IT'S DANGEROUS TO KNOW TOO MUCH
As In The Whitewater Affair, Oklahoma
City Bombing Witnesses Are Dying Fast.
By Mike Blair (Spotlight, 5/19/97)
Two key witnesses in the Oklahoma City bombing case will not
appear to testify at the Denver trial of Timothy McVeigh, one of
the two accused of being responsible for the bombing, because
they are dead.
One death has been labeled a suicide. The other victim was
killed in an air crash. Both deaths took place under
The supposed suicide is Oklahoma City Police Officer Terrance
Yeakey. Dr. Howard D. Chumley was killed when his airplane
crashed on a flight from Amarillo, Texas to Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Yeakey is one of those cited for extraordinary bravery right
after the bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah Federal Office Building
in Oklahoma City in his case for rescuing four people from the
devastated structure before he fell through a floor and injured
Official reports claim Yeakey slashed his wrists, one twice and
the other three times, placed two slits in a vein at the bend of
the elbow of one arm and four at the bend of the elbow of the
other, and then stabbed himself with the knife in both sides of
the throat, near the jugular vein. Then he walked one-and-a-half
miles where he shot himself in the side of the head. The bullet
entered the upper temple on the right side and exited below the
upper jaw bone on the left side, meaning the gun would have been
pointed in a downward angle -- a most unlikely way for a person
bent on suicide to hold a gun.
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"The burning question here is why he didn't just shoot himself in
the first place, if suicide was his aim," one investigator
Police in Oklahoma claim that Yeakey had become depressed because
of guilt that he was unable to save more people. He was
scheduled to receive the Oklahoma City Police Department's Medal
Yeakey, police claim, left no suicide note. However, The
Spotlight has obtained a copy of a letter he sent to a victim of
the bombing who was questioning the federal government's claims
about the cause of the tragedy and those accused as the
Highlights from his letter follow:
The man that you and I were talking about in the pictures I
have made the mistake of asking too many questions as to
his role in the bombing and was told to back off...
I was told by several officers he was a ATF agent who was
overseeing the bombing plot and at the time the photos were
taken he was calling in his report of what had just went
Knowing what I know now and understanding fully just what
went down that morning makes me ashamed to wear a badge
from Oklahoma City's Police Department. I took an oath to
uphold the law and to enforce the law to the best of my
ability. This is something I cannot honestly do and hold
my head up proud any longer if I keep my silence as I am
ordered to do...
The sad truth of the matter is that they have so many
police officers convinced that by covering up the truth
about the operation gone wrong, that they are actually
doing our citizens a favor. What I want to know is how
many other operations have they had that blew up in their
faces? Makes you stop and take another look at Waco...
Even if I tried to explain it to you the way it was
explained to me and the ridiculous reason for having our
own police department falsify reports to their fellow
officers, to the citizens of the city and to our country,
you would feel the way I do about all of this...
According to his death certificate, Yeakey's body was found in a
field about two-and-a-half miles west of the El Reno (Oklahoma)
"About two weeks before his death, he'd come into my home at
strange times -- 2:30 in the morning, 4 in the morning,
unannounced, trying to give me life insurance policies," Yeakey's
ex-wife stated. "He kept telling me we needed to get remarried
immediately, or me and the girls would not be taken care of... I
mean, why would a guy tell you to take a life insurance policy,
knowing damn well it wouldn't pay for a suicide? He obviously
knew he was in danger..."
Two key pages are missing from the letter, which was apparently
written on a computer. Independent investigators have verified
the letter to be authentic, according to retired FBI Senior
Special Agent Ted L. Gunderson.
According to reports, described to The Spotlight by Gunderson,
Chumley was approached shortly after the bombing and asked to
falsify reports concerning injuries that BATF agents suffered
when the building was bombed.
The physician flatly refused to make any reports of injuries that
didn't occur. When he learned that another doctor in the
Oklahoma City area had agreed to make the false reports, he
objected and threatened to turn the physician in to medical
Chumley was killed on September 24, 1995 while the plane he was
piloting from Amarillo to Guthrie was in a climb and suddenly
plunged into a field. He was killed instantly.
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