The Palczynski standoff: 10 years later


Four dead. Three held hostage. An interstate manhunt and one of the longest police standoffs in U.S. history. Joseph Palczynski's story, 10 years later.

July 2, 2000

A tragic trail of violence

Long before the murderous rampage, long before the saga of fugitive love and violence, long before the hostages on Lange Street, Joe Palcyznski was known as a ladies' man.

July 3, 2000

Breaking point

As Joseph Palcyznski neared the violent end he had predicted, two women loomed largest in his life: the one he asked to marry him and the one who gave him birth.

July 12, 2000

Standoff shooting ruled justified

The Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office said yesterday that two police officers were "completely justified" when they fatally shot Joseph C. Palczynski on March 21, ending a hostage standoff and two-week rampage that left four people dead.

April 12, 2000

Palczynski hit 27 times, autopsy concludes

A state autopsy has concluded that police shot Joseph C. Palczynski 27 times the night they stormed the Dundalk apartment where he had been holding three hostages.

March 25, 2000

How Palczynski eluded police

He scurried beneath the pines to hide from the police chopper and its infrared eye. He climbed a tree to evade the bloodhounds.

March 24, 2000

Family tells of captivity and escape

Andy McCord, Lynn Whitehead, and their son, Bradley, were sitting down to a Friday-night dinner of Chinese takeout when they realized that someone was at the front door.

March 23, 2000

Police reveal tale of terror

A day after ending a siege in a Dundalk rowhouse, police offered a graphic, sometimes chilling picture yesterday of the horrors endured by three hostages terrorized by the man who called himself "Colonel Palczynski."

March 22, 2000

Moments of sleep, and crisis is ended

In the end, sleep deprivation ended Joseph C. Palczynski's 97-hour hostage marathon in Dundalk.

March 22, 2000

Hostages safe; fugitive killed

Accused killer Joseph C. Palczynski's two-week crime spree came to a violent end late last night when Baltimore County police SWAT team members shot him to death in the living room of a Dundalk rowhouse where he had been holding three hostages since Friday.

March 21, 2000

Shot fired in hostage apartment

The tense stalemate between police and Joseph C. Palczynski, the suspect in four killings, ground through its fourth day in Dundalk yesterday as officials wrestled with their newest worry -- the gunshot fired in the apartment where the fugitive was holding three hostages.

March 20, 2000

Scattered shots, tense talks

The standoff between Baltimore County police and Joseph C. Palczynski entered its third day last night, as the man suspected in four killings held three hostages in a Dundalk rowhouse, punctuating tense negotiations with crackles of gunfire.

March 19, 2000

Palczynski standoff continues in Dundalk

Baltimore County police continued negotiating early this morning with fugitive Joseph C. Palczynski -- a suspect in four murders -- who barricaded himself inside a Dundalk home for a second day with at least three hostages and several high-powered weapons.

March 18, 2000

Police corner armed fugitive

Joseph Palczynski -- the Bowleys Quarters man suspected of killing four people, wounding a young boy and kidnapping two people in a violent rampage that began March 7 -- was barricaded in the Dundalk house of his ex-girlfriend's mother early this morning with at least three hostages and weapons, police said.

March 15, 2000

Ex-girlfriend asks fugitive to give up

Joseph C. Palczynski's estranged girlfriend -- the woman he is accused of abducting a week ago -- has pleaded with him to surrender.

March 14, 2000

Authorities say someone could be helping fugitive

Baltimore County police have consulted behavioral experts, FBI profilers, friends, family and associates to help them understand -- and find -- Joseph C. Palczynski.

March 13, 2000

Palczynski manhunt intensifies

The manhunt for Joseph C. Palczynski, suspected in the shooting deaths of four people last week, intensified last night as police combed the woods and marshland of eastern Baltimore County using helicopters, police dogs and scores of officers patrolling area roads.

March 12, 2000

Wet weather slows hunt for fugitive

While Joseph C. Palczynski's mother was expected late last night to plead for him to turn himself in, police continued their search for the man suspected of four killings who fled briefly to Virginia before returning home to eastern Baltimore County, where residents have grown increasingly nervous.

March 10, 2000

In the past, rejection triggered violence

He seemed to like fast cars, water sports and younger women.

March 10, 2000

Police hunt for fugitive intensifies

Baltimore County police pressed their search early today for a man wanted in four killings and a kidnapping as fearful east-side residents locked their doors, kept their children home from school and flooded investigators with reported sightings of the fugitive.

March 9, 2000

Suspect in triple killing linked to 2 more shootings

A man who killed three people Tuesday night in southeastern Baltimore County shot two more people -- one of them a baby -- last night during a rampage that included a carjacking and an elderly woman being handcuffed to her bed as her car was stolen, according to police.

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