Prosecuted a defendant who had traveled to Las Vegas from Louisiana to construct and mail pipe bombs and tarot cards to President Clinton at the White House; to Texas televangelist John Hagee in San Antonio, and to the ATF offices in Las Vegas. The Clinton bomb detonated in a Post Office tractor trailer in Washington D.C.; the Hagee bomb detonated at a U.S. Post Office bulk mail center in Dallas; the ATF bomb was recovered at a Las Vegas Greyhound Bus terminal, undetonated. Additional bomb making materials and tarot cards were recovered from the defendant’s hotel room. Alexander pled guilty to several possession and use of destructive devices and was sentenced to life. This defendant ranked with Jerald Burgess (discussed infra), Buford Furrrow (who went on a shooting spree at an L.A. Jewish Day Care Center, then murdered a mailman) and Billy Bright (a scrawny hitman for the New York mob, later murdered in prison himself) as one of the most chilling defendants I’ve stood next to in a courtroom.
About The Author
Thomas M. O’Connell is the former Senior Litigation Counsel and Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crimes Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to his 13 years in the Las Vegas U.S. Attorneys Office, he served for 8 years in the Northern District of California. Tom retired in 2013 and relocated back to Las Vegas. Since then, he has helped trained Las Vegas Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson police, and U.S. Probation. He’s addressed inmates at High Desert State Prison and guest lectured at both UNLV and Boyd School of Law.