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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Monday, June 18, 2001

McVeigh book to be miniseries for CBS

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building will be made into a miniseries based on a book by two Buffalo reporters, according to CBS executives.

The network has purchased the option on the book, "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & the Oklahoma City Bombing," written by Buffalo News reporters Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck.

The reporters interviewed McVeigh for more than 75 hours at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where he was executed Monday for killing 168 people in the April 19, 1995, explosion.

CBS' rendition of the event will focus more on the way Oklahoma City has coped with the bombing, than on McVeigh or his motives, filmmaker Gerry Abrams, who will produce the series, told the New York Daily News.

"From a historical perspective, at least it would capture stories of the event from those of us who lived though it," Dr. Paul Heath, a bombing survivor, said. "I think it's worth doing."