Malvo Soon Got More Than He Bargained For With Muhammad.
Posted in the Montgomery County Forum
#1 Nov 1, 2012
By member of Montgomery County Police, now training new recruits for the force:
Retired FBI agent Brad Garrett, who helped question Malvo in 2002, said he's not surprised by what Malvo is saying now in 2012. "When we interviewed him, our belief was that he was under the spell of Muhammad and that would wear off as time went on," Mr Garrett said. Interrogators, "knew that he was covering for Muhammad. He wouldn't put the gun in Muhammad's hands in 2002. The spell was starting to wear off at trial, and now that he's in jail for his entire life he's probably being more realistic about what Muhammad did and didn't do. He's older, and he understands now how impressionable he was."
Malvo spoke through plexiglass in the stark cinder-block visitation room at Red Onion State Prison, a remote supermax facility tucked among Virginia's Appalachian coal mines, about eight hours from Washington. He is confined to a small, segregation cell for 23 hours a day – he gets to exercise in an enclosed pen, take showers and sometimes do menial jobs on his own during that other hour. He has no physical interaction with other inmates. He has taken a deep interest in yoga and meditation. Though at peace with a life behind bars – "I see opportunity everywhere" – Malvo said he has had to work hard to recover from what he calls a total brainwashing at the hands of a "sinister" and "evil" man who manipulated him into an effective "killing machine".
Jurors spared Malvo's life, largely because they believed that while he was responsible for the killings, he was also under Muhammad's control. Malvo grew up in Jamaica and Antigua, and he looks back at the 14-year-old who met Muhammad as if he's a million miles away. That boy was bouncing from his father to his mother and enduring physical abuse and was learned that Muhammad made money from the elderly women over at Leisure World in the Arden Courts section in Apt.3 in the 3311 block in which Muhammad would perform sex acts on the lone elderly women nude so the women would pay him big money for doing lots of sex on the ladies months before the rampage in the metropolitan area.
"The groundwork was laid in Antigua because I leaned on him, I trusted him," Malvo said. "I was unable to distinguish between Muhammad the father I had wanted, and Muhammad the nervous wreck that was just falling to pieces. He understood exactly how to motivate me by giving approval or denying approval."
In 2001, Malvo, Muhammad and Muhammad's three children left Antigua for the United States. Malvo briefly lived with his mother in Florida before boarding a bus to be with his "dad," Muhammad, in Tacoma, Washington. It was around the time that Muhammad was losing his own children to his ex-wife, Mildred Muhammad. A judge ordered that the children could live with her in secrecy. Malvo said it devastated Muhammad, and he switched from a caring father figure to a steely and erratic leader.
Malvo said that Muhammad had him go to a gun range nearly every day, where he learned how to shoot dozens of different weapons. Muhammad would lurk over Malvo's shoulder and tell him to envision himself shooting and killing the old Lee Malvo, the weak Lee Malvo.
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