Wednesday, October 2, 2002.
Aspen Hill, Maryland. Northgate Plaza.
Inside Michael’s craft supply store, cashier Ann Chapman rings up another customer. Then it happens. A loud crack; a gust of wind; the light in register five goes dark.
Over the next 23 days, the entire DC area will be thrust into a reign of terror unprecedented in American history. Sniper attacks targeting and murdering everyday citizens will bring the entire region to its knees, as a nation still reeling from the recent attacks of 9/11 and the anthrax scare, are forced to confront a new type of brutal assault—this time in their own backyard. As law enforcement grapples with the mass carnage and chaos, media’s ravenous 24-hour cycle amplifies the very real fear, while steadily pumping new theories and bad leads onto a paralyzed public desperate for it all to end.
But who can stop it? And exactly how?
Call Me God is the never-before-told story of the fascinating and turbulent investigation that led to the diabolical and elusive killers’ capture; one that pitted protocol against instinct, sacred institutions against individual insight. Told firsthand by those few who had the vision and expertise to solve it, and including a fascinating look into the behavioral, ballistic, forensic, and electronic analysis vital to cracking the case, FBI agent brothers Jim Clemente (former FBI behavioral profiler) and Tim Clemente (former FBI counter-terrorism expert) take us through every facet and flaw of a nationwide manhunt that pressure tested nearly every aspect of law enforcement capabilities—and its glaring vulnerabilities.
Anchored by harrowing accounts from victims, intimate conversations with family members of those deceased, as well as candid accounts from those who knew the perpetrators best, relive the haunting events of the DC Sniper attack and piece together a true crime phenomenon that’s impact can still be felt today.
Yet another fascinating true-crime podcast free with Audible and this one is 14 episodes about the DC sniper in 2002.
Jim Clemente and Tim Clemente have put together this fascinating account of the senseless and violent attacks that terrified the people of Washington almost a year after the 9/11 attacks. Initially this was considered another terrorist attack but soon it became clear it was someone much closer to home.
I don’t remember much about this series of attacks whilst it was happening, but listening to the 14 episodes in this series brought the awful events back to life and I wasn’t aware of how long the public lived in fear and how many victims the snipers attacked or killed.
This is a horrific and raw account told from many of the witnesses, survivors and family members of victims and it’s heartbreaking in places.
If you enjoy True Crime – then I would definitely recommend this.