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Gored to death

Gazette staff August 8th, 2012

When celebrated American novelist and all-around man of letters Gore Vidal died last week at the age of 86, some obituaries reminded readers of the man’s connections to the Sooner State — one domestic, one disturbing.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Vidal was the maternal grandson of Thomas Pryor Gore, the blind Democratic U.S. senator from Oklahoma. One of the state’s first two senators, he is buried at Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City. All that is kind and good.

What’s not was Vidal’s friendship with Timothy McVeigh — yes, the Murrah Federal Building bomber. According to The Huffington Post, the two struck up a mutual admiration after Vidal wrote a 1998 article for Vanity Fair about “the shredding” of the Bill of Rights. (Strange, we had McVeigh pegged as more of a Soldier of Fortune reader.)

“He’s very intelligent,” Vidal said of McVeigh in a 2001 interview. “He’s not insane,” as if the killing of 168 people is an act of sound mind.

It’s a good thing Vidal won’t be buried alongside his grandfather in the 405. If he were, CFN could see a lot of OKC residents leaving something other than flowers on that grave.

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