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McVeigh Chronology
continued


· Early job; blacks;
  "the survivalist crowd"


· Attitudes on
  government, politicians


· Ruby Ridge; Waco;
  the decision to
  'wake up people'


· Purchase and storage
  of fertilizer and other
  supplies


· Checking out Murrah Bldg.;
  buying nitromethane
  and plastic barrels


· December 1994
  visit to Murrah Bldg.


· Activities the week
  before the bombing


· Activities the day
  before the bombing


· April 19, 1995,
  the bombing


· Share your thoughts on this chronology and the McVeigh story
04.16.95

Tim drove to Geary Lake to meet Terry. Terry never showed. Tim drove into Herington and called Terry. They met at an Exxon station next to the Dairy Queen in Herington and headed to Oklahoma City. Tim pulled over at a historical marker about one mile south of Herington on Hwy 77. He and Terry talked for about 5 minutes.

They stopped and got gas at the Total station on the corner of State Hwy 166 and I-35 at the Kansas/Oklahoma line.

They stopped for gas again at the last Texaco truck stop before reaching the city. Terry did not get gas this time. Tim put the blue paper towel in the front of his gas tank at this time.

Tim dropped off his car and Terry was not there. Tim took off the back license plate and backed his car to within about two inches of the brick wall. He put a note on the dashboard covering up the VIN number. The note asked that the car not be towed.

Tim walked toward the Murrah Building and was crossing NW 6th Street by Broadway when he saw Terry. Tim stopped in the middle of the road and Terry picked him up.

They headed out of town and stopped at the McDonald's in Arkansas City at about 10:30 pm.

04.16.95

Terry purchased 21.59 gallons of diesel fuel from a Conoco station in Junction City, Kansas. (Anderson chronology dated 12.15.95) (Unknown whether this was for Terry's truck or for gas cans.)

04.16.95

Easter Sunday, McVeigh called Nichols at approximately 3:00 p.m. from Oklahoma City stating he had car problems. McVeigh purportedly told Nichols to tell his wife, Marife, that he was going to Omaha, not Oklahoma City. McVeigh purportedly said to "keep this just between us." (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.16.95

Nichols stopped in a gas station just north of the Oklahoma border on U.S. Highway 77 when driving to Oklahoma City to pick up McVeigh. The gas station had snacks, sodas, etc. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995). Video tape ?

04.16.95

On the return trip from Oklahoma City, McVeigh and Nichols stopped at McDonald's in Kansas on U.S. Highway 77; only McVeigh got food. During the trip from Oklahoma City to Herington, they discussed future intentions and Tim stated, "You will see something big in the future." Tim said he had something in the works. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995). Video tape ?

04.16.95

McVeigh and Nichols stopped in Florence, Kansas, to refuel the blue pickup on the return trip from Oklahoma City to Herington. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

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A phone call was placed from the residence of Kevin Nicholas to a phone number in Williamington, North Carolina for one minute. (Lawrence Meyers conversation 12.27.95 and K.N. phone records)

04.16.95-8:02 pm

A phone call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. [43] from St. George, Utah. His son is John Bangerter, Jr. ("Johnny") with the Army of Israel AKA the Sons of Israel, a white supremacist group and/or a Christian identity group. This phone call was to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 23 minutes. (Lawrence Meyers conversation 12.27.95 and J.B. phone records)

04.16.95-9:57 pm

A phone call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. [44] to the residence of Kevin Nicholas in Decker, Michigan and lasted for 38 minutes. (Lawrence Meyers conversation 12.27.95 and J.B. phone records)

04.17.95-early am

When Tim and Terry reached Herington they drove by Terry's house. Terry dropped Tim off at the Dreamland Motel in Junction City and Terry got back on I-40.

04.17.95

Nichols and McVeigh arrived in Junction City, Kansas, from Oklahoma City. McVeigh was dropped off at the McDonald's. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.17.95-2:00 a.m.

Nichols arrived in Herington from Junction City after driving from Oklahoma City on April 16. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.17.95

A call was placed from Rm 25 of the Dreamland Motel in Junction City to the residence of Terry Nichols in Herington, Kansas. Motel records showed that this room was registered to Tim McVeigh. (Anderson chronology dated 12.15.95)

04.17.95-1:57 pm

A phone call was placed from the residence of Kevin Nicholas to (the same phone number [45]) in Williamington, North Carolina which lasted for 1 minute. (Lawrence Meyers conversation 12.27.95 and K.N. phone records)

04.17.95-1:57 pm

A phone call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. from St. George, Utah. His son is John Bangerter, Jr. ("Johnny") with the Army of Israel AKA the Sons of Israel, a white supremacist group and/or a Christian identity group. The call was placed to the Oklahoma City Radisson Inn for one minute. (Wyatt's 8-30-95 memo, Lawrence Meyer conversation on 12-27-95 and J.B. phone records)

04.17.95-1:59 pm

John Bangerter, Jr. called the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for one minute. (J.B. phone records)

04.17.95-3:00 p.m.

