Oklahoma City Bombing Essay

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On April 19th, 1995 Timothy McVeigh parked a rental Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, and lit a short fuse to a bomb on the truck that caused a huge explosion. The bombing killed 168 people, including 19 children that were in a daycare center within the building, and caused over 600 injuries. The Oklahoma City bombing is considered to be the worst domestic terroristic event in our nation’s history. On April 20th, 1995 the rear axle to the rental Ryder truck was discovered with a vehicle identification number that aided law enforcement to the location of where the rental truck was from. The truck was rented from a location in Junction City, Kansas, where employees at the rental shop were able to help authorities…show more content…
Nichols admits to helping McVeigh choose materials to construct the bomb, and even helped McVeigh the day before the bombing with building the bomb in the back of the rental Ryder truck. Even though Nichols was charged with his connection to the Oklahoma City bombings, Nichols had denied his involvement for many years. A search of Nichols home after his arrest found that he had blasting caps, guns, and a receipt that showed the purchase of ammonium nitrate that exceeded what an individual would need for personal use for lawn care. In addition, Michael Fortier was charged and sentenced to ten years after law enforcement found out that Fortier knew about McVeigh’s plans for the Oklahoma City bombing, and his failure to report it. Fortier also assisted McVeigh by receiving stolen weapons from Terry Nichols, selling the weapons, and upon McVeigh’s request, giving the money he made off of the stolen weapons to Nichols. McVeigh also showed Fortier a diagram of his plans of how he planned to build the bomb. In addition, there is also speculation that was arisen about the involvement of more people when the Secret Service had once stated that after reviewing video of the rental Ryder truck outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that shows “suspects” exiting the truck three minutes before the
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