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Timothy McVeigh was an American terrorist
responsible for (with the assistance of
Terry Nichols) taking 168 lives in the
1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal
Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Timothy James McVeigh
Date, time and place of birth: April 23, 1968,
at 8:19 a.m., Lockport Memorial Hospital, Lockport, New York, U.S.A.*
Date, time, place and cause of death: June 11, 2001,
at 7:14 a.m., at the U.S. Penitentiary, 4200 Bureau Road,
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.A. (Executed - Lethal injection)
Family / Relatives / Siblings
Father: William "Bill" McVeigh
Mother: Mildred "Mickey" McVeigh (b. Mildred Noreen Hill)
Sisters: Patricia "Patty" McVeigh (b. 1966, Lockport Memorial Hospital, Lockport, New York)
Jennifer McVeigh (b. March 5, 1974)
Error correction or clarification
* Timothy McVeigh was born in Lockport,
New York, not Pendleton,
New York, as many sources erroneously report.
His family did live in nearby Pendleton,
but he was born at Lockport Memorial Hospital,
in Lockport, New York.
Quotes - In his own words
In a letter to boyhood friend Steve Hodge:
"Those who betray or subvert the Constitution
are guilty of sedition and/or treason, are
domestic enemies and should and will be
punished accordingly. It also stands to
reason that anyone who sympathizes with
the enemy or gives aid and comfort to said
enemy is likewise guilty. I have sworn to
uphold and defend the Constitution against
all enemies, foreign or domestic, and I
will. And I will because not only did I
swear to, but I believe in what it stands
for in every bit of my heart, soul and
I know in my heart that I am right in
my struggle, Steve. I have come to peace
with myself, my God and my cause. Blood
will flow in the streets, Steve. Good vs.
Evil. Free Men vs. Socialist Wannabe Slaves.
Pray it is not your blood, my friend."
In a letter to the Department of Defense,
when notified he was overpaid while serving
in the U.S. Army:
"I have received your notice informing me
of my debt owed to you, as well as your
threat of referring me to the Justice
Department (Big Bother). In all honesty,
I cannot even dream of repaying you the
$1,000 which you say I owe. In fact, I
can barely afford my monthly rent. Assets?
The only thing I own of any value is my
car, a 1987 Chevrolet/Geo Spectrum. If
you really want the car, go ahead and
My car is my only way to get to work
to support myself. But I guess that's all
irrelevant to you. Go ahead, take everything
I own; take my dignity. Feel good as you
grow fat and rich at my expense; sucking
my tax dollars and property, tax dollars
which justify your existence and pay your
federal salary. Do you get it? By doing
your evil job, you put me out of work."
In an interview at Waco, Texas:
"It seems the ATF just wants a chance to
play with their toys, paid for by government
"The government is afraid of the guns
people have because they have to have control
of the people at all times. Once you take
away the guns, you can do anything to the
people. You give them an inch and they take
"I believe we are slowly turning into a
socialist government. The government is
continually growing bigger and more
powerful, and the people need to prepare
to defend themselves against government
"I bombed the Murrah Building."
"There was no big conspiracy. It was mostly
me. The few friends who helped me were
acting under duress, and none of them
had any control over when I was going
to blow up the Murrah Building."
"I did manipulate people. I don't like the
feeling of having manipulated people, but
sometimes we know in life the end result
outweighs the means."
"I didn't define the rules of engagement
in this conflict. The rules, if not written
down, are defined by the aggressor. It was
brutal, no holds barred. Women and kids
were killed at Waco and Ruby Ridge. You
put back in [the government's] faces
exactly what they're giving out."
In answer to why he hadn't bombed the
building at night:
"That would not have gotten the point
across to the government. We needed a
body count to make our point."
"I can't attribute anything I am now to
any lack of my parents' presence in the
home. I don't know why I go off on that,
but I do say that I have very few memories
of interactions with my parents. I am not
looking in any way, shape or form to blame
anything on my parents or my upbringing.
All in all, from birth to age eighteen,
I emerged pretty much a functional person
in the real world, and that's all that
"A shrink might look at what I have to
say and decide, 'He's a psychopath or
sociopath. He has no respect for human
life.' Far from that--I have great respect
for human life. My decision to take human
life at the Murrah Building--I did not do
it for personal gain. I ease my mind in
that . . . I did it for the larger good."
The most in-depth of more than two dozen sources
consulted in preparing this profile, was American Terrorist:
Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing,
by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck (2001).
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