Aberration in the Heartland of the Real:
The Secret Lives of Timothy McVeigh
On April 19, 2016 TrineDay released my book, "Aberration In The Heartland Of The Real: The Secret Lives of Timothy McVeigh."
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Aberration draws from a wealth of never before seen new archival and human sources and offers a wholly unique reexamination of convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh, executed in 2001 as the bombing mastermind. It offers startling new biographical details about McVeigh and exposes stark contradictions and errors contained in previous depictions. Aberration traces McVeigh's life from childhood to the Army, throughout the plot to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the period after his 1995 arrest until his 2001 execution. The book asks, "Who Was Timothy McVeigh, Really?"
Forget everything you thought you knew about America's Face of Domestic Terrorism. McVeigh's life offers a backdrop for discussion of Cold War popular culture, all-American apocalyptic fervor, organized racism, contentious politics, militarism, warfare, conspiracy theories and cultures of conspiracy theorists, bio-ethical controversies, and mind control in American History, as well as the media's construction of villains and demons and institutional secrecy and cover ups.
Aberration in the Heartland ... (abstract)
by Wendy S. Painting, PhD
April 14, 2014
The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was characterized as "the most deadly attack on American soil" and Timothy McVeigh, the man executed for it in 2001, "The Face of Terror", "The Most Hated Man in America", and an "All American Monster." Today, Timothy McVeigh personifies a wide range of prototypical Cold War and Post-Cold War era identities: a Self-Styled Rambo, Survivalist, Militia Type, Gun Nut, Lone Nut, Disgruntled Soldier, Rogue Avenger, Boy Next Door Gone Bad and Quintessential Conspiracy Theorist turned Rabid Homegrown Lone Wolf Domestic Terrorist.
In him can also be seen "The Ghost of Lee Harvey Oswald" and, like a number of other American "Lone Gunmen" before and after, multiple, highly conflicting narratives about both bombing and bomber continue to circulate. In them, McVeigh appears as one of several unnamed accomplices: a witting or unwitting patsy steeped in a world of shadows, spies, cross-dressing Neo-Nazis and doppelganger decoys; a modern day Manchurian Candidate and victim of nightmarish schemes and inhumane experiments hatched by faceless conspirators willing to use him for their own nefarious purposes. Recurring elements in the plots of these stories include black helicopters, mysterious clandestine "black operators," mad scientists, brainwashing, implanted tracking and mind-control biotechnologies, faked executions and from time to time, UFOs.
Although easily dismissed as fantastical paranoiac tales akin to the missives of the deluded and "mentally ill," the existence of these stories at all raises questions about and poses radical disruptions to medical, psychological, bioethical and terrorism discourses. They appear here as both the cause and solution to physical and psychological terror as well as product and result of a "covert sphere," a little known realm that illuminates unclear distinctions between the signified, signifier, memory, speculation, extrapolation, fact, fantasy, reality, history, causality and linearity.
This book examines, compares and contextualizes a range of stories told publicly and privately about McVeigh, tests them against newly introduced oral and archival records and, through multiple perspectives, positions him as a shared yet contested signifier used to discuss a broad range of historically and currently controversial social, political and cultural events, circumstances, identities and subcultures. This is done not with the hope of articulating a single correct story or justifying his act of terror, but to identify, discuss, and better understand tensions, fissures and conflicts in both institutional and popular narratives, revealing, a porous boundary between fact fiction, and folklore. This book illustrates how a singular event and the dead man who symbolizes it serve as sites upon which to wage struggles over meaning.
Update from author on April 23, 2016
There has been an overwhelming response to our recent media appearances and Holland Van den Nieuwenhof and I have received hundreds of emails. We plan to respond to all of them in the order they were received. But until the major thrust of book promotion calms down, it is slow going.
Holland and I would also like to thank those of you who have donated to our research fund using the Paypal donation button on this website. Your support and encouragement means a lot to us and your donation will help us in our ongoing investigative efforts.
If you ordered from TrineDay's website your books shipped out two days ago. If you ordered from Amazon, your book should be shipping out early this week.
I wanted to make readers aware of a couple issues in the first printing of this book. In the rush to make the April 19 release date, a few issues that
were meant to be corrected were overlooked:
- There is a misplaced paragraph on page 104 begining with "The linking of McVeigh…" This paragraph was meant to go on page 101 as the concluding paragraph in the shooter section.
- In addition, there was a major mix-up with the pictures that were to be included in the book, some are not there at all and some of them are
out of place.
- There may be other editorial kinks, including that "Marine Corps" is spelled "Marine Core."
I deeply apologize for these issues. That said, I've been told that the response to the book has been great and there will be a second printing. All
of the above-mentioned issues (and more) will be fixed in the 2nd edition re-print, so you now hold in your hands the rare Misplaced Paragraph 1st Edition!
Ultimately, I did the best I could under the existing time constraints, as did the staff at TrineDay. I hope you find the book satisfactory.
Thank you so much.
-Wendy S. Painting, PhD