Of course people made the fence surrounding it into a makeshift
From what I understand, this event shook Oklahoma City to the
Of course, I couldn't leave without obtaining this
You may call me morbid and sick, but at least I'm consistent.
Anyway, back to Kevin's story.
Before the execution, Nigh said McVeigh was "in amazingly good
spirits," "calm" and "acting himself."
He slept a few hours Saturday night before he was moved Sunday morning, June
Guards strip-searched and shackled McVeigh and transferred him at 5:10 a.m.
from his 8-by-10-foot cell at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., to
the windowless, red brick death house 500 yards away.
Once there, he was placed in an isolation cell a short walk away from the
"He was able to look up in the sky for the first time in years, and see
the moon directly," Nigh said.
McVeigh, 33, had an all-dessert last meal - two pints of mint chocolate-chip
ice cream - at around 1 p.m., U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Dan Dunne said.
He also asked for a television with cable - and got a small black-and-white
set as a special privilege. McVeigh was addicted to CNN and all-news cable TV
The isolation cell where he spent the last hours before his 8 a.m. (New York
time) execution by lethal injection had tan walls, a bed, a sink and toilet -
and a window with a guard constantly on the watch outside.
His lawyers spent about two hours with McVeigh during the day. They said he
spent time writing letters to relatives and journalists - and also made goodbyes
Later, Dunne said McVeigh was "sleeping normally," but didn't
The Buffalo News printed several letters from McVeigh on the day of his
execution in which he called his bombing a "legit tactic" in his war
against what he believes is an oppressive federal government.
He wrote that he was "sorry" people died - but added, "That's
the nature of the beast."
The media horde that descended to cover the nation's first execution of a
federal prisoner since 1963 far outnumbered the 200 death-penalty opponents who
gathered outside the prison.
Only five death-penalty supporters gathered at a park, where one lofted a
sign that read: "Bye-bye baby killer."
Despite last-minute hints of sympathy for his victims, McVeigh never wavered
from his radical-right convictions.
"He once told me that in the crudest of terms, it's 168 to 1," Lou
Michel, a journalist who interviewed McVeigh for a book, said on ABC's This
The 33-year-old Gulf War veteran did not say a word in the final minutes
before his execution.
Shortly after 7 a.m., McVeigh boosted himself on the execution gurney and was
strapped down by prison officials. Wrapped tightly in a light gray sheet,
McVeigh strained to look around the facility trying to make eye contact with the
various witnesses to his execution, said reporters who watched him die.
The execution began when a prison official said: "We are ready."
While he was strapped to the gurney, prison officials said McVeigh received
the Roman Catholic sacrament of the Anointment of the Sick, which is believed to
forgive sins and prepare the sick for the passing over to eternal life.
Around 7-a.m. local time, the curtain was drawn back and the execution
witnesses were able to see McVeigh. The warden read the execution order and a
U.S. Marshal checked the phone lines to make sure last-minute reprieves had not
been granted by President Bush or the Supreme Court. McVeigh was not expected to
request clemency, and did not.
With no last-minute reprieves, a prison official in another room not seen by
the witnesses carried out the death sentence. Three chemicals were injected in
this order: sodium pentothal, which causes sleep; pancuronium bromide, which
stops respiration; and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.
When the chemicals began dripping through the yellow and gray intravenous
tubing into his right leg around 7:10 a.m., McVeigh's skin and lips became
paler. Minutes later, witnesses said McVeigh made a few spasm-like movements.
As he took his final breaths, he made no additional movement and was
described by one media witness as "seeming proud." Other witnesses
said McVeigh lifted his head and looked at them and then looked at the ceiling.
He died with his eyes open at 7:14 a.m. (8:14 a.m. EDT).
McVeigh left a handwritten statement quoting "Invictus",
a 19th century poem by British poet William Ernest Henley. It ends with the
lines, "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul."
McVeigh's body was removed immediately after his execution in a government
van, Justice Department officials said. They would not give any information
about its destination. McVeigh's ashes were to be spread in an undisclosed
location. At McVeigh's request, no members of his family travelled to Terre
Haute. His lawyers said information about his remains and any resting-place
would remain privileged. In an agreement between McVeigh's attorney and the
coroner, no autopsy was to be conducted.
Ten people -- members of the victims' families and survivors of the bombing
-- also witnessed the execution from a room beside the death chamber.
Paul Howell, whose daughter was killed in the bombing, said McVeigh was
"What I was hoping for is that we could see some kind of 'I'm sorry,'
but we didn't get anything like that. My emotions were that it was just a big
relief. Just a big sigh came over my body and it felt real good," Howell
More than 650 miles away in Oklahoma City, 232 survivors and family members
watched on closed-circuit television.
