Mar 31, 2017
Part one of a two-part episode. Retired agents Jon Hersley and Larry Tongate review their roles as case agents assigned to the nation-wide investigation of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Jon Hersley was assigned to the Oklahoma City Division. Larry Tongate was in the Bureau's Kansas City Office. They share details about the 168 victims—including 19 children—and the more than 500 people injured from the bombing and the warped ideology that motivated Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to blow up the Murrah building is also reviewed. The bomb blast also destroyed the entire north side of the nine-story concrete and granite Murrah building, incinerated nearby cars, and damaged more than 300 buildings. The OKBOMB investigation, as it became known, is the United States' deadliest act of homegrown terrorism. In their book—Simple Truths: The Real Story of the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation—Hersley and Tongate and their co-author Bob Burke, assembled a chronological review of the initial events and of the evidence gathered in the case against McVeigh, Nichols and Fortier.
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