Terry Nichols


Terry Nichols was born in…..Michigan, he grew up in a small town on a farm. He attended college for a short time went through many jobs such as carpentry, real estate, farming until he finally decided to enlist into the Army. He was married twice and also had a son. While he was in the Army he met a man named Timothy McVeigh, they shared some of the same interests; they both had distrust in the government and loved weaponry. In an Interview Terry described himself as a “typical American who loved the land and hates paying taxes.” He was never fond of the government, he decided to change his thoughts into actions and took matters into his own hands. In a 1994 affidavit mailed to the president, the senator and the attorney general, he formally stated that he disowned his citizenship and his legal responsibility. He was also involved with many other conflicts with the government and disobeying laws.


The connection Nichols has to the Oklahoma bombing is he was partners and goods friends with Timothy McVeigh. After developing a good friendship with McVeigh they created their own cell of a local paramilitary organization called the “Patriots.” Timothy McVeigh was charged with the death sentence because he was supposedly proven guilty on charges that he was allegedly involved with the Oklahoma bombing, yet now McVeigh is appealing the death sentence. Terry Nichols was convicted of having strong evidence that he was definitely involved with the Oklahoma bombing, there were many suspicious trails of evidence that led back to him. For


example he said to have been using a fake name to buy 40 50lb. bags of ammonium nitrate from a local farming company. The sales receipt was found in Nichols house after the bombing attack. And the day after the purchase of the ammonium nitrate, 299 sticks of dynamite and 544 blasting caps were stolen from a shop nearby. In the following two months Nichols rented two storage sheds under the same false name and bought 40 more 50 lb. Bags of ammonium nitrate. Nichols, is now being charged with murder and conspiracy in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people and injured more than 500. The state maintains that Nichols is not facing a double jeopardy, because the federal government was legally allowed to try him only for the murder of eight federal agents killed in the attack. While Oklahoma accuses him of the premeditated murder of 160 other individuals killed in the attack, over whom only Oklahoma has jurisdiction. Nichols attorneys countered that the federal and state charges were fundamentally similar, and that the federal and the Oklahoma authorities had worked closely together throughout Nichols trial. The Nichols case was "a classic instance of conjoining federal and state resources in a massive law enforcement enterprise," Nichols lawyer Brian T. Hermanson wrote. Nichols failed to win a hearing at the Supreme Court. Last April, the justices declined to consider his direct appeal of his federal conviction.