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The Washington sniper attacks took place during three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Ten people were killed and three others critically injured in various locations throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area and along Interstate 95 in Virginia. It was widely speculated that a single sniper was using the Capital Beltway for travel, possibly in a white van or truck. It was later learned that the rampage was perpetrated by one man, John Allen Muhammad, and one minor, Lee Boyd Malvo, driving a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan, and had apparently begun the month before with murders and robbery in Louisiana and Alabama, which had resulted in three deaths
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On August 1, 2002, John Gaeta was changing a tire at a parking lot in Hammond, Louisiana and was shot in the neck by Malvo. The bullet exited through Gaeta's back, and he pretended to be dead while Malvo stole his wallet. Gaeta ran to a service station after the shooter left and discovered that he was bleeding; he went to hospital and was released within an hour. On March 1, 2010, he received a letter of apology from Malvo.
On September 5, 2002, at 10:30 p.m., Paul LaRuffa, a 55-year-old pizzeria owner, was shot six times at close range while locking up his Italian restaurant in Clinton, Maryland. LaRuffa survived the shooting, and his laptop computer was found in John Allen Muhammad's car when he and Malvo were arrested.
On September 21, 2002, Claudine Parker,a liquor store clerk in Montgomery, Alabama, was shot and killed during a robbery. Her co-worker, Kellie Adams, was injured, but survived. Evidence found at the crime scene eventually tied this killing to the Beltway attacks and allowed authorities to identify Muhammad and Malvo as suspects, although this connection was not made until October 17.
Mohammad and Malvo were also linked to the September 23rd killing of Hong Im Ballenger in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
At 5:20 p.m. on October 2, 2002, a shot was fired through a window of a Michaels craft store in Aspen Hill. As no one was injured, no serious alarms were raised. About an hour later, at 6:30 p.m., James Martin, a 55-year-old program analyst at NOAA, was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Shoppers Food Warehouse grocery store, located in Glenmont.
On the morning of October 3, four people were shot within a span of approximately two hours in Aspen Hill and other nearby areas in Montgomery County. Another was killed that evening in the District of Columbia, just over the border from Silver Spring.
  • At 7:41 a.m., James L. Buchanan, a 39-year-old landscaper known as "Sonny", was shot dead near Rockville, Maryland. Buchanan was shot while mowing the grass at the Fitzgerald Auto Mall.
  • At 8:12 a.m., 54-year-old part-time taxi driver Premkumar Walekar was killed in Aspen Hill in Montgomery County, while pumping gasoline into his taxi at a Mobil station at Aspen Hill Road and Connecticut Avenue.
  • At 8:37 a.m. Sarah Ramos, a 34-year-old babysitter and housekeeper, was killed at the Leisure World Shopping Center in Aspen Hill. She had gotten off a bus, and was seated on a bench, reading a book.
  • At 9:58 a.m., in what was to be the last killing of the morning, 25-year-old Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera was killed while vacuuming her Dodge Caravan at the Shell station at the intersection of Connecticut & Knowles Avenues in Kensington, Maryland.
  • The snipers then waited until 9:15 p.m. before shooting Pascal Charlot, a 72-year-old retired carpenter, while he was walking on Georgia Avenue at Kalmia Road, in Washington, D.C. Charlot died less than an hour later.
In each shooting, the victims were killed by a single bullet fired from some distance. The pattern was not detected until after the shootings occurred on October 3.
Fear quickly spread throughout the region as news of the shootings spread. Many parents went to pick up their children at school early, not allowing them to take a school bus or walk home alone. Montgomery County Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools, and private schools went into a lockdown, with no recess or outdoor gym classes. Other school districts in the area also took precautionary measures, keeping students indoors.

