One of the D.C. snipers, Lee Boyd Malvo, is speaking out on the years he’s spent in prison since his cohort, John Allen Muhammad, was put to death. Malvo participated in a phone interview on NBC’s TODAY show vowing to never speak out publicly again.
In the candid exchange with Matt Lauer, Malvo opened up about being s-xually abused by Muhammad, starting at the age of 14 and ending when the two were arrested. “For the entire period when I was almost 15 until I got arrested, I was s-xually abused by John Muhammad,” he said detailing a completely different account than what he told the Washington Post, last month.
Imprisoned for a decade, the 27-year-old is serving a life sentence at the Red Onion State Prison in southwest Virginia, while Muhammad was executed in 2009.
Back in 2002 he and Muhammad shot 13 strangers, 10 of which were killed. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” he said of prison life. “It was intended to punish, and it is effective. It is complete deprivation. I don’t see outside. I have no contact with animals, plants, people.”
Over the years Malvo has reached out to some of his victims, but is not looking for sympathy. “I seriously doubt this is going to change anything as far as my life goes. I’ve come to grasp that what I have to look forward to is life in prison.”
Bob Myers, brother of Dean Myers, who was killed by the duo while at a Virginia gas station, acknowledged that Malvo was not in his right mind during the three-week killing spree. “We recognize that he was tremendously under the control of John Muhammad and he was, probably a good word would be brainwashed, and since that time he’s gotten, as we understand, some mentoring, some help and has had some years to recognize what he did. Our understanding is that he, given the chance, would not have chosen to take the same course again, but he can’t alter that.”
Malvo also detailed the powerlessness and loyalty he felt to the man, Muhammad, driving him to kill. “I couldn’t say no, I had wanted that level of love and acceptance and consistency for all of my life, and couldn’t find it. Even in moments of short reflection, I knew that it was wrong, [but] I did not have the willpower to say no.”
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