The DC Sniper Killings Term Paper by Peter Pen

The DC Sniper Killings
A review of the events of the DC sniper shootings, including the preliminary shootings, the "Beltway" Attacks, the investigation during the attacks and the arrest of the two suspects.
# 103313 | 1,844 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008

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This paper examines the timeline of the DC sniper killings that took place in October 2002. It explains the preliminary killings and the actual "Beltway" attacks. The paper then analyzes the investigation during the attacks, the arrest of the two suspects and the logistics and tactics used by the suspects. Finally, it discusses the whereabouts of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo prior to their arrest.

Table of Contents:
Preliminary Killings
"Beltway" Attacks
The Investigation During the Attacks
The Arrest of the Two Suspects
Logistics & Tactics Used By the Snipers

From the Paper:

"The deadly string of shootings finally came to an end on October 24, when Muhammad and Malvo were found sleeping in their 1990 Chevrolet Caprice, at a rest stop near Myersville, Maryland. Police were given the information by a truck driver who noticed the parked car. A .223-caliber Bushmaster XM-15 rifle and bipod were found in a bag in Muhammad's car. According to CNN, the rifle was found behind the rear seat of the 1990 Chevrolet Caprice, which had been modified to allow the rifle to be fired from inside the vehicle. The Bushmaster rifle is a civilian, semi-automatic version of the Colt M-16 military rifle, which can be fired in fully automatic mode. Ballistics tests later verified the same rifle matched 11 of the 14 bullets recovered from the attacks."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beltway Sniper Attacks,
  • The DC Snipers,
  • Aspen Hill, Maryland,
  • Final Report- DC Snipers National Geographic Channel, Documentary
  • DC Sniper Shooting Victims,

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