Listen: We begin the way the Government began their case: with the stories of the survivors. Mike Shannon’s story appears next on the show, though he didn’t actually testify until much later in the trial. The same with the detailed analysis of the type of weapon used. From there, we follow an axle from the crime scene to Elliott’s Body Shop. The Script for the show, including some pictures introduced at the trial follow.1Like all trial lawyers, I steal good phrases from other trial lawyers. The title of this episode comes from McVeigh Prosecutor Larry Mackey who declared in closing arguments, “The hands of time fell to rest that morning at 9:02 A.M.” All quoted statements in the script came directly from the testimony of the witness. Read More
Episode 2: Who is the Man in the Marquis?
Listen: After Investigators tie the name Robert D. Kling from a rental agreement for a Ryder Truck, the nationwide manhunt descends upon the Noble County, Oklahoma Jail, and a man arrested in a Mercury Marquis for failing to display a proper license plate. The world learned his name for the first time: Timothy James McVeigh. Who was he? Where did he come from? What does he stand for? Continue reading to find out, including a few pictures introduced at the trial. Read More
Episode 3: Soup Cans With Lori
Listen: On this episode, we’ll meet a witness who claimed McVeigh showed her how he was going to build the bomb using Campbell Soup cans, how he planned on funding the mission, and what McVeigh was hiding in some Christmas packages. The script for the show, including some of the trial exhibits follow.
Episode 4: Linchpins in Herington
Listen: Jurors hear about some very peculiar fertilizer sales, a burglary at a rock quarry, and about a treasure trove of evidence investigators found in Herrington. They also hear a letter McVeigh allegedly wrote in which he signed off by saying, “send no more letters after April 1st.” The Script to the show and some of the trial pictures follow. Read More
Episode 5: The Calling Card and a Means to a Criminal End
Listen: Jurors learn how 1 little card connected raceways, hobby shops and chemical companies. The Prosecution calls one of McVeigh’s Accomplices, a man who compared himself to Kato Kaelin in the trial styled The People of California vs. O.J. Simpson, and boasted that he had “quite a tale to tell.” The Script and some of the trial exhibits follow. Read More
Episode 6: In Defense of Timothy McVeigh and the Jury Reaches a Verdict
Listen: The Defense uncovers a mystery for jurors about the case that remains unsolved to this day. They attack the integrity of the FBI Lab, and show jurors how one major finding on the only piece of physical evidence from the Ryder Truck with chemical residue can’t be verified. Find out why on this, the final episode of our case study on Timothy McVeigh’s trial. The Script to the Show and some of the trial pictures follow. Read More
Episode 1: Removal of the Globes – Enucleation
When bodies started turning up in West Dallas in the Winter of 1990 and 1991, police were stunned at this killer’s calling card. This is the story of the seedy sides of the big city, its inhabitants, and the overlooked victims of society who were thrust into the spotlight when they crossed paths with a genuine serial killer. What happens to the eyes of those who stop looking? The Script for Episode 1 follows:
“And the Sparkle in your eyes keeps me alive, keeps me alive.”1The Cult, She Sells Sanctuary, on Love (Beggar’s Banquet 1985).
Episode 2: The Tragic Journey of the Dallas Streetwalker
Listen Here: Was Dallas in the grips of a serial killer in the early 1990’s? Could police have caught him sooner if they had paid closer attention to those in the margins? Hear how testimony from Dallas street walkers combined with trace evidence led authorities to the man who has become known for his peculiar calling card – a pair of empty eye sockets. The script for Episode 2 follows.
Episode 3: Serial Killer or Unjustly Accused?
Listen Here: The trial of Charles Albright is underway. Is the hair and fiber evidence enough to seal the deal, or is the prosecution’s case hanging by a thread? Hear how prosecutors dealt with Albright’s alibi, the murder that had to be thrown out, and the defense witness that provided some of the strongest evidence pointing toward a conviction. Finally, the murderous design of Charles Albright will be revealed. The Script for Episode 3 follows.
Episode 1: Donnie, This is it. They’re Going to Kill Us.
In February of 1971, deputies from Dallas and Ellis Counties converged on a house in West Dallas to serve what should have been a simple arrest warrant for the burglary of a home. What ensued was a night of terror and one of the biggest manhunts in recent history in North Texas. What happens when five lawmen are met by two criminals with nothing to lose?