This mass murder was considered the largest terrorist attack before the September 11 attacks in 2001. The bomb was located in a rental truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The nation shook as each floor of the building collapsed. The main suspect was a former army soldier, Timothy McVeigh was all to blame with a few accomplices by his side. This attack occurred due to a mixture of both diesel fuel and fertilizer in the powerful bomb.
Now do you remember the bombing just four years ago, in Oklahoma City? Suspects Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols drove a Ryder Van loaded with 4,800 pounds of fertilizer and fuel oil to the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, where it subsequently exploded, killing 169 people and injuring some 500 others. Of course you do. While both were massive acts of violence involving American citizens, the impact of such acts is always felt the most when it happens right here at home. These days, America is filled with those people who disagree with our system of government.
He then started the detonation of the timed bomb at exactly 9:02 A.M. then the bomb exploded. To the people of Oklahoma it was a traumatizing moment for all, many lost families, dozens of cars were incinerated and more than 300 buildings were destroyed and caused about $652 million worth of damages. The “OKBOMB” affected hundreds of people; it killed “168 people -- 19 of them children -- and injured more than 500.” (CNN.com) Within 90 minutes of the explosion, McVeigh was pulled over 80 miles north of Oklahoma City by a state trooper who noticed McVeigh's missing license plate. He was later arrested for having a concealed weapon. From there, a investigation was held and agents found traces of chemicals on McVeigh’s clothing similar to the ones from the bomb.
1. Crime and Details Timothy James McVeigh is an American terrorist and a mass murderer who detonated a bomb in front of Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 (Valentine, 2001). This attack led to the death of more than 168 innocent people while many are injured Valentine (2001). People called Timothy “The Oklahoma City Bomber” after launching the attack. This becomes one of the deadliest acts of terrorism attacks in the American history prior to September 11, 2001 bombing (Jaworski & Morris, 2003).
In the Sophonow inquiry tunnel vision was a major factor why Sophonow got convicted. The police got a hint from unreliable eyewitnesses that Sophonow was the last person who talked to Barbara. The police submitted to tunnel vision at the early stage of the case, making them solely just focus on Sophonow as the killer. Since they were so focus on Sophonow they did not accept any other evidence or explanation that could have proved the he was innocent. The result of this put Sophonow behind bars and the real killer was never brought to justice.
Terrorism in America: The Oklahoma City Bombing On April 19th 1995 the worst terrorist attack on US soil took place in the heartland of America. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was targeted and almost completely blown to pieces by one enormous homemade bomb. The unthinkable had happened at the beginning of an average day at the office. This day would be remembered for the rest of America's history, unlike any other day, as a blatant attack on the United States government. At 9:03 a.m. a massive bomb resting inside a rented Ryder truck destroyed half of the nine story federal building in downtown Oklahoma City.
On April 19, 1995, one hundred sixty-eight people were killed including nineteen children. Three hundred twenty-four other buildings within a sixteen block radius were also severely damaged because of a lack of national security. At 9:03 a.m., a Ryder truck arrived just outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. A bomb made with a deadly cocktail of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and ammonium nitrate had been planted in the back of the truck and was set to detonate in a short time. Just five minutes after the truck was parked, the building exploded into pieces and went up in flames.
The clean up of the accident included 500,000 workers and 31 people died from the explosion. Increased chance of cancer development and gene mutation in humans. - The site is still too dangerous for human life -Thousands of people died due to illnesses caused by the radiation -The rate of cancers and birth defects increased dramatically -Higher death rates in affected areas 1989 -Exxon Valdez oil spill, United States -Prince William Sound, Alaska, US -Exx... ... middle of paper ... ...e 6 nuclear reactor in the plant melted down. It is the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl. 15,884 people died in that area as a result of the meltdown and the earthquake that preceded it.
More and more soldiers lose their lives each day. Since the end of the war, the news has been plagued with reports of terrorist attacks on U.S. troops, and any Iraqi supporting the U.S. occupation of the country. On October 10, two U.S. Soldiers were killed, and four were wounded in a shooting in a slum of Baghdad. This attack was just hours after a car bomb was detonated near an Iraqi police station, killing eight and wounding forty (Bonner, Fisher).
(Staff, 2010)September 11, 2001 is considered the deadliest day in history for New York firefighters. At 8:46 a.m. the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Centers and at 9:02 a.m. the second plane flew into the South Tower. The other plane that crashed into the pentagon at 9:36 caused the collapse of part of the building and killed 125 military personnel and everyone aboard the plane. (Staff, 2010)The attackers were mostly Islamic terrorists that were from Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations. It was reported that Osama bin Laden was considered the mastermind behind the attacks.