The Sniper Trail Grows

The murder spree that paralyzed some Washington suburbs for three weeks may have begun months earlier with a string of violent crimes stretching from Washington State to the Southeastern U.S. Police chiefs in Tacoma, Wash., and Baton Rouge, La., announced last week that the two men charged in the sniper shootings, John Allen Muhammad, 41, and Lee Malvo, 17, may be linked to other killings. These crimes, however, seem to have been committed at closer range than the Washington-area murders. Like the failed liquor-store robbery in Montgomery, Ala., that provided authorities with the case's first major break, the Baton Rouge murder...

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