Retired State Police Lt to appear at the Annapolis Book Festival with WBAL Chief Investigative Reporter Jayne Miller

Author David Reichenbaugh will appear at the Annapolis Book Festival this Saturday, April 6th at 2:00PM to present his new book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers. The author and retired Maryland State Police Lieutenaant will be at the Key School 534 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis Maryland at 2:00PM at Room 2 Barn Commons where he will give a presentation monitored by WBAL’s Chief Investigative Reporter Jayne Miller.

Jayne Miller covered the sniper case and the subsequent trials and this discussion which is open to the public promises to be very detailed and informative. The book festival will have In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers available for sale and the author will be happy to sign books for those that purchase his book at the vent.

The sniper case terrorized the Washington, Maryland and Virginia area for 23 days in October 2002. During the 23 days John Muhammad and Lee Malvo were responsible for murdering 10 people and wounding 4 more. The shootings were completely random and terrorized the Capitol area bringing normal life to a standstill. The investigation was the largest and most intense manhunt in American law enforcement history. Come and hear the true story as never been told before how the investigation was conducted and how the killers were tracked down and cornered in a rest area in Myersville Maryland. Reichenbaugh takes the reader thru the investigation including the intense emotions of working the case that investigators dealt with while working around the clock to track down the killers and bring them to justice.

In addition to Reichenbaugh the Book festival will have other noted authors at the event to present their books including Michael Isikoff, Ken Starr, Evan Thomas, and Kevin Cowherd.

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For a full schedule of the Annapolis Book Festival at the Key School check out their web page www.keyschool.org/annapolisbookfestival

Writing for Homeland Security Today author of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers Pens response to Chicago Tribune column questioning life with no Prole Sentence for Beltway Sniper Lee Malvo

PERSPECTIVE: Life Sentence for Beltway Sniper Is Not an ‘Injustice’

March 21, 2019 David Reichenbaugh

In the Chicago Tribune this week, columnist Dahleen Glanton questions “the injustice of imposing a sentence of life without parole on someone as young as 17” while acknowledging Lee Boyd Malvo did “awful things… as a teenager.” Having lived through the 23 days of terror on the front lines of the investigation as detailed in my book, In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers, which is the inside story of how the investigation was conducted and two of the most ruthless killers in American history were tracked down, I feel more than qualified to answer that question.

I understand where the writer is coming from, but it is a piece written by somebody who most likely has rarely left the confines of a nice office in Chicago and certainly has no clue how the real public back here in our area felt during the sniper case. Had the writer been a part of those horrific days and weeks in and around Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, I do not believe she would come off as sympathetic to Malvo, the sole remaining killer who, along with John Allen Muhammad, senselessly and without remorse took the lives of 10 random citizens and shot four more who somehow managed to survive their grievous wounds.

It is easy for the author to argue that a 17-year-old is a victim of social injustice, based on the perceived belief that Malvo was completely under the influence of John and was only pulling the trigger under the influence of his mentor. Who wants to truly believe that a person under the age of 18 can be so evil as to be responsible for the heinous acts he committed? I get that; I really do. It is not an easy thing to come to grips with the fact that there are people out there under the age of 18 who do not respect life and have no problem taking it. One can argue that Lee Malvo was completely under the influence of John Muhammad. At least that the politically correct spin that Malvo tried to place on his actions and what, fundamentally, maybe we all want to believe.

I must ask a question in return. Is it a social injustice to take a 17-year-old off the streets for the remainder of his natural life who had the ability, arrogance, and cold-bloodedness to look down the barrel of a rifle thru optic sights from a concealed position, place the red dot on the chest of a living, breathing human being who has a family, then pull the trigger — thus ending that human being’s life and destroying everything that they are, everything that they ever would be, and robbing their loved ones of a lifetime of influence, love, understanding, companionship, joys and heartaches that go along with a life well lived? All that human being did was have the audacity to find themselves on the wrong end of the barrel while simply going about daily life. What did those victims ever do to Lee Malvo? Did they deserve to die for any injustices that either may have or may not have been done to Lee Malvo? This was not an act committed in the moment of passion, or a momentary stupid accident committed by a kid who should have known better and made a terrible, horrible mistake. Malvo even testified against Muhammad that their plot included a domestic terror element, with a goal to “set up a camp to train children how to terrorize cities.” These were the acts of a heartless, cold-blooded killer who knew what he was doing and repeated that act 14 times in the DMV. In their full crime spree, the death toll was 17.

