Elohim City questions resurrected by Nichols

By Nolan Clay Published: July 10, 2005
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Terry Nichols Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols is resurrecting questions about Elohim City in admissions from prison.

Nichols this year acknowledged to the FBI, his family and a U.S. congressman that he was involved in the 1995 attack on the federal building in downtown Oklahoma City.

His statements included comments about Elohim City, a white separatist community in eastern Oklahoma that was part of the bombing investigation early on, The Oklahoman learned.

Nichols, 50, claims bomber Timothy McVeigh talked about Elohim City.

"He said he was driving past it one time and Tim McVeigh knew everything about Elohim City, just told him all about it," said U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who met with Nichols on June 27 at the federal prison in Florence, Colo.

"And he said on a number of occasions ... Tim McVeigh mentioned his friend, Andy the German, who lives at Elohim City," the congressman said.

"So there was a strong indication that Tim McVeigh had much more than just a minor association with some of the people at Elohim City."

The FBI investigated Elohim City after discovering McVeigh called there two weeks before the bombing. The FBI eventually ruled out the residents there as suspects. The FBI also found no conclusive evidence McVeigh ever visited.

In the almost two-minute phone call, McVeigh spoke to Joan Millar, daughter-in-law of Elohim City's founder.

She later testified he wanted to know if he could visit in a couple of weeks.

"He said that he had been at a gun show and he had met some of the young men from Elohim City and someone had given him a card with the phone number on it.

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