Photo from AmazonTimothy McVeigh was executed nearly nine years ago via lethal injection, but the voice of the mastermind of the Oklahoma City bombings will echo around the world this week.
Tonight, on the 15th anniversary of the nation's worst terrorist attack prior to 9/11, audiotapes featuring McVeigh's own explanation of the bombs detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building will be played on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
Excerpts are almost certain to follow on other news shows.
It'll be just a taste of the 40 hours of tapes of McVeigh espousing his beliefs and his reasoning behind a crime that killed 168 people -- tapes made while journalists Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck interviewed McVeigh for what would become their book, American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Tragedy at Oklahoma City.
In a voice-over on a "web-exclusive" of the McVeigh tapes, Maddow says, "No one has heard Timothy McVeigh talk about the who, what, and why of his heinous act ... until now."
Cut to a tape player and McVeigh's voice back from the grave, stating, "This was something that I saw as a larger good."
Killing for a greater good, he later says, has at times been accepted in American history. And when the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, was taken forcibly by the FBI in April two years prior to the Oklahoma City tragedy -- two years to the day -- McVeigh says he was incited to lash out at the government.
"One of the chief intentions of it was the same as dropping the bomb on Hiroshima," McVeigh says in his creepy, almost forbidding tone.
The web piece is a tease of what's to come on the show tonight -- something the folks at MSNBC claim is meant to shine a light on extremists.
Which isn't to say it isn't a ratings ploy. Or a move that's pleasing the survivors of the attack -- many of whom say giving a voice to McVeigh's beliefs is allowing him to continue to hold sway over the American psyche.
Will you be watching tonight?