September 14, 2010
8 tonight HISTORY Two-hour special provides unprecedented insights into one of military warfare's most specialized jobs, highly accurate shooting under often-extreme stress. Snipers talk about their previously classified missions.
November 10, 2009 |
The U.S. Supreme Court refused without comment yesterday to block today's scheduled execution of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad. Muhammad is scheduled to die by injection at a Virginia prison for the 2002 slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a three-week rampage across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington. Muhammad and his teenage accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, were also suspected of fatal shootings in other states. Malvo is serving a life sentence. The Supreme Court rejected Muhammad's appeal without dissent, though Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor issued a statement criticizing the court's procedures for handling stay applications in death-penalty cases.
September 2, 1999 |
It is an eerie and frightening thought. From her porch on Date Street, Eleanor Wilson can see across the street to the small rancher where alleged sniper-killer Donald Traub lived until recent months. Traub, 23, apparently was living with his father at the rancher in Warminster when Wilson's grown, married daughter, Donna Holbrook, was set upon and nearly killed by a sniper on her way to work Aug. 19, 1998. Wilson never knew the Traubs were there. Tuesday, Traub shot Karen Hordis to death outside a Warminster supermarket, police said.
November 19, 2003 |
By his own admission, Bob Meyers is not an emotional man, and he was not bothered Monday when John Allen Muhammad didn't flinch after a Virginia jury found him guilty of killing Meyers' brother during last year's sniper shootings in the Washington area. What was more troubling, Meyers said, was that Muhammad had worn the same impassive look throughout the trial, even when prosecution witnesses described, in detail, the damage the sniper's bullet had done to Dean Meyers' head. "It just kind of done me wrong," Meyers, of Perkiomenville, said.
January 18, 1996 |
Common Pleas Judge James A. Lineberger called the killing by a highway sniper one of the most pointless crimes he'd ever seen. That's because the killer didn't know his victim, and began shooting at a car to try to prove to his friends that he was a tough guy, said Assistant District Attorney Paul Riley yesterday. Before convicting Andre Mason, 22, of Divinity Place near Greenway Avenue, of third-degree murder, Lineberger shook his head in disbelief when he listened to Homicide Detective Eugene Wyatt read Mason's confession to the killing of Kasheen Easley, 17, of Titan Street near 5th, on Feb. 19, 1994.
January 29, 1993 |
"Sniper" is one of those unfortunate studio DOAs that no amount of post- production trauma work can save. The evidence of emergency surgery is everywhere - drastic editing, explanatory voiceovers and a reworked ending that miraculously restores life to a character clearly killed moments before. Despite these measures, "Sniper" is a tremendously dull crawl through the jungle, a complete waste of nifty flying-bullet special effects as well as an intriguing premise. "Sniper" appears to have been conceived as a commentary on the new role of the U.S. military - the hardware and muscle for international political engineering, the assassins who rid the world of troublesome despots.
November 4, 2003
IT AMAZES me how two snipers, who gunned down so many innocent people, have the guts to demand a fair trial, even going so far as declaring their innocence. I listen in amazement to the defense lawyers trying to justify the actions of these two vicious killers. There is no defense. They shot a man who was pumping gas, plus young children and elderly people. The end is inevitable. Their sentence will be death or life imprisonment without parole. Everyone, of course, has recourse to a trial before a jury, but in this case it's a waste of time and money.
June 14, 1990 |
On the back of his T-shirt was a picture of a clenched fist. Above it were the words: "Iron Fist Club. Mess with the best, die like the rest. " James Paluch, 19, who admitted he shot and killed a woman he didn't know and wounded another stranger with a rifle from the window of his Spring Garden Street apartment in April, wore the shirt as he stood before a judge yesterday. The man accused of being the Spring Garden Street sniper was held for trial on murder and other charges after a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Arthur S. Kafrissen.
March 16, 2001 |
The war-ravaged Stalingrad of 1943 had its own version of Alvin York, the backwoods sharpshooter who became a folk hero in World War I for bagging Germans like turkeys. York's Russian counterpart was Vassili Zaitsev, an illiterate shepherd who grew up shooting wolves to save livestock and found himself in Stalingrad, shooting Nazis to save Russia. His story is told in "Enemy at the Gates," an expensively mounted re-creation of the battle of Stalingrad, backdrop to Zaitsev's fabled accomplishments as a sniper who crept through the rubble of the cratered city to kill dozens of German officers.
October 15, 2002 |
"One Shot, One Kill" is known as the unofficial motto of the professional law-enforcement sniper. It's a phrase that testifies to the skill and accuracy needed for extreme situations. But increasingly, the phrase has been co-opted by a group of amateur gun owners who share an avid interest in sniping. These sniper enthusiasts look on their activities as a hobby. They pass around tips, learn techniques through Web sites and videos, and attend training camps to hone their skills.