Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

DVD - 2017
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It traces the events that led McVeigh to that day and recounts the stories of the survivors, first-responders, US Marshals, FBI investigators, and journalists who covered the events. The film provides an in-depth and provocative exploration of the white supremacist, extremist militia movement that rose to prominence in the early 1990s and still makes news today.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] :, PBS,, [2017]
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781531701437
1531701434
Branch Call Number: DVD 976.638 Okl

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richmole
Mar 02, 2018

Strange and unfortunate title.
Oklahoma City is the site of the deadliest domestic terrorist attack (at 168 victims) in U.S. history. Better this good documentary should have been titled, "The Deadliest US Mass
Murderer" because it's not only an eye-grabbing title, it's an accurate summation of the film.
This not a story about a place (or places; three are covered here) or even a horrific deed. It's the story of the man who masterminded and perpetrated that deed--and why he did so. Simply put: he hated bullies. Like you and me, right?

To tell more would be to dull the impact of the viewer's own revelations. This film presents some terrific revelations about bomber Timothy McVeigh and his sad, twisted journey that led to parking a truckload of explosives in front of a high-rise office-and-childcare building in 1995.

1995: what was I doing then that I didn't take greater notice of this? Saw it on the news, of course, but it wasn't until 2001 (just three months before the #1 Mass murder/terrorist incident in U.S. history) that McVeigh's journey finally came to an end, and by then, few noticed or cared. So, if you're like me--distracted at the time, forgetful over time or, younger than me, this is a very good documentary to see.

ESPECIALLY in these days where millions (yes, millions) of Americans feel one of their very important freedoms is threatened. That would be the freedom to own a gun. What could happen when enough of them feel threatened?

Stuff like this. THAT's worth remembering, too, at a time when the push for gun control grows strong.

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sdiblasio
Jan 06, 2018

Domestic terrorism is a real threat. The greatest issue is that they are not easy to spot. Their goal is to infiltrate and appear to be a part of the community. People join the military for many reasons. Radical groups see it as an opportunity to gain access to weapons and technology. Those are the ones that concern me.

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bitsysmom
Jan 03, 2018

This is an excellent film about the Oklahoma City bombing. It also shows the connection between Oklahoma City, Waco, and Ruby Ridge. Very informative.

ArapahoeKati May 02, 2017

I was riveted by this, especially because I had never understood all the backstory behind McVeigh's motivations. Some parts are particularly heart-wrenching but this was a story that needed to be told.

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