Retired Maryland State Police Lt. writing for Homeland Security Today Part 2 of a 4 part series about the beltway sniper investigation

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The Inside Story of Snagging the Beltway Snipers: The Killers Get Cornered

December 7, 2018 David Reichenbaugh

This is Part Two of a four-part series on the 2002 Beltway Snipers killing spree in collaboration with the former criminal intelligence operations commander for the Maryland State Police and commanding officer at the scene during the snipers’ capture in Myersville, Md. Read Part One

A little over three weeks of frustration, with the body count mounting, did little to dampen the resolve of the SNIPMUR Task Force. The frustration was real, the sick feelings we all had in the pits of our stomachs over feeling helpless to stop the senseless killings – combined with the fatigue of the nonstop, round-the-clock investigation – had taken a heavy toll on all of us. The public, which we had all taken an oath to serve and protect, were gripped by fear and in some cases panic.

The sniper case had turned into the most intense and largest manhunt in American law enforcement history. The case was being covered on the 24-hour news cycle not only here in the United States but around the world. As I gazed out of one of the windows from our upper-story office building, which had magically been converted into what we knew as the Joint Operations Center (JOC), I was looking at a sea of press.

They had satellite trucks with dishes fully extended as far as the eye could see. They had campers and pop-up canopies set up to cover the even larger sea of cameras and microphones. News people wandered around the press area, which covered more than two blocks. The scene looked more like the coverage for a Super Bowl game rather than an ongoing large-scale homicide investigation. Was it the desire to cover this breaking news event, or was it more of a sense of some morbid reality show that was ratings-driven?

There was one major difference of which the press was likely unaware. The entire area was sealed off and under heavy guard in fear that the snipers would decide to attack the throng of reporters and cameramen and take one or two of them out. As I looked out the window, I noticed the white-noise device that had been set up to vibrate the windows and help prevent the media from using powerful parabolic microphones to pick up conversations that were occurring inside the JOC. Since there had been so many press leaks that had damaged the investigation, this had become a necessity to prevent the press from releasing additional information about the case that would only make our jobs that much more difficult.

Through all this frustration, there was one driving force that motivated all of us: No one involved in this investigation knew how to quit or how to give up. We were determined to work this case to the very end or until it killed us – just like every other investigation I had worked. When the bits and pieces finally started to make sense and began to fit together, it happened quickly.

During the afternoon and into the evening of Oct. 22, 2002, all the pieces fit. We now had the names and faces of our suspects John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. We also knew the vehicle they were most likely driving. We were now ready to start looking for a blue Chevy Caprice. All those lookouts for the infamous rumored white truck or panel van finally had been put behind us. We now could make the transition from the hunted to the hunters. We were no longer looking for a needle in a field full of haystacks. We at least now knew which haystack to look in. The only thing in question was how to go about tracking down the blue Caprice carrying the two killers. There was a ton of debate concerning how much information about the Caprice to release and to whom. At about 10 p.m. on the 22nd, after much debate and consternation, the full be-on-the-lookout for the Caprice was released – not only to every police officer in the DMV, but to the press as well. Within 30 minutes, the lookout for the Caprice was broadcast on every major television station and network as well as radio.

Having completed my assignment and getting an opportunity to go home for the first time in several days, I found myself by luck and happenstance to be the third trooper at the Myersville rest area off of I-70 at the top of South Mountain in Frederick County, Md., where the sniper’s car had been spotted by a citizen. Since I was a lieutenant and highest-ranking trooper on the scene, I was in command by default according to the well-established protocol of the incident command structure.

As I took command of the capture of the Beltway Snipers, there were a million things running through my mind. Most obviously was the simple fact that the snipers were armed with a high-velocity rifle and had repeatedly demonstrated the ability to hit and kill their targets. The rifle they were using would easily penetrate my troopers’ bulletproof vests. The location was dark, a wooded scenic rest area with very poor lighting. I had to be concerned about the potential for a hostage barricade situation as well as a major gunbattle erupting with killers who had the weaponry advantage. I also had to be concerned with the press stumbling into our crime scene either on foot or from the air, and compromising the element of surprise I was trying very hard to maintain.

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The great advantage of all federal, state, city and county forces combining was about to be put to the most difficult test of all. We had multiple agencies involved, each with different radio and communication equipment that was not necessarily compatible. There also was the internal power struggle between agencies that was cropping up with the end in sight. These were only some of the factors I had to deal with as the night unfolded. The advantage I had was being surrounded by five or six troopers who all had received the same training that I had. I knew what to expect from them, and they in turn knew what to expect from me.

