In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and the subsequent Anthrax attacks, America was on edge. Terrorists had breached the boarder — were they going to do it again?
In October 2002, when a man in Washington, D.C., was shot in a grocery store parking lot, and five more seemingly random people were shot the following day, it seemed like the country was entering a new era. For three weeks, the world — and especially the northeast U.S. — sat on edge as more people died from what seemed to be a skilled marksman with his eye turned on the citizens of the capital.
As one journalist on the new podcast Monster: D.C. Sniper puts it, “All of the country’s worst fears are realized.”
The new podcast, which is out from iHeartRadio and Tenderfoot TV and premieres on January 2nd, is hosted by Tony Harris, who goes into the crimes and their aftermath. As a broadcast reporter in Baltimore during the attacks, Harris watched firsthand the confusion and terror they caused.
For the podcast, he talked to law enforcement, witnesses and journalists to delve into how the D.C. Sniper terrorized — and changed — America. Now, as the Supreme Court considers whether or not to amend the sentence of one of the two men convicted for the crime, the case seems more relevant than ever.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article states that the quotation “All of the country’s worst fears are realized” was from Tony Harris. The quote was from journalist Garrett Graff.