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White supremacist novel key evidence in McVeigh trial

March 24, 1997
Web posted at: 12:40 p.m. EST (1740 GMT)


NEW YORK (CNN) -- A photocopied passage from the white supremacist novel "The Turner Diaries" will be used by prosecutors to try to establish a motive in the upcoming trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, according to a Time magazine report.

The novel depicts the destruction of the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., with a truck bomb. The photocopied passage was found glued to an envelope in the alleged get-away car used by McVeigh.

McVeigh goes on trial next week in Denver. The particular passage found in McVeigh's car explains that the bombing was necessary to wake up America.

The envelope was found when officials searched the car shortly after the April 19, 1995, attack on the Alfred P. Murrah federal building that killed 168 people and injured hundreds of others.

McVeigh was arrested on a traffic charge shortly after the bombing. A co-defendant in the case, Terry Nichols, will be tried separately.

Time, citing sources familiar with the evidence, reported that the prosecution will use the photocopied passage as key evidence to demonstrate the motive and the purpose of the bomb attack.

McVeigh has been linked to right-wing paramilitary militia groups opposed to the federal government.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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