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The Third Man: Was there another bomber in Oklahoma City? [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Posner
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On April 19, 1995, a massive truck bomb destroyed Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 men, women and children. The terrorists were homegrown.

In the blast debris, the FBI found a twisted truck axle and traced its identification number to a nearby rental agency. Employees there described two men who had rented the Ryder truck used in the attack. A flyer with likenesses of the fugitives - John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 – was distributed nationwide.

The FBI conducted what was then its largest ever manhunt. More than a dozen eyewitnesses put the John Does together in the days before the attack. Some told field agents they were in the same bomb-laden truck as it drove to the Murrah building.

John Doe 1 turned out to be the plot’s ringleader, Timothy McVeigh, a decorated 26-year-old army veteran of the first Gulf War. But the FBI never found John Doe 2. The Bureau eventually decided that all the eyewitnesses were mistaken and no such person existed.

Was the FBI right? Or did the Bureau miss critical evidence and overlook credible eyewitnesses in order to quickly close the case?

The Third Man is long form journalism. Gerald Posner, an award winning investigative reporter, was assigned to answer those questions by The New Yorker. Posner’s article was submitted only weeks before the start of McVeigh’s trial, but the magazine did not publish it, worried that the FBI probe might not be complete.

The Third Man is Posner’s 1997 New Yorker draft (including some brief updates). Based on dozens of original interviews, and access to then confidential FBI files and secret grand jury testimony, The Third Man was then, and remains, one of the largest private reexaminations into the question of whether there was a John Doe 2.

In weighing the credible evidence, The Third Man ultimately highlights disturbing failures in the official investigation and in the process raises the real possibility that a bomber got away.

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  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Satya ePublishing Inc (March 9, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Gerald Posner (author of the famous Case Closed on the JFK assassination) has written this thorough and in-depth short story revealing that there could have been a third person involved in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 besides co-conspirators Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Posner completed this short story for the New Yorker in 1997, but then the magazine decided not to publish it because they were afraid that the FBI was still withholding information on the case. It has been released in its entirety with some updates for Kindle. Written in the long form style this is a direct and smooth read that Posner excels at and is well known for. This short story kept me glued to the very last page. Was the FBI as thorough as they could have been in investigating this case or did they complete it too soon for expediency leaving out key witnesses and evidence? Posner's investigations of the evidence and witnesses certainly cast a strong cloud that the FBI didn't get it right. So could there be a third man still out there? Not wanting to give away the story, you'll need to read this to find out!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good as far as it goes. December 20, 2013
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This is a short investigative piece written before the trial and strictly limited to the third person not identified with McVeigh poor to the bombing. It tells witness stories then why they should not be found credible. Multiple sightings of more than one truck and other people with McVeigh leave many unanswered questions. The BBC conspiracy series highlights many credible 're a sons to connect McVeigh with a couple of radical white supremacists, and adds testimony of the ACT mole who had reported the plans well in advance of the bombing. The government did girl's best to discredit her, but left the real smell of a cover-up of the inconvenient truth which would have required a lot more INVESTIGATION. This work is worth reading as an example of work by Posner who later wrote "Case closed" about the KENNEDY assassination in Dallas. It shows that his work lacked credibility even before when his newspaper refund e d to print his story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Investigative Jouranalism at its finest. December 1, 2014
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Reading Gerald Posner's The Third Man, concerning the chance there was a third bombing suspect in the April 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah Building bombing that left 168 people dead is eye opening to say the least. Through his meticulous research, as shows throughout his prolific career in such works as Case Closed one of the best books ever on the JFK assassination, Citizen Perrot , and others, Mr. Posner has cast doubt on the validity of the government's view that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were the lone terrorists. With the Twentieth anniversary in several months and written in 1997, well before 9/11, Mr. Posner has left an indeliable mark on the literature of American Terrorism in this article. Read it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting read April 25, 2014
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I had a friend that lived in golden valley, az. McVeigh lived there for a while. I like to read everything about this case,
if you do, then I would recommend this book. Posner has a great background for this book and does well here.
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John Martin of ABC News says "Gerald Posner is one of the most resourceful investigators I have encountered in thirty years of journalism." Garry Wills calls Posner "a superb investigative reporter," while the Los Angeles Times dubs him "a classic-style investigative journalist." "His work is painstakingly honest journalism" concluded The Washington Post. The New York Times lauded his "exhaustive research techniques" and The Boston Globe determined Posner is "an investigative journalist whose work is marked by his thorough and meticulous research." "A resourceful investigator and skillful writer," says The Dallas Morning News.

Posner was one of the youngest attorneys (23) ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. A Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1975), he was an Honors Graduate of Hastings Law School (1978), where he served as the Associate Executive Editor for the Law Review. Of counsel to the law firm he founded, Posner and Ferrara, he is now a full time journalist and author.

He is the Chief Investigative Reporter for the Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast/author/gerald-posner). In the past, he was a freelance writer on investigative issues for several news magazines, and a regular contributor to NBC, the History Channel, CNN, FOX News, CBS, and MSNBC. A member of the National Advisory Board of the National Writers Union, Posner is also a member of the Authors Guild, PEN, The Committee to Protect Journalists, and Phi Beta Kappa. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, author, Trisha Posner, who works on all his projects (

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