Intruder strangled by nurse: a hit man?

From the Oregonian, an update on an earlier post:

Michael James Kuhnhausen Sr. first hired Edward Dalton Haffey to mop up the mess at Fantasy Adult Video.

Police say he then hired Haffey, a convicted felon with a long criminal history, to kill his wife.

Kuhnhausen, the estranged husband of the emergency room nurse who strangled an intruder in her Southeast Portland home last week, was charged early Thursday with criminal conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.

Detectives say Michael Kuhnhausen, 58, helped disarm the security alarm at the Southeast Alder Street home earlier in the day and let Haffey in. Haffey waited with yellow rubber gloves and a claw hammer for at least four hours until Susan Kuhnhausen arrived home from work.

A court affidavit released Thursday describes what Susan Kuhnhausen called the “fight of her life” — the violent struggle she had with her attacker, and how what first looked like a bizarre burglary turned into a tangled, domestic-related murder plot.

One of the first clues left behind was the dead intruder’s backpack. Inside was a day planner, with “Call Mike, Get letter,” scribbled on the week of Sept. 4, and Michael Kuhnhausen’s cell phone number jotted down on the inside of a folder.

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