Murderer: I'll Kill Pregnant Women Til DC Sniper Freed

Note under body promises one death a week; cops suspect hoax

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 22, 2012 8:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Investigating the death of a pregnant Brooklyn woman this weekend, police found a note under her body. Its warning: One pregnant woman will be killed every week until "the DC sniper" is released. Police doubt the authenticity of the threat, saying it's likely intended to distract them, the New York Post reports. The Brooklyn victim, 38-year-old Vindalee Smith, was due to be married the next day to a man who is still married to someone else, sources tell police. Authorities see no link between Smith, the killer, and convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo.

Police say there was no sign of forced entry to Smith's home and the killer appears to be someone she knew. Fiancé Anthony Jackman's car was parked at the scene, according to the Post. Smith has four grown children; it's not known whether Jackman fathered the unborn child. Ex-neighbors recalled Smith and her sister arguing as Smith was evicted from her previous apartment, apparently a common occurrence. "The sister was yelling, saying, 'You’re messing with a married man,' and, ‘You don’t know who the baby daddy is! You’re choosing your boyfriend over your kids!'"

Memorial candles sit in front of the house where Vindalee Smith was murdered in New York, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Lee Boyd Malvo appears in a Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 Chesapeake, Va., sheriff's office handout booking photo.   (AP Photo/Chesapeake Sheriff's office)
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