Washington, D.C., Sniper Malvo A Decade Later : “I Was a Monster”


It has been 10 years since John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo went on one of the most notorious killing sprees in the nation's history, ambushing 13 unsuspecting strangers, killing 10 of them, in the Washington, D.C., area. Muhammad was executed but Malvo, now 27 but a teenage at the time of the crimes, was spared.

“I was a monster,” Malvo tells the Washington Post. “If you look up the definition, that's what a monster is. I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people's lives. I did someone else's bidding just because they said so [ ] There is no rhyme or reason or sense.” Although Malvo now is apologetic to his victims and their families, that wasn’t his mindset a decade ago. “When you're in the midst of doing the shooting,” he tells the Post, “I didn't give it thought. [ ] You never get a grasp on what exactly you actually did and what the ramifications were for others.”

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