At this point Malvo and Muhammad started covering a wider area and taking more time between shootings. On October 4, 43-year-old Caroline Seawell was wounded at 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of an MJ Designs (now Michaels) Craft Store at Spotsylvania Mall in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, just outside the city of Fredericksburg, while she was loading purchases into her minivan.
On October 7, at 8:09 a.m., Iran Brown, a 13-year-old boy, was shot — accounts vary between the lower body, stomach and chest — as he arrived at the Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, Maryland, in Prince George's County (Brown's name was concealed from the public but was later revealed). His aunt, a nurse who had just brought him to school, rushed him to a hospital emergency room. Despite serious injuries, including damage to several major organs, Brown survived the attack and ultimately testified at Muhammad's trial. At this crime scene the authorities discovered a shell casing as well as a Tarot card (the Death card) inscribed with the phrase, "Call me God" on the front and, on three separate lines on the back, "For you mr. Police." "Code: 'Call me God'." and "Do not release to the press."
Two days later, on October 9 at 8:18 p.m., 53-year-old Dean Harold Meyers was shot dead while pumping gasoline at a Sunoco gas station on Sudley Road in Prince William County, Virginia, near the city of Manassas.
Again, two days later, on the morning of October 11 at 9:30 a.m., 53-year-old Kenneth Bridges was shot dead while pumping fuel at an Exxon station off Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near Fredericksburg.
On October 14, at 9:15 p.m., 47-year-old Linda Franklin, an FBI intelligence analyst who was a resident of Arlington County, Virginia, was shot dead after she finished shopping at a Home Depot with her husband in Fairfax County, Virginia, just outside Falls Church at Seven Corners Shopping Center. The police received what seemed to be a very good lead after the October 14 shooting, but it was later determined that the witness was inside the Home Depot at the time and was lying. The witness was subsequently arrested for interfering with the investigation.
After a five day interval, 37-year-old Jeffrey Hopper was shot on October 19 at 8:00 p.m. in a parking lot near the Ponderosa steakhouse in Ashland, Virginia, about 90 miles south of Washington, near Interstate 95. Hopper survived. Authorities discovered a four-page letter from the shooter in the woods.
On October 21, Richmond-area police arrested two men, one with a white van, outside a gas station. The men turned out to be illegal immigrants with no connection to the shooter and they were remanded in the custody of what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which subsequently deported them.
The next day, October 22, bus driver Conrad Johnson was shot dead at 5:56 a.m. while standing on the steps of his bus in Aspen Hill, Maryland. Chief Moose released part of the content of one of the shooter's communications, in which he declares, "Your children are not safe, anywhere, at any time".
While no shootings occurred on October 23, the day is significant for two events. First, ballistics experts confirmed Johnson as the tenth fatality in the Beltway shootings. Second, in a yard in Tacoma, Washington, police searched with metal detectors for bullets, shell casings, or other evidence that might provide a link to the shooters. A tree stump believed to have been used for target practice was seized.
The incident came to a close on October 24, when Muhammad and Malvo were found sleeping in their car, a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice, at a rest stop off of Interstate 70 near Myersville, Maryland, and arrested on federal weapons charges. Police were tipped off by Whitney Donahue, who noticed the parked car. (Four hours earlier Chief Moose had relayed this cryptic message to the sniper: "You have indicated that you want us to do and say certain things. You have asked us to say, 'We have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose'. We understand that hearing us say this is important to you". Moose asked the media "to carry the message accurately and often". This mysterious and arguable reference to a Cherokee fable has never been properly investigated or explained by the media.) Maryland State Police Trooper First Class D. Wayne Smith was the first to arrive to the scene and immediately utilized his light blue unmarked police vehicle to block off the exit by positioning the car sideways between two parked tractor-trailers. As more troopers arrived to the scene the rest area was effectively sealed off at both the entrance and exit ramps without the suspects being aware of a rapidly growing police presence. Later, as truck driver Ron Lantz was attempting to exit the rest area, his tractor-trailer was commandeered by troopers who used the truck, in place of the police car, to complete the roadblock at the exit. With the suspects' escape route sealed off, the officers then moved in to arrest them. A Bushmaster .223-caliber weapon and bipod were found in a bag in Muhammad's car. Ballistics tests later conclusively linked the seized rifle to 11 of the 14 shootings, including one in which no one was injured.

Investigators and the prosecution suggested during pre-trial motions that Muhammad intended to kill his ex-wife Mildred, who had estranged him from his children. According to this theory, she would appear to be just another random victim of the snipers. Muhammad frequented the neighborhood where she lived during the attacks, and some of the incidents occurred nearby. Additionally, he had earlier made threats against her. Mildred herself made the claim that she was his intended target. However, Judge LeRoy Millette, Jr. prevented prosecutors from presenting that theory during the trial, saying that a link had not been firmly established.
While imprisoned, Malvo wrote a number of erratic diatribes about what he termed "jihad" against the United States."I have been accused on my mission. Allah knows I'm gonna suffer now", he wrote.Because his rants and drawings featured not only such figures as Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, but also characters from the film series The Matrix, these musings were dismissed as immaterial. Some investigators reportedly said they had all but eliminated terrorist ties or political ideologies as a motive. Nonetheless, in at least one of the ensuing murder trials, a Virginia court found Muhammad guilty of killing "pursuant to the direction or order" of terrorism.
At the 2006 trial of Muhammad, Malvo testified that the aim of the killing spree was to kidnap children for the purpose of extorting money from the government and to "set up a camp to train children how to terrorize cities",with the ultimate goal being to "shut things down" across the United States.

