The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 July 2005

It's just his neurosis that oughta be curbed

Does Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols have Asperger Syndrome?

His family in Michigan certainly thinks so, and presumably it might explain why he got involved in the conspiracy in the first place.

Nichols, meanwhile, has been talking. No longer facing the possibility of a death sentence, he's opened up to, among others, the FBI.

Wes Lane, Oklahoma County District Attorney, who pushed for Nichols' state trial — Nichols had previously been convicted on federal charges — scoffs:

He has already spun his tale to multiple people. The only thing he is truly afraid of is that people will stop paying attention to him and he will be left all alone in his Colorado prison cell.

I don't know about that, but he does seem to have a knack for getting news coverage.

Posted at 10:09 AM to Soonerland

Having a 12 year old son with Asperger Syndrome I find it very hard to believe that Nichols has this disorder...which is a form of autism and affects the person much more than making them gullible and easy to manipulate. I think it is his family trying to rationalize a terrible thing and the liberal press ever trying to make all crimes a result of mental illness rather than people doing evil things.

Posted by: Schoolraider at 2:11 PM on 5 July 2005

Hence the Officer Krupke reference. I don't believe it either.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:12 PM on 6 July 2005