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Timeline: Oklahoma bomb

Key events leading up to and following the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P Murrah building in Oklahoma.

November, 1983

The Conspiracy Files
Sunday 4 March, 2007

Richard Wayne Snell a member of a heavily armed, white supremacist, paramilitary survivalist group known as the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord or the CSA, travels to Oklahoma City to case the Alfred P Murrah Building as a potential target for attack.

April, 1985

The FBI raid the CSA compound in Arkansas and arrest its leader James Ellison.

May, 1988

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols meet at Fort Benning, an army camp in Georgia.

January, 1991

McVeigh is sent to the Middle East in the run up to the first Gulf War. He received the Bronze Star for his service.

April, 1991

McVeigh returns home and tries unsuccessfully to join the Army's Special Forces.

May, 1991

Andreas Strassmeir arrives in the US and joins the Texas Light Infantry Brigade, a Civil War re-enactment group.

March - April, 1993

McVeigh visits Waco, Texas, where federal forces have surrounded the religious community known as the Branch Davidians in their buildings. The 51 day siege at Waco ends when the federal authorities storm the buildings on 19 April. Eighty people are killed, including 22 children.

April, 1993

Timothy McVeigh meets Andreas Strassmeir at a gun show in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

November, 1993

A calling card is obtained from the Spotlight Company in the name of Daryl Bridges. This is the calling card Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols used in planning the attack. The FBI would later use this card to trace the activities and whereabouts of McVeigh and Nichols in the months leading up to the Oklahoma City bombing.

25 April, 1994

Carol Howe becomes a secret informant for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

November, 1994

After a visit to the white separatist community, Elohim City, Carol Howe reported that she had learned the identity of Andy who is said to be head of security at Elohim City. He is Andreas Karl Strassmeir. Howe reports that Strassmeir plans to "forcibly act to destroy the United States Government with direct action and operations such as assassinations, bombings and mass shootings. He believes the biggest enemy to be the United States Government."

5 April, 1995

The records of a phone card belonging to Darryl Bridges show a call is made to a Millar residence in Elohim City. It is made moments after a call to a Ryder truck rental office. The caller, later identified as Timothy McVeigh, asks for a man with a heavy German accent, later identified as Andreas Strassmeir.

15 April, 1995

At 9am Timothy McVeigh goes to Elliott's Body Shop in Junction City, Kansas to reserve a 20ft Ryder truck for collection on Monday 17 April after 4pm. He does so using the alias Robert D Kling.

17 April, 1995

0130 Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols arrive in Junction City, Kansas. Terry Nichols drops Timothy McVeigh off at McDonald's.

1557 McVeigh is caught on CCTV at McDonald's in Junction City, Kansas, a distance from Elliott's Body Shop.

1619 Timothy McVeigh, under the alias "Robert D Kling", rents a Ryder Truck from Elliot's Body Shop, Junction City, Kansas. Three witnesses are present, Eldon Elliott, Vicki Beemer and Tom Kessinger. All three later tell the FBI that McVeigh was accompanied by another man, who the FBI refer to as John Doe II.

19 April, 1995

Early morning Timothy McVeigh drives the 20ft Ryder Truck, packed with a two tonne ammonium nitrate bomb, into Oklahoma City and parks it outside the Alfred P Murrah Federal building.

Alfred P Murrah Building
The attack killed 168 people, including 19 children.

0902 The bomb explodes outside the Alfred P Murrah Building, Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 19 children.

1020 Timothy McVeigh is arrested by Oklahoma Highway patrolman Charles Hangar for "unlawfully carrying and transporting a loaded weapon in a vehicle" and failure to display a licence and to hold valid insurance.

1130 The FBI discovers the remnants of a truck axle with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) outside the Regency Tower Apartments.

1500 The VIN from the truck axle is traced to a Ryder Truck Rental Office in Junction City, Kansas, called Elliott's Body Shop. FBI agents are instructed to go to Elliott's Body Shop immediately. An FBI sketch artist works with Kessinger for several hours. The FBI says Kessinger has the clearest memory of the "two men" who picked up the Ryder Truck now suspected to have been used in the Oklahoma City Bombing.

20 April, 1995

1640 The FBI releases descriptions and composite drawings of John Doe I and John Doe II. Timothy McVeigh is quickly identified as John Doe I.

21 April, 1995

Timothy McVeigh
Conspiracists believe McVeigh had an accomplice

The FBI's search of the national crime database shows that Timothy McVeigh has been locked up on a misdemeanour charge in Noble County Jail.

The FBI request he is held on charges related to the Oklahoma City Bombing.

FBI agents and police question Terry Nichols at Herington police station, Kansas.

22 April, 1995

Nichols is placed under arrest as a material witness to the bombing. He is transported to Dickinson County Jail in Abilene, Kansas for an appearance before a federal judge.

23 May, 1995

The destroyed Alfred P Murrah Building is demolished.

11 August, 1995

A grand jury indicts Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

21 August, 1995

Kenneth Michael Trentadue dies in the Oklahoma Federal Transfer Centre. The alleged cause of death is suicide by hanging. The Trentadue family dispute the verdict, claiming the evidence indicates he was murdered. Jesse Trentadue says Timothy McVeigh sent a message to him from death row claiming that Kenneth was murdered because he was mistaken for a man called Richard Lee Guthrie, a neo-Nazi Bank Robber who the authorities suspected of being John Doe II.

6 January, 1996

FBI teletype from Louis Freeh, the FBI director, notes that Timothy McVeigh was "believed to have been attempting to recruit a second conspirator to assist in the OKBOMB attack" when he called on 5 April 1995.

January, 1996

The trial of Timothy McVeigh begins.

19 June, 1997

McVeigh is found guilty and sentenced to death.

3 November, 1998

Terry Nichols' trial begins

December, 1998

The Oklahoma grand jury set up to investigate rumours of a wider conspiracy reports that it found no credible evidence that the bombing was linked to white supremacists or foreign terrorists. It concludes that it was an act "perpetrated by Americans on Americans." It also dismissed theories that federal agencies knew about the bombing and failed to prevent it. But is fails to dispel the John Doe II rumours stating: "We cannot finally put closure to the question of the existence of John Doe II and are confident that if any new evidence comes to light, they [the FBI and other law enforcement agencies] will pursue those leads."

23 December, 1998

Terry Nichols is found guilty of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

19 April, 2000

The Oklahoma City National Memorial Opens, on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack.

11 June, 2001

0715 Timothy McVeigh is put to death by lethal injection at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.

19 April, 2005

Ten year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R, California) delivers a speech on the floor of the House saying there are "some unsettling loose ends and unanswered questions that deserve to be considered".

26 December, 2006

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee publishes a report looking at whether there was a foreign connection to the Oklahoma City bombing. While they find no conclusive evidence, it says "questions remain unanswered and mysteries remain unsolved". The Committee also finds that the FBI had "not thoroughly investigated the potential involvement of Andreas Strassmeir" and concludes that more investigation is needed.




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