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John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel
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On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded just outside of Oklahoma City's Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people. Within a matter of hours, the FBI launched the largest manhunt in U.S. history, identifying the suspects as Timothy James McVeigh and John Doe No. 2, a stocky twentysomething with a distinctive tattoo on his left arm. Eventually the FBI retracted the elusive mystery man as a bombing suspect altogether, proclaiming that McVeigh had acted alone and that John Doe No. 2 was the by-product of unreliable eyewitness testimony in the wake of the attack. Womack recreates the events that led up to this fateful day from the perspective of John Doe No. 2--or JD, as he is referred to in the book. With his ironic and curiously detached persona, JD narrates--from a second-person point of view--his secret life with McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and others in America's militia culture as McVeigh and JD crisscross the Midwest in McVeigh's beloved Chevy Geo Spectrum. John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel is the tragicomic account of McVeigh's last desperate months of freedom, as he prepared to unleash one ofthe deadliest acts of domestic terrorism in the nation's history. Womack's novel traces one man's downward spiral toward the act of evil that will brand his name in infamy and another's desperate hope to save his friend's soul before it's too late.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-12
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  1. 1 The Dreamland Motel
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 2 Innocents Abroad
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. 3 The Shooter
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. 4 My Platonic Sweetheart
  2. pp. 22-29
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  1. 5 Eff You
  2. pp. 30-38
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  1. 6 The Gun That Won the West
  2. pp. 39-46
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  1. 7 The Mysterious Stranger
  2. pp. 47-55
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  1. 8 Life on the Mississippi
  2. pp. 56-63
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  1. 9 The Royal Nonesuch
  2. pp. 64-73
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  1. 10 Buffalo Bill’s Defunct
  2. pp. 74-81
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  1. 11 Aliens—and More!
  2. pp. 82-92
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  1. 12 The Hypnotized Never Lie
  2. pp. 93-101
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  1. 13 A Tooth for a Tooth
  2. pp. 102-112
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  1. 14 The Candy Store
  2. pp. 113-121
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  1. 15 Back to the Future
  2. pp. 122-129
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  1. 16 Feed Your Head!
  2. pp. 130-137
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  1. 17 Ascending Mount Carmel
  2. pp. 138-146
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  1. 18 Anarchy in the O.K.
  2. pp. 147-154
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  1. 19 The Battle of Fort Er
  2. pp. 155-164
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  1. 20 Tattoo You
  2. pp. 165-174
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  1. 21The Road Warrior’s Last Stand
  2. pp. 175-182
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  1. 22 The Girl Can’t Help It
  2. pp. 183-191
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  1. 23 Escape to Elohim City
  2. pp. 192-202
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  1. 24 Roughing It
  2. pp. 202-211
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  1. 25 Lighting Out for the Territory
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. 26 Phoenix Unbound
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. 27 Lazy Circles in the Sky
  2. pp. 223-227
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 228-230
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 231-242
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