the court's system from his job at Concours Motors, 1400 W. Silver Spring Dr., a luxury car dealer. That was as the result of a monetary judgment in a civil case.

"He left there years ago," said the co-worker, who did not want his name used. "He came from International Autos and also worked for Fields in Waukesha. He did work for Concourse Motors as well as numerous other local car dealerships."

International Autos is located in West Allis. Fields is located in Waukesha.

He is also listed online as a manager at a Madison car dealership.

Court and property tax records show that Haughton owned a house in Brown Deer. His Linked In profile states that he is the owner of something called Haughton International Corporations.

The restraining order was filed against him in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Oct. 18, in which he was prohibited from possessing a firearm. He was also the subject of a disorderly conduct criminal charge in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2011, but it was dismissed when an "essential witness failed to appear," according to court records.

People who knew Haughton took to Facebook to write about it.

“I know the shooter. Personally. I’ve known Radcliffe Houghton(sic) for 9 years,” wrote one man. “He lives less than 300 feet from my parent’s house.”

The man continued, “I used to go to Taylor’s with dude...he used to work at the Land Rover dealership in Glendale. He sold me my truck!”

Another woman who knew him wrote on the man’s thread, “he seemed normal too.” She said she had rented to the man and his family when they lived in Bayside.

A photo of a man on a Google website with Haughton's name shows him pointing a gun at the camera. The name of the Brown Deer suspect's estranged wife appears on that man's website as a contact person.

