Who would do such a thing? And why? Here's where it's about to get conspiracy-ish up in here ...
The Missing Footage:
The theory goes that the accomplice in the missing video would be Richard Lee Guthrie, a dude with a history of government hating and a connection to McVeigh. We can't just ask him, because Richard Lee Guthrie died in custody by hanging himself with his bed sheet.
This is the last known photograph of him, wearing his "John Doe No. 2" T-shirt.
OK, so if it was him, why would the government cover up the involvement of some neo-Nazi? What do they care? Hell, they guy is even dead, right? You don't even have to bother to charge him.
Well, the conspiracy theory goes like this: Something went horribly wrong with the investigation into Guthrie and resulted in an innocent guy getting killed. That man is named Kenneth Michael Trentadue, and he was arrested in connection with the bombing. It was never clear why the feds picked him up, but here's the thing: He looked exactly like Guthrie, with the same build, the same facial hair and a similar tattoo. So if, for instance, the feds had seen Guthrie on a grainy security cam, it would have been easy to match it to the wrong mugshot and arrest Trentadue instead.
We're betting he watched a lot of Road House.
So what? you say. That's an understandable mistake, so why cover it up? They did eventually get the real guy, and he's dead, so just turn Trentadue loose and apologize, right? Maybe give him a coupon that says he gets out of one future crime for free. Why destroy evidence to pretend it didn't happen?
Because Trentadue, the innocent one, also died while in custody. Also by hanging himself with his bed sheet.
It gets worse: He had so many cuts, bruises and traumatic injuries on his body that his family began to suspect that he was actually tortured and maybe murdered. This has led his family (specifically, his lawyer brother, Jesse) to speculate that, in fact, the FBI fucked up and grabbed Trentadue by mistake, interrogated him so hard that he either died or was driven to suicide and then, when they realized they had the wrong guy, tried to cover up the whole thing.
"Oh, how clumsy of us -- we thought that file said 'NOT Evidence.'"
But the theory all starts with that surveillance video. After years of badgering, the FBI finally released 20 tapes to Jesse, who says that footage from four different cameras mysteriously goes blank all at the same time in the minutes leading up to the bombing. Trentadue thinks they doctored the video to cut out the bits showing Guthrie (which would, in his mind, start the process of proving that the FBI's actions led to the death of his brother).
So Trentadue went back and asked for more. As of July 2011, the official answer is that if there is more video in the government's possession that "The investigation case files are so massive, it would be impossible to find."
In other words, the key to this conspiracy theory rests in the same government warehouse where they stashed the lost Ark of the Covenant.
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