On a cool, crisp Wednesday morning in America's Heartland, the largest act of domestic terrorism spawned a nationwide manhunt resulting in what may be the largest circumstantial evidence trial ever heard in an American courtroom. Based on authentic trial transcripts and interviews with those who tried the case, join Judge Brandon Birmingham to study the Oklahoma City Bombing case as the jurors heard it. The documentary will be released on the anniversary of the bombing: April 19th, 2021. From the crime scene to the courtroom, we will uncover the author responsible for the formation and execution of A Murderous Design.
An Introduction to the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial
In this Preview Episode, Judge Brandon Birmingham begins the documentary just as prosecutors began the trial: by playing a recording of the bombing itself. In this season of A Murderous Design, we'll deconstruct the Government's case in the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial and study McVeigh's defense. The entire documentary will be released on the anniversary of the Bombing, April 19th, 1995. We'll conclude this documentary podcast with 4 extended interviews: 3 with the lawyers involved in the trial (2 for Timothy McVeigh, and 1 for the Prosecution) and a final bonus interview with a journalist from Buffalo who spent hours talking with Timothy McVeigh after the trial.
1: The Hands of Time Fall to Rest at 9:02 AM
On the first episode, we'll begin our case study of the largest act of domestic terrorism by hearing the tales of those who lived through the blast, and those responsible for the rescue operation. We'll learn that the "most important piece of evidence fell out of the sky," how that piece of evidence gave investigators the name "Robert D. Kling," and how witnesses helped sketch artists show the world two faces who could be responsible for this crime: John Doe Number 1 and John Doe Number 2. Visit AMurderousDesign.com for more information about the trial including an interactive Trial Visualization Report where viewers can search summaries of testimony by witness, date, and subject matter. Episodes include quotes from one of the lead prosecutors on the case, Indianapolis Attorney Larry Mackey, as well as quotes from Mr. McVeigh's lead counsel Oklahoma
Lawyer Stephen Jones and his choice to handle the forensic evidence in the trial, Houston Lawyer Christopher Tritico. The entire transcript is available at Oklahoman.com. Based on these transcripts, the first 6 episodes document the trial. The last 4 contain the full interviews from Mr. Mackey, Mr. Jones and Mr. Tritico. In the final episode of A Murderous Design, we sit down with journalist and Timothy McVeigh Biographer Lou Michel, who, along with Dan Herbeck wrote the New York Times Best Seller "American Terrorist."
2: Who is the Man in the Marquis? McVeigh's Background, Military Service, and View of America
After Investigators tie the name Robert D. Kling from a rental agreement for a Ryder Truck, the nationwide manhunt descends upon the Noble County, Oklahoma Jail and a man arrested in a Mercury Marquis for failing to display a proper license plate. The world learned his name for the first time: Timothy James McVeigh. Who was he? Where did he come from? We'll start with his life in New York, his impressive military service, and the events that shaped his worldview - a view on full display in letters recovered by investigators. Peppered with quotes from 3 of the lawyers that tried the case - Larry Mackey for the Prosecution, Stephen Jones and Christopher Tritico for Mr. McVeigh - we will seek to uncover the author responsible for the formation and execution of A Murderous Design. The entire transcript of the trial is available at Oklahoman.com. Based on these transcripts, the first 6 episodes of this podcast document the trial. The following 3 contain the full interviews from Mr. Mackey, Mr. Jones and Mr. Tritico. In the final episode of A Murderous Design, we sit down with journalist and Timothy McVeigh Biographer Lou Michel, who, along with Dan Herbeck wrote the New York Times Best Seller "American Terrorist." Make sure and visit AMurderousDesign.com for more information on the trial including a unique and interactive trial visualization report.
9: Interview with Timothy McVeigh's Trial Lawyer Christopher Tritico
Timothy McVeigh's Lead Counsel Stephen Jones tapped Houston Trial Lawyer Christopher Tritico to handle all of the forensic evidence for the defense. Mr. Tritico handled nearly 20 witnesses during the trial, including cross examining key witnesses Special Agent Steve Burmeister and Explosives Analyst Linda Jones. He also stood on behalf of Tim McVeigh and delivered a significant portion of the closing arguments. Please welcome Mr. Christopher Tritico to A Murderous Design. Visit AMurderousDesign.com for more information about the trial, including a unique interactive trial visualization report.
8: Interview with Lead Prosecutor Larry Mackey
The Self Described "Lunch Bucket Lawyer from Indiana" put on 26 total witnesses during the trial, was chiefly responsible for the Bridges Calling Card, and the very clever and impactful demonstrative aid matching Robert D. Kling's signature to McVeigh's handwritten notes. He delivered part of the closing arguments on behalf of the government of the United States, the victims and their families. He was nice enough to sit down with me and share his experience - from volunteering for the trial team to relocating to Denver for the trial. Please welcome Mr. Larry Mackey to A Murderous Design. Visit AMurderousDesign.com for more information on the trial including a unique interactive trial visualization report.
4: Linchpins in Herington
Jurors hear about some very peculiar fertilizer sales, a burglary at a rock quarry, and about a treasure trove of evidence investigators found in Herrington. They also hear a letter McVeigh allegedly wrote in which he signed off by saying, "send no more letters after April 1st." Visit AMurderousDesign.com to see the script for the entire podcast, and an interactive trial visualization report for a summary of the case broken down by witness and subject matter. The entire trial transcript is available at Oklahoman.com. The first 6 shows are based on those transcripts, telling the story of the bombing as the jurors heard it. The last 3 episodes contain the interviews with some of the lead lawyers on the case, Prosecutor Larry Mackey, and McVeigh Attorneys Stephen Jones and Christopher Tritico. In the final episode of A Murderous Design, we sit down with journalist and Timothy McVeigh Biographer Lou Michel, who, along with Dan Herbeck wrote the New York Times Best Seller "American Terrorist."
Just the facts!
This is an outstanding documentary of the fact sets from actual trial transcripts, bolstered with credibility by some key contributors that created and lived the facts! So well organized and litigated in a digestible delivery that you won’t need to have a law degree or PhD to appreciate……. but you’d also appreciate it if you did!
Timothy James McVeigh vs USA Review
Just like Judge Birmingham’s previous podcasts on significant trials, this is an outstanding and in-depth analysis of one of the most significant events in American Judicial History. Strongly recommended for law students, journalists and those interested in history.