Jacob R October 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I am so sick of people stating that the turd who killed X number of people and injured X number of people was a "good person", a "loving person" "would never hurt anyone" Accept the fact that you kid is a monster and you are partially responsible.
H.E. Pennypacker October 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Another reason why more Wisconsinites should be carrying legally. My FN 57 is at my side 24/7.
all im sayin is October 22, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Yeah, sounds like he "put her on a pedestal", then threw sh...tuff at her to see if he could knock her down...classy guy, this one was (uh-huh)...
John October 22, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The only "good" in this guy is he's out of this world now..And can't harm anyone else.
Peg October 22, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Anyone who can pick up a weapon and point it at another person for any reason other than self defense is evil to the core.
Horace Wastite October 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I bet Hitler's dad would have said he, too, was a good boy; that's what parents do; they dote on their children. Obviously, he was not a good person, but there's no reason to denegrate the father nor trivialize his feelings just so you soon-to-be criminals can feel all big and mighty.
BassGreat October 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
People do snap and erstwhile good people sometimes do the unconscionable (good men of our military kill). That's a fact. But instead of condemning (a form of hatred in the heart) this man to hell, and indicting his father in the process, let's work to eradicate our nation of all forms of hatred.
Eric October 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
And what's sad is that their are many more behind him!
Escalonz October 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM
'My Son Is A Good Person' ..............Oh yeah! One hellova person who shot defenseless women for no reason other than his unfortunate wife. Why does that Florida law "Stand your Ground" look better except perhaps for the Zimmerman incident. If one of the ladies at the salon had been packing heat he could hopefully have been stopped cold or at least slowed down till the cops arrived. Condolences to all the victims and families............
tony October 22, 2012 at 03:24 PM
at least he saved taxpayer money by executing himself
JBayer October 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Parents say this all the time. Especially the parents of children who committ mass murders in our schools. But, even these parents are not denigrated like this father is being denigrated here
Woohoo! October 22, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I'm so sure everyone will take solace in your arrogant judgmental comment. Enjoy hell yourself.
Marilyn Moore October 22, 2012 at 03:32 PM
It is a natural response for a parent to want to defend their child and not believe the truth. His son is a killer.
FortheRedWhiteandBlue October 22, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Another illegal....
mike October 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Says alot about you and your morals to say he was a good person is stupid
Izzie October 22, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Nobody can make you snap as quickly or easily as family, especially a spouse. I don't doubt, from what I have read, that this man had two sides. I pity the family he left behind and feel for them as they try to reconcile what their son/brother/cousin/nephew, etc. did and how they knew him.
Izzie October 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Is this the same mother who moved all the contents from the family home and abandoned her son while he was at school so that he came home to an empty house, where he lived alone until a neighbor realized what happened? Yes, she is/was a class act.
Jerry Patte October 22, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Yeah he was good Good 4 nothing I hope he blew his brains out.
Randy1949 October 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
You know, when this blog was posted yesterday and there were no comments yet, i was tempted to say that someone who would shoot his wife and other innocent people was not a good person. But then I put myself in the father's position. How would I feel if suddenly, my own child snapped and did something like this? Please, let's not add to the father's grief. Most of you claim to be Christians -- please act like it.
lee October 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
i agree with you. i see this all the time in new orleans, some gang banger drug dealing thug is killed and the mother comes on the news and says what a great person this young man was. appears to be a lot like trayvon martins mother.
H.E. Pennypacker October 22, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I have a Wisconsin issued CC permit and I am legally carrying my FN 57. Thank you for your concern, now go back to your Jethro Bodine sized bowel of corn flakes.
lee October 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
i have a carry permit and would not leave home with out weapon. too many scary people in this world. we have a lot of thugs in new orleans and we need more good people with firearms. a good friend of mine witnessed a thug walking up to a car and put three shots in the driver, the punk knew he had been seen. he fired once at my friend and missed. friend had a carry permit and returned fire. one dead thug. the police discovered the punk had a 357 revolver with only four bullets.
GinnepSeed October 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
@ForTheRedWhiteandBlue -- Why does he have to be an illegal? Is it because of his color? How would you categorize Americans who also commit such heinous acts?
H.E. Pennypacker October 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Criminal implies a felony my chunky friend. Violating your straw dogs are simply misdemeanors, it's a simple Class B forfeiture. A small price to pay for living and protecting the weak, like you.
Scott L October 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Clearly, the system has failed immensely! 1.) Last year this man was involved in an incident with his wife where he threatened her with a GUN! (source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/radcliffe-haughton-profile-abuse_n_2000235.html) 2.) Mr. Haughton purchased the GUN that was used in this killing spree 2 days after he was ordered by police/court to surrender his weapons. (source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/wife-wisconsin-gunman-killed-shooting-told-cops-terrorized-article-1.1189433) 3.) Actions of this nature are nothing new, and they are on the rise. (source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brycecovert/2012/10/22/the-brookfield-shooting-is-part-of-a-rising-tide-of-domestic-violence/) As long as the laws in Wisconsin and elsewhere continue to permit individuals with domestic violence history to possess and purchase firearms, injury and deaths will continue[.]
Scott L October 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM
A little too late: http://fox6now.com/2012/10/22/lawmakers-to-reintroduce-bill-in-wake-of-azana-salon-spa-shooting/
Jacob B October 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
So you are saying our military members are evil? What about police who point weapons at others to protect your sorry butt? Get off your pedestal princess and pray that those who are willing to defend you are there when you need them.
Jason J October 23, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The laws regarding ownership of firearms are in place, the problem is most of that information is not available to those who do the background checks. A few examples of the failures, People who can not possess firearms by Fedral Law: 1, Illegals 2, Felons 3, Drug addicts 4, If they have been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, or involuntarily commited to a mental health institution 5, Those with Dishonorable discharge from the military 6, With any conviction of Domestic Violence where force was used or threatened. The issue is much of this information is not available to Background investigators or to Police (when checking to see if guns can be returned) That is the failure of the gun ownership law as it stands. Yes I am pro-gun and do carry concealed as well.
Jason J October 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I hope that you don't try to conceal a FN 57, you would telegraph that you are carrying all day long. Also a 57 for CCW seems a bit like you are trying to over compensate, or look tough on the forums. The over penetration from that round would put bystanders in harms way after it travels through the perps head or torso. I would stick with something a little more conventional like my Glock 30 that I carry.
Tracy October 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Well said, Randy. I cannot imagine how the father must feel. If, God forbid, any of my children committed a crime such as this, I do not think I would be able to turn my back on them. Would I condone what they did? No. Would I have no choice but to accept whatever punishment they received? Yes, absolutely. But our children are simply our children, and most parents are unable to renounce unconditional love for their children. Doesn't mean that they are happy about the circumstances.


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