Unformatted text preview: Muhammad’s attempt to represent himself when on trial for the killings in the D.C. area. Muhammad sought counsel after his opening argument, but to attempt to defend oneself in such a serious trial displays an extreme egoism. Muhammad is also guilty of manipulating young Lee Boyd Malvo. Muhammad conned him into believing that the money from their attempted extortion would be used to create a new nation of purely black people. This con was used in order to manipulate Malvo into taking part in the murders and attempted murders of 13 people. There is evidence to suggest that Muhammad’s eventual goal with the sniper shootings was to kill his ex-wife and regain custody of his children. Assuming this plan to be true, Muhammad exhibits the poor planning, lack of realistic goals, and inability to predict consequences that is typical of psychopaths....
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- Spring '08
- Psychology, John Allen Muhammad, Beltway sniper attacks, Lee Boyd Malvo