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The execution of Timothy McVeigh: must see TV?

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1254 (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1254
  1. Stuart W G Derbyshire, assistant professor
  1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA

    On 19 April 1995, 7000 lbs of explosives detonated alongside the Alfred P Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City. Without warning the bomb punched a gaping hole through offices and a daycare centre, killing adults and children; 163 died inside the building, four more died outside, and a final victim was killed entering the scene to help the wounded.

    Timothy McVeigh, despite his earplugs, heard the deafening roar of the blast and felt the thump of air lift him an inch off the ground. Falling bricks hit him in the leg and a snapped live wire threatened his life. McVeigh, who lit the fuse creating the bloody, horrifying, hideous scene behind him, did not look back. He first saw the devastation via CNN and was momentarily irritated at the sight of the building still standing.

    McVeigh is scheduled to die via lethal injection on Monday 11 June, barring further delay. The large number of survivors and those with deceased relatives who wish to see McVeigh die led attorney general …

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