At 3 p.m. Mrs. Hood again came to the motel to visit Mr. King, bringing her husband, Donald Hood, age 30. Just as the Hoods were pulling into the parking lot, they had to wait for a large Ryder truck that was also pulling into the lot. Mrs. Hood recalled seeing both doors of the truck cab open, and she watched the driver, who she said was not Mr. McVeigh, walk into the motel office. The driver was a dark-headed guy. He had the same look and weight as the guy who came out on Saturday night. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas.)

Mrs. Hood went into Mr. King's room, while Mr. Hood waited outside in the parking lot. Within minutes, Mr. Hood said, a man who resembled the sketches of John Doe No. 2 came out of the motel office and got into the driver's seat of the truck. At about the same time, Mr. McVeigh came out of a room at the motel, got into the passenger's seat and the men drove off. Mr. Hood described the man as about 5 feet 9 inches, with dark, brown hair brushed straight back and an olive complexion. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas.)

04.17.95-3:00 pm

Tim stayed in his motel room all morning. At about 3:00 pm. he walked to a Conoco convenience store and called Bell Taxi.

The taxi dropped Tim off at the McDonald's on the corner of I-40 and Washington (?) in Junction City, KS. (and Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

04.17.95-4:00 p.m.

Tim began to walk from McDonald's to Elliott's Body Shop. It was raining and he did not have a hat. [46] A kid in a Fiero picked him up and dropped him off at Elliott's. A lady was in the shop, along with the manager. Vicki asked Tim his license number and he gave her the number he had memorized from the Bob Kling ID. [47] Tim talked to her about Easter and her taxes to keep her from asking him anything else. Tim had requested a dolly but they did not have any more. Vicki called Waters TruValue and reserved one for Tim.

Tim drove to Waters TruValue to pick up the dolly. He saw a security camera and tried to walk out of its field of view. It was still drizzling.

A 22-year old kid at Waters True Value pointed out the dolly for Tim. Tim wheeled it to the truck, threw it in the back and drove away.

04.17.95-5:00 p.m.

Tim drove back to the Dreamland Motel [48] and saw the owner's son. Tim was backing the truck up to the pool when the son told him he could not park it there. Tim parked the truck in front of the motel against their sign. It was now about 5 pm. He went into his room and did not leave again. That night he destroyed his Bob Kling ID by peeling back the plastic and burning the paper. He threw the ashes and the plastic in the toilet.

04.17.95

The FBI told Millar that Tim placed 2 calls from the Dreamland Motel to Eloheim City approximately 25 - 30 minutes after the truck was rented and picked up from Elliot's Body Shop. (Lawrence Myers conversation 12-29-95) (This information was not in the Dreamland phone records we received on January 17, 1996.)

04.??.95

Tim called Eloheim City one time and it was during April. [49] He had previously met a security guard by the name of Andy Stoshmeyer (DOB 5-17-59 of German descent). Because Tim knew Andy, Tim was allowed to speak with Robert Millar's group in Eloheim City. (BW memo dated 6-8-95 and updated 7-6-95.) How does Tim know Andy ?

04.17.95

A call was placed from the Dreamland Motel [50] to John Kelso's house in Alliance, Nebraska. Kelso denied being at home that day. He said the last time he talked to McVeigh was 1991. He said McVeigh washed out of Special Forces because he was a fruit loop. (Telephone interview of John Kelso by Marty and Wilma on August 20, 1995) (Tim denies placing this call.)

04.17.95-5:12 pm

A call was placed from John Bangerter, Sr.'s house to the Restaurant Teas Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 46 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

04.17.95-5:24 pm

A call was placed from John Bangerter, Sr.'s house to the Radisson Inn in Oklahoma City for one minute. (J.B. phone records)

04.17.95

McVeigh took possession of a 20-foot rental truck in Junction City, KS. (Indictment - August 10, 1995)

04.17.95

Tim rented the Ryder truck. (Domgard/polygrapher 8-31 memo).

04.17.95

Two people rented a truck from the rental agent at Elliot's Body Shop in Junction City, KS. The person who signed the rental agreement identified himself as Bob Kling, SSN: 962-42-9694, with a South Dakota driver's license number of YF942A6, and provided a home address of 428 Malt Drive, Redfield, South Dakota. Listed designation was 428 Maple Drive, Omaha, Nebraska. (Criminal Complaint filed against Timothy McVeigh dated 4.21.95).

04.17.95

David King, who was at the Dreamland Motel at the time of the bombing said he saw the bright yellow Ryder rental truck on April 17, 1995 with a trailer attached. He said the trailer contained a large, white canvas wrapped around a square-shaped object about 3 or 4 feet high that came to a point on top. He said later that day the trailer was gone, but the truck was still there. (Tulsa World, May 1, 1995)

04.17.95

Terry Nichols and his family and his son Josh went to dinner before he took Josh to the airport that evening. (Anderson chronology dated 12.15.95)

04.17.95

(or perhaps April 18), Dr. Leon Leishman saw a dark colored older model pickup with a "topper" backed up to Unit No. 2 at approximately 6:30 p.m. The unit appeared to be empty at that time. [51] (See Leishman interview).

04.17-19.95

Fort Riley, Kansas, had a sealed-bid auction. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.17.95-9:00 p.m.

