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Oregon woman kills hitman hired by her husband
NBC Channel 3 ^ | 9/10/07

Posted on 09/10/2007 11:38:34 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside

Oregon woman kills hitman hired by her husband

Sep 10, 2007 01:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (NEWSCHANNEL) -- An Oregon man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after hiring another man to kill his wife.

Susan Kuhnhausen fought off the hit man and actually strangled the attacker with her bare hands killing him.

In September 2006, Susan found an intruder in her southeast Portland home.

"I saw a man step out of the shadows and he began to hit me in the head and the face with a hammer," said Kuhnhausen.

For the first time publicly, she described how, fearing for her life, she fought back.

"I got the hammer and started hitting him with the hammer several times. My father, the carpenter, always taught me a hammer could be used for self defense -- the claw end would work the best," said Kuhnhausen.

The attacker was Ed Haffey, a drug addict who it turned out was hired by Michael Kuhnhausen to kill Susan.

"I yelled: 'who sent you here? Yelled again, 'who sent you here?'" Kuhnhausen said in court.

The plan failed as the emergency room nurse relied on her hospital self-defense training and began to bite, hit and choke Haffey.

"He turned blue as I told him you're not going to kill me." said Kuhnhausen.

Instead, she killed Haffey.

Police later found notes in Haffey's backpack linking him to Michael Kuhnhausen.

Susan called it a cowardly plan.

"If I ever believed you deserved to be dead, I would at least have had the balls to kill you myself," declared Kuhnhausen.

"I hurt a lot of people over the last year and I'm sorry. That's all I can say, I'm sorry," said Michael Kuhnhausen.

After laughing at that statement, Susan Kuhnhausen began to cry.

She was grateful her former husband apologized but she was also happy to know he too is suffering.

Michael Kuhnhausen pled guilty to soliciting to commit aggravated murder last month and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: crime; edwardhaffey; michaelkuhnhausen; oregon; portland; selfdefense; susankuhnhausen; susanwalters
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1 posted on 09/10/2007 11:38:35 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

Wow. That there be a woman.


2 posted on 09/10/2007 11:40:25 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Mr. Brightside

That’s one tough lady.


3 posted on 09/10/2007 11:41:07 AM PDT by skr (Car bombs and IEDs are the exclamation marks for the latest Democrats' talking points.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

You gotta love a happy ending...


4 posted on 09/10/2007 11:41:11 AM PDT by Triggerhippie (Always use a silencer in a crowd. Loud noises offend people.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
"If I ever believed you deserved to be dead, I would at least have had the balls to kill you myself," declared Kuhnhausen.

Looks like it from here.

You go, girl.

5 posted on 09/10/2007 11:42:43 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: skr
My father, the carpenter, always taught me a hammer could be used for self defense -- the claw end would work the best

lol

Take no prisoners.

6 posted on 09/10/2007 11:43:06 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

He only got 10 years?


7 posted on 09/10/2007 11:43:13 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Mr. Brightside

Hitman, the jokes just write themselves...

Anyone that has swung a framing hammer knows that it can be used for de-construction too!


8 posted on 09/10/2007 11:43:19 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: Mr. Brightside

— “If I ever believed you deserved to be dead, I would at least have had the balls to kill you myself,” declared Kuhnhausen.”

Paris Hilton or Mrs. Kuhnheusen? The second is the real woman!

A real woman deserves a real man! Of course don’t give her any lip about taking out the trash.


9 posted on 09/10/2007 11:44:05 AM PDT by live+let_live
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To: skr

I was thinking “one tough broad”. I don’t think you’re allowed to call someone who strangled someone to death with their bare hands “a lady”. I could be wrong.


10 posted on 09/10/2007 11:44:06 AM PDT by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: Mr. Brightside
"Susan Kuhnhausen fought off the hit man and actually strangled the attacker with her bare hands killing him."

I'm guessing this was a union hit man.

11 posted on 09/10/2007 11:44:24 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mr. Brightside
The best quote of the story:

"If I ever believed you deserved to be dead, I would at least have had the balls to kill you myself," declared Kuhnhausen.

12 posted on 09/10/2007 11:45:23 AM PDT by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Kudos to her.


13 posted on 09/10/2007 11:45:29 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Wow! Don’t mess with that lady!


14 posted on 09/10/2007 11:45:44 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
"I yelled: 'who sent you here? Yelled again, 'who sent you here?'" Kuhnhausen said in court.

So she thought someone might be sending someone to kill her? Seriously, the only time I have ever heard someone asking a question like that is in a movie.
15 posted on 09/10/2007 11:45:52 AM PDT by NorthFlaRebel
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To: Mr. Brightside
"If I ever believed you deserved to be dead, I would at least have had the balls to kill you myself," declared Kuhnhausen.

This woman is my hero! LOL

16 posted on 09/10/2007 11:46:13 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: Mr. Brightside

This woman has more courage than the entire dhimmicrat party. You go, girl!! I could only wish that she confront Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. I’m sure she could win a two on one match...since she’s the only with cojones.


17 posted on 09/10/2007 11:46:22 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Mr. Brightside
Michael Kuhnhausen pled guilty to soliciting to commit aggravated murder last month and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

They must have liberal laws in Oregon. In many places, he could have been convicted of murder in the death of the hit man.

18 posted on 09/10/2007 11:46:57 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: rednesss

We all know that a lady can have “man hands”.


