What I Learned About Myself From Timothy McVeigh

May 10, 2010 | 8 comments

Almost a decade ago, the bosses of the newspaper where I worked sent me out on assignment: Go to Indiana to cover the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

I’d covered death a thousand times before. And I had grown steely cold to it, for it was the only way I knew to survive it.

But this pilgrimage eastward was different. This death was scheduled, and the idea of seeing a killer face-to-face before his heart stopped cold sent my own heart pounding.

Would you head over to The High Calling with me today where I tell the rest of the story? Join the conversation and tell me: What would you have done differently? It’s O.K. You won’t hurt my feelings! I value the exchange of ideas.


TheHighCalling.org is a place that encourages people to find God in their work. (To get there, click the links or use this URL: www.TheHighCalling.org .)

Photo: From my McVeigh files. The execution chamber.

by | May 10, 2010 | 8 comments


  1. Andrea

    Heading over!
    Blessings and prayers,

  2. Missie

    Wow…I am going to head over to read the rest!

  3. Beth.. One Blessed Nana

    going to read the rest…

    The cross below?? It is gorgeous.

  4. Stephani

    Jennifer, I typed a big long comment after your post on the High Calling,and for some reason it wouldn't let me enter the validation word and submit. I tried it 3 times and it never would work! Sorry!

  5. Beth E.

    Hopping over right now…

  6. deb

    oh, I came here to let you know that I read this on the HC page,
    glad you linked to it.
    I kept thinking about it afterwards. I could not have witnessed the execution. You did the right thing, and your courage is inspiring. I wonder if I would have lied and said I didn't get picked. Seriously, you are truly an example of some living out the high calling. Walking it real. Bless you for that Jennifer.

  7. Runner Mom

    Going over to read the rest of your story. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, my friend!

  8. Jennifer

    No way I could have watched it either. That's a good quality in you. A conscience not seared by the world is one God can work with.


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