Larry Wild, age 55, a former high school baseball coach and major league scout who grew up in Herington, had just finished pumping gas into his vehicle at Cardie's Corner, a gas station and convenience store in downtown Herington, KS. Mr. Wild said he saw a man whom he did not know waiting just inside the glass door and a man standing at the counter inside, his back to the door. Mr. Wild told the FBI that the likeness of McVeigh from the sketch was very good, but the face of the other man was less like the sketch he had seen of John Doe #2, although it fit his general description. Mr. Wild said he was 5 feet, 10 inches, with dark hair combed back and a dark complexion. His cheekbones were more prominent than they appeared in the sketch and his face was a little less full. Mr. Wild said he appeared part Hispanic and part Indian, and was wearing a light-blue denim jacket. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas.)

04.17.95-late p.m.

Court documents say a large Ryder truck was seen parked behind Mr. Nichols' house in Herington on Monday night. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas.)

04.18.95-3:30 a.m.

Mr. King at the Dreamland Motel in Junction City was drinking beer and watching movies with a friend when he heard a noise. He looked in the parking lot and saw Mr. McVeigh sitting in the passenger seat of the Ryder truck. The dome light was on, the glove compartment was open and Mr. McVeigh was examining a map. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas) and (Tulsa World, May 1, 1995).

When Mr. King left the motel just before dawn, he said he saw Mr. McVeigh still sitting in the Ryder truck, but when Mr. King returned around 7 or 8 a.m., the truck was gone. Federal investigators have said in court that Mr. McVeigh, who paid in advance, left the motel for good sometime before 5 a.m. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas)

04.18.95-4 a.m.

Tim got up at 4 am. and left in the truck about 5 am. He did not sit in the truck before that. Tim drove to the Pizza Hut across from the storage in Herington where he was to meet Terry at 6 am. The plan was to leave Terry's truck at the Pizza Hut and both ride in the Ryder to the storage shed.

04.18.95-6:00 a.m.

Tim waited until 6:15 am for Terry, but he failed to show. Tim drove to the storage shed and began to load the empty drums. Next he loaded the seven boxes of gel which weighed 50 pounds each.

04.18.95

Adams and Pickerstat saw McVeigh and another man (Doe No. 2) park a Ryder Truck in front of Hardee's in Junction City, Kansas. [52] (See Adams and Pickerstat interviews) (Tim said this did not occur.)

04.18.95-6:00 a.m.

Nichols received a call at 6:00 a.m. from McVeigh requesting to use Nichols' pickup to pick up a few things and look at vehicles. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995). (See April 22, 1995, Terry Nichols FBI 302 with Smith and Crabtree).

04.18.95-6:30 a.m.

Tim had loaded 20 fifty-pound bags of fertilizer when Terry drove up. Terry wanted to leave and wait until sunrise to finish. Tim said no. Terry drove his truck to the Pizza Hut and walked back over to the storage shed.

Terry helped him load 70 fifty-pound bags of fertilizer and 3 fifty-five gallon metal drums of nitromethane.

04.18.95-7:00 a.m.

Nichols left Herington for Junction City to pick up Tim before Nichols went to the auction at Fort Riley. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.18.95-7:15 a.m.

A man pulls up in the veterinary clinic across the alley in a brown pickup with a topper.

They left in the storage shed Tim's mini 30 rifle, a duffel bag, Tim's LBEs, including extra magazines for the gun, a smoke grenade, a hand grenade, a CS gas grenade, the short-wave radio, the three Kine-Pak sticks, which were equivalent to TNT, two changes of Tim's clothing, three license plates and maybe a shovel.

Tim headed toward Geary Lake in the Ryder truck. (Anderson chronology dated 12.15.95 added: Terry drove his truck to Geary Lake park.)

04.18.95-7:30 a.m.

Nichols picked up McVeigh at the McDonald's in Junction City before going to the auction at Fort Riley. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995). (See April 22, 1995, Terry Nichols FBI 302 with Smith and Crabtree). (The Radisson Inn is located at I-40 and Meridian.) Who saw this meeting?

04.18.95-8:00 a.m.

Barbara Whittenberg and her husband, Robert, own the Santa Fe Trail Diner in Herington, KA on Trapp Street, the main road into town from HWY 77. Mrs. Whittenberg said that morning Mr. McVeigh, Mr. Nichols, and a third man ate in her restaurant. They had parked three vehicles in the parking lot, a white car with an Arizona license plate, a Ryder truck and a pickup truck. She said she noticed the arrival of the men because when they parked her son, Charlie pointed out the Arizona license plate because she is from Arizona. Mr. Whittenberg talked to the three men. She had known Mr. Nichols prior because he occasionally came into the restaurant for coffee or dinner. She had also seen Mr. McVeigh prior to this, but she had never seen the third man. He had a dark complexion and could have been Hawaiian. She recognized that the third man resembled the John Doe #2 sketch, but his face was slightly thinner, his cheekbones more prominent and his nose was slightly wider than was shown in the sketch. Mr. Whittenberg asked Mr. Nichols if he was moving out of his house because she had a relative who was looking for a house. She said he avoided the question. She asked them where they were headed and the third man said Oklahoma. She told them she had relatives who lived in a town south of Oklahoma. After that the conversation stopped, "It was like ice water was thrown on it." The men stayed in the restaurant for about an hour and left at 9:00 a.m. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas)

04.18.95-8:15 a.m.

