Oklahoma City Bombing Research Paper

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At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995 a bomb went off that changed the world forever. The Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City had been bombed in a terrorist attack. The Oklahoma City bombing affected America in numerous ways, including in business, the lives of the victims, and America’s Image.
Timothy McVeigh, a former military man, was the one behind this attack. McVeigh earned many medals while serving in the Persian Gulf War, but after not being admitted into the Special Forces program he left the Army. McVeigh was not alone in his wrong doings, Terry Nichols was also a part of the bombing. The two men were infuriated by events like the Randy Weaver incident, but what really set them off was the shootout with the Branch Davidian religious
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According to History.com, “the death toll stood at 168 people, including 19 young children who were in the building’s day care center at the time of the blast. More than 650 other people were injured” (History.com). These were unheard of numbers at the time. No one had ever committed an act of terror on this sort of scale, especial with children involved. Many lost family members, like Edye Lucas who lost her two sons to the bombing, “ ‘ It’s been such a long ten years. Somewhere along the line, I had to make a conscious choice to be happy,’ ” (Rubin 126). Others suffered not just with the death of a loved one, but with injuries too. Susan Walton walked away with a skull fracture, damage to both eyes, a broken nose, a cracked jaw in six places, and a ruptured spleen. Susan's legs were also crushed in the explosion, “she still winces with each step” (Rubin 127). Another victim of this tragedy was Marsha Kimble. Her daughter was killed in the bombing. Her daughter was 23 and worked at the Federal Employees Credit Union. When Marsha got word that her daughter was dead, she was devastated. She and her husband ended up getting a divorce and Marsha had to go to therapy (Rubin 127). The effects of the bombing on the victim goes far deeper than what the death tolls show. It ruined families and relationships. It left some dead and others injured. Although victims of the …show more content…
Oklahoma City was on the rise at the time, they were acquiring large tourist attraction projects such as the “$238 million Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), which includes construction of a new 15,000-seat minor league baseball stadium and downtown library” (Lienert 40). Shortly after investors started taking interest in Oklahoma City, the Alfred P. Murrah building was bombed. About a year had passed after the incident and the maps project was just getting started, but residents of OKC were still recovering. The bomb affected and damaged over 300 buildings in Oklahoma City. David Page, from the Oklahoma City Journal Record, said he was still using a computer that was damaged in the explosion (Lienert 41). Some might argue the bombing was good for business. As crazy as that sounds Christopher Slayer believes it. Slayer said, “ ‘ the renovation of Automobile Alley was sparked by the bombing’ ” (Lienert 41). He also said, “ ‘some of the greatest fortunes have been made in the greatest times of crisis.’ ” (Lienert 41). Although most would not agree with Christopher Slayer, he had his

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