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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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(p.184) 9 The Storm before the Calm

(p.184) 9 The Storm before the Calm

Awaiting McVeigh’s Execution

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(p.184) 9 The Storm before the Calm
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Killing McVeigh
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Jody Lyneé Madeira

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814796108.003.0009

This chapter examines the attitudes of survivors and the families of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing toward Timothy McVeigh and his impending execution. It considers the factors that family members and survivors took into account in deciding whether or not they wished to view McVeigh's execution, including their opinions on the death penalty, whether they felt a duty or responsibility to witness McVeigh's execution, and what behaviors they wished to see from McVeigh immediately before he was executed. It also discusses the struggle to broadcast McVeigh's execution via closed-circuit television and concludes with an analysis of participants' reactions to McVeigh's media visibility.

Keywords:   survivors, victims, Oklahoma City bombing, Timothy McVeigh, execution, family members, death penalty, closed-circuit television, media

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