Baseline Killer suspect Mark Goudeau was moved to a new jail cell Friday, following a Tribune report that he had been housed in an adjacent cell to Serial Shooter suspect Dale Hausner.
“They’ve already been moved,” jail spokeswoman Lisa Allen McPherson said Friday afternoon.
She said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio made the decision because he did not like the misleading implication in the Tribune article that the suspects had a “growing friendship.”
A news release from the sheriff’s office acknowledges that Goudeau and Hausner had been housed in adjacent cells until Friday in the Special Management Unit at Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail. Arpaio said the unit is where the most dangerous suspects are housed, and each inmate is separated by several feet of concrete and steel and no one is within view or earshot of one another.
“Hausner would appear to have quite an imagination,” Arpaio said in the statement. “My detention staff says there has not been any direct contact between these men and that Hausner misled the reporter in order to get more publicity for himself.”
Hausner and Samuel Dieteman were arrested Aug. 4 at their Mesa apartment and charged with 37 random shootings linked to the “Serial Shooters.” The case spanned 14 months and included seven slayings in Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix.
Hausner said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he had been moved to the cell next to Goudeau after he attempted suicide in December.
“I see him every day and we talk,” Hausner said. “He seems to be a very nice person.”
Goudeau, apparently, did not return the sentiment.
Arpaio’s news release said Goudeau told jail officials Friday morning that he has never spoken to Hausner and “would not want to affiliate himself in any way ‘with a mass murderer.’”
Phoenix police have named Goudeau a suspect in 19 incidents linked to the “Baseline Killer.” That case includes rapes, robberies and slayings across the Valley from August 2005 to June 2006 and overlapped the Serial Shooter investigation.
The sheriff’s statement did not address one question: If Hausner and Goudeau had no contact with each other, how did Hausner know the identity of his next-door neighbor?
“People talk,” Allen McPherson explained. But she emphasized that this did not include the possibility that Hausner and Goudeau had talked to each other.