Houser, who had an accounting degree and a law degree and once owned bars, was sliding into erratic, threatening behavior by 2008, family members said in court documents filed in Georgia that accused him of stalking his own daughter. Houser wound up estranged from his daughter, he lost his house in foreclosure and he was separated from his wife.
Houser’s family said that he suffered from mental illness and had daily medication for it but that he became erratic when he forgot or refused to take the medication, according to a court filing.
Kirbey Houser told college friends that her dad had been a responsible father when she was growing up, Marcie Anderson, a sorority sister, said in an interview. Houser visited his daughter at the start of one school year to help paint their sorority house and seemed “really helpful,” Anderson said.
“She mentioned he needs to be on medication and it was hard to get him to take medication,” Anderson said. “I know the last conversation they had was about two years ago. She said he was very strange and didn’t sound like himself.”