The Utah father who murdered his 5 kids, wife and mother-in-law and then shot himself left a suicide note saying he’d rather “rot in hell’ than “put up” with his “manipulative” spouse another day.
Michael Haight, 42, was being investigated for child abuse when he shot his family and then turned the gun on himself earlier this year.
Cops entered the silent family home in the small town of Enoch, in southwestern Utah, according to bodycam footage released by police.
According to the Daily Mail, in his bizarre suicide note, Haight cast himself as the victim and blamed his wife, Tausha.
“This is nonsense, and I can’t take it any longer.” We will not be an imposition on society. “I kept asking for help, but you wouldn’t listen,” allegedly wrote Haight.
“I’d rather rot in hell than put up with another day of this control and manipulation over me.”
Haight fatally shot his daughters Macie, Briley, and Sienna, as well as his sons Ammon and Gavin, and Tausha’s mother, Gail Early, 78.
Tausha was about to file for divorce from Haight when he murdered her and the rest of their family.
The suicide note comes after documents obtained by the Deseret News through a public records request detailed how Haight took firearms from the home, was investigated for child abuse, and searched online for “gunshot in a house” prior to the murders.
Caseworkers went to the Haight house in Enoch on December 19, two weeks before the shootings, to look into an allegation against the family’s 7-year-old son, Ammon, whom Michael allegedly threw to the ground in a fit of rage.
According to reports, authorities had opened an investigation into the family 11 days prior based on allegations of abuse involving the couple’s oldest daughter.
She requested that caseworkers not interview her husband until she filed for divorce, which she did on December 21.
According to the reports, she also told authorities that her husband had threatened to commit suicide or “make her life hell” if she left him.
Michael Haight was never interviewed by caseworkers.
Authorities investigated Haight for child abuse in 2020, according to previously released records, but police and prosecutors decided not to charge him.
According to the Daily Mail, new documents detail several reports of abuse, including one in 2021 when Haight suddenly slammed on the brakes on the highway.
It scared the family and left red marks on their seat belts.
Haight also grabbed his oldest daughter’s head and threw her into the hard part of the couch in another incident.
Macie, the daughter, told caseworkers that her father would tower over her and her siblings, almost intimidating them.
‘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.”