Interviewing one of the D.C. snipers responsible for seventeen deaths was something that will remain with William Shatner for a long time.
Shatner interviewed Lee Boyd Malvo, who was seventeen at the time of the shootings, for Aftermath with William Shatner, a show that examines “what happens when people are tragically or infamously transformed from unknown citizens into household names overnight.”
The interview was conducted via telephone from a southwest Virginia prison cell where Malvo is serving a life sentence for his role in the October 2002 murders. “Getting the opportunity to speak with Lee Malvo is a moment I’ll never forget,” said Shatner in an A&E press statement. “He was only seventeen when he committed these horrific acts, a monster forged by the only father figure in his life, and it was simply astonishing that he’s found the maturity and humility to admit so many new crimes in his effort to make amends.”
According to Malvo, three other co-conspirators were to have worked with Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, to “create terror along the entire Eastern Seaboard,” using rifles with silencers. The would-be conspirators backed out however, and Malvo shot two of them on orders from Muhammad. Malvo also told Shatner that one of the men was killed, but by Muhammad. The whereabouts of the third man is unknown.
Muhammad and Malvo had been linked to twenty-seven shootings, resulting in the seventeen deaths, but Malvo claimed that the duo had carried out approximately forty-two shootings.
Muhammad was sentenced to death and was executed in 2009 by lethal injection.
Confessions of the D.C. Sniper with William Shatner: An Aftermath Special, will air on Thursday at 10 P.M. on A&E.