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 fake address he had used. This later led authorities to find that McVeigh had accomplices. Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier were both brought in for questioning at different times. Michael Joseph “Fortier testified against both Nichols and McVeigh after initially stating he had no knowledge of the bombings.” (Kelley). Fortier was granted a $75,000 bond. However, he was the only one of the three men who was given one.
“On April 21st Terry Nichols surrendered to authorities after McVeigh was charged with the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building.” (Dougherty) Shortly after, Nichols was incarcerated and held in the Herington County jail with no bond.
McVeigh’s ulterior motive was found to be because he wanted to grant revenge on the government over the Waco, Texas siege and Ruby Ridge. “He and Nichols thought of themselves to be patriots, not terrorists.” (Dougherty). McVeigh “planned to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah building on the two year anniversary of the Waco, Texas siege which was when the ATF attempted to raid the ranch because a group was suspected of weapon violations, which ended in a 51-day standoff with the FBI, that killed four agents and six Branch Davidians, and seventy-six innocent Americans.”...