Ex-U.S. Army soldier and security
guard Timothy McVeigh parks
a rented Ryder truck containing
a bomb made of agricultural
fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other
chemicals in front of the
Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in downtown
Oklahoma City. He exits the
vehicle, locks the door, and
heads towards another car.
He ignites one timed fuse, then
a second. At precisely 9:02 a.m.
the bomb explodes, reducing a
third of the building to rubble.
Dozens of cars are incinerated
and more than 300 nearby buildings
are damaged or destroyed. The
death toll is 168, including
19 children, with several hundred
more injured. It is the worst act
of homegrown terrorism in the
As the attack
comes on the heels of the World Trade
Center bombing in New York two
years earlier, the media and
it is the handiwork
of Middle Eastern
Acknowledgement: https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/oklahoma-city-bombing | Accessed December 6, 2017 and February 12, 2018.
Copyright © 2018 by Reggie Marra. From Killing America: Our United States of Ignorance, Fear, Bigotry, Violence and Greed (forthcoming, September 2018).