However, I am willing to bet the writer has never had to look into the crushed faces of the loved ones who had a family member, co-worker or friend gunned down in such a senseless act of pure evil. The writer has never seen the sheer terror in the faces of citizens just trying to put gas in their cars or the faces of terror-stricken parents shielding their children using their own bodies while they rushed their kids from cars pulled up onto sidewalks as close to the school doors as they could physically get in fear their child would be gunned down for no reason other than pure bad luck. That writer never faced a sociopath armed with a high-powered rifle that would penetrate our bulletproof vests like a knife through hot butter, knowing that you are outgunned, and knowing that the only thing between them killing again and putting a stop to their rampage was you and a couple of other troopers who understood it is their duty, responsibility and obligation to not let them kill again and be willing to lay their lives down if necessary in order to prevent another killing. All while knowing we had wives, husbands, sons, and daughters at home waiting for us to hopefully come home still wearing our shields and not carried home on top of it.

That writer has never had to make a split-second decision on life or death in order to protect the public we are sworn and dedicated to protect only to become scrutinized by a polarized media and public that, properly so, questions law enforcement’s training and decision-making abilities. That writer has never had to stand and protect that thin blue line that is the difference between this great country and a third-world state where the streets are permitted to be ruled by chaos. That writer has never looked into the soulless eyes of a stone-cold killer who, if given the chance, would have killed me and every trooper in that rest area at the point of arrest and not have thought twice about it. The writer never faced a killer who, with only one bullet left for that rifle, would have damn well used that bullet to kill a child at Myersville Elementary School the next morning before disappearing into the masses only to move on, resupply ammo and begin killing again.

Yes, it is easy for that writer from the safety of an office to beg for forgiveness for a 17-year-old killer whose DNA was the only DNA ever found on the rifle. Malvo was the trigger man who knew what he was doing, and has no regard for human life and never will. There is no amount of time behind bars that will be enough to punish him for what he has done and the crushed lives of those left behind — and the universal loss of that sense of safety and security during those 23 days in October 2002. None of us will ever be the same without wondering if there is another Lee Malvo out there waiting for the chance to take another kill shot. Should life without the possibility of parole be a standard penalty for somebody under the age of 18? No, I do not believe it should be. However, in this specific case, that sentence is the only sentence appropriate for a stone-cold killer who must never be permitted to walk the streets again. Malvo forfeited that right the moment he looked down the barrel and pulled the trigger, hidden in a concealed position like the true coward he is.

Read David Reichenbaugh’s Homeland Security Today series on the how the Beltway Snipers were tracked and caught: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.

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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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Frederick News Post covers retired State Police Lt. David Reichenbaugh's book event at C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick Maryland

Former trooper pens book, gives talk about capturing Beltway snipers

After recently penning a book about his first hand account of heading the Beltway snipers investigation, David Reichenbaugh stopped at C. Burr Artz Public Library Saturday to recount the crucial moments of the “largest manhunt in American law enforcement history.”

Reichenbaugh released “In Pursuit: The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers” in October. Saturday’s presentation was organized by Curious Iguana in downtown Frederick.

The Beltway snipers were John Allen Muhammad (41 at the time) and Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the attacks. The two men caused public hysteria and made national news after they carried out a series of shootings throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C and Virginia over a 23-day period in October 2002.

Reichenbaugh was the criminal intelligence operations commander for the Maryland State Police during the investigation and served as commanding officer at the scene when the snipers were captured at a rest area in Myersville.

