To Our Readers, Aug. 21, 1995

Last week's indictment of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh surprised hardly anyone. But events breaking around the indictment did present an unpredictable opportunity to TIME correspondent Patrick E. Cole, who began covering the Oklahoma City story hours after the April 19 explosion. Unexpectedly, Stephen Jones, McVeigh's attorney, gave Cole permission to interview William and Jennifer McVeigh, his client's father and sister. "I always wonder how the accused and the family feel when they're in the spotlight," Cole says. "Getting to the McVeigh family for their first in-depth interview was thus all the more exciting."

The suspect himself added to the...

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