The D.C. Snipers

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Jan 06 2020 110 mins   4.5k
“If you’re black, you can’t get work as a serial killer even if you’re manifestly qualified.” Mike tells Sarah how a military veteran became an abuser, a murderer and, eventually, a footnote in his own crime spree. Digressions include Jim Jones, the Addams Family and “The Gillooly Gang.” The episode gets super dark about two-thirds in, but brightens just before the big twist. We describe—again, unfortunately—domestic abuse in great detail. Support us! Subscribe on Patreon, donate with Paypal or get a T-shirt! Links! Mildred Muhammad’s book, “Scared Silent” NPR interview with Mildred “23 Days of Terror: The Compelling True Story of the Hunt and Capture of the Beltway Snipers” “Sniper: Inside the Hunt for the Killers Who Terrorized the Nation” 2002 American Journalism Review article: “The news media, particularly cable channels, relied heavily on profilers during the sniper coverage” “African American Serial Killers: Over-Represented Yet Underacknowledged” “Black Criminal Stereotypes and Racial Profiling” A 2002 Newsweek article that includes some of the debate over John’s military service