The Death Penalty: Timothy Mcveigh's Life

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Smoke and debris filled the air. Thousands of people’s lives changed in a matter of minutes. 168 people including nineteen innocent children lost their lives because of one person’s decision. On April 19,1995, Oklahoma history was changed forever. Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah building and it was “the worst act of terrorism in American history” (Isikoff). Years later McVeigh was on trial “in courtroom C-204 in the United States Courthouse in Denver” (Morganthou). He was facing capital punishment. Timothy McVeigh receiving the death penalty was the correct punishment for the crime he committed. Timothy McVeigh was not always a cold blooded killer. McVeigh’s mom “left him when he was 10, moving away to Texas and then Florida” (Evan). He was a “quiet, scrawny boy” who was picked on by schoolmates” (Evan). As Timothy grew up “he became obsessed with guns” and “took his hobby to extremes” (Evan). After having a few different jobs and dropping out of college,…show more content…
Several other rescue organizations arrived shortly after. In the first hour after the attack, “fifty people were rescued from the building” (Casey). FBI agents “initially believed the Oklahoma City bombing to be an outside terrorist attack” (Casey). However, they found a truck axle “with a vehicle number that was quickly traced to Junction City, Kansas” (Casey). After searching the area for more clues, “a nearby bank videotape showed the Ryder truck parked “outside the Murrah building” (Casey). In addition to the information found on the site, “a motel owner in Junction City quickly identified McVeigh” (Casey). Meanwhile, the perpetrator was driving north on I-35 near Perry where he was pulled over. A state trooper stopped him because he had no license plate and arrested him because he was carrying a concealed gun. Federal agents arrived at the prison just before he was leased and took him into
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