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Anti-domestic violence group says 53 killed by abusers who illegally obtained guns

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Radcliffe Haughton was one of four Wisconsin men who killed their wives or girlfriends last year, even though they were barred from owning guns at the time. 

Haughton is the suburban Milwaukee man who killed his wife, two women, and himself at a Brookfield spa almost a year ago. 

An annual report from the group "End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin" said 53 people were killed since 2000 by domestic abusers who illegally obtained guns. 

The group said 52 people in the Badger State were killed in 38 domestic violence incidents last year. 

In four of those cases, the murderers committed suicide. 

The group used to be known as the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

It's been keeping track of statewide domestic deaths for a dozen years. 

Last year's total was 17 fewer than the group's record of 67 violent deaths in 2009. 

Even so, group director Patti Seger said society must do better.  She says domestic homicides are preventable -- but abusers are often not held accountable.