DC Sniper 10 Years Later: What Do You Remember?

"It was random, unpredictable, frightening," witnesses say. One of the snipers calls himself a "monster" in a new interview.


Today, Oct. 2, is the 10-year anniversary of what became known as the DC sniper case—a horrific chapter in local history that began in Montgomery County and riveted the nation.

It's hard to describe to those who weren't here what it was like to fear a random bullet during routine trips to the grocery store or gas station, or to drive past playgrounds and parks empty of children, runners and bike riders.

The cold calculation of the crime was unthinkable at the time.

The perpetrators, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, were regulars at the YMCA of Silver Spring in the weeks before their killing spree. 

New details of their time there emerge in an account in The Atlantic magazine by Jim Ross, a public health researcher. Read Ross' article here.

The Washington Post has published a rare new interview with Malvo in which he describes himself as a "monster."

Muhammad was executed by lethal injection in November 2009. Malvo was convicted of six murders in Montgomery County and is serving a life sentence without parole.

What are your memories of the case? Have you put it behind you or does it still haunt county residents?

Tell us in comments.

Tracey Reitterer October 03, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Ironically, most people when asked, (aside from their loved ones) cannot think of one victim's name from the Sniper shootings However, Muhammad & Malvo's story is now in Criminal Justice textbooks and their names will forever go down in history as “The D.C. Snipers“. In every sense of the word, that is just WRONG. In Memory Of Murdered Victims Everywhere “WE SEARCH FOR TRUTH. WE SEEK JUSTICE. THE COURTS REQUIRE IT. THE VICTIMS CRY OUT FOR IT. AND GOD DEMANDS IT!“ A quote spray painted on the wall by search and rescue workers at the OK City Bombing site 4-19-1995.
Tracey Reitterer October 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Beltway Sniper Victims: Listed in chronological order, these are the names of the victims who were murdered or wounded in the Beltway sniper attacks. James Martin, 55, Killed October 2, 2002, 6:04 PM Wheaton, Maryland James Buchanan, 39, Killed October 3, 2002, 7:41 AM Rockville, Maryland Premkumar Walekar, 54, Killed October 3, 2002, 8:12 AM Aspen Hill, Maryland Sarah Ramos, 34, Killed October 3, 2002, 8:37 AM Silver Spring, Maryland Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, 25, Killed October 3, 2002, 9:58 AM Kensington, Maryland Pascal Charlot, 72, Killed October 3, 2002, 9:20 PM Washington, D.C. Caroline Seawell, 43, Survived October 4, 2002, 2:30 PM Fredericksburg, Virginia Iran Brown, 13, Survived October 7, 2002, 8:09 AM Bowie, Maryland Dean Harold Meyers, 53, Killed October 9, 2002, 8:18 PM Manassas, Virginia Kenneth Bridges, 53, Killed October 11, 2002, 9:40 AM Fredericksburg, Virginia Linda Franklin, 47, Killed October 14, 2002, 9:19 PM Falls Church, Virginia Jeffrey Hopper, 37, Survived October 19, 2002, 8:00 PM Ashland, Virginia Conrad Johnson, 35, Killed October 22, 2002, 5:55 AM Aspen Hill, Maryland These victims have also been linked to Muhammad and Malvo: Keenya Cook Jerry Ray Taylor Paul La Ruffa Rupinder Oberoi Muhammad Rashid Million Woldemariam Claudine Lee Parker Kellie Adams Hong Im Ballenger Wright Williams, Jr. Billy Gene Dillon John Gaeta
Bill Hussein O'Stalin October 03, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Good comment.
Jae Alice Melton October 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
My husband amd i were on our way home to falls church from fairfax on oct 14.. It was dark and we were passed by a black car easily going 20 mph faster than we. As he/she came to opening in the median they made a sharp u turn meeting with another black car. These two cars stopped short and ended nose to nose blocking the other lane.. I remember turning to my husband and saying "the sniper! Those must be fed cars, and they really can do those moves like in the movies!" we rushed home and turned on the tv... It took about 20 minutes before it took over the news channels.. In that moment I realized how dangerous life really could be....
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