WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The deadly sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area began 10 years ago today. Lee Boyd Malvo talked about his role in the killings from a Virginia prison where he is serving a life sentence.
The shootings terrorized the Washington, D.C. area. Over 21 days, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad shot 13 people, killing 10 of them. Malvo was just 17-years-old at the time. Muhammad was executed in 2009.
Malvo was sentenced to life in prison because jurors thought he was under Muhammad's control. Malvo laughed about the shootings when he was arrested. Ten years later, he tells the Washington Post that he has changed. He says over the phone, "I mean, I was a monster. If, if, if, 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."
The two chose their victims at random then shot them from the modified trunk of a car. Malvo now regrets the pain he caused and would say this to the victims' families, "I am sorry. I am sorry. And it sounds, there is no way to express, there is no way to express that. I mean, what am I going to tell them? I'm sorry I murdered your only child. I'm sorry I killed your husband. I'm sorry I murdered your wife."
One killing stands out in Malvo's memory. Linda Franklin, an FBI analyst, was shot and killed in a Home Depot parking lot. Muhammad was on a hill nearby, Malvo was the spotter, and gave the signal to shoot. Muhammad fired, Franklin fell to the ground, dead.
Malvo recounts the pain and devastation in her husband's eyes. He says, "it's the worst sort of pain I've ever seen in my life. His eyes. It's the worst..."
Malvo said at one point Muhammad told him they would have to kill a pregnant woman. When the time came to do that, Malvo says he told Muhammad that the circumstances weren't right for him to pull the trigger.