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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hinrichs Was Clean Shaven At Feedstore

University of Oklahoma student Joel Henry Hinrichs has a beard in photos that have appeared in the media since he died Oct. 1 when the bomb strapped to his body exploded near the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium during the OU-Kansas State football game.

But Tapscott's Copy Desk has learned that Hinrichs was clean-shaven when he appeared in a Norman, Oklahoma, feed store two days before his death seeking to purchase ammonium nitrate, a main ingredient in the bomb that destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 and in other terrorist attacks around the world.

It should be noted that Islamic suicide bombers often shave just prior to carrying out their deadly acts. This is not "proof" that Hinrichs was on a similar suicide bombing mission, of course, but his beard was one of his most memorable features. His father has said that his son "looked like Abraham Lincoln since he was in high school."

Just another coincidence, right?