I don't want this to turn political- regardless of what one's beliefs about the death penalty are, we have it here. The sniper had already killed several in MD, Difficult Child, and northern VA area before he came closer to my home. difficult child was in elementary school (2nd grade I think) when the sniper left a note at a restaurant about 15 miles away and shot someone there. The note said that none of our children were safe and he'd already killed a 13yo boy getting off a school bus. Needless to say, all people around here went into a panic. The schools went into lock-down mode as a precaution. Then, he made a phonoe call from a phone booth just a few blocks from where we lived at the time. Police got there quickly (that's who he had called with details that only he knew). This is when everyone thought he drove a white van. Children were not allowed to play outside anymore, per concerned parents. Anyway, they landed a helicopter in the street 1 1/2 blocks from my house and cops slammed a white van. It turned out to be full of illegal mexican immigrants- no sniper. They closed the schools in the area so parents could keep their children in the house 24/7. Not long after, he was caught, he and Malvo were tried and convicted in Richmond, not too far from where this incident I described took place. Our governor here denied his stay of execution today and I haven't heard of a single plea for his life. I rarely want to think of execution for someone, but if anyone deserves it, this man does, in my humble opinion. Duriing difficult child's first stay in the psychiatric hospital, the psychiatrist asked the typical "do you know what day it is, who's the president, etc". Then he asked "What happened on 9/11, where were you when the sniper came thru" and psychiatrist told me he had seen a big increase in admissions for young kids since all that happened. This man has about 10 mins to live.