They arrived separately at Geary Lake and began to mix the components. 7 fifty-pound bags of fertilizer and 7 twenty-pound buckets of nitromethane per 1 fifty-five-gallon drum. They weighed the buckets on a bathroom scale.

When they finished, Terry nailed down the barrels and Tim changed clothes. Tim gave his dirty clothes to Terry to dispose of. Terry also took the 90 empty bags of fertilizer. The remainder of the "tools" were placed in the cone of the bomb.

04.18.95-8:30-12:00 pm

Tim and Terry loaded the explosives in the truck at Herington Storage and went to Geary Lake where between 8:30 a.m. and noon they mixed the explosive device and put it together. (Domgard/polygrapher 8-31 memo).

04.18.95-8:49 am

A call was placed from John Bangerter, Sr.'s house to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 25 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

04.18.95-9:00 a.m.

Witnesses at the lake told investigators that when they arrived at the lake at 9 a.m. a Ryder truck and a blue or brown pickup truck were already there. This is where federal investigators say the bomb was made from fertilizer and fuel oil. (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas.)

04.18.95-10:00 a.m.

A couple arrived at Geary Lake about 50 yards away from where Tim and Terry were mixing the mixture. The couple waited for about an hour trying to decide whether or not to put their boat in the water.

04.18.95-12:00 p.m.

Terry told Tim that Marife was leaving him for good. Terry said he would leave Tim some money and a phone card in the storage shed. They shook hands and Terry told him good luck. Before Tim left, Terry told him that the truck was leaking. As Tim pulled out of the park, two trucks pulled in.

04.18.95

At Geary Lake State Park in Kansas, McVeigh and Nichols constructed an explosive truck bomb with barrels filled with a mixture of ammonium nitrate, fuel and other explosives placed in the cargo compartment of the rental truck. (Indictment - August 10, 1995.)

04.18.95-2 p.m.

Mrs. Whittenberg and her husband drove to Junction City. As they drove north past the entrance to Geary State Fishing Lake she saw a Ryder truck parked by the lake and thought of the men in the diner. It looked like the same truck to her. She remembered saying, "they could not find a place to stay". (The New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas)

04.18.95-early p.m.

Early afternoon, McVeigh picked up Nichols at the auction. McVeigh told Nichols there were belongings in a storage shed and if Tim did not pick them up, that Nichols was to pick them up for him. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.18.95-1:00 p.m.

McVeigh did not return to the Fort Riley auction until after 1:00 p.m., although he agreed to be there by noon. (See April 22, 1995, Terry Nichols FBI 302 with Smith and Crabtree).

04.18.95-3:30 p.m.

His next stop was Arkansas City [53] for fuel at a Mom and Pop place. It cost $42. and he paid with a $1 bill.

Tim got on Route 166 which is on the Oklahoma / Kansas border and stopped at the Total station for 45 minutes. He went inside to the restroom.

04.18.95-3:00 p.m.

Tim stopped to get gas at Winfield, KS. (see above footnote) He purchased over $40. in gasoline for the truck and paid with a $1 bill at a small gas station, possibly an Amoco. He skirted Arkansas City [54], and drove west on Hwy 166 near the Kansas/Oklahoma line to I-35. (Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

04.18.95-5:00 p.m.

After going to the Fort Riley auction, Nichols went to his mail box at Mail Box, Etc., in Manhattan and returned home after 5:00 p.m. (See April 22, 1995, Terry Nichols FBI 302 with Smith and Crabtree).

04.18.95-6:39 p.m.

A call was placed from John Bangerter, Sr.'s house to the Radisson Inn, Oklahoma City for 11 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

04.18.95-early p.m.

Tim pulled into a rest stop at Emporia on State Hwy 77. He threw away his map and the MREs. He opened the back of the truck to check the load, which had not moved. He put the truck rental agreement and the student ID in the name of Tim Tuttle [55] in the middle of the high yield barrels in the back of the truck.

04.18.95-early p.m.

Clerks on duty at the Newkirk, Oklahoma E-Z mart on U.S. Hwy 77 remembered a Ryder truck possibly accompanied by a pickup truck. Only one of the two men came inside the store. The customer who entered the store had physical characteristics similar to Terry Nichols. This individual bought burritos from the freezer section and paid for gasoline. The other driver, who resembled McVeigh, remained outside with the truck. Authorities dusted the store for fingerprints. After leaving Newkirk, the men were believed to have traveled to Perry, Oklahoma. (Dallas Morning News, November 27, 1995 - Arnold Hamilton.)

04.18.95

Tim drove the Ryder truck and Terry Nichols drove a pick-up to the E-Z Mart in Newkirk. There were two other people with Tim in the Ryder truck. They filled up with gas and Terry paid for the fuel and bought several burritos and Dr. Peppers. (Wyatt 8-30-95 memo, information according to Dave Hall.)

