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FBI Analyst is Beltway Sniper's Latest Victim
Fox News ^ | Oct. 15, 2002

Posted on 10/15/2002 10:29:32 AM PDT by South Hawthorne

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:35:01 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Tuesday: Medical examiners wheel the body of a female shooting victim to a waiting ambulance.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Beltway Sniper has struck again, killing a woman with one shot in the parking lot of a shopping center. The victim was identified Tuesday morning as Linda Franklin, 47, an FBI intelligence analyst from Arlington, Va.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: beltway; moosechief; sniper; thrillkiller
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Generally, I’m pretty much pro-law enforcement as it’s a difficult job with a lot of room for second-guessing.

However, the performance in this case of law enforcement in general and Chief Moose in particular would be comical if it weren’t so tragic.

Did they really release an image of what a white box truck looks like??? Could I possibly help to catch this psycho if I only had a better idea what a white Astro van looks like??? How about a description of what the sniper looks like?

The picture of him holding up the sheet of copy paper with the address of the P.O. Box for tips, that has the wrong zip code crossed out and corrected in pen is just priceless. I’m sure that will make everyone feel safer, with Chief Moose on the case.

You almost get the impression that the over riding strategy is “just let the sniper keep killing until he messes up so bad that we catch him.”

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

1 posted on 10/15/2002 10:29:32 AM PDT by South Hawthorne
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To: Owl_Eagle
These shootings are evil, but shooting a wife right next to her husband is positively twisted.
2 posted on 10/15/2002 10:34:10 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Owl_Eagle
You almost get the impression that the over riding strategy is “just let the sniper keep killing until he messes up so bad that we catch him.

That's one of the more asinine things I have seen posted here in some time.

3 posted on 10/15/2002 10:34:38 AM PDT by isthisnickcool
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To: Owl_Eagle
Ari Fleisher says the White House is satisfied with the investigation so far. Well, I'm certainly not satisfied! Borrow law enforcement from every police dept. in the country to go thru the tips coming in. Do whatever it takes to stop these snipers.
4 posted on 10/15/2002 10:34:58 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Owl_Eagle
The sniper is toast now that his lastest victim worked for the FBI.

I heard were the Pentagon is thinking of using UAVs on the ba$tard.

5 posted on 10/15/2002 10:35:31 AM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: Owl_Eagle
The picture of him holding up the sheet of copy paper with the address of the P.O. Box for tips, that has the wrong zip code crossed out and corrected in pen is just priceless.

I had to chuckle at that as well. Considering the seriousness of this case, how much effort would have been required to type out the address correctly and reprint it?

6 posted on 10/15/2002 10:37:03 AM PDT by inflorida
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To: Ciexyz
One of the most...?

Sounds like someone might need a tin foil hat size adjustment.

7 posted on 10/15/2002 10:37:49 AM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: Owl_Eagle
As someone who lives in the DC area, I can tell you it would be so much more helpful if y'all would post your info in one thread rather than starting a new one every time someone has some new info on this. It's silly to have 5 threads on the same topic. Everyone has a new angle and there's always more news to be made. Why not put it all on the same thread please?
8 posted on 10/15/2002 10:38:58 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Ciexyz
I think the Feds are heavily involved, mainly because of the proximity to DC.
9 posted on 10/15/2002 10:39:48 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Owl_Eagle
I know what you mean about the white van. They didn't need a composite....just had to go to GM.


10 posted on 10/15/2002 10:47:23 AM PDT by Aaron_A
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To: inflorida
The "Task Force" P. O. box is nearly within arm's reach of my own business POB. I feel so involved now/ be still my heart...... 8~)
11 posted on 10/15/2002 10:52:52 AM PDT by tracer
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To: tracer
Maybe you'd have a few minutes to correct the address and hand deliver it to Moose?
12 posted on 10/15/2002 10:59:59 AM PDT by inflorida
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To: inflorida
I slid the message you suggested into the box through a space between the door hinges..... 8~)
13 posted on 10/15/2002 11:02:14 AM PDT by tracer
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To: inflorida
And my hands were trembling.....
14 posted on 10/15/2002 11:02:43 AM PDT by tracer
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To: inflorida
Considering the seriousness of this case, how much effort would have been required to type out the address correctly and reprint it?

Duh... I'm going on national television, there's a typo in my visual aid -- what to do?! Oh, I know, pull out the trusty Bicstic.