"He actually lifted his head and looked directly in the camera, and it
was as if he was looking directly at us," said Larry Whicher, who lost his
brother. "His eyes were unblinking. They appeared to be coal black. I truly
believe that his eyes were telling me ... that if he could, he would do it all
About a half-hour after the execution, President Bush said that McVeigh had
"met the fate he chose for himself six years ago." The victims of the
Oklahoma City bombing have been given not vengeance, but justice," the
If McVeigh was to be believed, he got exactly what he wanted.
He had legal challenges available to him that would have delayed his
execution for many years, but he ordered his attorneys to withdraw the rest of
his appeals in December 2000. Since then, he had expressed no remorse for the
bombing, and called the 19 children killed in the blast "collateral
damage." He admitted that he and co-conspirator Terry Nichols carried out
the blast with no one else's help.
Compiled by New York Findadeath friend Kevin Fitzpatrick. Visit his site www.nycbp.com
FURTHER TO THAT - Findadeath.com friend Terry Bellows sends this:
Just read your item on Tim McVeigh, and thought
I'd drop you a line. I lived in Oklahoma City and worked in the media
while living there. My mother had thought that a house blew up near their house,
the blast was so loud and she lives about 10 miles from the Murrah building.
A friend of ours who is a survivor of the
Murrah Bombing attended the closed-circuit broadcast of McVeigh's death.
The interesting and chilling comment aside from what was mentioned on FAD is
that Tim glanced around to the different viewing rooms and looked at each
window. He then let his eyes focus center...as he looked up above
him...and right into the lens of the camera covering the event for the Oklahoma
City Victims...and he smiled, then closed his eyes and died. Very eerie.
Also, a friend sent this chilling compilation of
facts regarding the Murrah Bombing:
04 - The month of the Oklahoma City Bombing
19 - The day
95 - The year
09 - The hour the bomb went off
02 - The minute
06 - The month McVeigh was executed
11 - The day
01 - The year
07 - The hour he was pronounced dead (Okla. Time)
14 - The minute (Oklahoma time)
168 - The number of people killed
Very trippy. Thanks for that, Terry.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2001 from Findadeath.com friend
I was told by a very good source that in the days previous to and the day of
the execution, you pretty much had to have a badge in your ass to get admitted into ANYWHERE. Security was tighter then Tom Cruise's ass. One
fact that people don't know about is there were dignitaries from all over in to see this execution. (When I get names, I'll let you know.)
I was told.........again, please use no names here.........that McVeigh's remains were sent to his father, (they DID have to
give his damn body to someone!) who then, along with his attorneys, made sure that nobody knows where the ashes are scattered.
My source also lived in OKC and worked for the Federal Government when
the bombing occurred. I was on a plane when it happened and freaked when I finally got to my hotel room and saw it. It took my family 2 days to get
a hold of my source to make sure he and his wife were alive.
Findadeath.com friend adds:
I wanted to add some verifiable information to the Tim McVey story:
1. An empty Funeral Hearse was hired to fool reporters and divert attention from the real removal of Tim's body, due to intense
international media coverage. Prison officials ACTUALLY discreetly dumped Tim's body into a
white prison PRISON VAN, similar to the one used to transport him to the death house - possibly even the same van! Oh - did I mention - the way they
removed his body - in a laundry bag. Just tossed him in the back of the van as if he were a sack of dirty underwear going to the Laundromat.
2. Where his body was taken is not a mystery, it was just "low profile" for obvious reasons. If you really look through all the articles,
you'd find about 5 small-town news papers that will tell you his body was taken to
"Terre Haute Crematorium" (what an original name!) and dumped right into the oven in only a cardboard box/container - not even a combustible casket. I
guess they didn't want to spend much $$$ on his cremation. I think "Terre Haute Crematorium" might even be a State crematorium - for homeless people
and "potter's field" types who's bodies are never claimed and the State needs to dispose of cheaply. Because of real estate - I don't think these
hospitals actually bury "potter's field" types anymore - I think they just cremate them, hold the ashes for about a year in case a long lost
relative pops up. And then, I'm not sure what happens to the abandoned ashes after
that. Just a side bar.
3. His ashes were spread by his lawyers at various locations in Albany, New York, including: A school (I forgot the name) a "Burger
King" (I don't know why - maybe he worked there or hung out there with friends or really like
Whoppers) The remaining were RUMORED to be divided among his mom and his father.
It's so funny - Major news sources such as Reuters/AP/CNN/MSNBC will all say: "Undisclosed location" because of the large
international audience to cover their asses. However, if you go to Yahoo, and click on ALL stories
related to a death - the smaller news papers, i.e., Stamford Advocate, the Norwalk Hour, are more willing to give MORE details than CNN because, who's
going to sue a newspaper that really only has local readership.
So that is where I read this information from. And there were several local papers that I got this information from. I just was never able
to find out why they spread his ashes at a BK in Albany (or even WHICH Burger King it
was - so I NEVER order there. YUK!) Hope that helps you out. If you want to check on my facts, just click on yahoo/Tim McVey/All coverage and look
for the stories from local papers the day AFTER his execution.