Caleb Carr has an interesting column in today's WaPo speculating that the D.C. area sniper might be a terrorist after all. He notes, as Susanna of Cut on the Bias has, that the shooter doesn't seem to fit any of the gernerally accepted categories of multiple murderer. Carr does, however, see consistency with the patterns used by international terrorsts (for example, a well-planned escape route). Personally I'm surprised there's a controversy--to some degree at least, the shootings are terrorism; they certainly have struck fear into the area residents. I don't, however, buy the notion that it has to be international terrorism...as Timothy McVey and others have proved, we're unfortunately capable of growing outr own.
Coincidence department: I'm almost finished reading Carr's novel The Alienist, which imagines the application of the then-fledgling field of psychology to the hunt for a serial killer in later-19th-century New York.