(KCEN) -- It's now been 10 years since the arrest of the Washington, DC Beltway Sniper, John Allen Muhammad.
And the anniversary of the shootings brought back painful memories for many.
Mildred Muhammad was divorced from John Allen when he planned to murder her but took 10 innocent lives as part of a cover up.
She says John Allen was psychologically abusive to her.
At one time even taking off with their three children.
She eventually got them back and issued a restraining order against her ex-husband.
Mildred knew that if he saw her again, he would kill her.
"They don't consider me or my children to be victims. After John was caught, there were people who said to me, to my face or email or letters, that if I would have stayed with John, then he just would have killed me," Mildred says.
Mildred Muhammad started a non-profit and web site dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse.
She's also in demand as a public speaker.
Her ex-husband was executed in 2009.