04.18.95-7:00-7:30 pm

McVeigh and a stocky companion stopped at Perry's Cattle Baron's Steakhouse, Restaurant and Club, located along IH 35 in Perry, Oklahoma where they had a beer. The owners, Terry and Judi Leonard, arrived at the restaurant between 7 - 7:30 p.m. They noticed a yellow Ryder truck in the parking lot. Inside they noticed two strangers sitting at a table near the door to the bar area. One of their customers later called the FBI to report that he had bumped into McVeigh in the hallway between the dining room and the front door. (Dallas Morning News, November 27, 1995 - Arnold Hamilton.)

04.18.95

McVeigh visited McDonald's in Oklahoma City at Classen and I-40 in the Ryder truck where he met with Middle Eastern people. (Wyatt's 8-22 memo).

04.18.95-late p.m.

Tim got off I-35 at the Blackwell exit near Ponca City. He pulled into a truck parking lot so that the diesel could leak onto the grass. He ate dinner at the McDonald's across the street. He walked into the Best Western or Days Inn to rent a room, then decided against it and left. He was dressed in a black hat, black jeans, a blue coat, sunglasses and his gun in the shoulder holster.

Tim spent the night sleeping in the truck. (and Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

04.18.95

The FBI talked to David Holliway of the Cause Foundation. David told the FBI that Tim called him on this date. (Lawrence Myers phone converssation dated 1.16.96) (This information is not on any phone records we received on January 17, 1996.)

04.18.95-9:02 p.m.

A call was placed from John Bangerter, Sr.'s house to the Radisson Inn in Oklahoma City for 1 minute. (J.B. phone records)

04.18.95-late p.m.

Several Perry, Oklahoma residents said "the talk around the town was that the men stayed at a motel along IH 35. But the motel's general manager, Melinda Strutton, was unable to find McVeigh or anyone with McVeigh's alias' registered. However, the clerk on duty that night said she did not recall anyone resembling McVeigh staying there. (Dallas Morning News, November 27, 1995 -Arnold Hamilton.)

04.19.95

McVeigh parked the truck bomb directly outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, located within the Western District of Oklahoma, during regular business and day-care hours. (Indictment -August 10, 1995.)

McVeigh caused the truck bomb to explode. (Indictment - August 10, 1995.)

04.19.95

McVeigh and Nichols used a weapon of mass destruction against persons within the U.S. resulting in death and personal injury. (Indictment - August 10, 1995)

McVeigh and Nichols caused to be damaged and destroyed a building and other personal and real property possessed and used by the United States and caused the death and personal injury of persons. (Indictment - August 10, 1995.)

McVeigh and Nichols killed and aided, abetted and caused the killing of certain persons during the performance of their official duties as law enforcement officers. (Indictment - August 10, 1995.)

04.19.95-7:00 a.m.

Tim awoke and headed to Oklahoma City.

04.19.95

A surveillance camera south of Wichita, Kansas, filmed a Ryder truck with two men and two men in a dark pickup following closely behind, according to Jack Dempsey Pointer. (Wyatt's 8-30 memo).

04.19.95-early a.m.

The two men reportedly stopped for coffee at Jackie's Farmers Store in Mulhall, Oklahoma, located on IH 35. Other witnesses said the Mulhall postmaster, Mary Hunnicutt, was in the store that morning and stood next to Mr. McVeigh. Ms. Hunnicutt told reporters that she was advised by the FBI to not discuss what she had seen because she may be called to testify at trial. (Dallas Morning News, November 27, 1995 - Arnold Hamilton.)

04.19.95

Terry Nichols had "Shawn Rivers" cards printed up just before the bombing (see "Kinko's" report from Marty Reed dated 7-5-95).

04.19.95-8:30 a.m.

He took I-35 to I-40 to I-235 to the Harrison/Fourth Street exit. (and Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

04.19.95-8:30 a.m.

Mike Moroz, an employee of a downtown tire store, said a man driving a Ryder rental truck stopped at his store and asked directions to NW 5th Street and Harvey. (Dayton Daily News, October 14, 1995, byline by Arnold Hamilton, Dallas Morning News)

Mike Moroz said McVeigh got out of the truck and walked over to Mike's area. A second man wearing a ball cap and a tee-shirt sat in the passenger side of the Ryder truck. (Cable News Network, Inc. News program, August 13, 1995, 6:02 pm ET.)

Mike Moroz, 25, is a service manager for Jerry's Tire, at Tenth and Hudson Street downtown Oklahoma City. Mr. Moroz said on the day of the bombing two men in a large Ryder truck stopped between 8:25 and 8:35 a.m. to ask for directions to Fifty and Harvey Streets, the site of the Federal Building. Mr. Moroz said the driver of the truck was Mr. McVeigh and the passenger was dark-skinned. He said they both had on baseball caps. (New York Times, December 3, 1995 - Jo Thomas)

04.19.95-8:30 a.m.

