As an inmate in Maricopa County jails for the past 2 1/2 years, serial killer Dale Hausner had to wear pink underwear and socks in addition to his black-and-white stripes. But now, after being sentenced to death row for murdering six people in a yearlong killing spree, Hausner gets to wear a new color as a prisoner of the state Department of Corrections: orange.
Hausner testified during his marathon murder trial to having a strange fascination with the color. As a janitor at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Hausner said he took home dozens of orange cigarette lighters from a bin of items confiscated from airline passengers. “Orange being my favorite color, I would grab all the orange ones out of there,” Hausner testified on Feb. 2. “I’m not going to spend $1.29 for a lighter if I can get one for free at the airport.”
Now, the so-called Serial Shooter gets to don his favorite color full time. Hausner was shown recently in his first DOC photo, looking bleary-eyed and disheveled but wearing a bright orange jump suit. According to online corrections records, Hausner will be living in the Eyman prison in Florence for the foreseeable future. On top of death, he was also sentenced late last month to more than 400 years in prison for dozens of other crimes he committed.