While in Kingman he began to experiment with explosives. He scouted various federal buildings to select a target. It is during this time that he becomes more involved with Andreas Strassmeier and Dennis Mahon making the first of three trips to Oklahoma City to investigate possible bombing targets [Fam15]. Andreas Strassmeier was the leader of Elohim City which based itself as a training ground for the white supremacist movement. Dennis Mahon was the founder of the White Aryan Resistance and later convicted of bombing a diversity office in Scottsdale, AZ. Terry Nichols was also a major accomplice in the plot. Nichols helped build the bomb and
transport material for McVeigh. Nichols continued to assist in the bombing plans right up to the day before the explosion. Nichols drove to Oklahoma City with McVeigh on April 16 to station a getaway car. Two days later, he helped McVeigh load explosives from a Kansas storage unit into the Ryder truck, and then met McVeigh near Geary Lake, Kansas, to assist in mixing the ingredients [Fam15]. In December 1997, a federal jury in Colorado convicted Nichols of conspiring to bomb a federal building and the involuntary manslaughter of eight federal agents [Okl14]. He is sentenced to life in prison and is currently serving his sentence in Florence, Colorado at the Bureau of Prisons Supermax facility. In 2004, Nichols was tried in the State of Oklahoma and found guilty of 161 counts of murder [Okl14].
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- Spring '18
- Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh