[Guest post by DRJ]
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The attack killed 168 innocent victims, including 19 children, and injured hundreds more.
Monday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow aired “The McVeigh Tapes” that reportedly include audio of McVeigh’s confession. Tulsa World provides this excerpt:
“Lou Michel recalls without hesitation the moment on a May day in 1999 when Timothy McVeigh delivered a soliloquy so dark, so chilling that the hair rose on the back of the veteran reporter’s neck.
Caught in the act of being himself, nothing else McVeigh would say during a 45-hour confession matched that moment for defining America’s worst mass murderer.
“I’ve heard your stories many times before,” McVeigh began, as if speaking directly to the survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing rather than into the tape recorder of his biographer.
“The specific details may be unique, but the truth is you’re not the first mother to lose her kid. You’re not the first grandparent to lose a granddaughter or a grandson. I’ll use the phrase…and it may sound cold but…it’s the truth: Get over it.”
McVeigh’s voice isn’t the only one heard:
“Credit union worker Patti Hall describes her crushed body, the 16 surgeries and re-learning how to walk and to talk.
Susan Urbach shows the scars on her face and recalls the 4 feet of stitches she needed after her window shattered in the Journal Record Building across the street from the Murrah.
Jannie Coverdale speaks of her two grandsons lost in the second-floor day care; Aaron would be 20 now, and Elijah, 17.
She speaks of “screaming at God,” of wishing that McVeigh would have apologized but that he never did.
“It took me a long time to get over some of that anger….You just don’t murder little kids. Sometimes I cry during the day, something is going to remind you of the bombing and then you’re… right back where you were on April 19, 1995. We don’t ever get too far from there.”