For a month in the fall of 2002, the Washington, D.C. area was terrorized by a series of apparently random sniper attacks. The victims were innocent men, women, and a child, doing everyday things, from pumping gas, to reading a book on a park bench.
Eventually police caught the two gunmen, a man named John Allen Muhammed and a teenager whom Muhammad had sometimes referred to as his son, a young man by the name of Lee Boyd Malvo.
Muhammad was executed in 2009, but Malvo is serving multiple life sentences in Virginia.
A few years ago, certified forensic consultant Anthony Meoli began a correspondence with Malvo, eventually persuading him to share a journal he had written, documenting his childhood and teen years – and how he transitioned into a cold serial killer.
The result is the book, “The Diary of the D.C. Sniper,” which features introductory and closing material by Anthony Meoli.
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Lee Boyd Malvo wrote the 175-page document that forms the basis of this book in March 2005, neearly two and a half years after the events that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area. He hinted at the existence of this “memoir” to Anthony Meoli in late 2009, and revealed it again in early 2010.
In the introduction to the book, Meoli writes,
It took another few months to convince Lee that it would take
both his artwork and diary to fully explain his story. This would show
how his upbringing, in large part, led to his actions later in life. It would
also eventually lead to the cell where he will spend the rest of his life.
Meoli explains that he in no way condones Lee Boyd Malvo’s actions – instead he simply hopes to help explain them.
You are about to read the verbatim transcript of Lee Malvo’s
hand-written diary. Contained within this transcript are original pieces of
artwork completed by Lee during various times of his incarceration. The
insertion of the art is strictly designed to express those parts of Lee’s
diary in a more tangible way for the reader to understand.