E131: The Shotgun Stalker

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This week Beth and Wendy discuss James Edward Swann, Jr. AKA The Shotgun Stalker, a black American male serial killer. He terrorized Washington DC’s Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods over two months in 1993. He killed four people and wounded five in 14 different attacks.

We dive into the setting (12:51), the killer’s early life (25:54) and the timeline (33:26). Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (43:31), “Where are they now?” (53:38) followed by our takeaways and what we think made the perp snap (55:13).  

As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (1:00:47) and our shout outs (1:02:34). 

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Footnotes

Articles/Websites

Wikipedia contributors. (08/17/2021). James Swann. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08/24/2021 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_Swann&oldid=1039291106

Murderpedia. (n.d.). James Edward Swann Jr. Retrieved 08/24/2021 from https://murderpedia.org/male.S/s/swann-james.htm

Kovaleski, Serge F. (04/20/1993). N.J. Man Arrested After Another Shotgun Slaying. The Washington Post. Retrieved 08/24/2021 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1993/04/20/nj-man-arrested-after-another-shotgun-slaying/70294367-a1ef-4e9d-850a-96c7fc622ac1/

DCJack.org. (02/16.2011). The Shotgun Stalker — a two-month nightmare. Retrieved 08/24/2021 from http://www.dcjack.org/shotgun%20stalker.html

Lester, Zachary. (04/17/2013). “Shotgun Stalker” Case Still Stuns. Afro.com.  Retrieved 08/24/2021 from https://afro.com/shotgun-stalker-case-still-stuns/

Kovaleski, Serge F. (05/03/1993). The Stalker’s True Toll. The Washington Post. Retrieved 08/24/2021 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1993/05/03/the-stalkers-true-toll/88dcac09-32d2-425a-b28b-e96cddbdccd3/

Kovaleski, Serge F. (06/28/1993). Victims Of Shotgun Stalker Getting On With Their Lives. The Washington Post. Retrieved 08/25/2021 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1993/06/28/victims-of-shotgun-stalker-getting-on-with-their-lives/1b456b67-63c4-40e9-b9e0-55df440a5987/

Thomas-Lester, Avis; Wilgoren, Debbi. (04/30/1993). Stalker Case Suspect’s Gun Tied To Barbershop Slaying. The Washington Post. Retrieved 08/25/2021 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1993/04/30/stalker-case-suspects-gun-tied-to-barbershop-slaying/62c43820-dfec-408f-9178-7169ae4fab79/

Cohen, Richard. (4/21/1993). Chief culprit in 2 tragedies: guns. The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 8/26/2021 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/132977401

Kaul, Donald. (05/11/1993).  Something’s out of order on crime beat. The San Bernardino County Sun. Retrieved 8/26/2021 from  https://www.newspapers.com/image/95898862

St. Louis Post- Dispatch. (04/20/1993). D.C.’s ‘Stalker” Is In Custody, Police Claim. Retrieved 8/26/2021 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/143023274

Baer, Susan. (03/14/1994). Kelly: Detached, elite public image dogs D.C. mayor. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 8/26/2021 from  https://www.newspapers.com/image/373558253

Duggan, Paul. (09/27/1994). Shotgun stalker ruled insane, not guilty. The Washington Post.  Retrieved 08/26/2021 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021501898.html

Sullivan, Samuel. (10/04/2020). The D.C. Shotgun Stalker. Medium. Retrieved 08/28/2021 from https://medium.com/crimebeat/the-d-c-shotgun-stalker-8384bb7ff84a

Schwartz, Nelson. (04/20/1993). Shotgun Killer Strikes Again; Suspect Arrested. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 08/28/2021 from https://www.newspapers.com/image/170990962/

NBC Washington. (02/16/2011). Victim Testifies Against Day Pass for “Shotgun Stalker”. Retrieved 08/28/2021 from https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/victim-testifies-against-day-pass-for-shotgun-stalker/1910844/

Duggan, Paul; Slacum Greene, Marcia. (04/21/1993). A Man Of Few Words, Often Odd Deeds. The Washington Post. Retrieved 08/29/2021 from https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1993/04/21/a-man-of-few-words-often-odd-deeds/2595581e-33cb-4659-a7f8-e128722de9a7/

Jones, Mark. (12/17/2014). The Shotgun Stalker Terrorizes Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant, 1993. Boundary Stones. Retrieved 08/29/2021 from https://boundarystones.weta.org/2014/12/17/shotgun-stalker-terrorizes-columbia-heights-and-mount-pleasant-1993

History

Delaware Tribe. (n.d.). Official Web Site of the Delaware Tribe of Indians. Retrieved 08/31/2021 from http://delawaretribe.org/

NJ.Gov. (n.d.). A Short History of New Jersey. Retrieved 08/29/2021 from https://www.nj.gov/nj/about/history/short_history.html

Smith, Geneva. (n.d.). Legislating Slavery in New Jersey. Princeton & Slavery. Retrieved 08/29/2021 from https://slavery.princeton.edu/stories/legislating-slavery-in-new-jersey

O’Dea, Colleen. (09/04/2019). Newark Before the Comeback: A City Marked by White Flight, Poor Policy. NJ Spotlight News. Retrieved 08/29/2021 from https://www.njspotlight.com/2019/09/19-09-02-newark-before-the-comeback-a-city-marked-by-white-flight-and-poor-policy/

Kellogg, Alex. (02/15/2011). D.C., Long ‘Chocolate City,’ Becoming More Vanilla. NPR. Retrieved 08/29/2021 from https://www.npr.org/2011/02/15/133754531/d-c-long-chocolate-city-becoming-more-vanilla

Podcasts

Klonowski, Scott (host). (4/1/2021). Killers, Cults, and Nutjobs. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved 8/26/2021 from https://podcasts.apple.com/is/podcast/james-swann/id1118618391?i=1000515396529

Video

1993 DC Stalker
https://youtu.be/cO5dfcLzqgY

How Not to Get Murdered

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