Lee Boyd Malvo, one half of the duo that terrorized Washington, D.C., with random sniper attacks in 2002, is in prison for the rest of his life.
The other man, John Allen Muhammad, was executed in 2009.
10 years after they murdered 10 people, Malvo now admits, “I was a monster.”
“I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people’s lives,” he told the Washington Post.
Malvo was 17 and Muhammad was 41 when they went on a three-week killing spree. Malvo now says he was “brainwashed” by the “sinister” and “evil” older man.
“He understood exactly how to motivate me by giving approval or denying approval,” he told the Post. “It’s very subtle. It wasn’t violent at all. It’s like what a pimp does to a woman.”
Before the shootings, Muhammad took him to a gun range and told him to imagine killing his weaker self as he fired on the targets, he recalled.
When he pulled the trigger on their first victim, 21-year-old Kenya Cook, he said he saw his own face and can’t remember what she looked like.
But he remembers the look in Ted Franklin’s eyes when the pair gunned down his wife Linda outside a Home Depot in Virginia — and said it made him feel like “the worst piece of scum on the planet.”
“It is the worst sort of pain I have ever seen in my life,” Malvo said. “Words do not possess the depth in which to fully convey that emotion and what I felt when I saw it.”
Malvo, serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole, is remorseful, but realizes that no apology can undo the pain he and Muhammad caused their victims’ families.
“We can never change what happened,” he told the Post. “There’s nothing that I can say except don’t allow me and my actions to continue to victimize you for the rest of your life.”
He added his partner, (above on right) killed by lethal injection in 2009. “Don’t allow myself or Muhammad to continue to make you a victim for the rest of your life. It isn’t worth it.”
“I WAS A MONSTER”
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