Born as John Allen Williams, Muhammad joined the Nation of Islam in 1987 and later changed his surname to Muhammad. Drawings by Malvo describe the murders as part of a "jihad" (Arabic for "struggle in the way of God"). At Muhammad's trial, the prosecutor claimed that the rampage was part of a plot to kill his ex-wife and regain custody of his children, but the judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support this argument.

Muhammad was executed by lethal injection on November 10, 2009, at 9:06 PM EST at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia, and was pronounced dead at 9:11 PM EST.[4] Muhammad declined to make a final statement.

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Lee Boyd Malvo and his mother, Una Sceon James, first met John Allen Muhammad in Antigua and Barbuda around 1999, where Una and Muhammad developed a strong friendship. Later, Una left Antigua for Fort Myers, Florida, using false documents. She left her son with Muhammad, reportedly planning to have him follow her later. He did join his mother for a short time in 2001. Lee Malvo arrived as an illegal alien in Miami in 2001. He and his mother were apprehended by the Border Patrol in Bellingham, Washington, in December 2001. In January 2002, Malvo was released on a $1,500 bond. Malvo caught up with Muhammad soon after. In 2002, Malvo traveled to Bellingham, Washington, where he lived in a homeless shelter with Muhammad and enrolled in high school with Muhammad falsely listed as his father, but he did not make any friends according to his classmates. While in the Tacoma, Washington area, according to his statements to investigators, Malvo shoplifted the Bushmaster XM-15 from Bull's Eye Shooter Supply, a dealer for Bushmaster Firearms, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor based in Windham, Maine. About the same time, Muhammad practiced his marksmanship on the Bull's Eye firing range adjacent to the gun shop. Under federal laws, neither was legally allowed to purchase or possess guns, with both classified as prohibited persons under the Gun Control Act of 1968.
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As Malvo was 17 when he committed the crimes, he cannot face the death penalty, but still may be extradited to Alabama, Louisiana, and other states for prosecution. At the outset of the Beltway sniper prosecutions, the primary reason for extraditing the two suspects from Maryland, where they were arrested, to Virginia, was the differences in how the two states deal with the death penalty. While the death penalty is allowed in Maryland, it is only applied to persons who were adults at the time of their crimes, whereas Virginia had also allowed the death penalty for offenders who had been juveniles when their crimes were committed.[citation needed] In May 2005, Virginia and Maryland reached an agreement to allow Maryland to begin prosecuting some of the pending charges there, and Malvo was extradited to Montgomery County, Maryland under heavy security.
On June 16, 2006, Malvo told authorities that he and Muhammad were guilty of four additional shootings. The four most recently linked victims were also shot in 2002: a man killed in Los Angeles during a robbery in February or March; a 76-year-old man who survived a shooting on May 18 at a golf course in Clearwater, Florida; a man shot to death while doing yard work in Denton, Texas, May 27; and 54-year-old John Gaeta who survived being shot on August 1 during a robbery outside a shopping mall near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On October 10, 2006, Malvo pleaded guilty to the six murders he was charged with in Maryland. On November 8, he was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. On October 27, 2006, Malvo told police that he and Muhammad were responsible for the killing of a 60-year-old man on a golf course in Tucson, Arizona. He claimed that they shot Jerry Taylor while he was practicing chip shots on a local golf course. Tucson police had reportedly sought to speak with Malvo about the March 19, 2002 death of Taylor, who died from a single long range gunshot.

 

Zayad

groovy chicken
Huh...city I'm from is pretty close to Hammond, went to college in Bellingham...freaky. Interesting read.
 

aRyan

TRUMP or BUST
Sick people. Stories like this where someone gets another person to actually go along and help them murder people have always sparked my curiosity.

Anyone remember when this was happening, and the news reports? "Most likely a lone White male. Possibly a vet. Possibly a Right Wing Extremist.. etc.." Even after they catch the two.. we have this.

