Boulder police: John Housman made threats to wife in 2000

Nine years ago, in the throes of a divorce, John Housman — then 32 — was ticketed for domestic violence after threatening to kill his wife and “bash” her face in, according to a Boulder police report made public Wednesday.

Now, detectives are talking with friends and family members to find out whether Housman and his fourth wife, Traci, had a history of domestic violence, said police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.

John Housman, 41, was found dead in his home at 2994 23rd St. in Boulder early Sunday after Traci Housman, 36, called 911 to report that she had stabbed him, according to police. She was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

It`s unclear what Traci Housman has told police about her relationship with her husband, but details are emerging about his history of aggression toward ex-wives, acquaintances and strangers through police reports and personal testimonies.

According to a Boulder police report, Ellen Housman called authorities June 13, 2000, to report that her then-husband, John Housman — whom she had filed papers to divorce — was making threats.

Ellen Housman told police she had been living apart from her husband of three years for about a year and she had agreed to sell him a car so he could visit their daughter. But, she said in the report, he had not paid her for the car and was providing “very little money” for their daughter, so she told him that he could only see his child if he returned the car.

“Ellen said that John became very angry and he told her if she ever tried to keep his daughter away from him, he would ‘kill me and bash my face in,” according to the report. “Ellen said that during a subsequent phone call, John threatened to post some personal pictures of her on the Internet.”

When an investigator contacted John Housman, “He admitted to telling Ellen that he would kill her if she kept their daughter from him,” according to the police report.

“John said that he was very angry at the moment and that he did not mean what he said and he would never do anything to hurt Ellen,” the report stated.

In a written statement to police, John Housman explained that his wife was “baiting” him to make threatening remarks.

“She said, ‘What`re you going to do? Smash my face in?'” he wrote. “I said of course not, but I will use every respectable method to get back at her for this.”

He was issued a ticket for domestic violence and harassment. He eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year of probation.

About a week before Ellen Housman reported her husband to police, another Boulder County woman filed a restraining order against him, claiming domestic abuse, according to state records. His relationship with that woman, or why a court ordered him to stay away from her, aren`t clear.

John Housman memorial

A memorial for John Housman is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder. For more information, call the mortuary at 303-442-4411.

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