The Okc Bombing : The Facts

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Teagan Leanos Mr. Knehans English II 12 November 2015 The OKC Bombing: The Facts On the morning of April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder rental truck packed with explosives outside of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building more than ready to commit a mass execution that would change the state of Oklahoma forever. Until September 11, 2001 the Oklahoma City Bombing was the most vicious terrorist attack to happen in the United States. As rescue operations were finalized the death tolls were high including 19 children.. The explosion blew off the entire north wall and either destroyed or damaged buildings as far as three blocks away. McVeigh was “anti-government” and wanted revenge against the federal government for what had…show more content…
McVeigh also told Michael Fortier who was a fellow soldier. Michael Fortier helped McVeigh scout out the building before the bombing and had “foreknowledge” of what McVeigh’s plans were. Lori Fortier, Michael Fortier’s wife, helped McVeigh laminate a fake driver’s license, later used to rent the Ryder truck. Michael Fortier agreed to testify against McVeigh in exchange for a reduced sentence and his wife to have immunity for the crimes she committed. He was sentenced on May 27, 1998 and fined $75,000 for not informing authorities about the attack. After he served ten and a half years he was released on good behavior to the Witness Protection Program and given a new identity. McVeigh and Nichols assembled an ANNM explosive apparatus mounted in the back of a rental truck. The bomb was made up of about 5,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and nitromethane. It was all packed in a 1993 Ford F-700 Ryder rental box truck from Junction City, Kansas. McVeigh rented the truck with the fake license Lori Fortier helped him make under the alias Robert D. Kling. After McVeigh had parked the truck with the bomb inside (after igniting two timed fuses one for two minutes and a back-up for five minutes) he ran to his getaway car which was three blocks away. While running the bomb went off and lifted McVeigh off the ground. 90 minutes later McVeigh was pulled over in his yellow 1977 Mercury Marquis near Perry, Oklahoma. He was then arrested for not having a license plate and
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