Memorial to “Backpack Bomber” Joel Henry Hinrichs III at OU


By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

26 April 2007: What do Katie Couric, actor Oklahoma native James Garner, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Joel Henry Hinrichs III have in common? They all have memorial stones placed prominently at Oklahoma University. While most people will instantly recognize the three former names of the list, some might not recognize the latter name: Joel Henry HINRICHS III.

It was on October 1, 2005, when a backpack worn by HINRICHS containing the highly unstable explosive TATP (triacetone triperoxide), also known as the “mother of Satan” and a recognized favorite explosive mixture used by Muslim terrorists, detonated outside of a packed football stadium. HINRICHS was killed in the explosion that was heard four miles away and shattered windows of at least one campus building. Despite the official explanation offered by Oklahoma University President David Boren and FBI officials, it is reasonably suspected that HINRICHS’ intent was to detonate the backpack inside of the football stadium in an act of Personal Islamic Jihad. Evidence developed by the Northeast Intelligence Network - who were the first to break the news about the use of TATP, suggests that HINRICHS had ties to the Islamic community in Norman and attempted entry into the stadium on at least three occasions during the game, although could not successfully circumvent security.

According to published news reports, the memorial stone inscribed “Joel H Hinrichs III” is located near the end of the patio west of the student union. It was installed at a cost of about $150.00 and paid for by the student affairs division of the student union of Oklahoma University.

Comments are closed.