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$1 Million Award in Murder for Hire Plot

An Oregon jury has awarded a woman who sued her estranged husband for hiring someone to kill her $1,053,783. When Susan Kuhnhausen returned home from her job as a nurse, she was attacked by Edward Dalton Haffey.

Susan received blows to the head with a claw hammer, but was able to struggle with Haffey until she pinned him down with her arm, placed him in a choke hold, and strangled him. Haffey, a janitor at a bookstore, had told friends that Michael Kuhnhausen was going to pay him $50,000 to kill Susan.

In September 2007, Michael was sentenced to ten years in prison for soliciting aggravated murder. After a two day civil trial ending March 4, 2008, the jury awarded Susan $53,783 in economic damages and $1 million in non-economic damages against Michael. While Susan does not expect Michael to ever earn that much money, she says the judgment assures he will not be able to hire someone else to murder her. See: Kuhnhausen v. Kuhnhausen, Ore. Cir. Ct., Multnomah Co., No. 0701-00268.

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