NOVELIST Gore Vidal to attend McVeigh execution

Saturday, May 5th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Novelist Gore Vidal says he will attend the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh -- at McVeigh's request.

Vidal says he and McVeigh share some views about the federal government.

He says he began corresponding with McVeigh when the bomber wrote him about Vidal's 1998 article in Vanity Fair on ``the shredding'' of the Bill of Rights.

In an interview with The Oklahoman newspaper, Vidal calls McVeigh "very intelligent."

But Vidal emphasizes he did not condone the 1995 bombing.