More than 80 people gathered to hear the author talk about aspects that went wrong in the investigation, the intelligence that was used to further leads and how 23 law enforcement agencies worked together to end the three-week long manhunt.

“This is a story about your trooper,” he said. “Not a story to glorify the killers. It was an honor to serve the Maryland State Police.”

The former trooper also recounted how about 1,000 law enforcement officials came together to stop the snipers, how media outlets helped and hindered the case and why officials wrongly thought, for a majority of the investigation, a white van was being used to execute the shootings.

“People heard the shot,” he said, recalling one of the sniper shootings in Montgomery County. “They looked up, and as luck would have it, there goes a white van very slowly down the street. But if you think about it, you can’t look anywhere where there’s traffic and not see a white van. So that’s how it got started, be on the lookout for a two guys in a white van.”

The talk was slated to last an hour, but lasted almost two after audience members were so compelled with Reichenbaugh’s story they asked inquisitive questions before purchasing the book in the back of the room.

Frederick resident, Christopher Hartman, attended the event to hear the author’s account as he remembers taking extra precautions when traveling through Montgomery County during the sniper shootings.

“I lived through this,” he said. “I was working down in Montgomery County at the time and I actually had one of my friends at work drive me to the train station, I was taking a train from Frederick back and forth, so I wouldn’t be on the streets as a possible target. It really hits me personally.”

He said the most interesting part of the talk was when Reichenbaugh explained how it took up until the very end of the investigation to narrow in on who the snipers were and where they could be captured.

Reichenbaugh wrote the book because he “wanted the story to be accurate.” His favorite part about writing the book, though, was the process.

“It brought back some painful memories while writing it,” he said. “But at the same time it also brought back memories of the men and women that I served with, some of the just the greatest people on earth.

Asked what his most prominent memory of the investigation is, Reichenbaugh said the fear he saw in the faces of every day citizens during those three weeks.

“The fear was genuine from everybody that you ran into,” he said. “I can remember stopping at gas stations and there’d be somebody trying to put gas in their car. I’d stand there and sort of tuck my jacket back so they could see my badge and gun and you could almost see the relief on their face.”

Reichenbaugh is currently working on a second book about a different case, but wouldn’t divulge what it’s about.

The former MSP trooper worked in Frederick County for about 14 years as an undercover narcotics investigator. Today, he serves as a civilian analyst for the United States Capital Police and writes law enforcement articles for Homeland Security Today

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Local Author and former Maryland State Police Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh holds a copy of his book during a talk Saturday at C Burr Artz Public Library about the pursuit and capture of the beltway snipers in 2002

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Part 4 of 4 Articles the Author of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers wrote for Homeland Security Today. The multi jurisdictional Task Force an effective tool for law enforcement.

The Inside Story of Snagging the Beltway Snipers: Lessons on Forging Task-Force Ties Now

December 21, 2018 David Reichenbaugh

This is Part Three 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, Part Two, and Part Three

For 23 days in October 2002, the mid-Atlantic region of our country, especially the DMV – District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia – were held hostage during the reign of terror and murder of unsuspecting, random citizens by the Beltway Snipers. Ten citizens were gunned down and four more wounded in the span of three weeks in the DMV using a high-velocity .223 caliber rifle at distance. The citizens were in fear of getting shot while doing things that before the shootings were considered routine, such as getting gas for the car or walking into or out of a grocery store.

Due to the randomness of the killings and shootings – and coming on the heels of the 911 attacks and the anthrax case – the public was gripped by terror. The national media was in a frenzy, creating even more panic and casting doubt on whether law enforcement officers were going to be able to run the killers to ground, and the police were struggling to come up with motive and suspects. It was obvious from the first day of the sniper investigation that law enforcement was going to have to step out of a traditional comfort zone regarding homicide investigations in order to identify the killers then bring their three-week killing spree to an end. A traditional homicide investigation was not going to cut it.  Killings were happening faster than could be managed, stressing local police resources to the maximum, and the crime scene quickly stretched into two states and the District of Columbia. Within 48 hours all allied police agencies including federal, state, county, city, and local came together and formed the SNIPMUR task force. The purpose was to bring all assets of all these agencies together for the sole purpose of identifying the snipers and bringing the killings to an immediate stop. When the Task Force was first formed, it was unclear if we were dealing with a well-organized terrorist plot being carried out under the orders of foreign terrorists or, as it turned out, the desperate and despicable acts of two sociopath bloodthirsty killers carrying out their own twisted mission.

