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Elizabeth Baron Draws The Beltway Sniper on National Radio
The Beltway Sniper Case
Elizabeth Baron: I was on the radio one morning in October, 2002 at 6:30am ET - a national radio show called "American Breakfast with Phil Paleologos." The talk show host asked me to tell him anything I could about the "Beltway sniper." I told him that I had drawn this sketch of one of the snipers (see below) but that I had put a star on the right near his shoulder. However, I didn't really know what the star meant. To my surprise, Phil said, "Well, the star was the code that John Muhammad used to communicate by letter to the police. I believe in one of the letters he used four stars but that was the way the police knew that it was the real sniper who was writing the letters."
Here is some of the transcript of our conversation on November 7, 2002:
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Phil: Do you still feel that there are other people other than these two involved in the Sniper murders?
Elizabeth: Yes, I believe they are going to continue to uncover bodies in other parts of the country that these snipers have killed.
Phil: Anything else you would like to tell us about the snipers before we move on?
Elizabeth: Well, when you had asked me to come on before, I had drawn a picture of this boy, Malvo. I didnít draw a picture of the other guy because I was just fiddling around and not really working on the case, you know.
Elizabeth: But it's really interesting that I put down that he was half black and half Spanish. I said, 'Heís very very young.' Then I put a star over to the left of the boyís sketch. Then I said, 'This star may mean that one of these men may be American born or may have been in the military.' I donít know why because I never related the star like that; but then I wrote, 'riding in a blue car with a partner - looks something like my car.' Remember me saying that?
Phil: Yes, I do.
Elizabeth: But the sketch I drew doesnít look exactly like Malvo but his ears are identical. He has really strange ears.
Phil: The stars (for those who have been following this case)... the stars were the identification these two murderers used to communicate with police.
Elizabeth: Oh, they did?
Phil: Yes, they did.
Elizabeth: I didnít know that.
Phil: Elizabeth, yes!
Elizabeth: I put that star on Malvoís right shoulder.
Phil: He drew either four or five stars.
Elizabeth: Well, remember, I told you before that I heard five gunshots outside my window and then I came in here and drew this star.
Phil: Yes, as a matter of fact, the note they found at the Ponderosa in Richmond, VA had a lot of this communication with the stars and it is just very very coincidental that you would put a star up there.
Elizabeth: Well, Phil, maybe you and I should get together and solve these murders (laughs) because we were just doing this off the cuff.
Phil: Well, that was the beauty of all of this.