15 posted on 10/15/2002 11:03:36 AM PDT by Sloth
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To: Sloth
Unknown Words... Unknown WrodsWords
16 posted on 10/15/2002 11:06:50 AM PDT by johnb838
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To: Owl_Eagle
However, the performance in this case of law enforcement in general and Chief Moose in particular would be comical if it weren’t so tragic.

I have been calling him "Bullwinkle" for days now...

17 posted on 10/15/2002 11:07:46 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Owl_Eagle

Dr Moose holds up his Urban Studies Thesis for his PhD from Portland State.

Besides the wrong zip code, being folded and probable donut stains, there is another truly troubling reality here.

How long does it take for a letter posted in the DC area to get to that mail box, 2 days or 3 days? What if the information comes from outside the DC area, might it take 3 to 4 days?

It is obvious that information from the public is really not wanted Moose et al.

If they wanted info from outside the LE's, there would be a Web site, an email address and an 800 #. This would be professionally done and be on a professional poster/bill board behind all press conferences. Then, they would get the TV nets/stations to have trailers below the Moose containing those #'s and the url/email address while he is talking.

Instead we have the pitiful image of a crossed out PO box address being held up for info.

It is obvious that the Diversity King of Political Correctness, Chief Moose, does not want any feedback from witnesses and others who might have data on this crime.

They have their guilty person worked up and facts and clues would get in their way.

18 posted on 10/15/2002 11:10:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: ravingnutter
whats so bad about Moose? I've had a feeling there is a problem with him, but I can't put my finger on what. He doesn't seem stupid, really.
19 posted on 10/15/2002 11:10:45 AM PDT by johnb838
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To: johnb838
He's in over his head.
20 posted on 10/15/2002 11:12:49 AM PDT by inflorida
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To: Owl_Eagle
When is the "Ghoul alert" going to be attached on these threads?

ghoul Pronunciation Key (gl) n.
One who delights in the revolting, morbid, or loathsome

The rubbernecking keeps getting worse by the minute. The News Drama effect sure does "affect" this forum. Ever feel like you are being led?

Since the Child Abductions news stories lost their legs in the media this has replaced that missing piece in the personal make-up that most of you have felt lately. Gross

21 posted on 10/15/2002 11:13:43 AM PDT by Afronaut
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To: A. Morgan
UAVs?
22 posted on 10/15/2002 11:14:03 AM PDT by shadowman99
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To: Owl_Eagle
I don't normally share in conspiracy stuff but this woman's death made me reconsider. She worked for the FBI's infrastructure department that ASSESSES THREATS and ISSUES WARNINGS. Makes me go hmmmmmmm.....
23 posted on 10/15/2002 11:16:18 AM PDT by PleaseNoMore
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To: Aaron_A
Yep just go to this site for a composite of the GMC killer van: http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:B5HBpslCTy8C:www.chevrolet.com/csv/van/images/astcar_main.jpg"

For the HTML impaired and the Klowns coming up with this composite picture, here is a little help from the web site found by Google:

Anyone who has seen a van like this in America or Canada, this past month, can send a post card to the address below shown by PC Moose:

Please be sure to send your Postcard Van Sighting Info to the corrected zip code as shown by PC Moose!

24 posted on 10/15/2002 11:17:48 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Ciexyz
Moose just doesn't inspire confidence. There have been times when his replies have not matched the questions and he seemed out of it, making me wonder if he takes something to control his temper tantrums. IMHO no one who has difficulty controling his temper or communicating should be in charge of a case this important.
25 posted on 10/15/2002 11:25:04 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Dante3
True but I've noticed they usually want to get a minority out in front of the camera like that hispanic guy in LA after the ElAl counter shooting.
26 posted on 10/15/2002 11:26:19 AM PDT by johnb838
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To: Grampa Dave
LOL
27 posted on 10/15/2002 11:26:44 AM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: Owl_Eagle
Hmmmm, FBI intelligence analyst. I notice no denial in this article that she was working the sniper case.
28 posted on 10/15/2002 11:32:55 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: Grampa Dave
Were gonna need some more FBI guys

29 posted on 10/15/2002 11:38:35 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: PleaseNoMore
Interesting point, but remember that the term "FBI employee" decribes thousands of people in the D.C. area.

Monica Lewinski was a Pentagon employee at one time . . .

30 posted on 10/15/2002 11:40:30 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: kinghorse
What we need to do is bring back the good guys who left the bureau to get away from Jake Reno and her head maggot the Clintoon.

