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The BBC's Rob Watson
"McVeigh has been boasting about his crime"
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Friday, 30 March, 2001, 05:28 GMT 06:28 UK
Oklahoma bomber 'feels no remorse'
Scene of the Oklahoma City bomb blast
Scene of the worst peacetime attack on US soil
By Rob Watson in Washington

The Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh, has no regrets about the blast, according to the authors of a new book about him.

The two journalists carried out over 75 hours of prison interviews with McVeigh.


Isn't it kind of scary that one man could reap this kind of hell?

Timothy McVeigh
It's almost six years since the bombing, the single deadliest act ever carried out on US soil.

The blast killed 168 people, including 19 children at a day care centre in the devastated building.

Just over six weeks away from his execution for the bombing, McVeigh - far from expressing any remorse - has been boasting about his crime.

Timothy McVeigh
McVeigh: Said he acted alone
In the book, which is to be published next week, McVeigh claims sole credit for the bombing.

"The truth is I blew up the Murrah building," he is quoted as saying. "Isn't it kind of scary that one man could reap this kind of hell?"

As for the children he killed in the attack, he dismisses their deaths as a "large amount of collateral damage".

Anger

The parents of those murdered are horrified though not surprised by his comments.

Child rescued from the bomb
Nineteen children died in the blast
"I think our family members and our loved ones aren't collateral damage. They're people that we loved and lost - all because of him," said one.

Another said: "Tim McVeigh is a sociopath. I don't think he has a conscience and I don't think it would have mattered to him either way if there were children in the building.

"You know I don't care what he says. I think that he would have done it if there were nothing but children in the building."

Detailing his motives for the first time, McVeigh told the book's authors Oklahoma was his revenge for Waco and the government's fiery confrontation with an obscure religious sect there.

book by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck
The book has angered victims' relatives
He said the deaths of the sect's members had brought him to tears.

Precisely two years later, he said, he watched from close by as the bomb he had planted in Oklahoma exploded.

His reaction, he said, was disappointment that he hadn't knocked the building down completely.

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