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
One death has been labeled a suicide. The other victim
was killed in an air crash. Both deaths took place under questionable
The supposed suicide is Oklahoma City Police Officer
Terrance Yeakey. Also 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 his
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.
Hard To Believe
"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 of
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 perpetrators.
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 down!
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
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
According to his death certificate, Yeakey's body was
found in a field about two-and-a-half miles west of the El Reno
"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
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 authorities.
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.