Skip to comments.The University of Oklahoma Bomber- Link Roundup
Posted on 10/05/2005 1:13:54 PM PDT by backhoe
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Mark Tapscott has stayed on the story of Joel Hinrichs, the Oklahoma University student who blew himself up outside the football stadium, long after the FBI dismissed it as a suicide brought on by depression. His vigilance has paid off, as it now appears that the FBI jumped to an erroneous conclusion and that Hinrichs meant to kill a lot more people than just himself:
Mark notes that the FBI continues to dismiss any other explanation than suicide. Keep checking in with Mark and with Michelle Malkin, both of whom remained skeptical about the official explanations and maintained visibility on this story.
Authorities are investigating an explosion at an apartment complex in Texas City (home to one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world) yesterday which killed one man and injured another. (hat tip: Nita Rene)
One man died Wednesday in an explosion at a Texas City apartment complex, KPRC Local 2 reported.
A resident was working with combustible materials inside a unit, sparking the explosion, investigators said. That man, whose identity was not released, died at the scene.
Today, investigators have identified the materials:
Authorities ordered two apartment complexes evacuated and set off a small explosion inside a unit today in an attempt to remove a substance believed to have caused a fatal blast Wednesday.
In a news conference today, federal and local officials said they believe the substance was peroxide-based.
The FBI refused to say whether it believes the men were preparing some kind of attack.
But Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle said: If we thought this was a terrorist act, the action would be a lot different than weve seen here today. Certainly, the FBI would have raised the level of security inside the city.'
Salway described the substance as similar to TATP, organic peroxide and a primary high explosive. It takes the form of a white crystalline powder with a distinctive acrid smell and has been described as a weapon of choice for suicide bombers.
Of course, the official line is Authorities dont believe terrorism was involved.
Here are photos of the scene, courtesy of the Galveston County Daily News:
and the Houston Chronicle:
The two victims have been identified.
The survivor of yesterday`s explosion, Curtis Jetton, is charged with making a false police report. Police say Jetton and the victim, 21-year-old Matthew Rugo, were working with chemicals inside the apartment when the first explosion took place.
According to public records, it appears Matthew Rugo was arrested two years ago on a misdemeanor weapons violation.
He was also charged in March 2005 with burglary of a habitation. Kohen said Rugo and co-defendant Christopher J. Distefano, 20, of Bellville, were accused of stealing rifles and other items from a home. He had pleaded guilty in the case but had not yet been sentenced. Distefano also was facing sentencing.
Contradictory reports about their possible affiliations:
A college student killed Wednesday afternoon in a blast at the Lakeview Apartments likely was part of a growing subculture of young people who like to see things blown up, authorities said.
Those same authorities insist he and a friend injured in the blast were not associated with any terrorist group domestic or otherwise.
That word contradicted TV news reports attributed to unnamed, highly placed federal sources that said the pair might be members of a four-person domestic terrorist group.
The injured man had recently been fired from his job cleaning offshore storage tanks and oilrigs:
Mickey Greene, the operations manager for Will Duett, a Galveston firm that specializes in cleaning offshore storage tanks and oilrigs, confirmed Jetton worked for him until recently. He said he told Jetton he wasnt needed anymore after failing to report to work Saturday.
A friend of Matts has posted a tribute to him here.
He had a special interest in explosives and firearms, as many guys do at the age. The only thing is he was a little more active in his interest. I have no doubt he enjoyed just seeing what he could accomplish with them and knowing that he had the knowledge and ability for them. If it wasnt for this accident, I bet he could have truly been a great pyrotechnician someday or something of the sorts.
Im not condoning what Matt did, but I just want to clear up any question on his intent. Matt was not a violent person and there really isnt a doubt in my mind that he did not meant any harm to anybody or anything. Im sure the most he would have done with any of his materials was take them out to some pasture or somewhere and see what he could do with them. They where basically his toys, though dangerous as they where. He had no more intent with his actions then someone with a bottlerocket aimed at an object in a junk heap.
Rest in Peace, Matt. The one true regret I have about this is that I cant tell you all the stir you made after the fact with the FBI, news reporters, bomb squads, the police blowing up the apartment complex, and helicopters going crazy. You would have truly loved it, and thought it an extremely befitting end.
THANK YOU Liberty Rocks.
Thanks for the ping, LibertyRocks. This is another episode where we'll never really know the whole story, IMO.
The mainstream mediots and Islamofascist lovers of America can't bury these acts of Islamofasicist terror any more.
Great job as usual!
Thanks for the ping and your additions.
This way all of this data will be one place and available to everyone.
All of this data makes it very hard for the bureaucrats in Oklahoma and DC to ignore what happened. They will continue to try spike any news, but that doesn't work anymore.
Same explosive intended for use in the planned plane bombings (that were thwarted a few weeks before they happened).
Keep me on your periodic PING list.
So many stories are immediately denied as having ANY terrorist component only to slowly leak out communications (suicide notes with outright statements of terrorism and support for Bin Laden).
It is why I say that we KNOW the authorities are lying to us about some attacks. This does not mean that they are lying to us about every attack; it just means that they cannot be trusted at their word.
An amazing amount of work. Good job.
Thanks for all your work and the ping! You rock!
You are very welcome, Nancie Drew! Thank you for the compliment as well, you are too kind. (o:
You're very welcome. I saw that about the mosque in Missouri, and the charity they raided in Michigan too -- hopefully this is a first in a string of many. I could name a few places in Oklahoma they could look into. (o;
You're welcome Grampa Dave. I'm adding a few more direct links in the post below this one for other info, including downloadable documents I've re-published at my blog as well.
I'm so greatful for the internet and all the bloggers out there -- you are so right, they can't keep a lid on things quite so easily anymore... (o:
Bumped and bookmarked.
Appreciate your looking.
bump for publicity
I appreciate the link- thank you.