The third chapter in the successful Monster podcast series will turn the clock back to 2002 when a month-long rampage by a sniper unnerved Washington at a time when the city was still recovering from the 9/11 attacks. A coproduction of Temderfoot TV and the iHeartPodcast Network, Monster: DC Sniper drops as the Supreme Court considers whether the man convicted of killing ten people deserves a new sentencing.
Lee Boyd Malvo and his surrogate father, John Allen Muhammad, were convicted in 2004 of murder. Muhammad was executed. Malvo, the teenager, got life without parole. “I was a monster. I mean, if you look up the definition, I mean, that's what a monster is. I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people's lives,” Malvo later told the Washington Post in a 2012 interview.
But two months ago the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Malvo should be granted a new sentencing hearing since, in the years after his conviction, the Court has struck down the possibility of the death penalty for juvenile offenders while also declaring a mandatory life-without-parole sentence was unconstitutional.
The Monster: DC Sniper podcast is hosted by Tony Harris, who was a television news anchor in Baltimore at the time of the October 2002 random sniper attacks. He’ll take listeners from the beginning of the month-long rampage that began with the shooting of a man leaving a grocery store to its end with the arrests, and how the case is playing out in court today.
The Monster podcast series has to date amassed more than 70 million downloads. Its first season was Atlanta Monster, which explored the infamous Atlanta Child Murders, which occurred between 1979 and 1981, when more than 25 victims were murdered. It is currently being developed as a television series. The second season brought Monster: The Zodiac Killer. It told the story of the “The Zodiac Killer,” a serial killer connected to a string of murders in California in the 1960s and 1970s whose identity, to this day, remains a mystery.
Monster: DC Sniper will run 15 episodes. The first will be released January 2.