Skip to comments.DC sniper's ex-wife, children cope with execution
Posted on 11/12/2009 3:13:42 PM PST by JoeProBono
One of the D.C. sniper's ex-wives said Thursday that she has fully healed from the abusive marriage she endured with him, and is helping her children cope with knowing their dad won't be a part of their lives. Mildred Muhammad, 49, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she and her three children watched news coverage of John Muhammad's execution in silence at their Maryland home.
When his death was announced, the children - John, 19, Salena, 17, and Taalibah, 16 - went into different rooms and cried. "It was very difficult to see them in that kind of pain," Mildred Muhammad said. "Because I know what was going through their head - 'this is my dad, he should be in my life, this should not be happening.'"
Her ex-husband was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday in Virginia for killing Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a series of killings in 2002 that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area for three weeks.
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FILE - This Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 file photo, Mildred Muhammad poses for a portrait in Washington. Muhammad, one of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad's 's ex-wives, said Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 it was "very difficult" to watch her children grieve as their father was executed.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)
I thought she told stories about how he used to beat her and how she wanted a restraining order and how she was happy he was in prison. Now she is a grieving widow?
Cry me a river.
I lived through the terror her husband brought to this area and remember the souls taken and the children who lost a parent at the hands of this man.
I want to be gracious to this woman . . . but words fail me.
Let’s hope her 15 minutes of fame are over.
Mildred Muhammad with her children: John Williams, 19; Taalibah Muhammad, 16 (left); and Salena Williams, 17.
At least his kids knew when and where and could say ‘goodbye’ if they wished. His victim’s children on the other hand...
"Scared Silent: The Mildred Muhammad Story" will be released Oct. 13 by Strebor Books (Keith Saunders - Courtesy Atria/Strebor Books)
His lawyer had the gall, after the execution, to refer to him as "the victim."
“Because I know what was going through their head - ‘this is my dad, he should be in my life, this should not be happening.’”
And if he was not a cowardly, laying in wait, murdering at a distance, menace to society it would not be happening.
Where does it say she is a grieving widow? It says she has healed from her abusive marriage and is now dealing with her children grieving for their father.
So she shouldn’t care about the pain her children are going through?
Or maybe you think his kids shouldn’t be grieving for him and the fact that they have lost their father.
Should a person who commits a horrible crime be unloved by their family?
I’m glad that Christ loved me even though my sin put him on the cross. I’m glad that my family loves me even though I have brought them pain at time. I hope your family will grieve you when you die no matter what you have done and will do to others.
John Allen Mohammed not only killed a bunch of innocent people and brought great grief to their families, he also brought great grief to his own family. It was his fault, but it doesn’t make them undeserving of being able to grieve.
John Allen Muhammad at his trial in Virginia Beach, in October 2003 (Lawrence Jackson - Reuters)
Great, get a book with every contribution.
The fat Oprah can have her on the show and give out her book to her sorry azz guest.
did you read the article? it portrays no such thing... or anything about handouts... not even implied... nada, zilch... nihil...
Just add the kids to long lists of those whom that murdering bastard hurt.
The good news: That monster can’t hurt anyone else.
Put smile here—> X
(You could probably guess I won't be buying the new book from the griever.)
So long Johhhny. Glad the door didn’t hit you on your way out.
Shooting a mother in her back in a parking lot as she adjusted a car seat for one of her two children, thats class baby! He shot her right in front of them! And she wants us to identify with her? Whew!
Nah. I don’t feel sorry for Johnny, and Mom?
Well she made a very large mistake marrying the Muslim terrorist, Johnny.
The children? May they learn the righteous path, and not follow in the footsteps of their terrorist father.
Read the live thread on Johnny’s execution, declared dead at 9:11 pm. Interesting timing.:
Get the Popcorn Ready for Nov 10th: DC Jihadist Set to Get Death Penalty Buh-bye John Allen Muhammad: A US judge in Virginia has set a 10 November execution date for the man behind the 2002 sniper attacks on the Washington DC area. No mention at all in the article that Muhammad's accomplice Lee Malvo described the murders as part of the jihad.
I found that a couple beers and ham sandwich helped me cope with news of his execution.
The woman has a unique perspective on the events, that's all. She's not the villain here.
For Muhammad, however, the execution marked her recovery since leaving her abusive ex-husband a decade ago.
"I woke up yesterday thinking this is the first day, complete day of the rest of our lives that John's presence will not be felt," she said.
Mildred Muhammad said her ex-husband did not respond to his children's requests to see him, and she said she was not surprised he offered no last words.
"I had began saying a week or two before the execution that if anyone was looking for John to apologize or take responsibility for his actions, they're waiting in vain," she said. "I didn't expect him to say anything. I expected him to do just what he did - close his eyes, not look at anyone and that's it."
She said she expects John Allen Muhammad's funeral next Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La., will bring some closure. The family also plans to retrieve letters he left for the children from another ex-wife.
With the man who once threatened to kill her now gone, Muhammad said she plans to continue her anti-domestic violence advocacy and continue supporting her children as they adjust. But one remnant of her ex-husband remains - a protective order against him she's kept for years.
"There's no need for me to carry it anymore," she said. "I guess I need to make a decision to take it out of my wallet, because it's still there."
If I’ve ever seen a more “poor me” look on a face, I don’t know when it could have been.
Even if he'd gotten life in prison, what mother would want him to be part of her children's lives?
It’s okay to be Jihad and kill for Allah. Just don’t listen to Beck, Rush or anyone who is Christian otherwise you will burn in Liberal Media Hell.
Thanks for that picture. I’d forgotten all about Chief Moose and all the moose jokes here on FR at the time. Chief Moose was himself a joke.
They should be relieved, he won’t be able to perform any “honor” killings.
One hopes none of Mr. Muslim’s children go IslamoWhacko.
One more vainly hopes AP will stop running tear jerker stories about Muslim terrorists with an undercurrent of “Isn’t the death penalty just awful?”
Hm. Perhaps she should take ample time to consider the many loved ones who are still grieving after her ‘beloved’ gunned them down.
The killer has been executed. Justice has been done.
That’s my understand as well.
Oh please! That ‘family portrait’ is sooo telling.
wow - a book. how convenient.
I understand what you’re saying but please consider the very real possibility that this woman’s story has changed and now she may be milking the situation for all its worth.
If her ex had not gunned down all those innocent people then her children would have their father around in their lives. But. He made the decision to not be there. He was not a *nice* man.
By fawning over the grief this family may be experiencing, we’re making the killer a martyr rather than the vile human he really was.