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Monday, June 6, 2011

Terry Nichols' Handwritten Notes And Letters Released

New documents released to Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI detail a cell block battle of wits between convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and convicted-mobster-turned-FBI-informant Gregory Scarpa.

Nichols and Scarpa, both inmates on the infamous "Bomber's Row" cell block of the Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, exchanged notes in early 2005 discussing a wide variety of matters, including Nichols suspicions' about additional OKC conspirators, and the location of a bomb stash underneath Nichols' former home in Herington, Kansas, where he was living at the time of his arrest.

The new documents, heavily redacted, details Nichols growing suspicions that Scarpa was playing some kind of game with him, promising to help him get his story out the public while at the same time informing to the FBI about their conversations, which was essentially the case.

The new release also includes letters from Nichols to the FBI and Attorney General John Ashcroft claiming that gun dealer Roger Moore, a witness for the prosecution in the trials of both Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, was a knowing participant in the bombing. Nichols allegations are presented here due to their newsworthy nature and inclusion in the documents, but INTELWIRE makes no claim about their veracity.

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