Investigation of the Federal Building Bombing


John Hiscock reported in the May 4, 1995, Electronic Telegraph that FBI agents were having a hard time carrying out their investigation of the Oklahoma City Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building bombing.

The investigation led to the small desert town of Kingman, Arizona, where suspect Timothy McVeigh once lived.

Hiscock reported that FBI investigators "are being frustrated by a wall of local hostility." He quotes one agent as saying "I can't wait to get out of here. I've never come across anything like this before, these people are nuts."

Hiscock said the town is ambivalent about the bombing:

The feeling in Kingman is one of approval that a government building was bombed but regret that so many lives were lost. As Buddy Hinson, drinking in the Smokehouse Saloon, put it: "Whoever did it would be a national hero if he'd done it at night when nobody was in the building ... or if only a few federal government people were there."

The FBI's interest in Kingman results from McVeigh's residence there beginning in May 1993. McVeigh rented a mailbox there, listing his home address as that of his friend, Michael Fortier. McVeigh resided in Kingman motels during portions of February through April 12, 1995. The Oklahoma City bombing occurred April 19, 1995. McVeigh received mail at his Kingman mailbox adddressed to "T. Tuttle," the name of a terrorist in the film Brazil.

Fortier Cooperates

The June 21, 1995, New York Times reported that Michael Fortier, a friend of Timothy McVeigh's, began cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for leniency.

Fortier admitted accompanying McVeigh on a trip to the Oklahoma City federal building a week before its bombing, and having knowledge of McVeigh's plans to bomb a federal office building as early as fall 1994.

Fortier met McVeigh in the Army. Fortier is a resident of Kingman, Arizona, a city in which investigators have spent much time.