The Oklahoma City bombing which occurred on April 19, 1995 has gone down in history as the worst domestic terror attack in the history of the United States. The attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killed 168 people, including 19 children, and injured over 500 others. The front of the building was blown up with a fertilizer bomb hidden in a rented truck.
Timothy McVeigh aged 33, a Persian Gulf War veteran, was responsible for the attack. He has since been convicted and was executed with Potassium Chloride injection on June 11, 2001 at the Federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Two other persons indicted in the case were Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier, friends of McVeigh and fellow veterans. Nichols got a life sentence in a Federal prison for conspiracy while Fortier was given a 12 year sentence for withholding information about the plot from the authorities.
Although most Americans seem satisfied with the verdicts, the dust is however yet to settle on the of the OKC bombing issue.
Cathy Wilburn, who lost two grand children in the incident, believes there is a conspiracy to shield certain individuals and a group linked with the bombing. Her grandsons, Chase and Colton Smith aged 3 and 2 respectively, were attending day care in the building when it was destroyed.
The official stance on the OKC federal building bombing is that Timothy Mcveigh and Terry Nichols conspired to commit the act in retaliation to FBI’s assault in April 19, 1993 on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. 80 people were killed in the incidence.
However, a closer look at the facts of the Mcveigh trial and personalities believed to be connected with the OKC bomber, seem to support Wilburn’s conspiracy theory.
THE INVESTIGATION AND TRIAL
The FBI, at the onset of the investigations, believed that Mcveigh had a collaborator in the bombing leading to a massive manhunt being conducted throughout 1995, to fish out the conspirator. However, the FBI and the Department of Justice later changed their stance, stating that Mcveigh had acted alone.
Secondly, McVeigh’s execution which was initially scheduled for May 16 was stalled till June 11 following the release of over 4000 documents by the Justice Department on May 10. These documents, some of which suggested the possibility that Mcveigh did not act alone, were initially withheld by the FBI.