Though ensconced on death row, McVeigh made sure to get a flu shot one winter.
McVeigh was obsessed with the care of his teeth. He wrote prison officials and badgered them about the availability and price of dental tooth picks, pushed for a “soft bristle” toothbrush, and wrote about his need for a “dental flosser.” In two letters, McVeigh actually provided crude renditions of his desired flosser (though he acknowledged his poor artistic skills with the notation, “I suck at drawing”).
Despite assertions he was ready to die, McVeigh suffered from heightened anxiety two weeks before his scheduled May 16 execution (which was eventually postponed until June 11). His appetite sagged, he lost weight, and prison staffers believed McVeigh was"starving himself,“ according to one medical report.
According to one memo, the killer found the FBI’s failure to turn over certain discovery files "very entertaining” and thought “these government errors lend support to his ideas and actions.”
Saddled with chronic dyspepsia (heartburn), McVeigh consumed much Zantac and Pepcid. But, one memo states, he apparently stopped taking Tagamet because of concerns that “one of the side effects is breast enlargement.” He also had a habit “whereby he squeezes [acne] zits off his face.”
Six months before his execution, McVeigh told a psychologist that, due to his military background, he was interested in watching “Saving Private Ryan.” But the mass murderer “found it ironic that because it was rated R, it couldn’t be shown to the inmates. He thought that they might eventually get a sanitized version appropriate for general audiences.” It’s doubtful he lived long enough for that cinematic treat.
McVeigh was a fan of Sci-Fi movies and television shows and cited The Outer Limits, Star Trek: Voyager and The Next Generation as some of his favorites.
His last meal request was for two pints of Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
Two of his favorite songs were “Bad Company” by the band of the same name and “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane.
McVeigh had a rather blunt pick-up line that he used effectively a couple of times while stationed at Fort Riley: “Okay, we’ve just met. We could sit here for three hours, wasting money on drinks, or we could just go now and get laid.”
McVeigh earned a reputation for honesty as an armored guard when he found $8,000 that had been misplaced and promptly returned it.
He was regularly bullied as a child and his slight frame earned him the nickname “Noodle” McVeigh among his tormentors.
His high school yearbook quote: “take it as it comes, buy a lamborghini, california girls”
McVeigh gave several cases of Army-issue ready-to-eat meals to poverty stricken families he encountered in Iraq.
McVeigh once lied to some neighbors of Terry Nichols and told them the Army had implanted a computer chip in his butt.
He once went to a massive motor cross rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, attracted by the biker lifestyle and stories about “wild biker babes.”
In a letter to a girl back home he liked, McVeigh wrote: “I can take a hint, but this is my address anyway. If you ever need anything, let me know. 1. someone killed, blown up, etc. 2. a shoulder. 3. refuge. 4. fertilization from good stock when the clock starts ticking.”
As a teenager his favorite show was Little House on the Prairie.
“Many foreign nations and peoples hate America for the very reasons most Americans loathe me. Think about that.”
April 19, 1995. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. A single moment in time that changed everything, sending waves of destruction and grief from the epicenter to every corner of the city and state. That day 168 people were killed, including 19 children. Nearly 700 people injured. Twenty years later and pain still lingers. Consider taking a minute to not only to honor the lives lost in this tragedy, but also appreciate the resilience of the wonderful and strong people of Oklahoma.
April 19, 1995, 8:57 A.M.: A lobby security camera at an apartment complex in downtown Oklahoma City captures a yellow Ryder truck headed toward the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
April 19, 1995, 9:00 A.M.: The Ryder truck is parked in a drop-off zone in front of the north side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The driver exits the vehicle and locks it. The keys to the vehicle are dropped a few blocks away by the driver.
April 19, 1995, 9:02 A.M.: The Ryder truck, packed in excess of 4,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, nitromethane, and diesel fuel mixture, detonates. One-third of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building is destroyed, the explosion of the truck leaves a crater 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep where it was parked, 324 buildings within a 16-block radius are destroyed or badly damaged, and glass is shattered in 258 nearby buildings. The effects of the blast were equivalent to over 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of TNT. It was heard and felt up to 55 miles (89 kilometers) away. A Seismometer at Science Museum Oklahoma, 4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers) away, and a Seismometer in Norman, Oklahoma, 16.1 miles (25.9 kilometers) away, both recorded the blast as measuring approximately 3.0 on the Richter scale. The explosion caused an estimated $652 million in damage, left several hundred people homeless, and shut down many businesses in downtown Oklahoma City. 680 people were injured. 168 lives, 19 of which were children under the age of 6, were taken.
