The Oklahoma City Bombing Analysis

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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. All branches of the military and civilians forces were called in to investigate the bombing. Not long after the explosion, the rear axle of the Ryder truck was found with the VIN numbers that were traced to a body shop in Junction City, Kansas. This was the FBI’s first big step in finding who was responsible.

“Employees at the shop helped the FBI quickly put together a composite drawing of the man who had rented the van. Agents showed the drawing around town, and local hotel employees supplied a name: Timothy McVeigh.” (Terror Hits Home). The FBI ran upon an astonishing fact after making calls to the local police and describing the suspect. McVeigh had already been arrested just ninety minutes after the bombing. McVeigh was pulled over by an Oklahoma State Trooper and arrested for driving without a license plate and having a concealed weapon in the vehicle. Authorities immediately started piecing everything together shortly after Timothy was brought in for questioning and interrogated. The Federal Bureau of Investigation started tracing and listening in on phone calls made during his incarceration, and investigating the...

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