With the blood up and the adrenaline pumping, we had non-uniformed federal agents arriving on the scene with whom I did not have radio communication. In the dark and with the agents not being in uniform, I feared a friendly-fire incident. If one of these well-intentioned agents was mistaken for one of the killers, the potential for a real tragedy was high. In turn, that would most likely result in the loss of the element of surprise and a full-scale firefight was likely to ensue.

The hours passed slowly while staying in telephone contact with our witness who remained in the rest area as our eyes and ears, dealing with the command staff at the JOC and keeping them up to speed, and working through myriad problems. At approximately 5 a.m., a combined team of special tactics troopers, federal agents and Montgomery County officers were successfully able to approach the Caprice, and safely remove the sleeping killers from the car without having to fire a shot. The snipers’ killing spree had finally been stopped.

 

In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers by David Reichenbaugh recounts the terrifying crimes through the eyes of one of the few people who know the complete details of the investigation. The book is currently available on Amazon.

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David Reichenbaugh's passion for law enforcement started at a very early age which led him to seek a degree in criminal justice. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of North Western University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command. David retired after 23 years service with the Maryland State Police as a Lieutenant and Barrack Commander in Cumberland Maryland. David's career started as a road Trooper and continued on as a criminal investigator, undercover narcotics investigator, major violators supervisor, homicide and high profile case investigator, and assisted in the development of the intelligence unit of the MSP post 9/11. He is the author of "In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers."

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The Inside Story of Snagging the Beltway Snipers: Stopping 23 Days of Random Terror

November 29, 2018 David Reichenbaugh

This is Part One of a four-part series on the 2002 Beltway Snipers killing spree in collaboration with the former criminal intelligence operations commander for the Maryland State Police and commanding officer at the scene during the snipers’ capture in Myersville, Md.

October 2, 2002, a Michaels craft store window in suburban Montgomery County, Md., exploded from a high caliber bullet.  Later that same day, 55-year-old James D. Martin, a program analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was shot in the parking lot of Shoppers Food Warehouse in Wheaton, Maryland.

And so began a manhunt that shattered nerves across the D.C. area that would only begin to calm after an intensive monthlong, multijurisdictional cat-and-mouse hunt to stop the terror.

The shot into the craft store missed its target. But over the course of 23 days, 10 citizens in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia had been shot and killed with another four victims surviving their wounds. The shootings were completely random, without regard to race, sex, religion, or gang affiliation. All the victims were shot using a high-power .223 caliber Bushmaster rifle fired from a concealed location, without regard to the time of day —  a string of shootings in rapid succession to kick off the spree in Montgomery County unfolded in broad daylight.

In October 2002, a little over a year since the terrorism attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia across the river from the nation’s capital, and the foiled attack on the U.S. Capitol or Camp David in the mountains of Maryland that ended in a field in Shanksville, Pa., the nation was holding its collective breath. We were also only a few months removed from the deadly anthrax attacks and the case was still very much open with a motive shrouded in mystery.

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Since the worst domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history may have started in our own backyard, along with deaths associated with the anthrax case, the Maryland State Police was in the process of rapidly standing up a long-dormant Criminal Intelligence Division. The goal was to get boots on the ground infiltrating known nefarious groups, identifying any newly identified potential threats, listening, and disrupting any potential terrorist threats that may still be lurking in Maryland. It was painfully obvious that we could not depend on the FBI on their own to do this type of work in our own backyard and it was our responsibility to do what we could to protect Maryland from the new terrorist threat that had landed in our laps. Cooperation across jurisdictional lines would be needed.

The division also had the responsibility of identifying the hundreds of potential targets for future attacks located within the state’s borders, working with those companies and agencies in hardening the potential targets, and coordinating with our many allied federal, county, and city police agencies to work together in a united effort to prevent the next terrorist attack that all of us knew deep in our gut was coming. It was not a matter of if, but when – and could we disrupt it before it gets started.

As Operations Commander for the Criminal Intelligence Division, it was my job to help make some sense out of gathered intelligence, which resulted from our covert activities as well as intelligence gathered from open sources. Oct. 2 started like any other day for me, going over intelligence reports from the night before and making notes of which allied agencies I needed to reach out to that day to compare notes. Those relationships, forged out of necessity with our allied federal and surrounding state and local agencies since the tragedy of 9/11, would ultimately prove fruitful as the Beltway Snipers case unfolded.

