Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Police release report about two men found dead in Wauwatosa. It cites drugs, sex and money issues.
By Karen Pilarski
September 25, 2018
WAUWATOSA – More than a month after a murder-suicide involving a well-known Wauwatosa psychiatrist and his estranged boyfriend, police have laid out a story of drug abuse, financial trouble, missing firearms and arguments over sex.
Mark Batory, 54, and Henri T. Washington, 40, of Milwaukee, died Aug. 22 in Batory’s home, 7935 Warren Ave. Batory had a gunshot wound to his mouth; Washington was shot in the back of the head, the police report said.
The details were revealed in a death investigation report requested by Now News Group, the suburban branch of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, from the Wauwatosa Police Department through an open-records filing.
According to the report, Batory had lunch with his 13-year-old son, then directed him to play outside when Washington suddenly showed up. The son knew there were cracks in the relationship. The two had argued about money and sex and Washington had stopped staying overnight.
While outside, the son heard Washington say: “Are we going to do this in front of your kid?”
The son told police he heard arguing and then loud pops. He peered inside, noticed his dad motionless, and ran to call his mom because he feared his father was dead.
A Wauwatosa resident, she drove to her ex-husband’s home and discovered the grisly scene. The couple divorced last year but had been separated before that. They had two children.
At the scene of the killings, police found a handwritten note believed to be signed by Washington, along with Batory’s divorce documents, in which the court was asked to prevent Washington from being around the two Batory children.
Investigators also discovered an eyeglass case that contained glass pipes, white powder and a gray substance. The report didn’t reveal what Washington’s letter said nor what the substances were.
Batory graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago Health Science Center in 2003. He had 15 years’ experience, and specialized in the care of children and adolescents.
He was between clinics and started his own private firm out of his Wauwatosa home.
One former patient told police he knew Batory had a drug problem, and that he ended their counseling relationship when he perceived the doctor making a pass at him. However, he said the two remained friends.
The friend said he recently lent Batory about $17,000 because the doctor said he was behind on child support and other bills.
Another friend — who also said she was a patient — told police she went to the house at 9 p.m. on the eve of the shootings. Normally, she could walk right in; this time, it was locked. She rang the bell and knocked but no one answered. Finally, she sent Batory a text and he opened the door.
She told police Batory was extremely ” frazzled” and jumped at the slightest sound. At some point, her bracelet hit her chair and made a clinking sound. He jumped to his feet exclaiming, “What is that? I think it’s Henri (Washington) coming for me.” Throughout the visit, Batory repeatedly stated that he was “done with Washington for good this time.”
According to the friend, Washington insisted he could have multiple partners, but Batory could only be with Washington. The friend said Washington became violent after finding out Batory had cheated. Batory claimed one such beating left him with a dislocated eye socket, the report said.
The friend said Batory didn’t own a gun and didn’t believe in killing.
As Batory’s ex-wife arrived at the scene, two men got out of a car — Washington’s boyfriend, and Washington’s roommate. The roommate had received a cryptic text message from Washington asking him to take care of his family.
Alarmed, the boyfriend and roommate had tried to reach Washington, and had gone to Batory’s house to make sure everything was OK.
The boyfriend told police later that he owned a firearm, and that he realized it was missing after he got home the night of the killings. He also had a letter he claimed was from Washington, admitting he had taken the firearm.
Police asked if they could search the boyfriend’s phone, but he refused.