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 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 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.
The 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was a devastating terrorist attack that killed at least 168 people. Among the dead was 21-year-old Lakesha Levy, a member of the Air Force who was at the building to pick up a Social Security card. After Levy’s body was buried, a severed leg was found in the rubble of the building. FBI tests found that the decomposed leg belonged to a black woman. A footprint determined that it belonged to Levy, even though she’d been buried with two legs.
Her body was subsequently exhumed, but officials were unable to determine just where this mystery leg came from. The body’s DNA had been destroyed by the embalming process. According to Oklahoma medical examiner Fred Jordan, “We don’t have a body to match it to. It’s something we haven’t figured out yet.”
The day I photographed McVeigh left me even more baffled and saddened. I
found him to be intelligent and upbeat and he seemed utterly
remorseless. I’ve long been an opponent of the death penalty, but I shed
no tears for Timothy McVeigh when he was executed in 2001.
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.