Initially, it was suspected that the shootings had to be the work of an organized terrorist cell that had infiltrated the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with the goal of instilling fear in the citizenry and showing the citizens that their police and government were helpless to protect them. Initially, nothing else made any sense. If that was the plan of the unidentified cold-blooded killers, it was certainly working. Citizens were in fear, squatting behind their cars as they filled the gas tanks. Gas stations and business erected tarps to help shield their customers from view or placed paper over the windows to prevent the killers from having a view of the inside of their businesses.

Schools in the D.C. area, known as the DMV, were locked down and in some instances closed. All extracurricular activities including the fall scholastic football season had been canceled. The few shoppers who were still out there ran from their cars to and from the stores. Employees ran in a zigzag manner to get inside their building as quickly as possible. The economic impact of the sniper’s reign of terror to our nation’s capital region was never calculated but had to be immense. Life as American citizens knew it came to a complete stop for those 23 days in October.

The sniper investigation from the onset quickly became one of the largest, most intense manhunts in American law enforcement history. At the height there were close to 1,000 agents, troopers, officers, and deputies working the case, from federal agencies to local police departments. The relationships formed as the result of Sept. 11 played a key component and helped keep the SNIPMUR Task Force focused, and the participants from all the agencies working together as a unified team. It was this team that ultimately led to the snipers’ capture and brought to a close to their 23-day rampage.

As I indicated, initially all of us including federal agencies that went all the way to the attention of the president thought this was a well-planned terrorist event. As the shootings continued over the three-week period, the killers began to leave us notes. It became clear these were not terrorists. They were two people with a god complex who enjoyed killing, enjoyed their newfound publicity as this case was on the 24-hour news cycle, and were hoping to extort money out of the government.

The killers were certainly not sophisticated by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, their notes decorated in a child’s star stickers demanding that we get them the money thru a stolen debit card showed their complete lack of sophistication. However, they were smart enough to carefully plan their attacks and fitted out a rather run-of-the-mill blue Caprice to use as a sniper platform. They listened very carefully to the round-the-clock news coverage and knew they were safe since the task force spent most of the 23 days of this investigation looking for two shooters in a white van or box truck.

They responded to the idle threat of the Maryland governor calling them cowards, and vowing that authorities would protect our children, by shooting a 13-year-old child the following day as he exited his mother’s car to run into his middle school.

The Beltways Snipers case became an obsession for those of us working on the task force. Unidentified killers were killing our citizens randomly and it did not seem like there was a thing we could do to stop it. However, determination, guts, and the full resources of the federal state, city, and county governments – and the bloodhound mentality of some of the best cops in the country – would ultimately lead to their capture at a mountainside rest area in Frederick County, Md

Check out Homeland Security Toady under the Law Enforcement Section to see article 1 and all of the pictures associated with a four part series about the beltway sniper investigation and the impact of the multi-jurisdictional task force concept on law enforcement today. The author, Retired Maryland State Police Lt. David Reichenbaugh and author of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers has completed the four article series with article #1 getting published on November 29th. Check out Homeland Security today.us

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Eileen Haavik Mcintire Critically acclaimed author Reviews In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers

Last Month I had the pleasure of attending a book event at the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop With Author Eileen McIntire and two other great authors. During the panel discussion we discussed our latest books. Ms. Mcintire who is an acomplished and successful author (see her books and book series below advised that she writes book reviews for latelastnightbooks.com. After reading In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers she has written a glowing review of my new book and it is posted and can be found on latelastnightbooks.com.

This old State Trooper is humbled to get such a great review from this well known author.

EILEEN HAAVIK MCINTIRE

Author of Shadow and the Rock, The 90s Club and the Hidden Staircase, and The 90s Club and the Whispering Statue

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If you lived in the D.C. Metro Area in October, 2002,  you remember the terror you felt as the Beltway Snipers killed people randomly on the street, in a store, filling gas, loading groceries into a car—17 killed  in all with 10 wounded. I was afraid, as we all were, to walk from my car to my house or anywhere else. If you were at the gas pump, you stooped to hide behind your car. You ran zigzaggedly into a store, kept your kids home from school, and prayed you wouldn’t be the next victim.

So this month I had the pleasure of being a panelist at the Mechanicsburg, PA, Mystery Book Shop. I sat next to David Reichenbaugh, also a panelist and author of In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers. Dave served as the criminal intelligence operations commander for the Maryland State Police and as the commanding officer at the scene during the Beltway snipers’ capture in Myersville, MD. I found him an enthusiastic, pleasant, entertaining, and knowledgeable fellow panelist. He didn’t talk “copspeak” and he never once called me “ma’am.” Of course, I bought his book.