Ed Kirkpatrick, a local structural engineer, said McVeigh and a white guy, late thirties or forties, met a Middle Eastern man at McDonald's downtown, Oklahoma City, around 8:30 a.m. McVeigh sent the white guy for coffee and McVeigh met with the Middle Eastern guy in a Dodge Dynasty with a blue tag on it. The white guy got upset because he thought something was wrong and McVeigh left him. The white guy threw a .45 in the dumpster. (Information received by Marty Reed and Wilma Sparks from John Cash on September 20, 1995.)

04.19.95-8:35 a.m.

A Tulsa-based mortgage company employee claimed to spot the Ryder truck followed by a yellow Mercury at Main & Broadway in Oklahoma City with a man resembling McVeigh driving the Mercury. (Dallas Morning News 10-8 article).

04.19.95-8:38 a.m.

A 39 year old lawyer by the name of James R. Linehan said that he saw McVeigh driving erratically in a battered yellow car that matched the description of Tim's yellow 1977 Mercury. He saw McVeigh drive around the federal building and then suddenly disappear into its underground parking area. James first noticed the yellow vehicle beside him stopped at the red light on the south side of the Murrah Building. The driver was hunched over the wheel and his face was covered with either a hood or hair. James said the driver was looking up at the Murrah Building and he was alone. Suddenly the yellow vehicle peeled out and ran the red light. James specifically remembered that the car had no rear license plate. James got a second look at the driver who had a sharp nose, no facial hair, a sharp chin and smooth features. When they got to the next intersection, the yellow car again peeled out and ran the red light. James said the yellow car turned right and whipped into the bottom of the federal parking lot under the Murrah building. The next day when Mr. Linehan saw the yellow Mercury from which McVeigh was arrested, Mr. Linehan jumped up, pointed at the TV screen and yelled, "That's the car! That's the car!" (Los Angeles Times, August 26, 1995)

04.19.95-8:40 a.m.

FBI interviewed three witnesses on 04.20.95 who said Unsub #1 closely resembled a person they observed in front of the Alfred P. Murrah building. (Criminal complaint filed against Timothy McVeigh on 04.21.95.)

04.19.95-8:55 a.m.

On NW Fourth Street Tim drove west past the Federal Building and then turned north on a one-way street. On Fifth Street he turned right. At the chain link fence in front of the Firestone he pulled over and lit the five-minute fuse. (and Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

04.19.95-8:55 a.m.

FBI interviewed three witnesses on 04.20.95 who said Unsub #1 closely resembled a person they observed who was still in front of the 5th Street entrance to the Alfred P. Murrah building. (Criminal complaint filed against Timothy McVeigh on 04.21.95.)

04.19.95-9:00 a.m.

He pulled back into the street and at the light at Harvey and NW 5th Street he lit the primary fuse. When the light turned, he pulled into the parking spot in front of the Murrah Building. Possibly two vehicles passed the Ryder truck as he was parking it. One woman looked at Tim as she was headed down the steps to walk into the Murrah Building. She was a white woman, dirty blonde hair, probably mid thirties. He still had on his hat. (and Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

He left the vehicle in drive, turned off the ignition switch, set the parking brake, dropped the key behind the seat, opened the door, locked it, got out and shut the door behind him. He walked north across Fifth Street into the parking lot without seeing any cars. He did not see any people in the parking lot. He walked down the alley and crossed Robinson Street. He crossed over to the alley behind the YMCA. He did not see any people. He began to jog. At the T behind the YMCA, he turned north into another alley and began to jog when he crossed NW 6th Street. He was about 20 feet into the alley when the bomb went off.

04.19.95-9:02 a.m.

A bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building exploded.

04.19.95-9:02 a.m.

Tim was almost into a parking lot when the explosion occurred. The wall of the building on his left came down and part of it hit his left leg. He stepped over a fallen power line and took out his ear plugs. He crossed Broadway and a lady came out of a shop and looked at Tim. He shook his head in a manner like he did not know what was going on. He still had on his hat. At Broadway and 7th Street he turned right. After about 1/4 of a block he crossed NW 7th Street and walked north along an alley. He crossed 8th Street mid block and walked east on 8th Street. After he crossed the railroad tracks and was close to the building where he parked his truck, a mail delivery man walked toward him. He looked at Tim and said, "Man, for a second I thought that was us that blew up", and Tim turned and said, "Yeah, so did I". As Tim passed him, the owner of the building and his wife were standing outside their store with the front glass of their store shattered. (and Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

Tim checked over his car and got in. After about 30 seconds, the engine turned over. He let it warm up for about thirty seconds. By this time he could hear police cars. He put it in drive but the transmission to not kick in. He hit the gas, the transmission caught, the wheels spun and kicked up gravel. (although in Hankins memo dated 5.10.95 Tim said his car finally kicked into drive and he pulled out slowly, got onto Broadway and then on to Hwy-235 and headed northbound. Later, he said as he was pulling out in the Grand Marquis, the tires squealed somewhat and a man looked at him, but he did not think the man could identify him or would remember the incident.)

Tim drove through the alley to Oklahoma Street which is one-way south. He drove south and stopped at NW 8th Street to wait for cars to pass. Then he crossed over 8th street and turned right, east [56] onto NW 7th Street. At Broadway and NW 7th Street he waited for a couple of police cars to pass before turning right onto Broadway. At NW 10th Street he turned right, got onto Highway 235 to I-44, then turned north on I-35.

