The killer of a pregnant bride-to-be who was found stabbed to death in her New York apartment over the weekend left a strange note at the crime scene promising that more expectant mothers would continue to die unless the infamous "DC Sniper" is released from prison.
A law enforcement source close to the investigation told the New York Post that the killer had left the missive underneath Vindalee Smith's body that threatened that one pregnant woman a week would be killed until serial shooter Lee Boyd Malvo is released from prison.
The single page, computer-printed message was typed in big, black block letters, is not being ruled out, but investigators are skeptical, believing that the note may have been a ruse to throw them off.
Sources told the Post that there is no indication of a connection between the victim, her murderer and the infamous shooter who is serving life in prison for his involvement in 10 Beltway sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C., area in 2002.
Smith, 38, was found with a gaping neck wound on the floor of her apartment in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn on Saturday night by her landlord. It wasn't immediately known how long she had been dead. Her unborn child did not survive.
Police officials said that there was no sign of forced entry into Smith's apartment and that no weapon was recovered. Investigators are looking for possible suspects and have interviewed her friends and family, including her fiancé.
Smith had four children in their teens and 20s, friends said. A baby shower had been planned for Saturday evening, followed by a small wedding Sunday at the New Dimension Church. Friends told reporters that Smith had met her fiancé about a year ago.
Smith was a devout Seventh Day Adventist and congregation members were concerned when she didn't show up for morning service.
The victim was an unemployed health care worker and had recently moved into the apartment where she was killed.
When she was nowhere to be found on Friday, her landlord had a duplicate key made and went to check for her when he made the grisly discovery, according to Fox 5 New York.
The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.
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