Collections Update: Beltway Snipers Task Force
In late July, the National Law Enforcement Museum received an exciting new addition on loan from the Prince William County (VA) Police Department. This historically significant and unique collection includes the complete inventory of Task Force evidence used by law enforcement during the investigation and trial of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo (also known as “The Beltway Snipers”), the criminals behind the deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the greater-Washington, DC area in October 2002.
This comprehensive collection contains the infamous blue 1990 Chevy Caprice (pictured right) driven by Muhammad and Malvo and used for the attacks, as well as the physical evidence related to the individual sniper incidents, which claimed the lives of 10 people and seriously injured others.
The evidence consists of items like bullet fragments and a tarot card recovered from various crime scenes, a blue can of spray paint used to camouflage the inside of the car’s trunk, and everything from inside the Caprice when Muhammad and Malvo were captured, including several maps and atlases.
This collection will be further highlighted at the next event in our panel discussion series—Witness to History: Washington, DC-Area Sniper Attacks, 10 Years Later. Panelists will include Chief Charles Deane, Prince William County (VA) Police Department; Mr. Josh White, investigative reporter for the Washington Post; Chief Charles Moose (ret.), Montgomery County (MD) Police Department; and Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh (ret.), Maryland State Police.