DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo: ‘I was a monster’
D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad, 2002. (AP file photo)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – OCTOBER 22: Sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo (C) is escorted by deputies as he is brought into court to be identified by a witness during the murder trial in courtroom 10 at the Virginia Beach Circuit Court October 22, 2003 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Muhammad has decided not to represent himself in court and to turn his defense back to his attorneys. (Photo by Davis Turner-Pool/Getty Images)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – OCTOBER 20: Sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad (Seated-L) watches as fellow sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo, wearing an orange jumpsuit, is identified in court during his trial in courtroom 10 at the Virginia Beach Circuit Court October 20, 2003 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Muhammad fired his defense team and is representing himself. (Photo by Martin Smith-Rodden-Pool/Getty Images)
Lee Boyd Malvo, who as the teenaged accomplice to D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad terrorized the eastern U.S. with a series of seemingly random shootings ten years ago this month, is talking about his crimes.
Malvo, now 27 years old, talked to the Washington Post from prison, where he is serving a life sentence (Muhammad was executed in 2009). From the Post:
Lee Boyd Malvo said he remembers each of the sniper shootings in detail. But one moment — one image — stands out among the carnage of that terrifying time 10 years ago:
“Mr. Franklin’s eyes.”
Malvo remembers being in the blue Chevrolet Caprice, in which police found binoculars and walkie-talkies. He scanned the area to make sure John Allen Muhammad had a clean shot. He gave the “go” order and looked across Route 50 in Seven Corners at the target. Muhammad, hidden on a hill above, pulled the trigger. A bullet screamed across the highway, instantly killing Linda Franklin, who just happened to be going about her business at the Home Depot in Virginia at precisely the wrong time.
But mostly he remembers Ted Franklin’s eyes — the devastation, the shock, the sadness. “They are penetrating,” Malvo said in a rare media interview from prison. “It is the worst sort of pain I have ever seen in my life. His eyes. . . . Words do not possess the depth in which to fully convey that emotion and what I felt when I saw it. . . . You feel like the worst piece of scum on the planet.”
Malvo’s attitude provides a sharp contrast to his posture 10 years ago. Shortly after his arrest, a boastful, defiant Malvo told investigators that he fired the bullet that killed Franklin. He laughed and pointed to his head to show where the bullet struck. Told about Malvo’s words, one of those investigators said he wouldn’t be surprised if Muhammad fired the fatal shot and thinks Malvo might be coming to grips with what he did. …
Read the rest of the story at the Washington Post.