Monday, March 8, 2010


Elliot C. Mclaughin wrote this story for CNN, about convicted murderer Lee Boyd Malvo's letter of apology to John Geata, a man he shot, but did not kill in Hammond, Louisiana. Malvo and John Allen Muhammad went on a killing spree in 2002 that spanned from Louisiana to the Washington D.C. metro area. This is the part that creeped me out the most:

Malvo and Muhammad arrived in Hammond, about 40 miles east of Baton Rouge, on a Greyhound bus in August 2002, McCormick said. Gaeta became the snipers' mark when he arrived at the mall about 8:20 p.m. August 1, McCormick said.

"The mission was to kill him," he said.

It was almost closing time, so Gaeta parked quickly and rushed into Sears to find a new pair of shoes, he said. Malvo or Muhammad slashed one of Gaeta's tires while he was inside, according to police.

Shortly after 9 p.m., Gaeta returned to his truck and started it up. He realized he had a flat and pulled under a streetlight in the mall parking lot to change it.

Two men in dark clothing soon approached him and asked whether the mall was still open. Gaeta responded that some stores were still open. The men walked off but returned about five minutes later, Gaeta said.

"Do you need any help?" one of them asked.

"No, I'm OK," Gaeta replied.

"Looks like you have a flat tire," the other man replied, chuckling under his breath. The men walked off again, and Gaeta didn't see them for several minutes until he went to the bed of his Chevy Silverado to retrieve the spare tire. From there, he saw a shadow slinking alongside his truck. Gaeta looked closer, he said, and saw a figure dart to the front of his vehicle. Thinking teenagers were playing a prank, he met the figure on the other side of the truck and asked flatly, "What are you doing?"

Read the rest here on It's better than the video below. But for those who like the shiny, moving pictures, I posted that too.

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