Here are some of the communications to police that were used as evidence in a preliminary hearing for sniper suspect John Lee Malvo in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Excerpt from an Oct. 19 note found tacked to a tree at the site of a shooting in Ashland, Va.:
"For you Mr. Police. Call me God. Do not release to the press. We have tried to contact you to start negotiation. But the incompetence of your forces is preventing it. . . . Your failing to respond has cost you five lives. If stopping the killing is more important than catching us now, you'll have to pay. P.S.: Your children are not safe anywhere at any time."
Transcript of a call made to sniper task force offices on Oct. 21 and received by an FBI crisis negotiator:
FBI: "Um, yes?"
Caller: "Is this the Ponderosa?"
FBI: "Um, who is this?"
Caller: "Don't say anything, just listen. Dearest police. Call me God. Do not release to press. Five red stars. You have our terms. They are nonnegotiable. If you choose option one, you will hold a press conference and say you have the suspect like a duck in a noose. Repeat every word exactly as you heard it. If you choose option two, be sure to remember, do not deviate. P.S.: Your children are not safe."
Text of a note found at the site of the fatal shooting of bus driver Conrad Johnson in Aspen Hill on Oct. 22:
"For you Mr. Police. Call me God. Do not show to the press.
Your children are not safe. Can you hear us now! Do not play these childish games with us. You know our demands. Your choice. Thank you."
On the back of the Aspen Hill note:
"Dear Mr. Police. Call me God. Do not release to the press. You did not respond to the message. You departed from what we told you to say. Your incompetence has cost you another life. You must meet our demands by 8 a.m. and you have to deliver the money by 9 a.m. Hold a press conference and say the exact words, 'We have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose,' to let us know you have our demands."