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The 1990 Chevy Caprice driven by John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, which was used for the attacks The 1990 Chevy Caprice driven by John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, which was used for the attacks
A Tarot card that was left at the scene of a shooting at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Prince George's County A Tarot card that was left at the scene of a shooting at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Prince George's County
The message that was written on the back of the Tarot card The message that was written on the back of the Tarot card
The title and registration showing the Chevy Caprice belonged to John Muhammad The title and registration showing the Chevy Caprice belonged to John Muhammad
A stolen Sony laptop used by John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo A stolen Sony laptop used by John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo
FORESTVILLE, Md. -

Three weeks of terror. While some would rather forget the Washington D.C. sniper shootings, on this 10th anniversary in a warehouse in a Maryland suburb, they are working to keep the memory alive.

In a large room, evidence from the sniper case is spread across a table. There's a Tarot card that was left at the scene of a shooting at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Prince George's County.

Joy Veenstra reads the handwriting on the card:

For you Mr Police.

Code: "Call me God"

"Do Not release to the Press."

The handwriting helped connect Lee Boyd Malvo to multiple crime scenes. 

The items are on loan from the Prince William County Police Department. Eventually they will be displayed at the National Law Enforcement Museum being built in downtown D.C. It is scheduled to open in 2015.

The largest item in the exhibit is the 1990 Chevy Caprice. The seat of the car actually lifts up so that John Allen Muhammad and Malvo could crawl into the trunk and shoot without ever leaving the vehicle.

A black glove cradled the gun inside a hole cut from the trunk. The car's title and registration showed it belonged to John Muhammad.

"There's lots of little creepy ironies," says Veenstra, a curatorial staff member for the museum. "One of them is that the vehicle was purchased at a place called Sure Shot Auto."

The D.C. sniper shootings killed 10 people. This exhibit will be designed - not to glorify crime - but to educate the public.

"This particular collection tells a really unique story and a really complete story about how American law enforcement investigates crimes," says Vanya Scott, the museum's registrar.

And she says it shows how police work can lead to a conviction in court.


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