John Muhummad, the convicted DC sniper, faces execution tonight for the horrific killing spree of more than 10 people in 2002. Muhammad and his accomplice/protégé, then 17-year old Lee Boyd Malvo, terrorized the DC metro area, killing 10 people and wounding 3 more over a period of 22 days. Malvo is currently serving a life sentence. The two have since been connected to at least two more shootings unrelated to the spree; one in Montgomery, Alabama, and one in Tacoma, Washington, making the actual senseless murder total 12 in all.
The terror ended early on the morning of Oct. 24, 2002 , when Muhammad, then 41, and his accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, 17, were captured at an interstate rest stop in Maryland in a 1990 Caprice, a former police car purchased for $250, and used in many of the attacks.
Though more sniper victims were in Maryland, then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft turned Muhammad and Malvo over to Virginia for prosecution, where they were more likely to be sentenced to death if convicted. At the time, Virginia — second only to Texas in executions since 1976 — executed juvenile offenders and Maryland did not. But in the end, Malvo was spared a death sentence in Virginia and is serving four life terms in Virginia ‘s toughest prison. Despite insurmountable evidence to the contrary, Muhammad maintains his innocence, but lost a last minute effort at clemency and is set to be executed by lethal injection in Virginia tonight.
An undisclosed number of family members of sniper victims hope to witness the execution of John Muhammad tonight, which is set for 9 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center near Jarrett.
The execution, not unlike the 2003 capital-murder trials of Muhammad and Malvo, have drawn widespread media attention.”The world is definitely watching,” said David Clemenston, spokesman for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office. “I’ve gotten calls from all over the globe, as international media outlets are interested in covering this execution.”
So why can’t we watch?? The satellite trucks are already parked outside the facility, reporters will talk us through every minute, and then we’ll hear from grieving victims’ family members afterwards. The execution, carefully executed to fall in Prime Time TV. Nancy Grace, Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Greta, will they all weigh in?? Detailing every detail? I hope so. But why can’t we watch?? Why not televise it? We watched in horror as he terrorized the country for weeks on end, leaving people fearful to leave there homes, not sure where he would strike next. With our obsession for reality TV isn’t it time?? It’s lethal injection for God’s sake, kind of like just going to sleep. Really not that graphic. Heck, we watch a lot worse on TV, murders, autopsies, operations, sex, addictions, domestic abuse, funerals, and not to mention the wars on a nightly basis. Is this really that bad?? The thought, put into that perspective isn’t that preposterous. What will he eat?? What will he say? What will he wear?? Imagine the ratings. trust me, if the networks could, they would. Brought to you by Pepsi and Geico Auto Insurance. Suicides have been downloaded on the internet. So why stop here? The families want to watch to get “closure.” What about the rest of us? I for one would watch. I want closure. What exactly is closure, and will I feel better? I doubt it. But hey, if you don’t like the idea you can always change the channel. Not that’s Reality TV.
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