TIMOTHY MCVEIGH'S LAST WORDS
On the morning of his execution on Monday, June 11th, 2001 Timothy McVeigh didn't speak but instead communicated through a poem which was read aloud at the press conference after his death.
The name of the poem, Invictus, means Undefeated, in Latin. It was written in the 19th century to express what the author endured over a twenty month period in an infirmary where he was being treated for tuberculosis and arthritis (similar to Orwell writing "1984" while suffering the ravages of tuberculosis).
There can be no doubt that Timothy McVeigh suffered mental, emotional, physical and spiritual anquish during his six years of solitary confinement in the various prisons of the Ministry of Love (Torture).
The poem is a celebration of the human spirit. ~ Jackie Jura
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
~ by William Ernest Henley; 1849-1903 ~
(another Orwellian parallel is that
Orwell lived in Henley and was born in 1903)
Timothy McVeigh executed 2001 (Declaration of Independence drafted 1776 calling for freedom from Britain). On-This-Day, Baltimore Sun, Jun 11, 2005
Timothy McVeigh's father torn. Buffalo News, Apr 19, 2005
...The older McVeigh [William "Bill"] remains the same quiet, reticent man the world first saw on April 21, 1995, as FBI agents escorted him from his modest ranch house in Pendleton two days after the bombing. That day, the world also caught its first look at Timothy McVeigh, who glared at an angry crowd as he was taken out of Noble County Courthouse shackled and wearing a bright orange jumpsuit. ... Bill McVeigh chooses to remember the young man who was always willing to help him with home repairs or invite all the neighborhood kids over for a swim in the backyard pool when the McVeigh family was still together and lived on Meyer Road. It's as if, in Bill McVeigh's mind, the caring "Timmy" he knew as a boy lives on. "The other day, I was thinking he's going to be 37 years old soon," he said of his son's birthday, April 23. ... Bill McVeigh and Tim's mother [Mildred Hill] divorced in 1986, after splitting up years earlier when Tim was a teenager. Mildred, who has suffered three nervous breakdowns since the bombing, has lived in Florida for years... On June 11, 2001, 14 hours after the government executed his then 33-year-old son, Bill McVeigh told The Buffalo News that he felt no bitterness toward the government. Although opposed to the death penalty, the grieving father said he understood that the government did what it felt was necessary. And when the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred, three months after his son's execution by lethal injection, Bill McVeigh said he was "hurt and angry. I'm an American." ... The father does not even know where his son's ashes were spread after he was cremated, following the execution at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. Timothy McVeigh's final wish was that his attorneys secretly dispose of his ashes to avoid desecration of the site. "People ask me, but I don't know," Bill McVeigh said. "I wish I knew."
THE EXECUTION of TIMOTHY MCVEIGH, In-Depth Special, CNN.com, Jun 11, 2001
DEATH OF INNOCENT and 4.Old World Destruction and 34.Ministry of Love (Torture)
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