Skip to comments.FBI Analyst is Beltway Sniper's Latest Victim
Posted on 10/15/2002 10:29:32 AM PDT by South HawthorneEdited 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.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
However, the performance in this case of law enforcement in general and Chief Moose in particular would be comical if it werent 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. Im 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.
Guns Before Butter.
That's one of the more asinine things I have seen posted here in some time.
I heard were the Pentagon is thinking of using UAVs on the ba$tard.
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?
Sounds like someone might need a tin foil hat size adjustment.
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.
I have been calling him "Bullwinkle" for days now...
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.
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
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!
Monica Lewinski was a Pentagon employee at one time . . .
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.
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.
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.
You nailed it! We have too many cops in this country, and too few who are adequately trained.
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.
"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."
MONTGOMERY CO. POLICE
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.
Maybe call out some of the retired ones?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.