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The Making of Lee Boyd Malvo

In October of 2002, a series of sniper attacks paralyzed the Washington Beltway. The perpetrators were John Allen Muhammad and his seventeen-year-old protégé, Lee Boyd Malvo. Psychologist Jonathan H. Mack and social work Carmeta Albarus here detail the nature of Malvo’s tragic attachment to his perceived “hero father”(Muhammad), his indoctrination, and his subsequent dissociation, reaching out to parents, social workers, and the community for greater awareness and prevention.

2002:Police arrested spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.

Monster in My Family S01E04 - DC Sniper: John Allen Muhammad

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John Allen Muhammad

John Allen Muhammad and partner Lee Boyd went on a three-week shooting spree in 2002 in the Washington D.C. area in which 13 people were randomly shot and 10 of them killed. Muhammad, a father figure to Mavo, was allegedly the mastermind behind the murder spree.


John Allen Muhammad in Prince William Circuit Court for a hearing to appoint counsel in 2002. > (Ellis/AP )