19 posted on 09/10/2007 11:47:05 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: Mr. Brightside

The husband and the perp should have watched “Dial M for Murder” more closely.


20 posted on 09/10/2007 11:47:29 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Mr. Brightside

Excuse me for not shedding any tears for the late Ed Haffey. And I think it’s a shame that the liberals in Oregon won’t put down Mr. Kuhnhausen like the cowardly cur he is.


21 posted on 09/10/2007 11:48:00 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: Hegewisch Dupa; skr
I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Kuhnhausen is her maiden name.
22 posted on 09/10/2007 11:48:05 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mr. Brightside

“I am woman, hear me gore.”


23 posted on 09/10/2007 11:48:25 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Mr. Brightside
That's what you get when you hire a discount hit-man.
24 posted on 09/10/2007 11:48:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Oregon woman kills hitman hired by her husband

At which point the husband was thinking, "Ok, on to Plan B."

25 posted on 09/10/2007 11:48:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: JulieRNR21; PhiKapMom; Politicalmom; metmom; GOP_Lady; Canticle_of_Deborah; ExTexasRedhead; ...

DAYEM!!

And she didn’t even use a gun!


26 posted on 09/10/2007 11:49:08 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Brilliant

10 yrs if its only your 1st murder conviction, I guess?


27 posted on 09/10/2007 11:49:33 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Mr. Brightside
My father, the carpenter, always taught me a hammer could be used for self defense -- the claw end would work the best

Oh, wow. How many women are trained from childhood to rip people apart with a claw hammer?

28 posted on 09/10/2007 11:49:54 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

She does look tough.

29 posted on 09/10/2007 11:49:58 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: skr

30 posted on 09/10/2007 11:50:32 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Mr. Brightside

31 posted on 09/10/2007 11:50:36 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Mr. Brightside

Don’t bring a hammer to a strangle fight.


32 posted on 09/10/2007 11:51:05 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Susan Kuhnhausen - alive

The Husband - in jail

The Hitman - dead


33 posted on 09/10/2007 11:51:42 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Mr. Brightside

“If I had a hammer...”


34 posted on 09/10/2007 11:52:00 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Mr. Brightside

You know what we call a woman like that down here in the South...

“Ma’am”


35 posted on 09/10/2007 11:52:21 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
That's what you get when you hire a discount hit-man.

Strung out junkie vs. Lizzie Borden.

36 posted on 09/10/2007 11:54:03 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: DeFault User
She looks like my grandmother. She also looks like any of several ER nurses I've had the pleasure of meeting.

I love ER nurses.

37 posted on 09/10/2007 11:54:07 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

“Michael Kuhnhausen pled guilty to soliciting to commit aggravated murder last month and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.”

NOT long enough.


38 posted on 09/10/2007 11:54:14 AM PDT by Kimberly GG (INVEST IN THE FUTURE - DUNCAN HUNTER '08.....(NO MORE CFRers))
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To: Mr. Brightside
An Oregon man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after hiring another man to kill his wife. Susan Kuhnhausen fought off the hit man and actually strangled the attacker with her bare hands killing him.


Aw, hell yeah.

39 posted on 09/10/2007 11:54:51 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

LOL


40 posted on 09/10/2007 11:55:19 AM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Too bad her husband can’t be tried for premeditated murder even though she lived.


41 posted on 09/10/2007 11:55:36 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: DeFault User

I wouldn’t mess with her but I sure wouldn’t mind having her on my side in a street fight!


42 posted on 09/10/2007 11:56:19 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Mr. Brightside

God’s own justice is done.


43 posted on 09/10/2007 11:56:56 AM PDT by PeterFinn (Do not wish ill for your enemies, plan it.)
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To: NorthFlaRebel
"I yelled: 'who sent you here? Yelled again, 'who sent you here?'" Kuhnhausen said in court.

So she thought someone might be sending someone to kill her? Seriously, the only time I have ever heard someone asking a question like that is in a movie.

I agree, very fishy. Would anyone being attacked by a total stranger have the idea to ask this question come to mind? There is a lot more to the story. If true, she was expecting something.

44 posted on 09/10/2007 11:57:12 AM PDT by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: 60Gunner

Hi 60gunner—here is a nurse story for your book!


45 posted on 09/10/2007 11:57:29 AM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (Here's how to prove God's existence: ask Him to reveal Himself to you.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
"I yelled: 'who sent you here? Yelled again, 'who sent you here?'" Kuhnhausen said in court.

I think it is kinda hard to answer that while being choked to death . . . [grin]

I love a happy ending!

46 posted on 09/10/2007 11:58:19 AM PDT by Petruchio (Out to Lunch)
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To: DeFault User

The perp - Not the skinny methhead I was picturing, way to go lady!

47 posted on 09/10/2007 11:58:26 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Mr. Brightside

If all you got is a hammer...everything looks like a nail.


48 posted on 09/10/2007 11:59:15 AM PDT by Snardius
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To: Abathar

It probably takes some of the fight out of you to get hit with the claw of a hammer.


49 posted on 09/10/2007 12:00:58 PM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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To: Greg F

Every female from early years should be taught self-defense with whatever is handy. If the father was a carpenter, it stands to reason he’d have talked about the tool he knows best.

I’ve taught mine, or had a black belt teach mine, some very effective self-defense moves, with and without “implements”.


50 posted on 09/10/2007 12:01:35 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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