Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The mystery of Joel Henry Hinrichs III

Joel Hinrichs III, the young man who blew himself up outside an Oklahoma University football game last weekend, has been a pretty low profile story thus far. It is a story worth watching, however. An Oklahoma TV station is reporting that Hinrichs had tried to buy ammonium nitrate, the key ingredient in the Oklahoma City bombing. There is also some quiet and uncomfirmed buzz that he had had Pakistani roomates for a time. Because all Hinrichs succeded in doing was to kill himself, this has to be considered the solo action of a disturbed man. The investigation is worth watching, though, to see if there were any connections that he had made with terrorists, and if so, whether they might try to use other similarly disturbed Americans as suicide bombers.

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