The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 7, 1997 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 7, 1997
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MAJYJ7,_1997 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL V OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING TRIAL Sister says McVeigh warned 'something big' would happen She also testifies that investigators threatened her with death penalty By The Associated Press 1 DENVER Timothy McVeigh left a computer message warning that federal agents would "swing in the wind one clay" and wrote his .sister just weeks before the Oklahoma bombing that "something 'big is going to happen," she testi- • fied Tuesday. " Jennifer McVeigh told jurors •she followed her brother's instructions to burn his letter, which she said predicted the event would occur "in the Oklahoma month of the bull," an astrological reference to either April or May. "Did he ever |£tell you what that something J^was?" asked prosecutor Beth [^Wilkinson. |;5 "No," Jennifer McVeigh replied. ' J "And you never asked?" i "No." ! On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb S exploded outside the downtown i Oklahoma City federal building, ! killing 168 people and injuring ; more than 500 in the deadliest act > of terrorism on U.S. soil. I After she heard about her broth- jj er's arrest two days after the blast, i Jennifer McVeigh said she burned | clippings he had given her from I V TEXAS STANDOFF Bombing The Associated Press Jennifer McVeigh breaks into tears Tuesday as she testifies at the trial of her brother, Timothy McVeigh, in this courtroom illustration. "The Turner Diaries," a racist novel that prosecutors say was a blueprint for the bombing. Testifying under immunity for 2'/a hours over two days, Jennifer McVeigh generally spoke in calm, even tones — sometimes sounding practiced. She entered the courtroom smiling broadly at her brother, and mouthed the words, "Good morning." He smiled back. But the demeanor of the 23-year- old changed dramatically when she spoke about her intense eight-day interrogation by FBI agents, who told her she could face the death penalty if she didn't,cooperate. 'Manhunt for fleeing secessionist slows I Texas authorities scale | back search for Kansas I man in rugged terrain | By The Associated Press' s FORT DAVIS, Texas — Author* ities scaled back their search I ( Tuesday for a fugitive member of t 'the Republic of Texas secessionist j group, expecting him to be driven > from the rugged terrain by thirst, I hunger and wild animals. L W Two of the group's members i^fled into the mountainside from ,^their ; makeshift headquarters in remote western Texas, shortly before leader Richard McLaren and £<three followers ended their week- j^long standoff Saturday. f- One of the fugitives, Mike Mat(s-"son, 48, was killed Monday in a £ Shootout with authorities. I •' The search won't resume today j~because the remaining runaway j'— Richard Frank Keyes III, 21, St. i- Mary's, Kan. — hasn't been spot- Jrjted and the area is too treacher- ?,jous for search teams, said Mike ^"Cox, spokesman for the state De- Apartment of Public Safety. f • "We'll be doing an investigation />to try to find out where he is — »'_but not beating the bushes look- ""ing for him," Cox said. Keyes is wanted on state charges .stemming from the brief hostage- sjqtaking of a neighborhood couple t-that began the stalemate April 27. f', McLaren and his followers form '•-one faction of the group, which bei .lieves that Texas, formerly an ins~dependent republic, was illegally F absorbed by the United States in -the 1840s. They are seeking inde- pendence for Texas. Although Keyes is believed to be armed with a deer rifle, Cox said extra officers won't be needed to protect the roughly 100 residents of the Davis Mountains Resort area, which is more mountain than resort, McLaren and his wife, Evelyn, are being held in Presidio County Jail in Marfa. McLaren faces state charges and has been indicted along with his wife on federal charges accusing them of issuing $1.8 billion in phony financial documents. MOM i' i Mother's Day is M;iy 11 and alonj; I will] ;i ^rc j ;il .sclcuion of wind I'liimcs, ' svc! offer superior backyard birdinj; i piodiici.s and expert advic'e. | \WldBird Crossing • Galaxy Center • 2306 Planet Ave. I (913)452-WILD Bring a Little Main Street To Ifour Mom. V ^isit the Main Street Revival Co. this Mothers Day and discover all the charm and nostalgia of old Main Street. Browse through our 1997 gift collection an amazing assortment of extras and essentials that make a house a home. We've made it easy to add charm and just a touch of vintage. COME VISIT US AND FIND YOUR OWN PIECE OF MAIN STREET Central Mall - Salina 825-6065 Hutchinson 665-1115 Under cross-examination, she said she was questioned in a room plastered with poster-sized pictures of herself and her brother, along with a listing of the possible charges against them. Jennifer McVeigh did eventually give the FBI statements and agree to testify against her brother at his trial only if she could not be prosecuted. McVeigh attorney Rob Nigh asked in his cross-examination if FBI agents told her they were'going to investigate the bombing objectively. "They told me that he was guilty," Jennifer McVeigh said. "He was going to fry." McVeigh could get the death penalty if convicted of murder and conspiracy charges. Jennifer McVeigh also de- scrinbed her brother's expressions of hatred toward the government in the months before the bombing. She said five months before the blast he left a file on her computer at her home in upstate New York titled "ATFREAD," an apparent reference to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which played a central role in the deadly 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. The message used an obscenity to refer to federal agents and said they would "swing in the wind one day" for their "treasonous actions against the Constitution." It ended with the words: "Die, you spineless, cowardice bastards." eait-Up All Carpet & Vinyl Remnants OFF Commercial Grade Berbers Starting at to UNFLOWER 2559 Market Place • Salina (913) 825-6260 • 800-748-7493 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:00-5:30, Mon. & Thurs. Night Til 7:00, Closed Sunday. Why deal with/our different cellular companies? 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