Sniper's Ex-Wife: John Allen Muhammad Had Untreated Stress Disorder

Ex-wife believes if treated, "it would not have been like this."

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:24 PM EDT
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Sniper's Ex: Muhammad Had Untreated Stress Disorder

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The murderous mastermind behind the Washington-area sniper attacks may have been suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome when the shooting spree began 10 years ago this week, his ex-wife told the Frederick News-Post.

John Allen Muhammad served a three-month tour in Saudi Arabia when he was in the army in 1991. Mildred Muhammad said something happened to him there that changed the man who she said was once the "life of the party."

She said he was distant and confused when he returned and if he had gotten help “it would not have been like this."

John Allen Muhammad was executed in 2009 for killing 10 people and wounding three others in the attacks that paralyzed the region over a three-week span.

His young accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, remains in a Virginia prison.

Malvo recently told the Washington Post that he regrets his actions.

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