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PostSubject: D.C Sniper Attacks + 'Blue Caprice' Movie   Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:33 pm

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Has anyone heard of this case? It's personally one of my favourite ones. I thought it was a really unique case from the way the shooting is executed - it's quite genius actually, and the relationship between John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. He took him in, groomed him, and eventually convinced him to commit the shootings. Muhammad's life was spiralling down, he was a man who garnered alot of anger with himself and his circumstances, which then spread to hating people and the society. As for Malvo, I feel quite sad for him, he was an abandoned young teen who needed shelter and an adult-figure in his life and he only had Muhammad then for that.

Just a recap and summary, the D.C. sniper attacks of 2002, shooting spree in the Washington, D.C. area that killed 10 people and injured 3 over a three-week period in October 2002. The shooters, John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, chose targets seemingly at random.

The rampage was perpetrated by John Allen Muhammad (then aged 42) and Lee Boyd Malvo (then 17), driving a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan. Their crime spree began in February 2002 with murders and robberies in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Washington, which resulted in seven deaths and seven injuries, bringing the ten-month shooting spree total to 17 deaths and 10 injuries. In September 2003, Muhammad was sentenced to death. One month later, Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. On November 10, 2009, Muhammad was executed by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center near Jarratt, Virginia.

The attacks were carried out with a stolen Bushmaster XM-15 (AR-15 style) semiautomatic .223 caliber rifle equipped with an EOTech holographic weapon sight which is effective at ranges of up to 550 yards found in the vehicle.[28] The trunk of the Chevrolet Caprice was modified to serve as a "rolling sniper's nest". The back seat was modified to allow a person access to the trunk. Once inside, the sniper could lie prone with shots taken from a small hole near the license plate created for that purpose.

Investigators and the prosecution suggested during pre-trial motions that Muhammad intended to kill his second ex-wife Mildred, who had estranged him from his children. According to this theory, the other shootings were intended to cover up the motive for the crime, since Muhammad believed that the police would not focus on an estranged ex-husband as a suspect if she looked like a random victim of a serial killer. Muhammad frequented the neighborhood where she lived during the attacks, and some of the incidents occurred nearby.


As a definite suggestion, should anyone who's interested in this case like to watch a movie adaption of it, this one is PERFECT. I've watched it back in 2013 when it first came out and I'm watching it again. It's a really good re-enactment. It's called BLUE CAPRICE, and here's a free online streaming link to watch it: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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PostSubject: Re: D.C Sniper Attacks + 'Blue Caprice' Movie   Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:14 pm

I actually grew up in the dc area and my cousin was at the middle school where the one kid was shot. Its a very interesting case to me too but mainly b/c it happened in an area that I'm familiar with. Thanks for the link, I didn't know about this particular movie! (I hope that we'll get to see a well made authentic columbine movie in our lifetimes haha)
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PostSubject: Re: D.C Sniper Attacks + 'Blue Caprice' Movie   Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:03 am

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I actually grew up in the dc area and my cousin was at the middle school where the one kid was shot. Its a very interesting case to me too but mainly b/c it happened in an area that I'm familiar with. Thanks for the link, I didn't know about this particular movie! (I hope that we'll get to see a well made authentic columbine movie in our lifetimes haha)
Oh okay, that's pretty cool. Yeah and that one kid survived if I'm not wrong, thankfully. No problem, it's a movie worth checking out if you have time. Isaiah Washington who plays Muhammad directed and produced it. I was thinking the same thing about Columbine having a movie as good as authentic as this one but.....mehhhhhhhh (also any supposed movies already out that tries to base it on Columbine)

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PostSubject: Re: D.C Sniper Attacks + 'Blue Caprice' Movie   Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:57 am

Yeah the kid that was shot at the middle school survived. My cousin knew who he was but He didn't actually Know him. He said the kid was kinda harassed by other students once he was able to go back to school. (I actually went to that same middle school several years before... Its not in a great neighborhood).
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PostSubject: Re: D.C Sniper Attacks + 'Blue Caprice' Movie   Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:45 am

No way. They harrassed the boy after what happened to him? That's vile, whatever for?
It's not a great neigbourhood huh? Well...

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PostSubject: Re: D.C Sniper Attacks + 'Blue Caprice' Movie   Sat Jul 23, 2016 1:11 pm

Yup, exactly that. And wow, I can't even imagine going through present fear and paranoia such as that where you'd have NO idea when it might happen again and if it'll happen to you. Their execution and their technique was so unique, and in fact I was thinking to myself they could've gotten away with it much longer had they not made that one stop to rest and eventually police apprehended them in their car. Someone else who lived at that area at the time also shared a story about how people were literally running back and forth from the gas station to their car like sprinting and dropping their things just because they were so afraid they'd get shot at that moment. Things were insane!

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