Three weeks of fear
How events of the sniper case unfolded 10 years ago
In October of 2002, the snipers rampage was an extraordinary three weeks. For 22 days, the shootings altered life in the Washington region in ways never thought possible. People's lives were lost, leaving deep holes in the lives of those who loved them. Many more were altered in subtler ways: schoolchildren cooped up inside for fear of attack on the playgrounds, and worried there might be no Halloween; people crouching beside their cars as they pumped gasoline, getting trapped in traffic jams as police set up dragnets to catch a killer; politicians worried that Election Day would suffer a record low turnout, with voters unwilling to risk their lives to go to the polls.