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What is Timothy McVeigh all about?
Timothy McVeigh is an American terrorist responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995. Timothy James McVeigh, born in Lockport, New York on April 23, 1968 was an American domestic terrorist. After his parents’ divorce, he grew up as a child in a working class family. He was primarily raised by his father. McVeigh was a gun enthusiast and loved reading about military history and firearms.
McVeigh joined the United States Army in 1988 as an infantryman. McVeigh completed his basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. McVeigh was awarded several medals and awards for his military service. One of these was the Bronze Star.
McVeigh was responsible for one of the most bloody acts of domestic terror in American history. This occurred on April 19, 1995. He detonated a truck-bomb in front of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The explosion killed 168 people, including 19 kids, and injured over 500 others. McVeigh’s anti-federalist, anti-government feelings were the motivation for this attack.
McVeigh, who was driving without a plate number when pulled over by an officer of the state shortly after the explosion, was arrested. He was quickly arrested after authorities linked him with the bombing. McVeigh’s federal murder charges were found to be true and he was convicted. He was executed by lethal infusion on June 11, 2001 at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Oklahoma City bombing stunned the nation and brought home the danger of domestic terrorism. The bombing led to an increase in security at federal buildings, and a wider national discussion about extremism. McVeigh’s actions are a painful reminder about the devastating effects of domestic terrorism.
What happened to Timothy McVeigh
The FBI identified the rental truck that was used in the Oklahoma City attack by tracing the vehicle identification number of the rear axle. This led to the discovery that the truck had been rented in Junction City, Kansas. A sketch was made of the renter who used the alias Robert Kling with the help of an FBI Artist and displayed in the surrounding area. Lea McGown of the Dreamland Motel in the area identified the sketch as Timothy McVeigh.
Charles J. Hanger, a State Trooper, stopped McVeigh a few days after the attack, as he drove on Interstate 35 near Perry, Oklahoma. The trooper noted that McVeigh’s 1977 yellow Mercury Marquis was missing a license plate. McVeigh admitted that he had a gun under his jacket. He was arrested for driving without license plates and possession of an illegal firearm.
McVeigh wore a shirt that featured an image of Abraham Lincoln, along with the John Wilkes Booth related inscription “sic Semper Tyrannis”. The shirt featured a tree with 3 blood drops and a quote from Thomas Jefferson stating that both the blood of patriots as well as tyrants is used to rehydrate Liberty Tree. Three days later, McVeigh became the focus of a thorough search.
McVeigh, who was arrested on August 10, 1995 for 11 federal crimes, including conspiracy to use an weapon of mass destruction and actual use, as well as use of explosives during the commission of a criminal act against humanity. He also faced eight counts of murder in the first degree, which he committed after killing law enforcement officers. The case was then transferred to Denver District Court where District Judge Richard Paul Matsch presided.
McVeigh’s defense considered using the necessity defense during the trial. They argued that McVeigh’s actions were justified in response to what they perceived as government crimes committed during the Waco siege. This defense was never pursued. McVeigh’s attorneys did show the jury the controversial “Waco, the Big Lie”, as part of their defence strategy.
McVeigh’s conviction for all 11 counts in the federal indictment was made on June 2, 1997. The murder charges were only brought against the eight federal agents on duty at the time of the bombing. McVeigh was sentenced to die after the jury’s recommendation on June 13. Oklahoma State did not charge McVeigh with murder for the 160 other deaths as he already had a death penalty for federal charges.
McVeigh spoke to the court before the formal announcement of his sentence for the first. He quoted Justice Louis Brandeis in order to deliver his message. “If you please, I would like to speak on my behalf using the words of Justice Brandeis’s dissenting opinion in Olmstead. He wrote: “Our government is the powerful, the ever-present teacher.” It teaches all people, for good or bad, by its example. “That’s all I got.”
Timothy McVeigh Terry Nichols
Terry Lynn Nichols was born in Lapeer County in Michigan on April 1, 1975. He played a major role in the bombing of Oklahoma City on April 19, 1994. He was found guilty along with Timothy McVeigh of this act, which resulted 168 deaths and was the deadliest terrorist act on U.S. territory until the 9/11 attacks.