In theory, and on paper, the task force concept was – and, I believe, is – the best way to deal with this type of random crime spree, whether it is the random shootings of a sniper or the mail-bombing cases we have recently seen that cross multi-jurisdictional lines. The concept permits the combining of resources and investigative talent. However, there are pitfalls that must be overcome and can be avoided with proper planning. The SNIPMUR Task Force was unprecedented at the time and there were several problems or potholes we blindly stepped in as we moved forward under pressure, but these can be taken as lessons learned and avoided in the future.

The task force was able to set aside all agency egos and come together and work smoothly and efficiently under a great deal of both internal and external pressure. However, the ability to do that was not hatched the day the sniper case began. The ability to set aside egos began immediately after 9/11. The agencies in the mid-Atlantic region, post-9/11, quickly realized that communication was key to preventing a future attack. Multiple agencies began to meet as a group, where key members of each agency were able to forge relationships with their counterparts and thus build trust and understanding of each agency’s strength and needs. As a result, when the sniper case happened, we all knew each other and could quickly put a face to the voice on the other end of the telephone when calls for assistance and information came flooding in. It is much easier to form a multi-jurisdictional task force when the key members of each agency already know each other, have spent time together professionally, have developed an understanding of the other agency’s capabilities, and have developed friendships with each other. As the pressure and frustrations mount, without those pre-developed relationships the trust can quickly evaporate or never form.

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The largest lesson learned, in my opinion, is the need to carefully and skillfully manage the media. The media does have a job to do and a responsibility in our free society to get the news out to the public in a truthful manner. However, the task force was plagued with media leaks that caused significant damage to law enforcements efforts to identify, track and corner the snipers. Many times during this investigation, the intelligence unit, which I was responsible for, found out information that was critical to the investigation from the TV. Information such as communications that were meant to be between the killers and the police were being leaked and broadcast to the public (also back to the killers who were obviously listening to their own press coverage) before those responsible for evaluation, and fitting the pieces of the crime together, were aware of them.

This was the first major case that was broadcast over the 24-hour cable news channels that developed post-9/11. It felt during the investigation from those of us on the inside that the case was being investigated on cable news. There were press releases from the Montgomery County Police chief and those in leadership positions within the task force several times a day, which was overkill and unnecessary. I believe the sheer volume of the continuous press conferences was a detriment at times to the investigation.  The press was managing the police as opposed to the police managing the press.

The press, if managed properly, can be a tremendous asset to law enforcement. Ultimately, it was the timely release to the press of the lookout for the blue Caprice that led police to the snipers’ location at the Myersville, Md., rest area. They were found by a listening public within a few minutes of the lookout being broadcast by a local radio station. Once again, this goes back to communication and understanding. There is the responsibility of the police to provide appropriate and timely information to the media. However, there is the mutual responsibility of the press to ethically release information in a manner that does not do damage to the police responsibility to stop killers and bring them to justice. This requires communication and commitment. Recently – and I believe a result of lessons learned through the sniper case – police agencies are doing a much better job of working with the media and managing the media rather than letting the media manage the investigation and the police.

Without the formation of the multi-jurisdictional task force, the Beltway Snipers might never have been caught. Their killing spree may have continued, claiming more victims and adding to the body count, or they may have simply disappeared into the masses. The multi-jurisdictional task force was and remains a powerful tool in law enforcement’s toolbox and should be used as needed. However, that tool cannot lay dormant, and if you will, be assembled from a box kept in the closet at a moment’s notice. The groundwork of interagency cooperation needs to be fostered every day, so that in the event a task force is needed the main pieces are already assembled and in place.

