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The Murder Of A Murderer

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The Murder Of A Murderer On the morning of April 19, 1995, a hired truck packed with a homemade 7000lb fertiliser bomb was driven into Oklahoma City and parked outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. After lighting the fuses, the bomber, made his escape and minutes later the bomb detonated. The front of the building was clawed away by the massive expolosion as a result and a children's creche bore the brunt of the bomb. 168 people died in total, 19 of them children. On Monday, 11 June, 2001, at 6.30am Timothy McVeigh was strip-searched by a restraint team and then dressed in a white t-shirt, khaki pants and slip-on shoes. He co-operated entirely during the time he was restrained in the execution holding cell in the death house to the time he walked into the execution room. He stepped up on to a little step and sat down on the table before positioning himself for the wardens to apply the restraints. ...read more.


Then the US Fedreral Marshall was asked if they were ready to proceed. After listening to the reply of someone on the other end of the red phone the Marshall answered, "Warden, we may proceed with the execution." Throughout this all McVeigh's expression was a focused stare. Silence enveloped the room once again. McVeigh swallowed hard as one of the IV lines jumped slightly once the chemical began to flow through. His eyes moved slightly from side to side, his chest moved up and down and his lips puffed out air twice. It seemed that he was trying to maintain consciousness. It was 7.10am and the first drug had been administered. Although open, McVeigh's eyes had begun to glass over and roll up, as his skin began turning slightly yellow. At 7.11am the second drug had been administered. His lips started to turn blue, he lay still, his eyes remaining open. ...read more.


It matters, not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. Evil could be used as the perfect word to describe Timothy McVeigh's actions, but I do not believe he should have been killed for it. Was anything gained from his death? The answer is no. Taking his life doesn't bring back all the ones that have been lost, it is not justice as George W. Bush puts it. It is vengeance. Tagesspiegel in Germany says, "McVeigh's execution satisfied those who dream of the moral death penalty but such an ideal is never possible. The majority of the people in America who want the death penalty believe it is possible to have a morally perfect one, but after this day they will realise that this is a contradiction." A statement I completely agree with. Timothy McVeigh was nothing more then a terrorist after attention who recieved all the attention he wanted. ...read more.

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