And what a read it is. I couldn’t put it down till the last page. This is a behind the scenes, first-person account, from day one to the capture and ultimate fate of two psychopaths, written by a man who was a leader in the local, multistate and FBI search across three states for the killers. The account conveys the frustrations, anger, and helplessness felt by the police officers with each murder. Everyone involved worked long hours, sometimes around the clock, in a race to prevent another killing.

The investigation involved organizing and coordinating the efforts of local police units, the state police, and the FBI despite territorial claims and ego interference The investigators had to deal with the media, too, scrambling after every scrap of information, insisting on more, giving the killers media attention, and offering media time to any self-proclaimed authority to second-guess what the investigators were doing.

As killing after killing occurred, the investigators realized they needed software that linked the various databases kept by the different departments. Computer programmers were hired to streamline and digitize the data collected.

Profilers were used who concluded that the killer was a white man working alone. The killers turned out to be a black man and a black teenager working together. After each killing, witnesses said they saw a white van with two men drive away.  The killers’ car was actually a blue Caprice, but the witnesses’ reports of a white van put investigators on the wrong track for weeks.

The author writes in a straightforward, highly readable style, and he doesn’t use “copspeak.” He expresses the rage and fear and frustration he felt as the investigators explored one blind alley after the next. He does give full credit to the other organizations and people involved in the investigation. I found his account fascinating and highly recommend In Pursuit – The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers by David Reichenbaugh.

I also recommend the Mechanicsburg Mystery Book Shop in Mechanicsburg, PA. This is a well-organized, neatly arranged shop with pleasant staff.

 

 

Eileen McIntire

Eileen has ridden a camel in the Moroccan Sahara, fished for piranhas on the Amazon, sailed in a felucca on the Nile, and lived for three years on a motorsailer, exploring the coast from Annapolis to Key West.  Eileen has many years experience writing, editing and designing all manner of publications for nonprofits and professional associations. She is now co-owner of Summit Crossroads Press, which publishes books for parents, and its fiction imprint, Amanita Books.  The inspiration for her 90s Club mystery series springs from meeting a slim, attractive woman at a pool party who was the only one actually in the pool swimming laps, and she was 91 years old. Since then, Eileen has collected articles about people in their 90s—and 100s—who are still active, alert and on the job. She often speaks at retirement villages on “Old Dogs, New

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Also don’t forget and mark your calendar on December 8th at Noon I will be at Turn The Page in Boonsboro Maryland with the great Nora Roberts for a book signing. This will be a great and exciting event. Stop by and share this event with me and get a signed book from not only me but the great Nora Roberts

Lt. Reichenbaugh returns to Cumberland Maryland for a book event this weekend

Retired State Police Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh returns to Cumberland Maryland on Saturday November 17th at 1PM for a book event, discussion and book signing at The Book Center 15 N Center Street Cumberland, Maryland. He will discuss his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, and sign books for those that purchase them from the great folks at The Book Center.

Lt Reichenbaugh retired, served his last year before retirement as the Barrack Commander At the Cumberland Barracks. In Pursuit is the true story of the investigation, hunt, and capture of the Beltway snipers that terrorized two states and the district of Columbia in the fall of 2002. The two blood thirsty killers killed 10 citizens and wounded 4 more in a 23 day period using a sniper rifle and picking their targets at random.

This is the first book written that details the true story from inside the investigation and capture of the snipers.

On Sunday October 18th from 1PM to 4PM Reichenbaugh along with Trooper First Class/Chief of Police retired Jeff Hewett will be at the Sharpsburg Sunday Funday event t the Victory Gardens Ranch 101 W Main Street Sharpsburg Maryland to sign their books In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers and my life as a Maryland Lawman. Both authors will have book there to purchase or bring the one you have by, say hello and we will be happy to sign them for you. Victory Gardens Ranch Supports Vetrens. There will also be other crafter’s on location

Stop by one of these two great venues this weekend and say hello.

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David Reichenbaugh Maryland State Police Retired to appear at the Mechanicsbug Mystery Book shop this weekend

Author Retired Lt. David Reichenbaugh will appear this Saturday November 3rd at 1PM at the Mechanicsburg Mytery Book Shop as a member of a 4 author panel to discuss their books and answer questions from a moderator who will lead the discussion. Reichenbaugh presenting his book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be there along with Mystery authors Sarah Caine “The 8th Circle”, Eileen Mcintire “90’s club mystery series, and Eliot Pattison “Savage Liberty”. The authors will also sign their latest works. All of their books will be available for purchase.

