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Police: La. man who killed 3 people and himself was going through difficult divorce

  • This undated photo provided by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office shows Ben Freeman. Freeman is the suspect in an attack that involved his former in-laws and the head of a hospital where he'd worked on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, authorities said. (AP Photo/Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office)

    This undated photo provided by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office shows Ben Freeman. Freeman is the suspect in an attack that involved his former in-laws and the head of a hospital where he'd worked on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, authorities said. (AP Photo/Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this December 2012 provided family photo, Denise Freeman holds her nephew around Christmas time in the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette, La. Ben Freeman killed his current wife, Denise, before shooting his former in-laws and his onetime boss in a rampage that spanned two parishes in Louisiana, leaving three people dead and three wounded on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, authorities said. Denise's body was found in a bathroom of their house, and an autopsy showed that she suffocated and drowned, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said Friday. (AP Photo/Family Photo)

    In this December 2012 provided family photo, Denise Freeman holds her nephew around Christmas time in the New Orleans suburb of Chalmette, La. Ben Freeman killed his current wife, Denise, before shooting his former in-laws and his onetime boss in a rampage that spanned two parishes in Louisiana, leaving three people dead and three wounded on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, authorities said. Denise's body was found in a bathroom of their house, and an autopsy showed that she suffocated and drowned, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said Friday. (AP Photo/Family Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office shows Ben Freeman. Freeman is the suspect in an attack that involved his former in-laws and the head of a hospital where he'd worked on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, authorities said. (AP Photo/Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office)

    This undated photo provided by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office shows Ben Freeman. Freeman is the suspect in an attack that involved his former in-laws and the head of a hospital where he'd worked on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, authorities said. (AP Photo/Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office)  (The Associated Press)

It might have appeared that Ben Freeman was trying to right some wrongs in his life in the months before police say he killed three people and himself.

In June, he agreed to pay his ex-wife Jeanne (ZHANNE) Gouaux (GO) thousands of dollars in overdue child support payments and the next month he agreed to split the proceeds from lots they were selling.

But authorities say that in October, Freeman pleaded guilty to telephone-harassment charges filed by Gouaux. And last month he was cited for domestic battery against his current wife.

Police say Freeman killed his wife Thursday, then killed more people and wounded three others wounded before killing himself.

Authorities say it's clear Freeman was going through a difficult divorce and custody case.