Seventeen years into their marriage, Susan had had enough. "I cared about him, but I didn't want to live with him anymore," she says.
"I wanted to be happy again." It didn't take Portland police long to identify Susan's attacker and tie him to her husband.
Mike, who chain-smoked while guzzling Diet Cokes, hounded Susan about her plans when she went out.
He watched her spending and complained about minor purchases.
Police found a wallet with ID in the man's back pocket.
Ed Haffey was a 59-year-old Vietnam veteran with a long rap sheet.
Haffey, an autopsy would show, had a near-lethal dose of cocaine in his system when he attacked Susan in her home.
Susan became a licensed practical nurse and then a registered nurse.Police hadn't noticed the backpack when officers inspected Susan's cluttered basement.Inside was a container of Hershey's syrup, 0 in cash, diabetes pills, a daybook and a pay stub made out to Haffey. 4, 2006, was marked "Call Mike." A manila envelope listed Mike's new cellphone number.Susan had not witnessed a lot of happy marriages growing up.Her father, an Air Force cook, and her mother, a homemaker, separated when she was in second grade.
6, 2006, the 51-year-old emergency room nurse ended her shift at Providence Portland Medical Center on Northeast Glisan Street and headed to Perfect Look hair salon on East Burnside Street.