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Timothy McVeigh: Final Chapter
There are only so many ways to tell it
Coverage of Timothy McVeigh's May 16 execution will hardly be a uniform process, according to editors in newsrooms nationwide who plan to employ strikingly different approaches to its reporting. While some newspapers plan an all-out assault on the Terre Haute, Ind., federal prison where the Oklahoma City bombing mastermind is scheduled to die, others plan to focus more on the victims of the 1995 tragedy and their reaction.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has already issued more than 1,400 press credentials to grant access to media filing centers on the prison grounds and will announce the 10 media witnesses on execution day. The detailed and massive credentialing process, which closed April 13, has been compared to that of a political convention or inauguration.
At The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute's hometown paper, Editor Max Jones has assigned all 10 reporters to some aspect of the execution, while also contemplating a special edition to come out shortly after the 7 a. …