An American father who killed himself after murdering his five kids, wife and mother-in-law, left a suicide note where he confessed that he’d rather ‘rot in hell’ than deal with a ‘manipulative’ wife.
Michael Haight, 42, fatally shot his wife, her mother, and the couple’s five kids on January 4 after he was investigated for child abuse.
Local police and the city of Enoch have also released disturbing bodycam footage of the shooting, showing cops making their way to the family’s home while their bodies lay inside.
In the suicide note, Haight left, he claimed his wife Tausha had driven him to violence. He did so despite investigations showing he was the abuser in the family and his wife was the victim.
‘This is nonsense and I can’t handle it for one more day. We will not be a burden on society. I kept asking for help and you wouldn’t listen,’ Haight wrote. ‘I would rather rot in hell than to put up with another day of this manipulation and control over me.’
Also murdered by Haight were his daughters Macie, Briley, Sienna, and sons Ammon and Gavin, as well as Tausha’s mother Gail Early, 78.
Tausha had planned to file for divorce from her controlling husband when he exterminated her and the rest of their family.
Haight’s attorney, Matt Munson, did not immediately respond to request for comment Friday.
The report builds off documents released after the murder-suicide that detailed how Haight removed firearms from the home, was investigated on suspicion of child abuse, and searched online for ‘gunshot in a house’ in the lead-up to the shootings.
Caseworkers were at the Haight house in the small town of Enoch on Dec. 19, two weeks before Michael Haight fatally shot his wife, their five children and his wife’s mother before killing himself, show the Utah Division of Child and Family Services case documents obtained by the Deseret News through a public records request.