*10 years ago next Tuesday marks the anniversay of a horrible tragedy. Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad went on a shooting spree that later linked them to 27 shootings across the country, including 10 fatal attacks in the Washington area.
Once convicted, Muhammad was executed in 2009 for his part in the crime; and Malvo continues to serve a life sentence, with no parole, in a southwest, Virginia prison. He was convicted for killing Linda Franklin, a 47-year-old FBI analyst, as she and her husband loaded supplies outside a Home Depot in Falls Church, Va.
In an article published by The Washington Post last Sunday, Malvo says he is having a hard time getting the look on the face of the victims’ husband right after she was shot, out of his mind. His eyes in particular, he notes, made him feel like, “the worst piece of scum.”
“They are penetrating,” Malvo said of Ted Franklin’s eyes. “It is the worst sort of pain I have ever seen in my life. His eyes … Words do not possess the depth in which to fully convey that emotion and what I felt when I saw it. … You feel like the worst piece of scum on the planet.”
When asked by the Post what he would say to victims’ families, the remorseful Malvo said there’s no way to properly convey an apology.
“We can never change what happened,” Malvo said. “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, “Don’t allow myself or Muhammad to continue to make you a victim for the rest of your life. It isn’t worth it.”
Franklin’s father, Charles Moore, says he believes his daughters’ slaying contributed to the death of his wife only a few years later. He was said to have been incredulous as he heard Malvo’s words.
“There’s no way. I can’t believe that. No one can go through something like that,” Moore said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “What he did just destroyed my family. I’ll never be able to put it aside. Never,” he said. “There are things that stand out in your life that you think about. I’m 83 years old and I’ll carry it to my grave.”
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