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Column: April 19 and Boston Bombing Remind Us We Can’t Drop Our Guard

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — It was noon on a Friday. I was reporter at The Detroit News. It was two days after the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 Before long, another reporter and I were speeding north on I-75 to Decker, in the Michigan Thumb, to check out an FBI raid at a farmhouse where suspects Terry Nichols and Tim McVeigh had spent time.

When we arrived, it was a full-blown circus. Media satellite trucks were camped along the dirt road bordering the farm, and reporters were walking about, interviewing locals. Federal agents crawled all over the farm, looking for clues.

I even spotted undercover ATF agents walking along the perimeter of the farm, trying to befriend locals to find out information that might shed light on the attack that killed 168 people. One of them, who I knew, waived me away as I approached.

It was in the coming days that we would hear about the local militias and the harsh anti-government sentiments, some of them the result of government foreclosures on farms.

It was an eye-opener not only for the public, but for law enforcement, which realized it had to step up its game and monitor and crack down on the enemy within — the domestic terrorist.

I’m reminded of the tragic bombing in Oklahoma 18 years ago to this day as we process the tragedy in Boston.

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ATF Probing Car Bomb in Mi. That Wounded Lawyer and His 2 Children

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
ATF has jumped in to investigate the mysterious car comb that seriously injured an attorney and his two children in Monroe, Mi., Tuesday night, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The Free Press reported that the Volvo station wagon was traveling on East Elm Avenue, near the ramp to I-75, at 5:41 p.m. when it exploded.

The Free Press reported that investigators at the scene found evidence of a car bomb.

Sources told the Monroe Evening News the driver of the vehicle was attorney Erik G. Chappell.

Edwin Holly, 68, of Tecumseh was in a nearby boathouse at Riverfront Marina along Elm when he saw the explosion out the window.

Atty. Erik G. Chappell/law firm photo

“I was looking to see if there were deer and saw the car come around and go boom,” said a witness Edwin Holly,68, according to the Free Press. “I took off running to the scene to see if I could get anyone out but there was nothing I could do.”

The father and children were taken to a nearby hospital.

Chappell’s law firm webpage describes him

by saying:

“Although the majority of Mr. Chappell’s cases are business disputes, Mr. Chappell also maintains a Family Law practice and will evaluate all potential cases, including personal injury or criminal cases on a case by case basis.”