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Video: Former wife of executed DC Sniper shares her story


JENNIFER: WELCOME BACK. IN OCTOBER 2002, THE D.C. METRO AREA BECAME A HOT ZONE WHEN A MAN NAMED JOHN ALLEN MUHAMMAD WENT ON A THREE WEEK KILLING RAMPAGE. HE BECAME KNOWN AS THE D.C. SNIPER, KILLING 10 PEOPLE, ALONG WITH LEE BOYD MALVO WHO WAS A TEENAGER AT THE TIME. ULTIMATELY, HIS INTENDED TARGET WAS HIS EX-WIFE AND CHILDREN — HIS EX-WIFE MILDRED. A SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF TWO BOOKS. HER LATEST “I’M STILL STANDING.” THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOUR BACKGROUND, TELL US WHAT HAPPENED. MILDRE I WAS IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JOHN. MINE WAS NOT PHYSICAL. I MOVED TO THIS AREA BECAUSE I WAS TRYING NOT TO — I WAS TRYING TO ESCAPE AND HELP MY MOTHER AT THE TIME. MY CHILDREN WERE TAKEN OUT OF THE COUNTRY BY HIM AND GO PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT IT, THEY DID NOT TELL ME. ONCE I CAME HERE, HE WENT TO DOMESTIC COURT AND TOLD THEM I KIDNAP THE CHILDREN, HE WENT TO A FATHER’S WRITES GROUP — RIGHT GROUP, AND THEY FOUND ME IN THE D.C. AREA AND THAT IS WHEN HE CAME TO LOOK FOR ME. ONCE HE FOUND ME, HE BEGAN KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE TO COVER UP MY MURDER. LAW ENFORCEMENT TOLD ME I WAS THE INTENDED TARGET AND HIS GOAL WAS TO HAVE A INCLUDED IN THOSE INNOCENT PEOPLE BEING KILLED SO HE COULD GAIN CUSTODY OF OUR CHILDREN. IT WAS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CHILD CUSTODY ISSUE. JENNIFER: HE HAS BEEN EXECUTED AND YOU HAVE HAD TO LIVE ON AND RAISE YOUR CHILDREN. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS YOU HAVE WRITTEN THIS LATEST BOOK. TELL US WHAT IT IS ABOUT. MILDRED: THE LAST BOOK ENDED WITH NOT KNOWING IF YOU WOULD BE EXECUTED, BUT THIS BOOK BEGINS WITH THAT AND DETAILS HOW MY CHILDREN HAD TO GO THROUGH THAT. THEY WERE WAITING FOR A PHONE CALL THAT NEVER CAME. I SYMPATHIZE WITH THE FAMILIES THAT WERE AFFECTED BY HIS CRIME, BUT WE ALSO HAD TO GET THROUGH THE VICTIM BLAMING. WE HAD TO GET TO COUNSELING AND THAT COULD NOT FIND A COUNSELOR, SO I WENT TO THE LIBRARY AND LEARNED HOW TO COUNSEL ME AND MY CHILDREN MYSELF. I HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE OK AND EMOTIONALLY BALANCED AT ALL TIMES. I BEGAN SPEAKING AT DIFFERENT CONFERENCES. I’M SORRY. I BECAME AN ADVOCATE FOR THE OFFICE OF VICTIMS OF CRIMES. JENNIFER: CAN YOU TALK ABOUT PTSD? MILDRED: I AM GOING TO FORT STEWART AND FORT BENNING IN OCTOBER, WHICH IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. JENNIFER: HE WAS A SOLDIER WHO CAME BACK AND WAS A CHANGED MAN. MILDRED: HE WAS THEN MESSED WITH PTSD. I WOULD LIKE TO PUT OUT THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE DIAGNOSED WITH PTSD, DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL COMMIT A CRIMINAL ACT. THE DEMS OF THE RUSTIC VIOLENCE ARE DIAGNOSED WITH PTSD, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO LIVE IN A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT. SPEAKING TO SOLDIERS, TRYING TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND. SUICIDE IS UP, PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ANYONE TO TALK TO OR RESOURCES, SO THEIR ONLY ESCAPE OR THEY FEEL THAT THEIR ESCAPE IS TO COMMIT SUICIDE AREA AND WE TALKED TO PEOPLE AND HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT DISAPPOINTMENTS AND FRUSTRATIONS. JENNIFER: WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ADVOCATE AND MOTHER YOU ARE. YOUR CHILDREN ARE DRIVING. TELL US WHAT THEY ARE DOING. MILDRED: MY SON, JOHN, IS 27, HE IS AN ASSISTANT MANAGER. MY DAUGHTERS WERE CLASSICALLY TRAINED AND SING CLASSICAL MUSIC IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AND THEY STARTED THEIR OWN MUSIC GROUP CALLED TO MUSIC, SO YOU’LL BE HEARING FROM THEM AREA JENNIFER: WHEN IT HERE — FROM THEM. JENNIFER: ONE OF YOUR MESSAGES IS YOU CAN SURVIVE AND THRIVE AND THERE IS HELP. MILDRED: THAT IS ONE THING I WANT TO SAY. BECAUSE I TRAVEL AND SPEAK IN DIFFERENT PLACES, THERE IS A WEBSITE CALLED DOMESTICSHELTE RS.ORG. IT IS A WEBSITE THAT HAS SHELTERS, INFORMATION AND RESOURCES, IN EVERY STATE AND CITIES. IF YOU LIVE IN A SMALL CITY BUT YOU WANT TO GO TO THE LARGER CITY TO GET THAT OUT. JENNIFER: WE PUT THAT INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITE. THE NAME OF YOUR BOOK IS “I’M STILL STANDING.”

1 thought on “Video: Former wife of executed DC Sniper shares her story

  1. Anything for your 15 minutes of fame I guess huh? Don't flatter yourself lady I mean they were snipers what makes you think they would kill all of these innocent people just to take you out? How narcissistic and self-serving is such a thought I am a mean let me hear surveying is a cow that he's already had and if he wanted to kill you wouldn't you have been first on the list don't get me wrong you could have very well been coming back to heal you to make things full Circle but, let's not be so sure there were so many people who had that no wrong like putting gas in their car cutting the grass vacuum in their car and for you to think that you had anything to do with that is a little shameful don't you think I would be too embarrassed to tell anyone being that there are records to show how abusive you are so I were your own children why else would that killer of a son be reaching out to such a maniac for guidance structure and all the other things that you should be providing and failed miserably according to legal documents you speak of being abused mentally and not having scars but there is documented proof of the scars you provided through the abuse you inflicted on your children and being that one grew up to become a heartless murderer takes care of adjectives abused doesn't always have to show scars so good day you're 15 minutes are over! Sir

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