McVeigh, who never showed any remorse for his crime and described his elaborately planned execution as 'deluxe suicide by cop,' made no final statement, but gave prison officials a handwritten copy of a nineteenth century poem which ends, "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."
When we first saw him, the bombing suspect was gaunt and slender in handcuffs and orange jail skivvies, his hard eyes unlit by the faintest flicker of emotion. Tim McVeigh. The name didn't mean much then but the image did. He was a poker-faced killer in a crewcut, and all across America people were asking the same question: Who is this guy?
On the eve of Timothy McVeigh's execution, Courttv.com's Andy Brooks and Catherine Quayle take a trip from McVeigh's childhood home in upstate New York to Terre Haute, Indiana, where the bomber is to be executed June 11, 2001. They talk to people along the way about the deeds and death of an American terrorist.
In this August 4, 1995 plea agreement, Michael J. Fortier admits he is guilty of conspiring with Timothy McVeigh and Terry Lynn Nichols to traffic explosives. He also admits withholding his knowledge from federal authorities of McVeigh and Nichols' role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Oklahoma City bombing defendant Terry Nichols is arguing that his trial should be separated from that of his codefendant, Timothy McVeigh. In this brief filed September 5, 1996, portions of which are blacked out per the court's order not to reveal evidence, Nichols contends that he and McVeigh have antagonistic defenses -- to prove their innocence, each one must blame the other -- so trying them together will aid the prosecution. Nichols also proffers a novel argument: The jury in this death penalty trial will not be able to distinguish his case from McVeigh's, thus violating their 8th Amendment right to individualized sentencing.