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Ex-fiancee of Radcliffe Haughton shares her horror story

CREATED Oct. 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 26, 2012

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BROOKFIELD- She was able to escape the clutches of the man behind the killing spree at a Brookfield spa.  Now, the shooter's ex-fiancee shares her horror story.

Radcliffe Haughton killed his wife and two other people before taking his own life in a fit of rage.  It all started as a domestic dispute.  A situation eerily familiar for a woman once engaged to the murderer.
 
Even with Haughton dead, the fear he instilled is still very real for his ex-fiancee.  She asked TODAY'S TMJ4 to call her "Crystal" to protect her safety.  And she is pleading for everyone to learn what she went through, so no other woman will.

Crystal was once engaged to Radcliffe Haughton and she says at first, everything was fine.

"In the beginning (it was) like gold," explains Crystal.

She says six years later, it was a very different story, but one frighteningly familiar.

"The first threat, is the first truth," says Crystal.  She says he would threaten her and even slashed her tires.

News of what happened at the spa Sunday, hit Crystal hard.

"I was extremely nauseous."

Like Zina Haughton, Crystal also got restraining orders.  And she left the state to get away.  Now, her passion is prevention, and teaming up with an organization called AVDA, which stands for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.

"Follow in her lead, at the end of the day even if it's not happening to you, we know it's happening to one in four women across our country," says Jennifer Ray of AVDA.

Crystal was spared, but she knows it could happen again, if we all don't act now.

"We must make a change.  I'm begging, let's wake up America."

Crystal says she made it out, and you can too.  She says it can be scary, but your life is worth it.

If you or someone you know needs help in an abusive relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.