“He goes ‘I’m a very smart man.’ I said ‘You are?’ And he goes ‘Yes. And you’re going to remember me. On April 19, 95 you’re going to remember me for the rest of your life.’”
On April 8, 1995 Timothy McVeigh and two other men were allegedly at a strip club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Above is security camera footage from the dressing room at Lady Godiva’s that night. Eleven days later Tim would go on to commit the Oklahoma City bombing.
You can watch the footage as part of the documentary Terror From Within here.
Newspapers and their articles about some of the biggest tragedies and events on history that happened in the same month: April.
Many mass shootings and massacres had took place in this month, between other several events like Hitler’s birthday/death, bombings, genocides and Lincon and Martin Luther King’s murder. “April has historically been a whole month of assassination, mass murder and mayhem.” and why this specific month?, this could be the explanation: “Some experts say that April is a time of change that can trigger a disturbed mind to act out. The sudden increase in light this time of year can drive people with certain mental illnesses to manic behavior, some said", “Spring, like medication, can bring them out of the winter’s depression". If is true that the change of season or month can depress more the people and provoke or get worse a mental illness, specially if these incidents are in some way related or influenced by each other (most of the school shootings of this month, are influenced by the Columbine high school massacre and the Columbine shooters mentioned in their diaries such events like the Oklahoma City bombing that took place in April too. Something thatcan be another fact of why all these events happend in this month). There is still not enough proofs that can substantiate this. But whatever happen in April and whatever this month can cause in people’s brain, in April, almost every year, happen something…
Timothy McVeigh was responsible for one of the worst terrorist acts ever committed by an American citizen, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. McVeigh was raised in a rural community in upstate New York after his parents separated in 1978. A loner in high school McVeigh enlisted in the army in 1988 and rose through the ranks to platoon leader. In 1991, after winning a Bronze Star in the Persian Gulf War, he failed to complete Green Beret school, and this failure increased his dissatisfaction with the government.
Although McVeigh was never linked to militant antigovernment groups, he soon began planning revenge for the deaths that occurred during the Waco Siege. He had been present at Waco when the siege was occurring and felt that the government was responsible for the deaths. He enlisted the help of his friend from the army, Terry Nichols, and together they took steps to build and place a bomb at the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, as McVeigh mistakenly believed the government order for the waco assault had originated from there.
On April 19th, 1995, McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck at the north side of the Federal Building, and minutes after, a fertiliser and fuel oil bomb exploded, immediately collapsing about a third of the building and killing 168 people. McVeigh was convicted of the crime and was executed by lethal injection in 2001.
The devastation left of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Bulding after the Oklahoma City Bombings, orchestrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. The motivation behind the attacks was retribution for the Waco siege, where 78 members of the Branch Davidians died. In the bombing over 680 people were injured, 168 were killed. Of those, 19 were infants and children.
A message from Timothy McVeigh to his victims.
This recording is from the interviews Lou Michel conducted with
him in prison to write American Terrorist.
I had no hesitation to look right at them and listen to their
story, but I‘d like to say to them, I‘ve heard your story many times
before. The specific details may be unique, but the truth is, you‘re
not the first mother to lose a kid. You‘re not the first grandparent to
lose a granddaughter or a grandson. I‘ll use the phrase, and it sounds
cold, but I‘m sorry, I‘m going to use it, because it‘s the truth—get
Timothy JamesMcVeigh (April 23, 1968 - June 11, 2001) Perpetrator of this terrible crime was then 26 years old McVeigh. He was American war veteran who participated in The Gulf War. He later told that his motive for the bombing was revenge to federal authorities for tragic end of the Waco Siege (it was exactly two years before bombing and back then 76 people died there). McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government.
On April 19, 1995 McVeigh parked truck next to the The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Inside of the truck were about 2300 kg mixture created of NH4NO3, nitromethane and diesel fuel. He then went away and detonated the bomb from the distance. Result? 168 dead people and many others injured. (19 victims were little kids)
McVeigh confessed to this crime. He was sentenced to death. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Well I was a little girl when this happened but it always hits me over again to hear or read somewhere about it. It makes me even more sad when I realize that Eric and Dylan wanted to carry out their plan on this date too… in the end they did it a day later. Cannot believe one of this tragedies happened a 20 years ago and the other one (tomorrow it will be) 16 years ago. I always felt very close to Eric and Dylan because I was bullied in the school too… and I guess it is because I am way different then my classmates… but they did something unforgivable… I just wish neither of these tragedies would never happened and all these people would be alive and living their lives…
It’s important to note how, exactly how Yeakey is supposed to have killed himself. He is said to have slit his wrists, and neck, causing him to nearly bleed to death in his car, then miraculously climb over a barbed wire fence. He then was purported to have walked over 1 ½ mile distance through a nearby field, eventually shooting himself in the head at a nearby angle. Startlingly, no weapon was found at the scene of the body, no investigation was conducted, no fingerprints taken, and no interviews were conducted with friends and family members were conducted to try and determine why Yeakey would have been suicidal, or in fact if he had been suicidal at all. Instead the conclusion that Yeakey’s death was a suicide was reached immediately without an autopsy.