  • I demonstrate how the wire was used to control the trunk opening, and how the rifle was placed while the target was tracked.

 

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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Writing for Homeland Security Today has been a real honor and a privlege. My book In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers is currently available in fine book stores such as Barnes & Noble and local Independent book stores. It is also available on line On Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indie Bound. It is also currently available on those sites electronically. The motivation for this book was to detail and record for history the true story of how the Beltway Sniper Investigation was conducted and the fine work that was done by law enforcement in an effort to bring the killers to justice.

Author of In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers Part 3 of a 4 part series of articles written for Homeland Security Today

The Inside Story of Snagging the Beltway Snipers: Developing Tools to Sort the Tips

December 14, 2018 David Reichenbaugh

This is Part Three 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 and Part Two

The Beltway Snipers investigation, which lasted 23 days in October 2002, is believed to be the largest multijurisdictional, multi-agency criminal investigation in American law enforcement history. During the manhunt, shootings occurred in eight local jurisdictions spanning two states and the District of Columbia. There were more than 1,000 federal agents, troopers, deputies, and police officers involved in tracking down the killers. In all, there were 32 federal, state, city, county, and local police agencies involved in the investigation, which ultimately became the SNIPMUR (Sniper Murder Task Force). The logistics alone for trying to manage an ongoing investigation of this size under the pressure of the continuous shooting of innocent citizens going about their daily lives was daunting.

The case began on Oct. 2 during the early evening with a bullet that exploded a window at a Michaels craft store in Aspen Hill, Montgomery County, Md. Less than an hour later, the snipers claimed their first victim at a Shoppers Food Warehouse parking lot in Wheaton. By 9:30 p.m. the following day the snipers had shot five more people: four in Montgomery County and one in the District of Columbia. This many shootings occurring in such a short period of time, which were obviously connected in some way, was extremely troubling and foretold the possibility of some more sinister plot. The victims were being shot with high-speed bullets coming from some sort of rifle fired at a considerable distance. The randomness of the shootings also ruled out motives normally associated with shootings and killings.

Coming a little over a year after the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., which was followed by the anthrax attacks that were still unsolved and under investigation, this appeared initially to be the work of another terrorist plot to instill fear in the citizens and erode public confidence in the ability of the police and/or the government to protect citizens. The Montgomery County Police Department, which caught the initial cases quickly, asked for help from both federal and state police agencies. Also fearing this was the start of another terrorist attack, the agencies quickly came to the support of the Montgomery County Police Department. The initial response from the federal agencies consisted of lending their forensic capabilities and the response from the Maryland State Police was to flood the area with road troopers to increase police presence and attempt to suppress the snipers’ ability to easily acquire targets.

READ: Pro-ISIS How-to Guides Show Lone Wolves Beltway Snipers’ Techniques

In the coming days, the killings did not stop – they only expanded into additional jurisdictions, thus bringing in more and more law enforcement agencies and resources. To try to organize and coordinate this rapidly expanding investigation, the SNIPMUR Task Force was formed and very quickly organized. This effort required the vast resources of the federal government.   

Due to the randomness of the killings – and the only information that police had to work with was the repeated sighting of a white van or box truck leaving the vicinity of each shooting – law enforcement needed the eyes and ears of citizens in an effort to develop any viable leads that would lead to identifying the killers and putting a stop to this nightmare that had quickly paralyzed the DMV. Tips and information from a panicked and extremely concerned citizenry began to quickly pour in, which created another logistical challenge. Every tip and bit of information had to be cataloged, reviewed, and followed up where appropriate, since we had no way of knowing which tip or bit of information might be the missing pieces that would break the case wide open.

This task alone was going to require human assets, technology, organization, determination, and time – which we did not have. It was going to require thinking outside of the normal investigative thought process to separate useful, valuable, and actionable information from what we used to call noise. Since tips were coming into the Task Force literally by the thousands each day and growing as the days and nights dragged on, the job was assigned to the criminal intelligence section which I was assigned to supervise. Using police officers, agents and civilian intelligence analysts from all these allied agencies, we began the process of turning the tons of information received into an organized investigative effort.

