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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 polices 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.
Thats 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, OUs botany-microbiology building, prior to Saturday nights 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 OUs 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 sons death Sunday, Hinrichs father said he was still processing what happened and did not trust himself to say much.
I dont 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 cant 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 sons remains cremated and the ashes sent back to Colorado.
His pic's at the link and also here >>>
Why would the FBI take over...is there no Oklahoma State Troopers that do explosives?
Have you seen this?
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?
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 ~
Terrorism was "suspected" thus the Feds stepped in.
"Muslim extremist propoganda in his apartment"
I have not seen this before. What is your source?
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.
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.
Did I miss the part about him having "Muslim extremist propaganda"?
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 ~
I'm assuming this is a "before" picture?
Really? What makes you say that?
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.
"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.
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