Random Recreational Violence: Phoenix's Serial Shooters
The Most Dangerous Game
Richard Connell's famous 1924 short story "The Most Dangerous Game," a tale of a bored huntsman preying on shipwrecked sailors has been anthologized, translated and, acknowledged or not, served as the basic plot of dozens of motion pictures and television and radio episodes. Few stories form a more chilling example of art which life might fatally imitate.
In 2005 and 2006, Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman, sometimes joined by Hausner's brother, turned drive-by shootings into sport, terrorizing the residents of Phoenix's suburbs. Even after their trials, exactly what led these "Serial Shooters" to their game of murder remains unclear, they themselves called their pastime "Random Recreational Violence."
They kept score. They followed the media's reports the way a fan might follow the sports pages. They took inspiration from the serial killers of the past. And they even seem to have found heady competition in their rivalry with another murderer operating during the same period, the Baseline Killer.