If you are in the area stop by and heare from all 4 authors at the Mystery Shop’s Christmas in November Book event.

Their location is 6 Clouser Raod Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania

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Listen to the author discuss the investigation and the hunt for the Beltway snipers who were responsible for the cold blooded murder of ten people and the wounding of 4 more in the DMV area. Here from the Trooper that brought their killing spree to a close and brought the two ruthless snipers to justice.

National Law Enforcement Museum Grand Opening Weekend

Retired Maryland State Police Lieutenant helps celebrate the grand opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Judiciary Square Washington D.C. by presenting CEO Craig Floyd with an autographed Copy of his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers. The beltway sniper case along with many other cases, investigations, and artifacts are on full display at the brand new museum. The museum tells the story of American Law Enforcement and the men and women who have stood the thin blue line. For Reichenbaugh it was an honor to donate a signed copy of his book for inclusion in the museum library.

In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers is available in book stores and on on line. Link on the link below to get your copy.

Retired State Police Lieutenants First Week of Book events Proves successful

Retired Maryland State Police Lt David Reichenbaugh hit the road with his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers during the last weekend of September and the first week of October. His book about the inside story about the investigation, hunt and capture of the beltway snipers was welcomed with enthusiastic audiences who asked a ton of questions and shared their stories of how the two blood thirsty killers that went on a 23 day shooting spree across 2 states and the District of Columbia affected their lives. Reichenbaugh made stops at the Baltimore Book Festival, Four Seasons Books in Sherperdstown West Virginia, Barnes & Noble, Frederick Maryland, Scrawl Books, Reston Virginia, City Books, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and finally The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association in Baltimore Maryland

In Pursuit is now available in fine book stores and on line at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound

Four Seasons Books Sheperdstown WV Hosts Retired MSP Lt's Book Launch

My family and I were honored to hold my book Launch for In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers at Four Seasons Books on Wednesday Night October 3rd. We were able to pack the store with approximately 40 people and the store sold out every copy of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers that they had on hand. It was a lot of fun and I can not thank Four Seasons Enough. I hope to return there for another book launch when my second book is complete. I will be at the Frederick Barnes and Noble on Friday October 5th at 7PM. I will then be in Pittsburgh at City Books on Saturday night October 6th at 7pm. I liik forward to every one of these events and hope to see you there

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Surrounded by his youngest Grandchildren, David Reichenbaugh MSP retired launches In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers

Author David Reichenbaugh MD State Police Retired made an appearance on stage at the 2018 Baltimore Book Festival

David Reichenbaugh appeared on stage at the 2018 Baltimore Book Festival in conversation with Tom Mauriello, Lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Criminal Justice Program, and owner of Forensiq. The two discussed David’s new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers. The discussion was well attended and the author signed books at the conclusion of the presentation. His new book will be released tomorrow on October 2nd and is already in book stores.

Retired State Police Lieutenant Supports Maryland State Police Alumni Association and the Road Dawg Rumble

Lt. David Reichenbaugh Maryland State Police retired, and author of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, signs the first book out of the box for Trooper Dan Dinko, who purchased the first book and the only original signed poster of the book cover at the 2018 Road Dawg Rumble. Trooper Dinko and his wife were the highest bidder for Reichenbaugh’s first book during the live auction event held earlier in the Year at Martins West in Baltimore. The money raised at the annual Road Dawg Rumble goes to support the Maryland State Police Alumni Association, and their goal to modernize the State Police Museum and capture the rich history of the Maryland State Police.

For Reichenbaugh, who retired at the Rank of Lieutenant in 2005 it was a real honor to be able to provide an original signed poster of the Book Cover and the first autographed book in support of an agency that he loves and will always consider to be his extended family. In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Sniper, is a true crime story about the Maryland State Police role in one of the most intense man hunts in American Law Enforcement History. Reichenbaugh, the author and at the time of the Sniper Killings, that traumatized the Mid Atlantic Region and captured the attention of the entire nation as well as the rest of the civilized world, played a major role in the 23 day intense investigation and the blood thirsty killers capture in Myersville Maryland. The Beltway Snipers were responsible for murdering in cold blood ten people in the Region and the wounding of 4 more. They killed from concealed positions using a 223 cal. sniper rifle. Coming only a year after the 911 attacks, these random killings brought the nations capitol and the surrounding areas to a stand still. Citizens stayed inside in fearing they would be next, as Reichenbaugh and close to 1000 other federal agents, Trooper,s and Officers looked for clues and hunted the snipers. Reichenbaugh along with other Troopers finally cornered the killers in a rest area off the interstate in Myersville Maryland, bringing the cold blooded murder spree to a dramatic end. In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, takes the reader inside the investigation for the first time. In Pursuit will be in book stores October 2nd and is available on line at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound.

