It's now been seven years since John Allen Muhammad (see picture) and Lee Boyd Malvo (aka "the beltway snipers") murdered ten people near Washington, D.C., shooting people at random from a sniper's nest built into the trunk of Muhammad's car. Three others survived their wounds. Muhammad was given the death sentence and Malvo was given life imprisonment. On November 10 Muhammad will die by lethal injection in a Virginia prison.
From the Associated Press, via the Astute Bloggers:
RICHMOND, Va. – Some ache for revenge, others simply for justice. There is frustration, too, and defiance.
For those wounded by the D.C. snipers and for the relatives of those killed, the emotions leading up to the execution of the mastermind behind the 2002 attacks vary as widely as those who found themselves in the cross hairs.
John Allen Muhammad, 48, is set to die by injection in a Virginia prison Nov. 10, seven years after he and his teenage accomplice terrorized the area in and around the nation's capital for three weeks.
Some family members can't wait to see Muhammad take his final breath. Others plan to make the trip to Virginia but never step foot on prison grounds.
And there are those who plan to spend the night at home with their families, satisfied that Muhammad is paying for what he's done but indifferent as to how it will happen.Read it all here.
I do hope Malik Nadal Hasan will be recovered enough to watch it on the news as he contemplates his own trip to a Texas gurney.