11 June 2001 – Timothy McVeigh

Timothy McVeighWay before Al Quaeda’s 9/11 massacre, home-grown vigilante Timothy McVeigh was behind America’s second deadliest bombing to date. But what makes a bloke so embittered that he feels compelled to commit mass murder?

Well, McVeigh put the incendiary attack down to two bloody sieges – one at Waco1 and the other at Ruby Ridge2 – both instigated by the FBI. He, along with other sympathisers, wanted to avenge those attacks.

Feet first

He ironically learned his murderous trade in the US army. Indeed, McVeigh successfully applied for the Green Berets but was shortly discharged honourably after he had a change of heart – unconfirmed reports reckoned he couldn’t cope with the blisters brought on by the rigours of training.

Angered by the balls-up and fuelled by hate-ridden Nazi literature, McVeigh, alongside sympathisers, rallied to wreck vengeance on the authorities.

Weapon of mass destruction

The mass-murderer was thus responsible for driving an explosive-rigged truck to a federal building in the city of Oklahoma, just after 9am one April morning. He moved to a place of safety after having lit a timed fuse, which detonated the death trap that was to kill 168 and injure a further 450.

On that day – 19 April 1993 – he wilfully chose to park the explosives near a crèche, resulting in children joining the ranks of the massacred. McVeigh coldly put them down to ‘collateral damage’.

VIN weasel

It was a VIN number (vehicle identification number) that supposedly linked McVeigh to the murders that day. The police traced a hire vehicle back to weasely Tim, despite him having used an assumed identity. Happily he had already been hauled in after a policeman caught him with a firearm and no number plates – naturally the policeman had got suspicious.

In the most bizarre defence, McVeigh claimed he had done it out of necessity, like that was going to win friends or influence hard-nose juries. He had no chance really and, needless to say, they got him by the short and curlies.

The ex-army man was found guilty of 11 counts in a federal court. These charges included use of a weapon of mass destruction and the sentence was death. McVeigh was left to stew on death row for four years before he was given a lethal injection for mass murder, aged just 32.

1 The 51-day Waco Siege took place right at the end of February 1993, after the FBI targeted a church of 7th Day Adventists for fear that it held an armoury of assorted weapons. The whole sorry affair ended tragically when 76 people were burned to death in a fire included 20-odd children and two pregnant women. However, there was talk that this could have been mass-suicide.

2 Ruby Ridge was another FBI initiated siege after they authorities were tipped off about a family who were into supplying firearms. The controversial use of snipers brought down key members of the Weaver family, including a 14-year-old boy and the mother of a 10-month-old baby. Following the bloodbath, the remaining survivors took the FBI to court and won, securing $100,000 for a key suspect and $1 million for both of the two daughters who’d lost their mother.

Also on this day

11 June 1930 – Albert Marjeram

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3 Responses to “11 June 2001 – Timothy McVeigh”

  1. please get facts straight. “He moved to a place of safety and, from there, detonated the death trap”

    That’s not true. He lit a fuse while pulling up to the spot he parked at and then calmly walked away.

  2. Cheers for the information.

    We used a variety of sources for this piece, including newspaper coverage, all of which conflicted regarding the detonation of the bomb.

    Thanks for clarifying the method. Post amended.

  3. badbrad Says:

    One monsterous deed is not justified by committing another monsterous deed!!!!

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