Oklahoma City: A Look Back at the Blast That Shook America

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The north side of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City

TIME 1995 Cover Package:
COVER: When the Terror Comes From Within
At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Its scenes of carnage unleashed fear, anger and sorrow across the nation — as well as an astonishingly swift quest for the suspected perpetrators of the slaughter. America had already learned to expect terror from beyond its borders. Now the country must deal with another reality: the monsters it has bred on its own.

THE SUSPECTS: A Confederacy of Extremists
The targets of the investigation appear to be linked to an ideology with one Great Satan: the Federal Government.

Waco: An anniversary burned in memory.

Radical Philosophy: America and the mind of the far right.

The Bomb: How fertilizer can equal a ton of dynamite

OKLAHOMA CITY: Blood of Innocents
In its aftermath of the blast came tales of horror and hatred but also stories of simple courage and extraordinary heroism.

Dealing With Trauma: Children amid catastrophe

The Presidency: Oklahoma City is Clinton's gravest test.

The Political Interest: Repercussions on the right.

SECURITY: How Safe Is Safe?
The terrorist attacks in New York and Oklahoma raise questions about the levels of public safety throughout the country

Bashing Immigrants: A new bill goes the wrong way

Japan: A persistent odor of terrorism.

ESSAY: Should civil rights get in the way of security?


May 1996 Photo Essay:
Oklahoma City: A Year Later

TIME 1997 Cover Story:
Should Timothy McVeigh Die?

TIME 2000: How We Remember
From Vietnam to Oklahoma City, America's new memorials help us come to terms with the tragic past. But they also reflect the complicated present