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David Reichenbaugh will be at the Baltimore Book Festival on the Inner Harbor Stage on Saturday September 29th at noon to discuss In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers. The book will be available for purchase at the Festival and he will sign books following his appearance.


Author of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers taped an interview for Law Enforcement Today

Retired Maryland State Police Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh and author of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, to be released on October 2nd 2018, was interviewed by John “Jay” Wiley, radio talk show host of Law Enforcement Today. Jay and Reichenbaugh had a candid discussion about the sniper investigation, its impact on not only the Mid Atlantic Region, but the entire nation. The taped interview went for close to 4o minutes and Reichenbaugh discussed his role in the investigation as well as the importenance of his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers from a historical perspective. The interview will be broadcast on associated radio stations across the nation next week. It will also be available the following Monday as a pod cast on lawenforcement today.com.

Check out the interview and hear from the author directly. The book will be released on October 2nd and will be in book stores around the area and the nation. It is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie bound. Retired Lt. Reichenbaugh will also be at the Baltimore Book Festival on Saturday September 29th at noon on the Inner Harbor stage where he will be in conversation about In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, with Tom Maureillo, University of Maryland Criminal Just Department Professor and owner of ForensiQ, He will follow up with a book signing and his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers which will be available at the Festival.

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Retired State Police Lt Announces Book Launch Location for In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers

Retired Maryland State Police Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh is honored to Accept an Invitation from Four Season Books 116 W. German Street in the heart of historic Sheperdstown West Virginia to launch his first book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers on Wednesday October 3rd 2018 at 7:00PM.  Four Season Books is a family owned quality book store in the college town of Sheperdstown West Virginia just across the beautiful Shenandoah river from the authors home.

In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be released on October 2nd and will be in fine book stores across the nation.  It is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound. It is also available directly from the publisher University Press of New England Fore Edge Books by going to their web page.  In Pursuit is a true crime story as told by the author who played a major role in the investigation, man hunt and capture of the Beltway Snipers.  In October 2002 the two cold blooded murderers who killed unsuspecting innocent citizens at random using a high powered sniper rifle in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia brought the entire region to its knees in fear.   Nobody could predict who or where they would kill next.  The random killings sparked the largest and most intense manhunt in American Law Enforcement History.   This book, the first of its kind, takes the reader inside the mind of the author as he along with about 1000 other cops worked round the clock to identify and pursue the snipers to the ends of the earth if need be to bring their cold blooded murder spree to an end. Read along as the three week investigation and man hunt intensified with every shooting. This true crime book details how the investigation unfolded and details the frustrations and the determination of the investigation and concluded with the intense capture of the snipers in the Myersville Maryland I-70 Rest area on top of South Mountain in Frederick County.

 

The author is thrilled to hold his book launch at Four Season Books and looks forward to this event and having a chance to not only thank the gracious owners, but to thank his family and others who assisted in this five year project to bring this book from outline to reality..  Pleas join us as we celebrate the release of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers.

 

 

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Retired State Police Lt. Author of In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers to Appear at Barnes & Noble Fairfax Virginia

David Reichenbaugh has accepted an invitation to conduct a Book event, book signing, and answer questions about his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers On October 21st 2018 at Barnes & Noble 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade, Fairfax Virginia at 2:00PM.  Reichenbaugh returns to Fairfax which was one of the epee-centers of the three weeks of terror created by the beltway snipers in October 2002.  During those three weeks the beltway snipers John Mohammad and Lee Malvo murdered 10 people in cold blood and wounded 4 more in the Northern Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia area.  Their cold blooded attacks innocent people who were just going about their daily routines resulted in the largest and most intense man hunt in American History.  In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers takes the reader inside the investigation, inside the mind of the author David Reichenbaugh.  Reichenbaugh who along with his team tracked leads, ran down thousands of tips and worked around the clock to first identify the cold blooded killers then track them down to an interstate rest area on top of South Mountain in Myersville Maryland. This is the first time after 16 years that the true story for the hunt for the beltway snipers has been told.  In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers is a must read for those that remember the fear that gripped the entire mid Atlantic region.   Endorsed by Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times Best Selling author of such american police classics at the Onion Field and Choir Boys. In Pursuit can be found in great book stores such as Barnes & Noble on October 2nd.   It is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound

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   In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be released to a fine book Store near you on October 2nd, 2018.

