A Vigil for McVeigh by Patrick Henry Reardon

A Vigil for McVeigh

My Night Among the Protesters at an Execution

by Patrick Henry Reardon

It is mid-evening on Sunday, June 10, 2001, as I leave Chicago, starting the tiresome drive down to Terre Haute after what has already been a long and wearing day. I plan to spend this night at the federal prison where the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh will be executed tomorrow morning, some twelve hours from now. A calm darkness descends on the corn and sorghum fields of northern Indiana as I drive along. The night is still warm, though showers are predicted. This would not surprise me, for we had several days of rain last week, and the sky is somewhat overcast even now.

I had hoped to be going to Terre Haute tonight as . . .