Mildred Muhammad, ex-wife of the D.C. Sniper, is speaking out about how their kids are coping with his death.
John Allen Muhammad was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday, November 10, and he was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m., CNN reports. This after Virginia Governor Tim Kaine denied him clemency, which would have delayed his death.
The Sniper’s first wife, Carol Williams, and their son were on hand for his execution at the Greenville Correctional Center in Virginia, but Mildred and her kids remained at home and sat with each other. The kids each broke off to be on their own after a while, though, she told S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown.
Mildred shared that the kids don’t have a sense of closure at this time because they never got to say goodbye to John before his execution. Reportedly, he had denied their visitation requests. He didn’t call or reach out to his kids in anyway before Tuesday night. After the Sniper was put to death, Mildred recalls their son simply asking her, “What do I do now, mama?”
The family will attempt to gain that closure next week when they attend his funeral, which is set for Tuesday.
“[When] I told my children they would be attending the funeral,” Mildred told S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown. “It was like a weight had been lifted from their shoulders. They are walking a little lighter now.” John sent Carol a letter asking her to visit him on Tuesday, writing, "I miss my family for the past eight years. I don’t want to be missed the day that these devils murder my innocent black a**."
Mildred told Larry King that the last time she saw John was at a custody hearing in 2001. By that time she had emotionally detached from him. “My emotions were severed when he said that ‘you have become my enemy and as my enemy, I will kill you,’" she explained.
Mildred talks about their relationship in her book, Scared Silent.
— Sonya Eskridge