In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be released to a fine book Store near you on October 2nd, 2018.

Retired State Police Lt. Accepts Invitation to appear in Rockville Maryland for a book event on October 27th

Retired Maryland State Trooper David Reichenbaugh is honored to accept an invitation to Appear at the Rockville Barnes & Noble 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland on Saturday October 27th at 2:00PM to sign his new book  In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers to sign books and answer questions about the sniper case and the most intense and largest man hunt in American history.  In Pursuit The Hunt For the Beltway Snipers is the first book to detail the true story of how the investigation was conducted over that highly emotionally charged three weeks.  He returns to the area that suffered the most as the snipers set their sights on numerous innocent people who were just trying to go about their daily lives in the Montgomery County Maryland area.  In Pursuit The Hunt for The Beltway Snipers takes you inside the head of Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh as he and his team tracked leads and sorted through the tens of thousands of tips that came in over the three weeks.  Learn how the police finally got the tip that turned the snipers from hunters into the hunted.  Learn how they were tracked down to a rest area in Frederick County Maryland where Reichenbaugh led a team of State Troopers who were out gunned and cornered the snipers bringing their three weeks of terror to an end and serving them with a good old fashioned dose of justice.  In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers. has received the Endorsement of New York Times Best selling true crime Author Joseph Wambaugh who penned such classics as the Onion Field and more than 20 other true crimes books.  It has also received the endorsement of Maureen Boyle author of Shallow Graves, which is currently in book stores and available on line.  In Pursuit, The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be available in fine book stores like Barnes & Noble on October 2nd.  It is currently available for pre orders on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indie Bound.  Click on the lin below to place your order.  The authro looks forward to this event and signing book for the citizens this case affected the most.

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In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be released on October 2nd 2018

Retired State Police Lieutenant to appear at Nora Roberts Bookstore, Turn the Page in Boonsboro

Retired Maryland State Police Lt. David Reichenbaugh has accepted an Invitation to appear at Turn The Page bookstore in Boonsboro Maryland on December 8th 2018 at noon to sign his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers. For Reichenbaugh, it is a real honer to have been invited to appear at New York Times Best Selling Author, Nora Roberts, Boonsboro Book Store.  He will be there at Noon to sign his book In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers,  and answer any questions about his book or about the investigation and arrest.  Reichenbaugh led his team of highly professional Troopers, all from the local area, and cornered the two ruthless killers at the Myersville Rest area only a few minutes from the Boonsboro Book Store.  In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers details one of the most intense manhunts in American history.  The book takes the reader inside the investigation as more than 1000 law enforcement officers from Federal, State, County, City, and local law enforcement agencies frantically hunted for clues to first identify the ruthless killers, then track the killers to the Myersville Rest area where Reichenbaugh and his team put an end to the killers blood lust. The book takes the reader inside the head of Lt. Reichenbaugh as he worked the case from day one until the end.   Reichenbaugh looks forward to appearing at Turn the Page and seeing old friends and making new ones.

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In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be available in fine book stores like Turn the Page in Boonsboro on October 2nd 2018.  It is also currently available to be pre ordered on Amazon, Barnes &Noble, and Indie Bound.  Click on the links at the bottom of this web page to order your copy of In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers.

In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers Gains Momentum for its early October Release

Retired Maryland State Police Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh's New book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers scheduled for release on October 2nd 2018 is building momentum for its first week in fine book stores across the region and the nation. David has accepted an invitation to appear at the New Atlantic Independent Book Sellers Association Conference at they Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Baltimore Maryland on Sunday evening October 7th.   This will be a chance for David to meet and greet Independent Book sellers at their fall conference, sign autographs and answer questions about In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers.  The word is out to book stores across the region and the nation that this book which finally after 16 years will tell the true story how the police identified, and hunted the beltway snipers that killed 10 people and wounded 4 more just in two states and the District of Columbia for three bloody and terrifying weeks in October 2002.  The book published by UPNE ForeEdge Books has received growing interest across the region and nation as the release date becomes closer.  Reichenbaugh's first full weekend after the October 2nd will find him on Friday evening October 5th at Barnes & Noble in Frederick Maryland, City Books in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on Saturday October 6th then back to Baltimore on the 7th to be the guest of NAIBA for their conference.  As he travels around this fall he is very much looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at book events around the region.  Keep checking this web page and his Facebook author page for a complete list of upcoming scheduled book events.