Then hire the good retired guys as consultants to find the sniper and other bad guys and at the same time weed out the diversity PC queens hired during Jake Reno's reign of terror!
31 posted on 10/15/2002 11:43:04 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
Because this guy didn't sign up for anything but desk duty.

And he is incapable of keeping this guy in line.

32 posted on 10/15/2002 11:43:15 AM PDT by kinghorse
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To: Dante3
Moose has been out of his element since he left the first grade.
33 posted on 10/15/2002 11:44:28 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave
Moose and his minnions are baffled.

They have no clue on how to track down this killer.

They hope the guys/girls go away and shoots somewhere else.

Retirement with full benefits is most important. The shooter gets out at night and knows the terrain.

Most cops don't like getting up a sweat and walking in the woods... it's hard work.

Better to pull over someone and get $275.00 for a speeding violation or a burnt-out tail light.

Some hunter will find these bastids before the police do.

34 posted on 10/15/2002 11:45:59 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: kinghorse
Moose is just the tip of the iceberg in city, county, state and national groups sworn to protect us after obeying their new constitution, the PC Diversity one.
35 posted on 10/15/2002 11:46:11 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: shadowman99
http://www.fas.org/irp/program/collect/uav.htm
36 posted on 10/15/2002 11:48:43 AM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: johnny7
Add your comments to the reality of the PC police chiefs more concerned about pr and good Diversity mantras than good police work.

Many city police departments spend more time on how give out parking ticket violations than police work anymore. The income raised from parking ticket violations is necessary for the money flow of their city to stay afloat.
37 posted on 10/15/2002 11:49:35 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Owl_Eagle
This guy probably won't be found until an informer turns him in. Somebody will wonder, "Why is my husband/son/neighbor behaving so strangely"? They'll call in a tip, and maybe the FBI will follow it up.

That's why it makes no sense to suppress the information they have until it's dead and cold. Chief Moose flies off the handle every time the press releases a useful bit of information like the bit about the Tarot card. But nothing has been released that might help the killer avoid being caught. And if people don't know what to look for, what hope is there of catching this guy?
38 posted on 10/15/2002 11:52:39 AM PDT by Cicero
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Borrow law enforcement from every police dept. in the country to go thru the tips coming in

I agree with you 100% on this these little departments are too small to handle cases like this. Why aren't they asking departments in the cities like LA, NY and Dallas to help out? They all have worked on serial and or sniper killer crimes before and their insight can be invaluable. Moose is wasting precious time.

39 posted on 10/15/2002 12:07:23 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: Owl_Eagle
I agree with you, and don't think you are being too harsh.

The people working on this case (in all fairness, in the media's eye) seem like regular people... people who I would work with. I don't know about you, but I want people who are better prepared and better equipt then just 'normal' people working on a case like this.

I guess the paper sign proof-reader was off for Columbus Day.

40 posted on 10/15/2002 12:12:59 PM PDT by Rubasoo
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To: Owl_Eagle
You almost get the impression that the over riding strategy is “just let the sniper keep killing until he messes up so bad that we catch him.”

Sadly, I'm thinking that's about all they CAN do right now. I remarked to my girlfriend earlier that with each killing more people get a slightly better look at him and his truck/van/whatever, so it may be 1 to 2 more killings before they're able to arrest anyone.

41 posted on 10/15/2002 12:32:02 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater
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To: inflorida
He's in over his head.

You nailed it! We have too many cops in this country, and too few who are adequately trained.

42 posted on 10/15/2002 1:00:12 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Future Snake Eater
Think how long it took to get Dillinger.
43 posted on 10/15/2002 1:01:37 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: A. Morgan
Great!!! SO if you are a regular us citizen the LEO's will try to find the perp but if you are a LEO and you are gunned down then they send in the marines. Makes you wonder if our government knows who is paying the bills.
44 posted on 10/15/2002 1:07:46 PM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: A. Morgan
UAVs???

unmanned audio visuals?
45 posted on 10/15/2002 1:22:35 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: Owl_Eagle
"How about a description of what the sniper looks like?"

No can do, as Chief Bulwinkle says, It "paints a group or causes people to be misidentified, causes them some hardship, that's the dilemma we want to stay away from."

Source: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/769346/posts?page=878#878

So a composite causes a certain group to be misidentified.

Or does is cause a certain group to be identified and you don't like that.
46 posted on 10/15/2002 1:25:32 PM PDT by dinasour
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To: johnny7
Yes, and when he does his duty... he will be charged with a firearms violation...

WE, citizens must die like good little "practice targets" for mullah omar's trainees...

