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'No such thing as closure'

Reactions to the McVeigh decision

June 14, 1997
Web posted at: 11:33 a.m. EDT (1533 GMT)

"There'll never be closure. There'll always be this deep, deep hurt."

-- Jim Denny, whose two toddlers were injured in the blast.


"The decision is final. You've done your duty, and you've done it well."

-- U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, speaking to the jury.


"This is not a time for celebration. A man's life is being taken from him. It's something that we wanted, and it's not done out of revenge. It's because we felt it was necessary."

-- Jannie Coverdale, whose two grandsons died in the bombing.


"This is not a day of great joy for the prosecution team. We're pleased that the system worked and that justice prevailed. The verdict doesn't diminish the great sadness that occurred in Oklahoma City two years ago."

-- prosecutor Joseph Hartzler.

"There is no such thing as closure for people who lost family in the bombing. The only closure is when they close the lid on my casket."

-- Darlene Welch, whose 4-year-old niece was killed.

"He doesn't deserve what you would do to a dog. He deserves to die."

-- Bill Cregan, whose mother died in the blast.


"Since my son -- the day he was arrested -- I feel that it was done, that he was convicted and sentenced to death by the media and the government."

-- Mildred Frazer, McVeigh's mother, speaking on ABC's "20/20."

"I believe he was a hero, but his judgment was off. ... I think it would have been better if he bombed the building at 2 or 3 in the morning without massive loss of life."

-- Dennis Mahon, a member of the White Aryan Resistance.

"I could see the strain on them (the jurors). You know it was a hard decision to make to put a man to death, but I'm glad they did."

-- Charles Tomlin, whose son died.

"I really did not want the death penalty. I've had enough death."

-- James Kreymborg, whose wife and daughter were killed.


"This investigation and trial have confirmed our country's faith in its justice system."

-- President Clinton.

"Everyone knows about Timothy McVeigh and nobody knows about my baby. She didn't have a chance for everyone to get to know her."

--Sharon Coyne, who lost her daughter.

"We may not find out if there was anybody else involved, but at least we're going to get rid of him."

-- Raymond Washburn, a bombing survivor.

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