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In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will arrive in Book stores and other fine retail outlets on October 2nd 2018.  The book can be pre ordered by clicking on the links below at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound.

Reichenbaugh accepts invitation from Barnes &Noble FSK Mall for his first local book event

Retired Maryland State Police Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh has accepted an invitation to hold a book event for his new book In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, On Friday evening October 5th 2018 at the Frederick Barnes & Noble in the FSK Mall.   He will be there to discuss In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, conduct a reading and sign books.     The time for the event has yet to be announced but will likely start around 7:00PM.   The author will post the start time both here on this web page and on his authors face book page when it becomes available.  The book chronicles the intense three week hunt for the beltway Snipers that terrorized the Maryland. Virginia, Capitol Region in October 2002.   A year removed from the brutal terrorist attack of 9/11  The snipers blood thirsty kill lust resulted in 10 dead and 3 wounded until Reichenbaugh and a team of State Troopers were able to corner the killers in the Myersville Rest area.   Since Reichenbaugh played a key role in the investigation he details the investigation from day one to their intense capture like no other writer has been able to do.

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Reichenbaugh will have additional book events and book signings in the area including an appearance on December in Boonsboro at Turn the Page.   The details for that event are still being worked out.    

David is looking forward to holding this event in Frederick where he hopes to have a chance to see and visit with plenty of old frineds and he hopes to make new Ones as well.    In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers.will be in fine book stores like Barnes & Noble on October 2nd.  It is also currently available on pre order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indie Bound.   Click on the link below

S.T.A.T.E team commander recalls the night the Snipers were captured in Myersville Maryland

What a lot of people didn't realize was that at the time of their capture, Malvo was the true dominant personality. Muhammad was lying on the ground cuffed behind his back, complacent and submissive. I immediately saw Malvo's eyes and knew he was looking for any opportunity to run......... I told one of the K-9 handlers that I wanted that patrol dog sitting right next to Malvo and drooling on his neck. We placed the dog right over top of Malvo and it was the only time he stopped looking for an avenue of escape. I was so concerned about Malvo especially, that I had them him and Muhammad placed separately in two different MSP units with an investigator, a STATE team member and one of the suspects in each vehicle. We assigned a K-9 unit behind each one of the MSP units along with a tailing STATE vehicle. Forget the "he was just a kid" rhetoric, he knew what he was doing,.....and loved doing it. [Jim Ballard Major, Maryland State Police Retired]

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Major Jim Ballard led the TANGO Team the night the beltway snipers were caught ending their three week bloody rampage in the Capitol Region of Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.  David Reichenbaugh's In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, takes the reader inside the investigation and one of the most intense manhunts in American History. Told by one of only a few who know the entire story from day one thru their capture.   In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers is coming to a book store near you on October 2nd 2018.  The author will also be making numerous appearances around the region for book events beginning at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 29th.   Keep checking back on this web page for date, locations, and times near you.  In Pursuit The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers is avaialbe now for pre orders on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indie Bound.

Local Residents Recall living in fear during the Beltway Snipers rampage.

Katherine White I can't believe they are going to waste time and money on a new sentencing hearing for Lee Boyd Malvo. His crime was heinous. He was tried fairly as an adult and was given a life sentence because he was young. Otherwise he would have been executed as his cohort. He deserves no more "special" consideration for his age. His sentence should remain the same.

I have lived in Aspen Hill since 1970 and except for the several year era of the Aspen Hill Rapist, the 3 week reign of terror that Malvo and his step father incurred on the Aspen Hill/Silver Spring/Rockville area was horrific. People were terrified to buy gas. They would hide behind their car doors or in their cars like that was going to make a difference. Life sentence was not fair to all the innocent people they murdered or shot throughout the Washington/Virginia vicinity.

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David Reichenbaugh's new book In Pursuit, The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be coming to a book store near you on October 2nd 2018.  Reichenbaugh takes the reader thru the nuts and bolts of the beltway sniper case form the initial killing to the high pressure take down of the two blood thirsty killers in a rest area off I-70 in Myersville Maryland.    

Currently available for pre orders on  Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indie Bound.     Reserve you copy today.   Book events and book signings will begin in late September. Check Davids Web page for dates locations and times.