Wouldn't want to upset the multiculturalists... now would we?
47 posted on 10/15/2002 1:25:56 PM PDT by Robert_Paulson2
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To: johnny7
Or last night on Fox, they had a camera panning the crowd scene -- and you see a bunch of cops standing around drinking coffee and joshing each other. I have no doubt these guys are working hard (heck they're out there after midnight at a crime scene), but if you see a TV camera, at least pretend to look busy.
48 posted on 10/15/2002 1:54:06 PM PDT by Maximum Leader
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To: Owl_Eagle

Sniper's latest victim worked for FBI

10/15/2002

Associated Press

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - An FBI analyst who assessed terrorist threats was identified Tuesday as the ninth person killed by the Washington-area sniper, shot in the head in an attack investigators say has yielded the most detailed clues yet in the hunt for the gunman.

For the first time, witnesses were able to give information about license plates on vehicles seen fleeing the scene, including a light-colored Chevrolet Astro van with a burned-out rear taillight.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said another witness gave a description of a dark-skinned, possibly Hispanic or Middle Eastern, man in a white van.

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Linda Franklin

"There was some additional information that we were able to get from last night's case, and I am confident that that information is going to lead us to an arrest in the case," Fairfax County Police Chief Tom Manger said.

Law enforcement sources said there were no indications the sniper targeted 47-year-old Linda Franklin because of her job. She worked for the FBI's Cyber-Crimes Division, created last year to focus on computer crimes as well as intellectual property cases.

Montgomery County (Md.) Police Chief Charles Moose, the head of the investigation, emphasized that Franklin was not working on the sniper case.

Franklin, a 47-year-old mother of two grown children, was killed Monday night as she and her husband loaded packages into their convertible in the parking lot outside a Home Depot at the Seven Corners Shopping Center. Ballistics evidence Tuesday connected the sniper to the slaying.

"Linda was a dedicated employee, and she will be missed," said FBI Director Robert Muller. "All of us are deeply shocked and angry over this tragedy."

An FBI chaplain at Franklin's Arlington home said Franklin and her husband were planning to move Friday to another home in the area and were at Home Depot to buy supplies for the move and the new house.

Robert Young, a Washington construction worker, returned to the shopping center Tuesday to talk with police. He said he heard a muffled gunshot and saw a white van.

Young said as he backed his truck out of his parking spot, a white Astro van with two men inside tried to turn into his lane. He said the driver appeared very agitated to find his way blocked and instead drove by a neighboring Chinese restaurant and out of sight.

Young described the driver as a short man of slight build who appeared to be Mideastern. He said, "I got a good look at the guy."

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MONTGOMERY CO. POLICE
Police released these composite photos of a Ford Econoline van (top) and a Chevrolet Astro van described by witnesses.

The driver "seemed to be excessively irritated because he couldn't pull into my lane," he said. "I thought this fool was going to want to get out of the van and duke or something. But he didn't. He kept on going."

Since Oct. 2, nine people have been killed and two others wounded, all of them cut down by a single bullet fired from a distance with a high-powered rifle as the victims went about their everyday tasks. The sniper's only apparent communication with investigators has been a tarot death card inscribed, "Dear Policeman, I am God."

In a continuing appeal for the public's help, Moose released composite images of a white van with roof racks that witnesses saw after Friday's slaying of a man at a gas station near Fredericksburg, Va.

Moose said there appeared to be similarities between the van seen at Friday's shooting and the light-colored van from Monday night's attack.

Manger would not say whether the witnesses to the latest attack were able to give complete license plate numbers to investigators.

"Each shooting has revealed more to this investigation. We're encouraged every day," said Michael Bouchard, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The sniper escaped a huge dragnet that closed down a tangle of highways around Falls Church, 10 miles west of the nation's capital. Traffic was backed up for miles as police surrounded and searched dozens of white vans.

Tod Burke, a former Maryland police officer who teaches criminal justice at Radford University in Virginia, said the killer is either escaping before the dragnet comes does or has some kind of hideout where he can watch the chaos that erupts.

Outside the Home Depot, shoppers tentatively returned while officers made a last sweep for evidence and towed the victim's car away.

"Lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place," Lorraine Burns said as she walked up to a Barnes and Noble bookstore.


Online at: http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/101502dnnatsniper.3d789.html

49 posted on 10/15/2002 2:58:47 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: kinghorse
Were gonna need some more FBI guys...

Maybe call out some of the retired ones?


50 posted on 10/15/2002 3:27:15 PM PDT by archy
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