Lessons in loss

On april 19,1995, Julie Marie Welch died in the Oklahoma City bombing at the age of 23. Her father, Bud Welch, remembers earlier discussions with Julie about the death penalty. Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, authors of American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing, report that Julie Welch was “outraged about the prolific rate of executions in neighboring Texas; [to her] . . . the death penalty taught a lesson in hatred to the children of that state.”


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