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Jihadi sniper Lee Malvo pulls media stunt with ABC News

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 2, 2007 09:37 PM


Today is the fifth anniversary of the first murder in the Beltway jihadi sniper case that terrorized the D.C. area. I’ll never forget zig-zagging at the gas station to avoid getting shot. I won’t forget the idiotic and dangerous Charles Moose. I won’t forget the open-borders debacle that let jihad sniper Lee Malvo loose. I won’t forget the victims.

Reflecting on the terror that gripped my neighborhood in 2002, I’m disgusted by this new development involving Malvo:

Cheryll Witz was in the Costco in Tucson, Ariz., shopping for a birthday cake when her cell phone rang. Waiting to speak to her was one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers — the man who five years ago had killed her father.

“I need to apologize for what I’ve done to you and your family,” Lee Boyd Malvo told her on Sept. 20.

Witz stood, stunned, in the shopping aisles.

“I was standing in the Costco bawling my eyes out,” she said.

In March 2002, Malvo shot and killed Witz’s father, Jerry Taylor, as he practiced chip shots on a golf-course practice green. Taylor’s murder was a precursor to a killing spree that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area, in which the teenage Malvo and partner John Allen Muhammad killed 10 people and wounded three others over a three-week span that began Oct. 2, 2002.

Malvo placed the call to Witz through a third party. He had initially called a producer at ABC News, who then used three-way calling to connect Malvo to Witz after she agreed to take the call. Such calls violate prison policy, said Virginia Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor. He would not comment, though, on Malvo’s specific phone calls or whether he has called any other victims. A network spokesperson said the producer did not know three-way calls were prohibited, and would not have connected the two had she been aware.

Witz confirmed to the Associated Press that she received the call. At one point, she said Malvo broke down as he spoke. “The first thing he said was, ‘I tried to write a letter to you but I couldn’t. I didn’t know what to say,'” Witz said. Witz has tried for years to learn more about the circumstances of her father’s death, and at one point even wrote to Malvo urging him to divulge what he knew.

Unfortunately, some of the answers Malvo provided in the brief, five-minute call were far from comforting. For personal reasons, Witz did not want to discuss all the details of the call, particularly those surrounding the exact circumstances of her father’s death. But she said some of what Malvo said raised more questions in her mind about exactly what happened and why.

More here.

I have a feeling ABC News is going to make a big publicity splash and glamorize/sympathize with the jihadi sniper as the anniversary events continue over the next three weeks.

Shame on them.

As for Malvo and whatever sob stories he might tell the Kleenex-wielding media, I have three syllables: Boo-freaking-hoo.

Actually, one more: Rot.

Flashback: Another Beltway sniper victim
Flashback: The jihadi snipers revisited
Flashback: Inside the mind of Lee Malvo









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