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Monday, October 17, 2005 

Out of nowhere comes a suicide note by the OU bomber

Suddenly, all of a sudden, the FBI and the press are reporting of a suicide note left by Joel Henry Hinrichs III:
The University of Oklahoma student who died in an explosion Oct. 1 left a message on his computer that he was going to quit living, his father said.

The FBI read the message to the father Friday, after he came to Oklahoma to clear out his son's university-owned apartment.

(snip)

Joel Hinrichs Jr. said he understood investigators found the message on the computer screen when they arrived at the apartment.

"It was a single line of text on his computer," said the father, who lives in Colorado Springs. "The cursor was still blinking at the end."
As Mark Tapscott, who's been doing some of the best coverage of the case, points out, there are quite a few very good questions to be raised:
* Why did the FBI and Joint Task Force on Terrorism insist virtually from the outset that Hinrichs was a lone suicide, but then waited nearly two weeks before disclosing the existence of the message allegedly left by Hinrichs on his computer?

* How does the FBI know the message was typed on the computer by Hinrichs and not another individual? In the absence of convincing proof that Hinrichs was the author, the message could have been typed by anybody.

* The message was only one sentence long, according to the Oklahoman, but Hinrichs father was unable to remember the wording, which the newspaper said was read to him by the FBI. Why wasn't he shown a photo of the screen with the message?
And then, as Generation Why points out, this article, published by Channel Oklahoma just a few days after the bombing, says:
Hinrichs said his son did not leave a suicide note and that FBI agents told him hydrogen peroxide was used to construct the bomb.
And this article published in the Tulsa News on October 4 says:
Hinrichs says he told the FBI his son was disengaged from politics and says agents told him they did not find a suicide note.
Which is in sharp contrast to what's being reported now. So what's going on here exactly? This case is most definately not closed, and much more needs to be answered, if you ask me.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin.

Others on the subject include Power Line, The Jawa Report, A Blog for All, Flopping Aces, BlancoBrawler, Don't Let Me Stop You.

While we're on the subject, here's an article from WorldNetDaily that warns of the possibility that Hamas could attack within the United States. And here's another one by Michelle Malkin on Town Hall about the MSM's repeated refusal to conduct any serious questions and answers about Islam and terrorism.

I guess it all depends on what the meaning of "note" is, to misquote Wild Bill Clinton. Does one line of text on a computer screen count as a "note." Perhaps it doesn't until you want it to.

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