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Bomb material found in studentís apartment
The Oklahoman ^ | Sunday, October 2, 2005 | Jane Glenn Cannon and Jennifer Jackson

Posted on 10/02/2005 9:13:39 PM PDT by WestTexasWend

NORMAN - Local and federal law officers worked Sunday to remove what was described as a cache of explosive material from the apartment of a man who died in a bombing the night before.

Joel Henry Hinrichs III, 21, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., died in the explosion, FBI officials said.

Investigators believe Hinrichs detonated a bomb about 8 p.m. Saturday, just 100 yards away from a packed football stadium.

Officials confirmed Sunday a cache of explosive material later was found inside Hinrichs’ residence at the university- owned Parkview Apartments, southeast of Lindsey Street and Stinson Avenue.

The FBI, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and Norman police’s bomb squad were removing the material Sunday evening.

Police were overheard telling residents it would take “several trips and could take up to 24 hours” to remove it all.

Four buildings at Parkview Apartments, including the building where Hinrichs lived, were cordoned off with police tape.

Mike McMahon, who lives across the street from Hinrichs’ building, said he was on his porch at 3 a.m. Sunday “when they (police) started moving in.”

“That’s when the (yellow crime scene) tape went up,” McMahon said.

Whitney Pearson said she woke at 9 a.m. to find police blocking access to George Street where she lives. Across the street, she could see crime scene tape snaking around buildings at Parkview Apartments.

“I talked to police, and they told me I would be safe as long as I stayed on my side of the tape,” Pearson said.

OU and Norman police officers were posted at intersections to keep people away from the taped-off area. FBI and ATFE agents could be seen moving in and out of the buildings most of the day.

A canister trailer used for detonating or transporting potentially explosive material was being used to haul items away.

They started removing items after 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Boren said reports about authorities finding an unexploded bomb Saturday night were false.

Investigators did set off a second explosion, but it involved a suspicious object located near the blast site that did not contain a bomb, Boren said.

Law enforcement acted quickly and efficiently responding to the emergency, Boren said.

“Student safety is our number one concern,” Boren said.

FBI investigators packaged and removed the bench where the bomber was seated when the explosives went off.

A scorched patch marred the sidewalk where the bench had been removed.

Crime scene tape blocking access to the South Oval was removed by Sunday afternoon. Tape was repositioned around a bus and limousine parked on the oval in front of George Lynn Cross Hall, OU’s botany-microbiology building, prior to Saturday night’s game. Blood spattered the lower length of the bus.

No other damage to the area, including the microbiology building, was apparent.

Officials said Hinrichs’ motive for blowing himself up Saturday near the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium during the second quarter of OU’s game against Kansas State remains under investigation.

OU President David Boren said Hinrichs was a student “who had very, serious personal problems that led to this tragic death.”

Because of what happened, Boren said, the FBI had taken over the investigation.

Boren said the student had explosives strapped to his body.

Investigators would not say whether they believe Hinrichs intended to go inside the stadium before the detonation happened.

"We are dealing with an individual death caused by an explosive device,” Boren said. “There is no continuing threat to the students at OU.”

Boren said OU classes would be held as usual Oct. 3.

Notified of his son’s death Sunday, Hinrichs’ father said he was still processing what happened and did not trust himself to say much.

“I don’t want him defined by whatever limitations led him to this,” said Joel H. Hinrichs Jr. of Colorado Springs. “He was quite introverted. He was a very quiet, introverted, intelligent young man. I can’t approximate what led him to make such a final decision.”

Hinrichs Jr., who broke down in tears during a brief phone interview with The Oklahoman, said he plans to have his son’s remains cremated and the ashes sent back to Colorado.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: explosives; hinrichs; nonterroristattack; normanbombing; normanok; ou; oubombing
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1 posted on 10/02/2005 9:13:40 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend

His pic's at the link and also here >>>
http://www.channeloklahoma.com/news/5047816/detail.html


2 posted on 10/02/2005 9:16:35 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend

Why would the FBI take over...is there no Oklahoma State Troopers that do explosives?


3 posted on 10/02/2005 9:19:01 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: WestTexasWend

4 posted on 10/02/2005 9:19:53 PM PDT by m3d1um
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To: PhiKapMom

Have you seen this?


