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November 19, 2005

Hopefully the last on Joel Hinrichs

Jeff and I have both commented on Joel Hinrichs, the University of Oklahoma student who killed himself outside the packed football stadium. The FBI has finally unsealed their records on the subject. It's plain he intended to kill himself, but the possibility of his being a suicide bomber is inconclusive. As I said originally, there's no reason to believe he was anything other than young man commiting suicide in a dramatic fashion. I had hoped they would have totally cleared up the "suicide bomber" notion, just because of the conspiracy nuts out there, but at least the information is now out there for everyone to see.

New details emerged Friday when U.S. Magistrate Valerie Couch made public the records on the FBI search of Hinrichs' apartment, his e-mail account and nine OU computers.

Federal prosecutors told the magistrate "there is no longer any necessity" for the documents to remain sealed.

FBI officials have said in the past that the probe did not uncover any links between the student and terrorist organizations. They have said they may never know whether the student wanted to get inside the stadium.


During the search of Hinrichs' apartment after the blast, the FBI found the student's laptop computer was still on and had on the screen notes apparently written by Hinrichs to himself, the records show. At the cursor was a phrase that began with profanity and continued " ... all this. None of you are worth living with. You can all kiss my ass."

Posted by Nemo at November 19, 2005 7:43 PM

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What a damned shame.

Posted by: Jeff Medcalf [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 20, 2005 12:24 AM