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Beltway Sniper Essay

535 words - 3 pages

A serial killer is usually an individual who has killed three or more people over a certain time period. In most situations the motive behind the killings relieve anger, thrill, and attention seeking emotions to the murderer. John A. Muhammad and his accomplice, Lee B. Malvo were the shooters of the Beltway sniper. In six surreal weeks victims fell in October 2002, in Virginia. The shooters began to hunt innocent people around the country's capital, being picked off like trophies from a herd. At the time the killing spree put fear into the eyes of many people and it altered the way they went about their daily routines.
It was very hard for investigators to get a good lead on the shooters. The investigators insisted that the snipers were using the ...view middle of the document...

This was helpful for the public, as well as law enforcement agencies, this was a major change from the white van descriptions.
Finally investigators were able to receive information that gave them a suspect. They received a call claiming to be the sniper, which he stated how he was responsible for a robbery of a liquor store in Montgomery, Alabama, a month earlier. Therefore, the investigators used that evidence, which were fingerprints to prove that Muhammad was their main suspect.
The incident finally came to a close when Muhammad and Malvo were found sleeping in their Caprice at a rest stop. A truck driver at the rest stop tipped off police about the car. The shooters were then arrested, finding a stolen Bushmaster rifle and bipod, which were found in the trunk. Ballistic test later conclusively linked the rifle to eleven of the fourteen shootings. The shooters ended up killing eleven victims and six were wounded. The sniper shots were taken from the trunk of the car through a small hole created to shoot their victims. In September of 2003, Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed in 2009. Additionally, one month later Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
I really thought that this video that was presented in class was very interesting. Before watching this video I did not know the details of the Beltways Sniper. It amazes me that the investigators were able to use the Ballistic evidence to identify the rifle that the shooters were using. Additionally, I was also intrigued on the way the shooters setup their car to be a shooting hideout. If the law enforcement agencies were not able to get their hands on the shooters fingerprints, who knows maybe the killers would have never been caught and prosecuted.

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