Note Under Slain Pregnant Mom Demanded 'D.C. Sniper' be Freed, Report Says

By Trevor KappAidan Gardiner and Murray Weiss  on October 22, 2012 8:00am  | Updated on October 22, 2012 6:09pm

 Vindalee Smith, 38, in a Facebook photo. Smith was found stabbed to death on Oct. 20, 2012, the day before she was set to get married.
Vindalee Smith, 38, in a Facebook photo. Smith was found stabbed to death on Oct. 20, 2012, the day before she was set to get married.
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EAST FLATBUSH — A note found under a pregnant mother who was fatally stabbed the day before her wedding that demanded the release of the "D.C. Sniper" is believed to be a ruse — and her “fiancé” remains a person of interest in her slaying, sources told DNAinfo.com New York.

Police discovered the one-page note — that included threats to kill more pregnant women if the serial killer wasn't set free  — when they found  Vindalee Smith, 38, in a pool of blood Saturday morning inside her 94th St. apartment, sources said.

Smith, whose unborn boy didn’t survive the brutal attack, was to be married Sunday morning at New Dimension Seventh Day Adventist Church in Brownsville to Anthony Jackman.

But Jackman is married and, sources say, had not told anyone that he planned on getting hitiched to Smith.

Detectives questioned Jackman Sunday and released him, but sources say he has not been ruled out as a suspect.

“She was planning on a wedding, but he was already had a wife,” one source explained, saying Jackman is not in the clear.

The bizarre note found with Smith threatened to kill one pregnant woman a week unless authorities released Lee Boyd Malvo, who along with another man killed 10 people near Washington, D.C. during a three-week period in October 2002.

There is no apparent connection between Smith and Malvo.

Authorities believe that whoever killed her penned the note to throw cops off his trail.

Police believe Smith knew her killer because there were no signs of forced entry at her apartment.
Smith's landlord said he found her in the bedroom.

"She was right in front of her bed, face down," the landlord, who asked not to be identified, said Monday. “She was covered with blankets. I started shaking her up, but she wasn't moving. Clothes were all over the place.”

Malvo, 27, is serving a life sentence for killing six people with his mentor John A. Muhammed. The two killed 10 people in a three-week sniper spree.

Muhammed was executed in 2009. Late last month, Malvo told The Washington Post he felt like the "worst piece of scum on the planet."

 

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