Eyewitness testimony and the Oklahoma bombing
Amina Memon and Daniel B. Wright ask what psychological studies can tell us about the search for the shadowy ‘John Doe 2’.
ON 19 April 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building turned to rubble as the sound of the explosion echoed through Oklahoma City. One hundred and sixty-eight people died and over 600 people were injured. The media shock waves spread throughout the world with news of the United States’ most devastating terrorist act. Rumours rapidly proliferated about Middle Eastern and other international terrorist groups being responsible. However, the spotlight turned inwards to the possibility that this horrific deed could have been carried out by an American.
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