Today, April 19, 2013, is the 18th anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement:
“On this day 18 years ago, our city was forever changed when 168 lives were taken from us in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. Today, we remember those who were lost, and offer support to the survivors and families left behind. We also honor the heroic efforts of the emergency responders, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to recover survivors.
In the days after the bombing, our city came together in a display of strength, unity and resiliency that would later become known as the ‘Oklahoma standard.’ That same spirit has allowed our city to overcome this tragedy and emerge stronger than ever.
Our hearts are also burdened today as we grieve for the victims of the bombing attacks in Boston. Oklahoma City knows all too well the pain Boston is experiencing, and we continue to offer our prayers for the victims and their families. Oklahomans – just like all Americans – are a resilient and tough people. We have full confidence that our friends in Boston will emerge from this terrible tragedy stronger.”
Top photo: Vigil held in remembrance of the victims of the OKC bombing. Bottom photo: Vigil held for Martin Richard, killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.
On April 19, 1995, a pair of former U.S. Army soldiers parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil. The bombing came only two years after the first attack on the World Trade Center. Former U.S. soldier Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 11 counts of murder, conspiracy and using a weapon of mass destruction in the blast, and was later executed. The other ex-soldier, Terry Nichols, was convicted on similar charges and sentenced to life without parole, because the jury deadlocked on the death penalty. The two were motivated by contempt for government, the hatred sharpened by the 1993 federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas
The Oklahoma City Bombing occurred 20 years ago today, April 19, 1995. The bombing was perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols resulting in 168 deaths and several hundred more severely injured.
Timothy McVeigh detonated the truck bomb which killed 168 and injured over 600 more. The attack became known as the Oklahoma City Bombing and took place on April 19, 1995. He was sentenced to death and was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001 at the age of 33.
April 19 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, an act of domestic terrorism that killed 168 people. A memorial and museum were erected in Oklahoma’s capital city in their honor.
“We mourn with you. We thank all those who have worked so heroically to save lives and to solve crime – those here in Oklahoma and those who are all across this great land, and many who left their own lives to come here to work hand in hand with you. We pledge to do all we can to help you heal the injured, to rebuild this city, and to bring to justice those who did this evil.” - President Bill Clinton, days after the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing
Timothy McVeigh, the terrorist behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, dressed in army camouflage. McVeigh graduated from U.S Army Infantry School in Georgia and used much of his spare time to read about firearms, sniper tactics, and explosives. McVeigh was reprimanded by the military for purchasing a “White Power” T-shirt at a Ku Klux Klan protest against black servicemen who wore “Black Power” T-shirts around the army base.
Timothy “Tim” McVeigh, was an American terrorist who detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Commonly referred to as the Oklahoma City Bombing, the attack killed 168 people and injured over 800. It was the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in United States history.
McVeigh, a militia movement sympathizer and Persian Gulf War veteran, sought revenge against the federal government for their handling of the Waco Siege, which ended in the deaths of 76 people exactly two years prior to the bombing, as well as for the Ruby Ridge incident in 1992. McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government. He was convicted of eleven federal offenses and sentenced to death. His execution took place on June 11, 2001 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
While incarcerated, Timothy McVeigh had the Federal Bureau of Prisons register # 12076-064. Mcveigh’s death sentence was delayed pending an appeal. One of his appeals for certiorari, taken to the Supreme Court of the United States, was denied on March 8, 1999. McVeigh’s request for a nationally televised execution was also denied. McVeigh and Nichols were housed in “Bomber’s Row”, the same cell block as Ted Kaczynski, Luis Felipe and Ramzi Yousef. On January 16, 2001 the Federal Bureau of Prisons set May 16, 2001 as McVeigh’s execution date. McVeigh stated that his only regret was not completely leveling the federal building. McVeigh chose William Ernest Henley’s poem “Invictus” as his final statement. However, just before the execution, when he was asked if he had a final statement, he declined. Jay Sawyer, relative of one of the victims, noted, “Without saying a word, he got the final word.” Larry Whicher, whose brother died in the attack, described McVeigh as having “a totally expressionless, blank stare. He had a look of defiance and that if he could, he’d do it all over again.”
McVeigh was executed by lethal injection at 7:14 a.m. on June 11, 2001, at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, the first federal prisoner to be executed by the United States federal government since Victor Feguer was executed in Iowa on March 15, 1963.