According to this timeline of McVeigh’s movements—compiled from FBI and defense-team sources—the convicted bomber’s presence at North Dakota’s Camp Grafton fits into an unexplained gap during which he was supposedly traveling throughout the U.S.
1986 Graduates from Starpoint Central High School in Lockport, NY.
1988 Enters military at age 20; basic training at Fort Benning, GA; assigned to 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS.
1991 Serves as gunner in Persian Gulf War; awarded several medals.
Mid 1991 Tries out for Special Forces; drops out. McVeigh claimed he was ordered into elite training at Fort Bragg, NC, and asked to join secret assassination squad.
Late 1991 Allegedly leaves military. Joins National Guard near Buffalo, NY. Works for Burns Security.
Summer 1992 Seen by witnesses in Kansas in the company of extremists Andreas Strassmeier and Michael Brescia.
Early 1993 Quits Burns Security job; begins traveling state to state; attends gun shows, selling anti-government literature and survival items.
Spring 1993 Travels from Arizona to Michigan; stays at home of Terry Nichols’s brother James. Travels to Waco, TX, during Branch Davidian standoff. Leaves before
ATF storms compound on April 19, 1993.
Summer 1993 Travels to Kingman, AZ. Works security job, then quits, leaves for Michigan.
Fall 1993 Issued traffic ticket near Elohim City, OK.
Early 1994 Returns to Kingman, AZ. Allegedly experiments with pipe bombs. Visits Las Vegas. Also spotted in Tulsa, OK.
Summer 1994 Travels to NY to visit grandfather. Returns to Kingman; allegedly breaks into National Guard Armory.
Fall 1994 Seen in Herington, KS. Allegedly starts planning the attack; obtains ANFO bomb ingredients. Visits sister in Florida.
Late 1994 Travels to Oklahoma City; allegedly cases Murrah building.
Early 1995 Seen in Herington; overheard discussing truck bombs with others unknown.
April 1995 Buys getaway car in Junction City, KS. Allegedly drives to Oklahoma City, returns to Kansas, rents Ryder truck, calls Elohim City.
April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing; McVeigh arrested.