Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Timothy McVeigh & Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma Bombing

On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb outside a federal building in retaliation for the actions of the U.S. government and its agents at Waco in 1993, in which 76 men, woman and children lost their lives, and at Ruby Ridge. McVeigh’s bomb killed 186 men, women and children, injured 680 people and destroyed or damaged 324 buildings in a 16-block radius.

Police: Bomber who forgot to set clock forward blew self up

Some residents in the Long Lane and South Inner City area in the Irish city of Dublin had their Sunday night interrupted by the frightening blast of a car bomb around 11 p.m., followed by the strange sight of the bomber “dripping in blood” from the blast of his own bomb, get into a cab and leave the scene.

Suicide bomber training ‘glitch’ kills instructor, 21 students, injures others

A secret suicide bombing how-to training class, instructed by an allegedly “experienced” operative, concluded when the class project unexpectedly exploded, killing bomber and students alike. Many hope that the fatal bug that blew up the would-be bombers, becomes a regular feature of all suicide bomber training seminars.

Today in Crime History: Birmingham church bomber convicted of murder

On November 19, 1963, Robert ‘Dynamite Bob’ Chambliss was convicted of the murder of Carol Denise McNair in connection with the 16th street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15 of that year. The attack claimed the lives of four little girls. The Klan member would spend the rest of his life in prison, never giving up his accomplices.

The Bombing of the Khobar Towers

In June 1996 a truck bomb exploded in a Saudi Arabian housing complex killing 19 American airmen charged with enforcing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq. Though the FBI aggressively pursued investigation of the Iranian-sponsored terror attack, justice was ultimately thwarted by White House meddling at the highest level.

WATCH: Handicapped Man Blows Himself Up at Airport

A Chinese man detonated a package of black powder he was holding at the Beijing airport Saturday in protest of having been allegedly beaten into a coma by urban militia in Dongguan in 2005. He claims to have been partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair ever since. No one else was hurt.

Today in Crime History: Eric Rudolph Pleads Not Guilty to Bombing Abortion Clinic

On June 3, 2003, Eric Rudolph pleaded not guilty to charges that he bombed an abortion clinic. The bombing killed an off duty police officer and critically injured a nurse.

Today in Crime History: Pipe Bombs Explode in Heidlberg

On May 24, 1972, pipe bombs exploded just outside the Campbell Barracks at the U.S. Army headquarters in Heidelberg. The bombing, perpetrated by the left-wing militant group known as the Baader Meinhof gang, killed three American G.I.’s and wounded five more.

Today in Crime History: Bobby Frank Cherry is Convicted

On May 22, 2002, Bobby Frank Cherry was convicted for his role the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963. The bombing killed four and injured over twenty more.

Olympic Park Bomber Eric Rudolph Publishes Memoirs

Serial bomber Eric Rudolph spends 22 1/2 hours a day alone in his cell, which gave him plenty of time to write his story. The book, published by a vanity press, was illustrated by Rudolph’s brother.

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