DC Sniper's Ex: Rampage Was Scheme to Kill Me

Muhammad hoped to pass off murder on madman and regain custody of kids
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 1:17 PM CDT
John Allen Muhammad at his sentencing in 2004.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The ex-wife of convicted Beltway Sniper John Muhammad was the ultimate target of his murderous 2002 DC rampage that killed 10 people. Mildred Muhammad says her ex intended to pass off her murder as the work of a madman and regain custody of their three children. She got wise to the scheme when ATF agents visited her in 2002. “They said, 'Ms Muhammad, didn't you know he was shooting people around you?'” she tells NPR.

“You were the target,” the agents told her. “His end-game scenario was to come in as the grieving father,” Muhammad says. “He maybe would have been called father of the year.” She says she was the victim of domestic abuse and that John Muhammad had threatened her life before, which she details in a new book, Scared Silent. She blames his service in the first Gulf war with his dangerous deterioration. If “he would have received the counseling that he needed,” Muhammad says, none of it might have happened.