When Timothy McVeigh was just a young child at the age of ten, his parents had decided to end their marriage and get a divorce. Timothy McVeigh’s mother just left, leaving Timothy to permanently reside with his father. During this time in McVeigh’s life it seemed that this was where the love for firearms started. This can be looked at as an environmental risk factor and play a part in Timothy McVeigh’s psychological behaviors. Timothy McVeigh has to be able to transition from a regular functioning household to a single parent household. That alone can be detrimental to a child. The question needs to be brought up, what would have happened if McVeigh’s parents would have stayed married and he would have continued living in a regular household. Would that by any chance have made a difference or impression on McVeigh and the choices he made later in life. Next in McVeigh’s life we should look at his social factors. When Timothy McVeigh was in school, he did not have the best of times. Timothy McVeigh was constantly ridiculed and bullied during his academic times. In an article called, “The Oklahoma City Bombing & The Trial of Timothy McVeigh”, it is stated/ noted that: “McVeigh became a target for neighborhood bullies. He attributes a lifelong hatred for bullies of all kinds (a class which, in his view, included an overreaching federal government) to early beatings on softball diamonds and head spinning "swirlies" in flushing toilets.” (Douglas O. Linder (2006) If we take a look at how Timothy had to endure being bullied at school on a constant basis and no one was doing a thing about it, don’t you think that bottling up all that hatred and resentment could eventually be released in to something bad?
One aspect of McVeigh’s life I really haven’t seen anyone touch on is the fact the he served in the U.S.
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- Spring '11
- Federal government of the United States, Waco Siege, Oklahoma City bombing, Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Timothy McVeigh