WASHINGTON (AP) — Convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the devastated reaction of a victim's husband made him feel like "the worst piece of scum."

Malvo expresses remorse in the interview with The Washington Post (wapo.st/SrLk9I) and urged the families of victims to try and forget about him and his partner John Allen Muhammad so they can move on. Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the deadly spree in the Washington area carried out by Malvo and John Allen Muhammad. The pair has been linked to 27 shootings across the country, including 10 fatal attacks in the Washington area.

Malvo, 27, told the Post in a rare interview that the look on the face of victim Linda Franklin's husband right after she was shot stands out in his memory of the rampage. Franklin, a 47-year-old FBI analyst, was killed as she and her husband loaded supplies outside a Home Depot in Falls Church, Va.

"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."

Malvo is serving a life sentence with no parole at a prison in southwest Virginia for killing Franklin. Muhammad was executed in Virginia in 2009

The sniper-style attacks all but paralyzed the nation's capital, as people were shot at random while going about their everyday life — pumping gas, buying groceries, and for one young boy, as he went to school. The shooters used a high-powered rifle, firing from the trunk of a modified Chevy Caprice until they were tracked down at a Maryland rest stop.

Malvo also repeated previous assertions that he was manipulated by the older Muhammad during the string of attacks that took place when Malvo was 17. But he acknowledges: "I was a monster."

Malvo has declined to respond to many media requests, including letters from The Associated Press. He was interviewed in 2010 for a cable TV special.

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."

Linda Franklin's father, Charles Moore, was incredulous about the idea that victims' relatives would be able to forget about what Malvo and Muhammad did.

"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.

Moore said he believes his daughter's slaying contributed to his wife's death several years later.

"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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7 thoughts on “DC Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo Speaks Out

  1. niagaras4me on said:

    Creepy interview. He’s a prime example of you are what you’re taught. Even though he knew it was wrong, he didn’t want to disappoint the only parent who showed him attention. I still for the victims and their families.

  2. Serpentine11 on said:

    How can they, the family members move on when at every turn something reminds them that their loved ones are no longer with them? they will never see nor have birthdays, marriages, births, grandkids, etc. Malvo wants to be absolved, and I wouldn’t give him the satisfaction. As for leaving them to a “just God” for punishment, everyone may not be on your same sheet of music. I’m all about the 9/11 saying, “We will never forget”.

  3. Kidmaster6 on said:

    orgiveness is NOT about the perpetrator, it is for the victims (who have not dies) and thier families. It does not mean the perpetrators are not guilty, it means you move on as best you can and leave them to a just God who WILL handle them. Living without your loved one is enough to have to deal with than to hold on to the thought of the monstors that have caused your pain. Don’t let them take up space in you mind or life ANY MORE THAN NECESSARY!.

  4. He was a child when he was led to commit the murders at the hands of his father, the real monster!!! I personally believe in forgiveness, and I think he deserves at the very least, to live his life in prison as he was granted.

  5. Serpentine11 on said:

    He may be remorseful, but he should never be forgiven. How dare he ask the families to move on with their lives and not consider themselves to be victims. Some things ARE worth it and also remembering. To make such a statement, even at the age of 27, shows that he still doesn’t know the depth of hurt, agony and pain him and Muhammad caused. I hope the look he saw on the victim’s husband’s face is burned into his memory forever. Their actions 10 years ago are still having the domino effect. Those people will always be victims. Does he realize that he and Muhammad terrorized a portion of the East Coast that put fear in everyone’s hearts and minds? I live in the area they terrorized and it was scary. Every day, I wondered, when are they going to catch this guy or these people because no one knew when or where they would strike again. I know this sounds crazy and I don’t think I’m alone when I say this, but I made it a point to hide behind obstacles when I pumped gas, and never leisurely strolled to my car after leaving a store, I ran. In reality, although I wasn’t wounded or killed, he still made me and everyone else a victim too. I look back on that time and still get the chills. I really don’t care what Malvo has to say, he only wants to ease his conscience. That’s like sitting down with Osama Bin Laden to hear him plead his case for 9/11. Just like Timothy McVeigh, I’m glad they gave Muhammad his swift and just punishment, execution style.

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