July — Volume IV Issue 7 Insider

Mission Statement: The mission of the National Law Enforcement Museum is to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. The Museum dynamically engages the broadest possible audience in this story in an effort to build mutual respect and foster cooperation between the public and the law enforcement profession. By doing so, the Museum contributes to a safer society and serves to uphold the democratic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.


Director's Corner

Next Witness to History Event: DC Sniper Case

Car used by John Muhammad and Lee Malvo during the DC Sniper attacks, including the attack that took place in Prince William County, Va. (AP file photo)
Tarot cards and other threatening letters were left as calling cards at several crime scenes during the DC Sniper attacks.

For three weeks in October 2002, the Washington, DC, metropolitan area lived in fear of a serial sniper who killed 10 people and wounded three others in a series of random shootings in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Ultimately, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were convicted of seven of those murders. They have also been linked to additional shootings in a number of other states. 

Investigating and arresting the two perpetrators involved hundreds of police officers from multiple local jurisdictions, as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the U.S. Secret Service; and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

On September 18, 2012, the next event in our Witness to History series will re-examine this case 10 years later with our featured guest, Prince William County (VA) Police Chief Charlie Deane.

The DC Sniper case, as it has come to be known, involved one of the biggest manhunts in recent history and required the complicated coordination of multiple police agencies under intense media scrutiny and a barrage of misinformation, rumor, speculation and criticism. 

Chief Deane was heavily involved in the investigation because one of Malvo and Muhammad’s victims, 53-year-old Dean Harold Meyers, was killed while pumping gasoline at a Sunoco gas station in Prince William County.

The program will be held in the Pew Charitable Trusts Building at 901 E St. NW, Washington, DC. Admission is free. More details will follow. Please plan to join us!



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