It was obvious immediately that we needed to use technology to assist in what was referred to as link analysis: in short, the ability to connect the dots with the now tens of thousands of tips and bits of information that not only was received from the public but was also generated by the intelligence section trying to find the electronic footprint or bread crumbs left behind by the yet-to-be-identified killers. Existing software was not able to perform what we needed it to do. 

During the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the FBI utilized a program called Rapid Start. It was a great program that was a way to catalog and organize all the calls and tips that came into law enforcement. However, it did not have the means to conduct link analysis and look for the common thread. For that, we utilized and radically modified a drug enforcement software program called Case Explorer. It had the ability to conduct link analysis but lacked the diversity to accept the data from RapidStart and to read other data sets coming in from allied agencies and other law enforcement databases and civilian databases that we were searching, looking for the electronic footprint. Under the extreme pressure of the continuous shootings and the need to get the data immediately, some extremely talented programmers were able to help the Task Force write code to make Case Explorer fit our needs. 

Their work under extreme pressure ultimately paid off and greatly assisted in identifying the snipers. Using the link analysis concept, the Intelligence unit was able to classify the value of the thousands of tips using a simple color code of green, yellow and red. Green information was low-priority. It was information that did not match any other tips or known information. Yellow was information such as two or more tips about the same person or persons with maybe another factor thrown in, such as a criminal record for violence. Red information was hot with multiple links: known violent felon, owned a white-panel truck, maybe a known owner or known to use a .223 caliber rifle. The more data that matched, the higher priority was given to the tip. Red was worked on immediately. A full rapid background check was completed for the person and the red packet was given to field agents to run down as soon as possible.

The SNIPMUR Task Force came together with multiple agencies and a lot of working parts. The level of cooperation and teamwork was incredible under the crisis of the sniper case, and the task force was turned into a functional working group within a week of the initial shootings. The success of the task force was unprecedented and speaks to the level of professionalism of all 1,000 cops working the case.

  • Sarah Ramos crime scene. Her shooting was initially reported to the police as a suicide. It did not take long for Montgomery County Police to realize that something major and very violent was happening in their community.

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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I will be posting my 2019 scheduled book events in the coming weeks. In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers is currently available in book stores and also on line. This is the true story of how the beltway snipers were brought to justice as told by the Trooper and his team that locked them up and ended their reign of terror.

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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

17 NOVEMBER 2018 In Pursuit – The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers

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

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.

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. 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

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.

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.

Former LA Detective Sergeant and Best selling author Endorses David Reichenbaugh's First Book "In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers"

Former LA Detective Sergeant and New York Times Best Selling Author Joseph Wambaugh has endorsed David Reichenbaugh's "In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers".   The best selling author has written more than 20 books and is best known for penning The Onion Field, Choir Boys, The New Centurions, among others.  Known as a Master crime writer Joesph Wambaugh has honored retired Maryland State Police Lieutenant David Reichenbaugh with this glowing endorsement.  In Pursuit is the gripping true account of the cops that investigated the Sniper case from day One until the blood thirsty killers were cornered in an Interstate Highway rest area in Myersville Maryland.  Here is what Joseph Wambaugh had to say about "In Pursuit"

"One thousand law enforcers joined the baffling, nerve-racking manhunt for the Beltway Snipers whose murderous reign of terror left seventeen dead and ten wounded, panicking two states as well as our nation's capital.  Told by a State Trooper who was there right to the end during those chilling bloody weeks of October, 2002.  Joseph Wambaugh

 

In Pursuit the Hunt for the Beltway Snipers will be released and in stores on October 2nd 2019. An advanced signed copy can be obtained on September 29th at the Baltimore Book Festival where the writer will appear for a book event and book signing.    It is also currently available at Amazon for pre release orders.  Click on the Amazon link at the bottom of the page.

New York Times Best selling author Joseph Wambaugh

New York Times Best selling author Joseph Wambaugh