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Killing McVeighThe Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure$
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Jody Lyneé Madeira

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814796108

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814796108.001.0001

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Joining Advocacy Groups

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Killing McVeigh

Jody Lyneé Madeira

NYU Press

This chapter explores how family members and survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing dealt with the death of their loved ones by joining advocacy groups. It shows how relationships between group members helped victims to make sense of the bombing and to ascertain their own relationships to it. To better understand how group membership benefited survivors and family members, the chapter considers the profound emotional and psychological suffering that participants experienced in the bombing's aftermath. It also discusses community and memorial practices in Oklahoma City in the wake of the bombing, with particular emphasis on the work of the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building Memorial Task Force, the “habeas group,” and the Oklahoma City Murrah Building Survivor's Association. Finally, it analyzes the functions of groups formed in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, along with the narrative benefits of companionship offered by advocacy groups.

Keywords:   family members, survivors, Oklahoma City bombing, advocacy groups, victims, Oklahoma City, habeas group, Oklahoma City Murrah Building Survivor's Association, companionship, Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building Memorial Task Force

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