04.19.95-10:00 a.m.

A state trooper came flying up behind Tim. When he got beside Tim he slowed down. Then he slowed down further and turned on his overhead lights. [57] Tim pulled over and rolled down his window. The officer motioned for Tim to come back. After a few questions and noticing that Tim had a gun, the trooper arrested him. Tim was cuffed and placed in the front seat of the police car. The trooper read him his miranda warnings and transported him back to Perry, Oklahoma. (and Hankins memo dated 5.10.95)

04.19.95-10:30 a.m.

Charlie Hangar (Oklahoma State Trooper) arrested Tim McVeigh and booked him sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in Perry, Oklahoma. (Jerry Cook interview).

04.19.95-12:34 p.m.

A call was placed from John Bangerter, Sr.'s house to phone # (702) 876-1432 in Las Vegas, NV for 45 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

04.19-21.95

McVeigh was in the Noble County Jail. (Jailer Marsha Moritz's interview).

04.19.95

Tim McVeigh was in jail and advised John Seward that he had been stopped because he did not have a driver's license or inspection sticker on his car. (John Seward interview).

04.19.95

John Seward reports that Tim McVeigh telephoned someone. He believes that Tim made two phone calls. (Page 12 of John Seward interview).

04.19.95-2:41 p.m.

A call was placed from John Bangerter, Sr.'s house to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 37 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

04.19.95

Execution of _______ Snell, Arkansas white supremacist. (Wyatt memo 6.8.95 and By Blood Betrayed, p.__)

04.20.95

Nichols removed McVeigh's sleeping bag, rucksack and rifle from the storage facility and put them in his garage. (Per Wyatt, see 4.18.95 entry re: belongings in storage--only two days later--which suggests culpability.) (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995) (According to Tim on January 12, 1996, everything he owned was in this storage facility and he assumed Terry got rid of everything except what the FBI found.) Was the license plate to the yellow Mercury also in this storage shed? If so, where did it go?

04.20.95

Tim McVeigh was arraigned before the District Court in Noble County and telephoned the bondsman from his cell, according to John Seward. (Seward interview).

04.20.95

Nichols heard about the bombing when he was at the Home Cable Television sales outlet in Herington, Kansas. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.20.95

That night, the telephone in the cell was not working, and John Seward believes that the Feds came to the jail. (Seward interview).

04.21.95

The FBI visited with Bill McVeigh who allowed a consent search and seizure. (Burr 9.8.95 memo).

04.21.95

Nichols received a call from his ex-wife Lana concerning $3,000 in cash given to her for Josh. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.21.95

Marife Nichols talked to Raymond B. (LNU) residing in California. There were some jokes about Tim being involved in the Oklahoma City bombing. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.21.95

Nichols put ammonium nitrate remaining from his garage onto his lawn. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.21.95-10:30 a.m.

Sheriff Jerry Cook, Noble County, Oklahoma, received first telephone call from ATF agents (Jerry Cook interview by Marty & Wilma 5-25-95)

04.21.95

In the afternoon, Tim McVeigh spoke with Royce Hobbs before the State dismissed the case against him. (Jerry Cook 5.25.95 interview)

04.21.95

John Seward believes that Tim McVeigh may have made a phone call on Friday, but he is not sure. (John Seward interview)

04.21.95

The FBI contacted Tom Manning concerning the sale of the car to Tim McVeigh. (Manning interview)

04.21.95-1:00 p.m.

The Noble County Courthouse was closed and secured. (Maybe Jerry Cook 5.25.95 interview?)

04.21.95

Nichols acquired cable t.v. programming (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.21.95

Nichols turned himself in to the Department of Public Safety. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.21-22.95-3:30 p.m.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. and lasting until after midnight, Terry Nichols was interrogated by the FBI at the Herington Department of Public Safety (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995)

04.21.95

Nichols drew the inside floor plan of his residence and garage on a lined piece of paper and explained it to the FBI agents. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995)

04.21.95-4:00 pm

Federal agents brought Tim down for an interview at the Noble County Jail. (Maybe Jerry Cook 5.25.95 interview?)

04.21.95-4:30 p.m.

McVeigh arrested by federal agents at the Noble County Jail. (Marty & Wilma interview with Sheriff Jerry Cook 5-25-95)

04.21.95-4:34 p.m.

Nichols signed a consent to search form for his residence and blue GMC 1984 pickup (compare Documents 6 and 7) (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.21.95-6:00 pm

Federal agents transported Tim McVeigh from Noble County to Oklahoma City. (Maybe Jerry Cook 5.25.95 interview?)

04.21.95-11:15 p.m.

Nichols was allowed to listen to a tape-recorded message from Josh and his ex-wife, Lana (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.21.95

James Ellison former leader of the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord, was last seen in Jasper, Florida, driving a car with Oklahoma plates. (Sims' 7-26 memo).

04.22.95-12:03 a.m.