Nichols, who was hundreds of miles from the explosion, lived in Herington, Kansas. He went to Herington Police Headquarters for questioning two days after the bombing. He believed he was material witness because of news reports. A warrant for his arrest was issued after seven hours of questioning. He was arrested in connection with this bombing.
Nichols was officially charged on May 10, 1995. Three months later, both he and McVeigh were indicted by the federal grand jury. They were charged with a variety of crimes, including using an explosive device, conspiring to do so, using it, and destroying property. Eight counts of first degree murder were also filed for the eight government employees killed in the Murrah building.
Three months after McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to death, Nichols’ case took place. Although some witnesses and evidence were shared, Nichols case was lacking certain key elements which contributed to McVeigh conviction. These included a strong antigovernment motive and substantial evidence.
The prosecution claimed that Nichols purchased large quantities ammonium-nitrate fertiliser, the primary ingredient of the Oklahoma City bomb, from a farm cooperative in McPherson in Kansas on September 30, 1995. The prosecution presented evidence that Nichols was involved in various stages of plotting, including renting storage units, stealing explosives, detonating cables, and blasting caps from a Kansas quarry on October 1, 1995.
A receipt found in Nichols’ wallet contained fingerprint evidence that confirmed his presence at McVeigh’s home on April 13, 1996. Nichols was implicated in the robbery in Arkansas of a gun dealer, the prosecution claiming that the money taken from the robbery would be used to fund the bombing plot.
The prosecution suggested that Nichols had driven McVeigh to Oklahoma City from Junction City, Oklahoma on April 16, 1995 to drop off the getaway vehicle. Nichols’s wife, Marife Nichols was unable on April 18 to provide him with an alibi, while Lana Padilla testified that Nichols left a note for McVeigh in her possession, encouraging him to “Go For It!”
A federal jury convicted Nichols of eight counts of unintentional manslaughter and one count of conspiracy in late 1997. A deadlocked jury spared him the death penalty and instead sentenced him to life without parole in mid-1998.
Is Timothy McVeigh still alive?
Timothy McVeigh was executed by a white man on June 11, 2001. In June 1997, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to die for his role in the bombing in Oklahoma City of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people in 1995. McVeigh waived his collateral appeals and the Government set his execution date for May 16, 2001.
John Ashcroft gave Timothy McVeigh, just weeks before his scheduled execution, a 30-day reprieve. This decision was made after it became apparent that the FBI withheld almost 3,000 pages from McVeigh’s defense team. The FBI’s actions had compromised his right to fair trial. Terry Nichols was McVeigh’s co-defendant and faced a separate trial.
He was sentenced by a federal court to life imprisonment without parole in December 1997. Nichols, who was convicted in Oklahoma state court for the deaths of 161 nonfederal workers after the Oklahoma City blast, was finally tried by a federal jury in December 1997. He was found guilty in May 2004 but the jury could not decide whether or not to give him the death penalty.
Nichols received a life sentence in prison, without parole. The events of the Oklahoma City bombing shed light on the legal proceedings. McVeigh was executed for his part in domestic terrorism and Nichols received several life sentences.
Last words of Timothy McVeigh
Timothy McVeigh, the day before he was executed, was transferred to the execution chamber from the U.S. Penitentiary, Terre Haute in Indiana. He made a joke to the guards in the early hours of the morning on June 10, 2001 when the shower was initially cold. McVeigh’s attorney Nathan Chambers was surprised when McVeigh received Catholic last rites despite identifying himself as an agnostic.
McVeigh ate two pints each of mint chocolate chips ice cream for his last meal. He watched TV until nine p.m., and then switched it off. He had a restless, tossing-and-turning night. On the morning of his execution he returned to watching TV at 3:00 am. He was visited by his attorneys at 4:30 am and they left after 20 minutes. His execution was scheduled for 7:00 am.