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Assignment 3Mark Reed2/9/15
On April 19, 1995 Timothy McVeigh detonated a Ryder truck filled with explosives and destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City [Ter15]. By all accounts Timothy McVeigh was a loner. He received military training in the United States Armyand was honorable discharged in 1991 [Fam15]. McVeigh's views became more radicalized afterthe 1993 assault on the compound of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh near Waco, Texas[Fam15]. McVeigh believed that the incident resulted in the deaths of women and children was the governments fault. He stated that the incident could have been handled by the local sheriff serving an arrest warrant and not resulted in bloodshed [USv96]. McVeigh had even traveled to Waco during the standoff. This was the tipping point that sent Timothy McVeigh into a tragic course that resulted in the deaths of 168 people including 19 children [Okl14]. Timothy McVeigh grew up in the state of New York prior to joining the military. While stationed in the Army McVeigh befriended Michael Fortier and Terry Nichols. Fortier called Kingman, Arizona home. Once McVeigh left the military he rambled from town to town and would do odd jobs. He also worked at gun shows and would help on Nichols' family ranch[Lou01]. It was in 1994 while staying with Fortier that he planned the Oklahoma City bombing.