Nichols was given four pages of letters and notes from the FBI agents. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.22.95-12:11 a.m.

Nichols refused a polygraph exam. (Nichols FBI 302 dated April 21-22, 1995).

04.22.95-1:58 p.m.

Until 3:25 p.m. Terry Nichols was transported from Abilene to Wichita, Kansas with two special agents of the FBI. (See April 22, 1995, Terry Nichols FBI 302 with Smith and Crabtree).

04.22.95

The FBI came back with a search warrant and Bill McVeigh went to Oklahoma City at their request. The FBI "took everything" on this date. (Burr 9.8.95 memo).

04.23.95

Bill had told Tim that Bill would be in Reno on that date and Tim should visit him. (Burr 9.8.95 memo).

04.23.95-4:02 p.m.

A call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 2 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

05.95 or 06.95

Tim had advised his father that he would be home to New York sometime during this time period. (Burr 9.8.95 memo).

05.04.95

Terry Nichols was served with a handwriting exemplar to appear on May 9, 1995 in Oklahoma City or to provide a sample then in Kansas. Nichols, on the advice of counsel, provided handwriting samples. (See Nichols FBI 302 dated May 4, 1995).

05.14.95

At approximately 4:55 p.m., Herington Police Officer Del E. Lindsley ran a VIN check on Terry Nichols' blue GMC pickup (see Nichols' discovery at Document 12 which is a narrative report prepared by Director Dale A. Kuhn with the Herington Police Department).

05.17.95-7:05 p.m.

A call was placed from Kevin Nicholas' residence to the Radisson Inn in Oklahoma City for 5 minutes. (K.N. phone records)

05.17.95-9:17 p.m.

A call was placed from Kevin Nicholas' residence to the Radisson Inn in Oklahoma City for 2 minutes. (K.N. phone records)

05.19.95-3:13 p.m.

A call was placed from Kevin Nicholas' residence to the Radisson Inn in Oklahoma City for 1 minute. (K.N. phone records)

05.19.95-6:44 p.m.

A call was placed from Kevin Nicholas' residence to the Radisson Inn in Oklahoma City for 1 minute. (K.N. phone records)

06.01.95

Approximately this date, Larry Byers with the Herington Times reported that the Associated Press said that Marife Nichols was flown to the Philippines at the expense of the Government with nine bodyguards. This probably needs to be checked out. (Byers/Herington Times interview by Reed/Sparks).

06.07.95-8:14 pm

A call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff. AZ for 23 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

06.11.95-9:16 pm

A call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 55 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

06.13.95-5:05 pm

A call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 13 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

06.16.95-10:43 am

A call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 3 minutes. (J.B. phone records)

06.19.95-7:51 pm

A call was placed from the residence of John Bangerter, Sr. to the Restaurant Tea Service in Flagstaff, AZ for 23 minutes. (J.B. phone records)



[43] See next footnote.

[44] It is assumed by Lawrence Meyers that John Bangerter Jr. was the one calling Kevin Nicholas. However, John Bangerter Sr.'s phone was used because Jr. does not have a phone. Sr. told someone that Jr. used his phone all the time.

[45] Not clear from looking at the phone records. Copy difficult to read.

[46]Tim consciously decided to not wear a cap. He also shaved his 5 day growth of facial hair.

[47] However in Hankins' memo dated 5.10.95 Tim said he gave the lady his real name and real identification number because he did not have his fake I.D. at the time. On December 22, 1995 Tim said this is not true. This incident was confused with the hotel incident.

In the same Hankins' memo Tim said he remembered seeing John Doe #2 while he was in Elliott's Body shop. He said this guy simply happened to be in the shop the same time as Tim. On December 22, 1995 Tim said he did not see JD#2, he saw another person in the waiting area that he assumed to be an employee of Elliott's Body Shop. He believes this person brought the Ryder truck around for him.

[48] The original plan was for Tim to park the truck at the Wal-Mart so it would not be conspicuous. Since Terry backed out, Tim had no other choice except to drive the truck to the Dreamland.

[49] In Hankins' memo dated 5.10.95 Tim said he once called Eloheim City church in Muldrow, Oklahoma to ask if he could stay there. They asked him where he was coming from and he said the west. No mention if this was the one and only call to Eloheim City.

[50] Unknown which motel room from which the call was placed.

[51] This unit was rented to Shawn Rivers AKA McVeigh, according to Anderson's chronology dated 12.15.95. Also, according to this chronology a Ryder truck was seen backed up to this same storage unit during this week.

[52] They do not give the date, but Bob Wyatt presumed April 18 ([handwritten] 17th ck)) was the date based upon Wilma's report.

[53] On December 26, 1995 Tim said Winfield, KS and Arkansas City are so close together that you are unsure when you leave one city and enter the other.

[54] On December 26, 1995 Tim said he skirted the toll road in Arkansas City.

[55] On December 22, 1995 Tim said it was the Bob Kling ID which he placed in the back of the truck.

[56] The actual direction is west.

[57] Although in Hankins memo dated 5.10.95 Tim said he observed the Highway patrolman coming up fast on the Marquis with his lights flashing indicating for Tim to pull over.



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