The Oklahoma City Bombing occurred on 4/19/1995. Timothy
McVeigh used a truck bomb to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building in retaliation of those killed in the
Waco Standoff. McVeigh committed this crime two years to
the day of those killed in Waco on 4/19/1993. Timothy
was sentence to death and was executed. His accomplice
Terry Nichols is in prison. Note that the Alfred P.
Murrah Buildings was built in 1977. This is part of the
unique pattern used in these crimes and you will see how
it fits in a little later.
As a result of the bombing
- 168 People Killed
- 19 Children Killed
- 1 Rescuer Killed
- 850 People Injured
- 219 Children Lost at least one parent
At the time the bomb was detonated, numerous federal agencies had offices in the Murrah Building:
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF);
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA);
- Army and Marine recruiting offices;
- Department of Veterans Affairs;
- General Accounting Office;
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
- U.S. Department of Defense;
- U.S. Customs Service;
- U.S. Department of Agriculture;
- U.S. Department of Transportation;
- General Services Administration.
- The Federal Employees Credit Union
“America’s Kids” Child Care Development Center were also housed in the building. When the catastrophe occurred, about 600 federal and contract workers and about 250 visitors were in the building (Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management, 1996).