5 posted on 10/02/2005 9:22:23 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem !)
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To: WestTexasWend
OU President David Boren said Hinrichs was a student “who had very, serious personal problems that led to this tragic death.”

Unless this is is a hands-on kind of university President, how the heck does he KNOW that Hinrichs had "very, serious personal problems that led to this tragic death". Me thinks David Boren is trying desperately to make this out to be some sort of minor act by a student who just had, well, personal issues. Okee-dokee, you betcha. I, for one, do not believe for one minute that someone strapped bombs to his chest outside of a stadium full of people, had bomb making materials and Muslim extremist propoganda in his partment and blew himself up (albeit, prematurely) just because of "personal problems". But then again, what do I know?

6 posted on 10/02/2005 9:22:55 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything)
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To: Blue Jays
Hi All-

The police aren't reporting how many bystanders avoided serious injury because they were shielded from the deadly blast by the bomber's ample forehead.

~ Blue Jays ~

7 posted on 10/02/2005 9:24:07 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: BurbankKarl
Why would the FBI take over...

Terrorism was "suspected" thus the Feds stepped in.

8 posted on 10/02/2005 9:25:19 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - LOVE - my attitude problem !)
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To: Chena

"Muslim extremist propoganda in his apartment"

I have not seen this before. What is your source?


9 posted on 10/02/2005 9:25:42 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry (Esse Quam Videre)
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To: Chena
and Muslim extremist propoganda in his partment

What is your evidence for this, aside from an unsubstantiated assertion on a very questionable website? If you have something concrete, I'd love to see it.

10 posted on 10/02/2005 9:26:17 PM PDT by malakhi
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To: Chena
had bomb making materials and Muslim extremist propoganda in his partment

Where did you read that?
11 posted on 10/02/2005 9:27:02 PM PDT by derllak
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To: RegulatorCountry
I'm assuming he got it from the source cited in this post:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1495382/posts?page=173#173

12 posted on 10/02/2005 9:27:07 PM PDT by malakhi
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To: m3d1um

This sounds like the guy was heading to go into the stadium but for whatever reason, the bomb strapped to his body detonated.

Why else would someone do this? Maybe he had second thoughts about it and just decided to off himself instead before he got into the stadium.

I think a major disaster was averted here for whatever reason.


13 posted on 10/02/2005 9:27:55 PM PDT by headstamp
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To: Chena

Did I miss the part about him having "Muslim extremist propaganda"?


14 posted on 10/02/2005 9:28:29 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Chena; RegulatorCountry
Hi Chena-

I was just poking at this miserable kid in my post above. It certainly would be VERY interesting if there was some kind of confirmed evidence that he was a homegrown Johnny Jihad of some sort. Muslims are so fanatical that I don't put anything past them these days.

~ Blue Jays ~

15 posted on 10/02/2005 9:29:36 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: m3d1um

I'm assuming this is a "before" picture?


16 posted on 10/02/2005 9:30:58 PM PDT by BipolarBob (I'm really BagdadBob under the witness protection program.)
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To: derllak
If it is true that there was Muslim extremist literature in his apartment, it will come out later--and because of the prevalence of political correctness in this country, that will probably be MUCH later.
17 posted on 10/02/2005 9:31:05 PM PDT by twntaipan (Tagline space for sale or rent.)
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To: headstamp
OU President David Boren said Hinrichs was a student “who had very, serious personal problems"

Really? What makes you say that?

18 posted on 10/02/2005 9:31:25 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Justanobody

Someone sent it to me in email. Seems they detonated some material at 9:30 which I heard tonight -- some of that non bomb stuff that the Administration is pushing.

Why would the FBI be the lead investigator in a suicide bombing that involved a depressed student? BTW, the head of his fraternity that was on Channel 9 tonight disputed the official depressed student claim of the Administration.

I get the feeling there is a lot more to this then we are being told.


19 posted on 10/02/2005 9:32:05 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Allen in 2008)
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To: headstamp

"This sounds like the guy was heading to go into the stadium but for whatever reason, the bomb strapped to his body detonated."

That's probably a safe assumption. Strapping a bomb to your body, just to blow yourself up at a parking lot outside a stadium, with few or no witnesses, doesn't add up. So, he planned on a bigger bang, and to take others out with him. Sounds familiar. But, beyond that, I'm still looking for anything other than speculation.


20 posted on 10/02/2005 9:33:16 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry (Esse Quam Videre)
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