Spelled differently in Maine (e.g. Patriot's Day), the specific date of April 19th commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Down through the years, the actual date has drifted to other days, as Patriots' Day is now observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and Maine (once part of Massachusetts). Also, it is a public school observance day in Wisconsin. This year, therefore, Patriots' Day was celebrated on April 15th, which actually was not "Tax Day" in Massachusetts because citizens there get an extra day.
("I was just preparing to write that the annual heightened 'danger zone' of school/college violence of late April, which occurs following an active fall, is almost upon us," is what I wrote last week.)
This is a time of high violence dates of April 19 (Waco and Oklahoma City bombing anniversaries) and April 20 (Hitler's birthday and Columbine). April 19th is the anniversary of the deaths occurring at the end of the Waco events and the Oklahoma City bombing. It is an older anniversary of the Revolutionary War, of militia deaths, and past school violence incidents.
The “Patriot’s Day” holiday, the date the Revolutionary War began, now has links to a date holding symbolic importance around the nation. April 19th is historically significant. In 1943, the Nazis entered the Warsaw Ghetto, in 1993, the Waco raid occurred, and then in 1995, the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed.
This last event has also been tied to April 19, 1985; when 200 lawmen surrounded the Arkansas compound of the paramilitary Covenant, the Sword and the Arm.
When the CSA surrendered four days later, authorities discovered that several members of The Order, the group accused of assassinating Denver radio talk-show host Alan Berg, were hiding at the CSA compound. Kerry Noble, who was second-in-command for the CSA, told The Denver Post "dates are so important in the movement. Everything has to have some kind of significance, either with the dates or numbers or something."
One of the people who found particular significance in the April 19 date was white supremacist Richard Wayne Snell, who had been associated with the CSA. A decade earlier, he allegedly plotted to blow up the Murrah building. At three minutes past noon on April 19, 1995 -- three hours after the Oklahoma City blast -- Snell turned to a prison official as they watched live coverage of the Oklahoma City tragedy. According to the minute-by-minute log of Snell's last days on death row, Snell told the prison lieutenant that "today is a very significant day for various reasons."
On April 19, 1995, Snell was executed in Arkansas.Some of the details of the attack are reminding people of the style of the bombings of Eric Rudolph too.
More notice should be taken of the special dates being chosen for these so-called "random" acts of violence and suicides, as there may be more of a link to the twilight meanings underlying them than originally envisioned.
Sometimes the setting, the surrounding, and the site serve as that special little push that beguiles the copycat’s soul. Sometimes it’s the date. Usually it is a combination of the two.
Eric Robert Rudolph (born September 19, 1966), also known as the Olympic Park Bomber, is responsible for a series of bombings across the southern United States between 1996 and 1998, which killed two people and injured at least 150 others in the name of an anti-abortion and anti-gay agenda. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers him a terrorist.The technique of setting off one bomb, then moving people into danger where a second bomb would go off, was used by Rudolph. In 1997, two bombs were placed outside a women's clinic in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, going off an hour apart. Seven people were injured in the second blast, which investigators say they believe was designed to kill and injure law enforcement officers responding to the first bomb.
As a teenager Rudolph was taken by his mother to a Church of Israel compound in 1984; it is connected to the Christian Identity movement. He has called himself a Roman Catholic in "the war to end this holocaust" (in reference to abortion). He has confirmed religious motivation, but denied racial motivation for his crimes. He was caught in 2003.Rudolph is best known as the perpetrator of Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta which occurred on July 27, 1996, during the 1996 Summer Olympics. He called the police, warning about the bomb before it detonated. The blast killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others. Melih Uzunyol, a Turkish cameraman who ran to the scene following the blast, died of a heart attack. Wikipedia.
Eric Rudolph has confessed to the bombings of an abortion clinic in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs on January 16, 1997; the Otherside Lounge of Atlanta lesbian bar on February 21, 1997 (also using two bombs), injuring five; and an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama on January 29, 1998, killing Birmingham police officer and part-time clinic security guard Robert Sanderson, and critically injuring nurse Emily Lyons. Rudolph's bombs were made of dynamite surrounded by nails, which acted as shrapnel.
Don't be sidetracked by this date not being April 15th. It was on Patriots' Day. That is significant. As is the street, Boylston.
Let us hope the suspect or suspects are captured soon. I would not be surprised to discover this is a home-grown event.
Why the reports of a "dark-skinned" foreign national being sought?
Why is there a New York Post's early report that a "Saudi National" is under arrest? Law enforcement officials in Boston deny there is any truth to this rumor. Conflicting reports are that he is being merely questioned because he was tackled, running from the scene. Also, the search warrant in Revere has been tied to this alleged "person of interest's residence."
This all sounds like the early reports after the OKBomb.
Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill 3 and Injure 100
By John Eligon and Michael Cooper
Some law enforcement officials noted that the blasts came at the start of a week that has sometimes been seen as significant for radical American antigovernment groups: it was the April 15 deadline for filing taxes, and Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts, the start of a week that has seen violence in the past. April 19 is the anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
The explosive devices used in the attacks on Monday were similar in size to the device used in the 1996 attack at the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta but were not nearly as large as the one used in Oklahoma City. In the Atlanta attack, a pipe bomb was detonated near pedestrians, killing 2 and injuring more than 100 — similar numbers to Monday’s attack.
The attack in Oklahoma City was far larger because the perpetrator used a truck packed with thousands of pounds of explosives. The device killed more than 150 people.
At a news conference on Tuesday morning, Dr. George Velmahos, the chief of trauma surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, said pellets and nails (many forms of shrapnel) had been removed from victims.
Liz Goodwin is reporting:
A second victim in the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified: Krystle M. Campbell, a 29-year-old from Medford, Mass.
Her father, William A. Campbell Jr., told Yahoo News he's in shock that his daughter was killed.
"My daughter was the most lovable girl. She helped everybody, and I'm just so shocked right now. We're just devastated," he said. "She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand."
Campbell was at the finish line with a friend to cheer on her boyfriend, who was running the race. William Campbell said he doesn't know if her boyfriend finished the race before the bombs went off.
More than 170 people were wounded—17 of them critically—and three were killed in the attacks.
The other identified victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard, was running away from the first explosion with his family when the second blast killed him. His mother and 6-year-old sister were injured in the blast as well.
A Chinese citizen was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, the Chinese consulate in New York said. The press release did not identify the woman. Boston University earlier confirmed that the person was a graduate student at the school.