The brutal murder of a pregnant 38-year-old mother of four has a chilling link to D.C. sniper/convicted killer Lee Boyd Malvo: the killer reportedly left a note under the woman’s body demanding Malvo’s release from prison.
Additionally, the killer pledges to continue killing one pregnant woman a week until Malvo is released.
The victim, Vindalee Smith, was found in her basement apartment in Flatbush on Saturday. When authorities discovered her body, Smith’s throat had been slashed and she’d been stabbed repeatedly. The note was found underneath the body.
There was no sign of forced entry, which has police thinking that Smith
knew her killer. They also think the note might just be a ruse by the
killer to throw cops off track. Regardless, authorities say they’re not
ruling anything out.
Smith — a devout Seventh Day Adventist —
was supposed to get married yesterday. That said, her fiancee, Anthony
Jackman, already is married, according to the New York Post. Jackman was
interviewed by police, but it’s unclear whether he’s a suspect in the
The Post also reports that Smith — who has a history of
getting evicted from various apartments — had a touchy relationship
with her sister. A neighbor told the paper about an argument where “The
sister was yelling, saying, ‘You’re messing with a married man,’
and, ‘You don’t know who the baby daddy is! You’re choosing your
boyfriend over your kids! You’re so worried about this man, and you’re
not worried about your kids. I’m sick of you getting kicked out of
Malvo, and his mentor in murder, John Allen Muhammad,
terrorized the D.C. area with a series of random shootings in 2002.
Muhammad, who was executed for his role in the sniper spree, and Malvo
killed 10 people and wounded three others. The pair vowed to kill six
white people a day for a month.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing. Check back for updates.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 22, 2012