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Timothy McVeigh was born on April 23, 1968 in Pendleton, New York. His parents divorced when he was ten years old and McVeigh spent the rest of his youth living with his father and siblings. The family was very religious and attended mass daily.

After graduating from high school, McVeigh joined the United States Army and served in the Gulf War. He was a skilled gunner and served on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle in the 1st Infantry Division. He managed to earn a bronze star for bravery and all of his friends and superiors considered him a top notch soldier.

After the war was over, McVeigh applied to join the Green Berets, an elite division of the US Army, but failed the grueling physical endurance tests. He was totally devastated by his failure and left the military a very bitter man. After leaving the army, he began working as a security guard in his hometown of Pendleton.

In 1995, he moved to Junction City Oklahoma, where he joined a group of gun crazy militants. It was with this group that he constructed a massive bomb at a campground near Fort Riley. The bomb was supposedly composed of 5000 pounds of ammonium nitrate and nitromethane. He drove the bomb in a truck to the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and detonated it, killing over a hundred people.

Unfortunately for McVeigh, it wasn't very hard for the police to find out that he was responsible. He had been seen renting the Ryder truck used to carry the bomb and also identified by a motel clerk. While McVeigh was leaving Oklahoma on I-35, he was pulled over by a state patrol officer because he didn't have license plate. The officer found a loaded firearm inside and arrested McVeigh, realizing three days later that he was the primary suspect in the bombing.

On June 2, 1997, McVeigh was found guilty of the murder of eight federal employees who died in the bombing. He was sentenced to death, but immediately appealed. His appeal was denied by the United States Supreme Court and he was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001.

McVeigh later claimed that his motives were primarily caused by his anti-government sentiment. He had developed an anti-government stance during the Gulf War and this was only fueled by his failure to become a Green Beret.