CRIME

Movie theater gunman built a reputation as an angry provocateur who didn't like to be crossed

Authorities park at the scene of a Thursday night shooting at The Grand Theatre, in Lafayette, La. on Friday, July 24, 2015. John Russel Houser, 59, stood up about 20 minutes into a movie and fired first at two people sitting in front of him, then aimed his handgun at others, firing at least 13 times, police said Friday. he two fatalities were identified as 33-year-old Jillian Johnson and 21-year-old Mayci Breaux. At least one of the wounded, ranging from their late teens to their late 60s, was in critical condition, Craft said. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)

Authorities park at the scene of a Thursday night shooting at The Grand Theatre, in Lafayette, La. on Friday, July 24, 2015. John Russel Houser, 59, stood up about 20 minutes into a movie and fired first at two people sitting in front of him, then aimed his handgun at others, firing at least 13 times, police said Friday. he two fatalities were identified as 33-year-old Jillian Johnson and 21-year-old Mayci Breaux. At least one of the wounded, ranging from their late teens to their late 60s, was in critical condition, Craft said. (AP Photo/Denny Culbert)  (The Associated Press)

In 2014, facing eviction from his Alabama home, John Russell Houser set out to make sure no one else could ever live in that house. The new owners found Houser had it booby-trapped: the gas starter tube in the fireplace was twisted out and ignited, the logs removed.

Houser had grown into someone better known by neighbors and colleagues as an angry provocateur.

In April 2008, Houser's wife, Kellie, his daughter and others filed court papers seeking a temporary protective order against Houser, saying he had "perpetrated various acts of family violence" and had a history of manic depression and bi-polar disorder.

Police say his anger culminated Thursday night in a slaughter at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, leaving two women dead and nine other people hurt.

Houser fatally shot himself inside the theater.