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Today in History: McVeigh and Nichols Murdered 168 People

Posted by Gilbert Stack on April 19, 2019 at 11:45 AM

On this day (April 19) in 1995, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols expressed their anger at the Federal Government over Ruby Ridge and the Siege of the Branch Davidians at Waco by blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In doing so, they murdered 168 people including 15 children and injured 680 others. One-third of his target building was destroyed; 324 other buildings were damaged; and 86 cars were wrecked. McVeigh was pulled over 90 minutes later for driving without a license plate and arrested for possessing illegal weapons. He was tried and executed in 2001. His co-conspirator, Nichols, received life in prison. Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years in prison for failing to warn the government of the coming attack. His wife, Lori, who like Michael, testified against McVeigh and Nichols, was granted immunity for her testimony.

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