Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suspect's Brother Had Bomb Idea, FBI Told Informer Tells of Conversation from 1988

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suspect's Brother Had Bomb Idea, FBI Told Informer Tells of Conversation from 1988

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James Nichols, whose brother is charged in the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, talked about blowing up the building with a "megabomb" seven years ago, an FBI informer said.

Nichols even drew a diagram of the nine-story building and produced a newspaper clipping that described it, the informer said.

That account, from the FBI, was included in more than 100 pages of documents released Monday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.

Nichols, 41, is not charged in the April 19 bombing in Oklahoma, which killed 168 people. Timothy McVeigh, 27, and Nichols' brother, Terry, 40, are jailed without bond and are expected to be indicted.

In an affidavit for a search warrant, the FBI said the informer visited James Nichols on his farm in Decker, Mich., around Dec. 23, 1988, shortly after the terrorist bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Nichols blamed the U.S. government for the bombing and said a "megabomb capable of leveling a building could be built," the affidavit said. …

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