A TWO-BIT CONSPIRACY

THE CARNAGE MAY HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF A SMALL, UNPREVENTABLE PLOT. MEANWHILE, IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, MCVEIGH'S FAMILY RECOUNTS ITS ORDEAL WITH THE FBI

No wide-ranging conspiracy. No criminal masterminds. Not even any hardened zealots dedicating their life to the disciplined terrorist pursuit of an ideological cause. Just two drifters and misfits with a rented truck and a homemade bomb. That is the story behind the killing of 168 people in Oklahoma City last April, so far as it can be drawn from a federal grand jury indictment of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. The indictment, issued last week, contains only a bare-bones description of how they allegedly built the bomb that blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19; six of...

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