April 19, 1995, just after 9 a.m., a Ryder Rental truck pulled in the parking area outside the Oklahoma Alfred P. Murrah building, it’s driver stepping out and walking casually away. At 9:02 the truck exploded, blasting the government building and shattering 1/4 of the structure’s seven storeys. The driver, 27-year-old Timothy McVeigh, was convinced his actions defended the Constitution and he saw himself as a hero. In reality Timothy was a coward. By the time the truck exploded he was blocks away wearing ear plugs to protect himself from the sound of the blast. A massive ball of fire momentarily outshone the sun and the north side of the building disintegrated. Traffic signs and parking meters were ripped from the pavement. Glass shattered and flew like bullets, targeting – and maiming – pedestrians blocks away. watch timothy mcveigh 1/5
Sounding devices finally located a buried woman – Dana Bradley – as she cried for help. For five hours, her leg had been pinned under a pile of cement. The massive pile of rubble trapping her could not be shifted, so the rescue team’s only hope of getting her out alive was to amputate her crushed limb. Volunteer Dr. Gary Massad faced one of the hardest decisions of his career. Because anesthetic could trigger a fatal coma, the operation would have to be done while the patient was fully conscious. watch timothy mcveigh: the mission was accomplished
In jail, McVeigh was in a waiting area near the courtroom when the sheriff received the news the bomber was in his custody and to hold him. McVeigh’s trial was due to start soon. Outside, the noise was building as a restless crowd gathered. McVeigh asked for a bulletproof vest before being led outside. His request was denied. He asked if they could take him away in a helicopter. Again his request was denied. By now, the crowd was turning nasty – and impatient cries of “bring him out” filled the air.As he was led out in handcuffs and leg irons, they roared, “Scumbag!” “Murderer!” and “Baby Killer!” McVeigh looked neither left nor right. His eyes were narrowed, his face expressionless as they took him away to screams of “Kill the creep!” watch jon ronson’s mcveigh segment
Growing up in the McVeigh household was a turbulent experience. His mother, Mickey liked to socialize and stay out late. She was torn between fun and family. When Tim was in his teens, she left for good and in 1986 divorced Timothy’s father. Tim developed an interest in the rights of gun owners. It was at this time that he discovered The Turner Diaries by former American Nazi Party official William Pierce. Pierce pumps out a litany of hate through the main character – Earl Turner. This “hero” demonstrates his contempt for gun control laws by truck-bombing the Washington FBI headquarters. watch oklahoma city bombing federal surveillance tapes cover up
Another event that triggered Timothy’s final drastic act began on February 28, 1993 when federal agents raided the property of the religious group called the Branch Davidians, headed by the charismatic David Koresh. When the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) agents charged the Branch Davidian compound, lives were lost and many wounded. Timothy travelled to the Waco disaster and made the comments, “The government is afraid of the guns people have because they have to have control of the people at all times. Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people,” and “The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful, and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control.” watch mcveigh’s chilling words detailed
During his trial he admitted to counsel that he thought the ATF agents, whom he blamed for the Waco tragedy, had their offices in the Arthur Murrah building. As it turns out, he was wrong. He described that building as ‘an easy target.’ Timothy McVeigh – for all his braggadocio and posturing was just another contemptible felon. The jury took three days to decide: Timothy James McVeigh had indeed bombed the Murrah Building. McVeigh made no final statement, but gave prison officials a handwritten copy of a nineteenth century poem which ends, “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” watch 4/19 oklahoma city bombing was an inside job!
.On June 12, Court TV reported that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection at 8:14 a.m. ET Monday. watch 2001 the execution of Timothy McVeigh