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.
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.
“I believe Timothy McVeigh’s role in the Oklahoma City bombing was a very minor one. A member of the conspiracy? Yes. The leader? No. The financier? No. The organizer? No. Timothy McVeigh saw his role as the cover for everybody else, to be the person to fall on the sword. It served deep-seated emotional needs that he had, and it furthered the role of the conspiracy.”
An apparent quote of Stephen Jones, Tim’s attorney.
Timothy McVeigh, to most is considered a monster. What most are not aware though, is that Timothy is no more of a monster than the American government. McVeigh hints that some of his motives were instances where the government took the lives of innocent people in such situations as the Waco Siege and Ruby Ridge, which he claims outraged him. Seemingly a case of revenge, since there is no consequence for the government for killing 1,000s of innocent people a year. It is justified when they do it, but when he does it he is a “monster” and “evil”. He even talked about how ironic it was that he received many metals while in the Gulf War for heroism, basically for killing people, and now he was to be executed for doing the same thing. ”I went over there hyped up, just like everyone else. What I experienced, though, was an entirely different ballgame. And being face-to-face close with these people in personal contact, you realize they’re just people like you.”He commented about serving in the Gulf War. The matter of the fact is that Timothy drove down to Texas to watch the Waco Siege happen, and whatever it is that he saw, enraged him enough to want to bomb a building.
A letter from Timothy McVeigh to his defense attorneys.
To: All attorneys assigned to U.S. vs. McVeigh
From: Tim McVeigh Date: November 24, 1996 Re: Defense strategy
As official notice, let it be known that I do not approve of a trial strategy in which Terry Nichols is attacked, blamed, or otherwise implicated in any crimes. Further, I do not approve of pointing the finger of responsibility at anyone else who I know is not responsible or is in no way deserving of such scrutiny.
I have relayed this wish orally for 18 months not only concerning Terry Nichols, but also addressing the “foreign” investigations and the “neo-nazi” investigations. My oral requests have been basically ignored for the past 18 months and it is only recently that Judge Matsch has forced the defense into partial compliance with my wish. However, the defense still tries to ignore my wishes/demands where Terry Nichols is concerned.
I will not allow you to coerce me into lowering my moral and ethical values to that of attorneys and lawyers.
Despite his desire for cremation, McVeigh was angered
when Congress, after his conviction, revoked his privilege to be buried
in a military cemetery. He had toyed with the authorities on this
subject by making remarks about it during phone calls he made from the
prison at El Reno—calls he believed were monitored by federal agents.
“Man, I plan on being buried in a veterans’ cemetery, and they’re going
to have to pay for my burial, too, them motherfuckers,” McVeigh recalls
saying over the prison phone. Whether or not anyone was listening, the
issue soon came to the attention of Capitol Hill, and lawmakers passed
special legislation to bar the decorated veteran from being buried in
any military cemetery.
From American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.