Publisher agrees to destroy copies of book

Friday, December 10th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The California publisher of a controversial
book about the Oklahoma City bombing has agreed to destroy copies of the book as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit by a former top FBI official. Oliver "Buck" Revell said David Hoffman's book, "The Oklahoma City Bombing and The Politics of Terror" contained false and inaccurate statements about him and "by innuendo" portrayed him as a co-conspirator in the bombing.

The April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others. Feral House Inc. promised to destroy copies of the book to avoid "further dissemination of inaccurate statements." "We express our sincere apologies to Mr. Revell and his family for any and all misstatements," Feral House President Adam Parfrey wrote.

Stan Twardy, Revell's attorney, said the settlement included a confidential payment by the publisher. Revell, a former FBI associate deputy director who has become a nationally recognized commentator, complained Hoffman wrote that he had advance knowledge of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland and pulled his son and daughter-in-law off the plane on the tarmac of the London airport. His son actually had left a week earlier and his daughter-in-law was already in the United States.

The lawsuit is still pending against Hoffman and two of the book's sources. Hoffman pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor jury tampering. He had sent the book to an alternate on the grand jury investigating a series of conspiracy theories about the bombing.