Murrah Building Case Study

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Murray Federal Building October 19, 2012 The Murrah federal bombing was the most vicious attack on American land until the September 11, 2001 attacks. The bombing took place in downtown Oklahoma City in the spring of 1995. The bombing took 168 lives, which included children that were under the age of 6 and it injured more than 680 people in total. Due to the blast around 324 buildings were destroyed and 86 cars were burned. The bomb cost a near $650 million dollars worth of damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency immediately set out urban search and task forces of 665 rescue workers to assist and help in the chaos’s aftermath. The suspects Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were arrested and prosecuted, McVeigh for the death penalty and Nichols for life in prison. Accomplices Michael and Lori Fortier were also charged. The suspicious activities that preceded the event were on the morning of April 18, 1995 a day before the bombing. One individual that was located on the Geary State Fishing Lake observed a yellow truck parked next to a pickup truck for several hours. The person said that he saw something on the back of the truck that had looked like a camper shell. The individual did not know that the two men McVeigh and Nichols were there constructing the bomb for it to explode the following day and kill hundreds of people. McVeigh chose a target that he knew he could commit this crime and that it would pay revenge to his hatred towards the government. The message that McVeigh perceived should keep the authorities always on the lookout for information on terrorism acts or plots to come. All the federal buildings and important buildings in the United States should be monitored constantly and held with high security. No suspicious people or objects should be able to be present around federal buildings because of the attack on the Murrah building.

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