 

Blaine

Dead Meme
Oppressor
Administrator
It's possible to be all three at once (serial killer, spree killer, mass murderer). The terms aren't exclusionary. A person can also be just one type (obviously), or any two of the three types.

A serial killer is someone who has killed more than three people over the course of a month or more, with down time in between, and is usually psychologically motivated in some way. Mass murderers are those who kill more than four people over a short period of time. Spree killers kill multiple people in multiple locations with almost no break time in between.

According to the textbook definitions of the terms, I'd call the Beltway Snipers mass murderers, but not serial killers (less than a month, politically motivated) nor spree killers (the crime was spread out over three weeks and targeted one victim at a time).

Anders Breivik is a spree killer and a mass murderer, but not a serial killer, for example.
 
I think there should be a certain law that let's the public take out it's revenge on people like this...Something more painful than a stoning.. You know we are all going through financial crisis's and stuff, but hell I would pay top dollar to be able to go and look at these 2 in the eyes, spit in their faces, set them on fire, and piss on their ashes. Scumback fucktards are what they are! Better yet, I would like to insert a hose through their nose and insert that hose into a vacuum that when reversed, releases pieces of fine broken glass in their noses, causing them to go through to their organs and stab them, causing the people to have violent seizures and stuff. Or perhaps skinning one alive and then forcing the other to wear that skin for the rest of their lives. And then carve Allah is a gay pedophile on their chests and burn them with brands.
 
Then we also get a chance to convince them that we are all really empty vessels for Satan to inhabit and we end up eating their Allah, so Satan can become Super Satan, and we let them believe that it's their fault that their god was eaten for being the shit heads that they are.
 

Marx713

NewbieX
I was living right outside the DC area when this all went down. The lady that was shot at the home depot lived a block away from me. One of my classmates was working at the home depot when she was shot. Apparently she was shot right through the eye.

It was a crazy time. With a regular killer on the loose, you just avoid strangers and dont go out at night. But with this sniper an attack could happen anywhere at any time. They had security escort students from buildings. Everybody seemed to be ducking all the time, especially at the site of a white van.

Something strange happened one day during all this and I don't know what to think of it. I was out skateboarding and while I stood and watched my friend trying something I heard this very load buzz noise. Like a hornet flying right next to my ear. Except it was louder and moved hell of a lot faster. The noise lasted not even second. I swatted the air next to my head. But it didn't exactly sound like a bee or hornet. Something didn't feel right and I moved behind a wall. But what is very strange is that after they caught the killers the younger one mentioned how he shot at a young man and only missed him by a inch past his ear and how this young man swatted the air thinking it was a bug. I don't think much of it, but some times it makes me wonder.
 

katey

NewbieX
Something strange happened one day during all this and I don't know what to think of it. I was out skateboarding and while I stood and watched my friend trying something I heard this very load buzz noise. Like a hornet flying right next to my ear. Except it was louder and moved hell of a lot faster. The noise lasted not even second. I swatted the air next to my head. But it didn't exactly sound like a bee or hornet. Something didn't feel right and I moved behind a wall. But what is very strange is that after they caught the killers the younger one mentioned how he shot at a young man and only missed him by a inch past his ear and how this young man swatted the air thinking it was a bug. I don't think much of it, but some times it makes me wonder.

That's insane, what a freakout
 

katey

NewbieX
I think there should be a certain law that let's the public take out it's revenge on people like this...Something more painful than a stoning.. You know we are all going through financial crisis's and stuff, but hell I would pay top dollar to be able to go and look at these 2 in the eyes, spit in their faces, set them on fire, and piss on their ashes. Scumback fucktards are what they are! Better yet, I would like to insert a hose through their nose and insert that hose into a vacuum that when reversed, releases pieces of fine broken glass in their noses, causing them to go through to their organs and stab them, causing the people to have violent seizures and stuff. Or perhaps skinning one alive and then forcing the other to wear that skin for the rest of their lives. And then carve Allah is a gay pedophile on their chests and burn them with brands.

Wow buddy lol
 

katey

NewbieX
I think of the DC Snipers as serial killers, but parts of the definitions of mass murderers and spree killers fit too. Part of the motive was for one of the victims to be his ex wife, and for her murder to be chalked up to the sniper and not linked directly to him as an ex partner suspect, so I categorise it personally more as serial than mass murder.
 
I remember when this was in the news. Those guys were caught in my mom's hometown. We ate at the mcdonalds at that rest stop just a year before that. Crazy stuff
 

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