6 Bodies in Ashes of Radicals' Home; Assault Defended
The MOVE Bombing, written shortly after the event occurred
The New York Times published a long story about the bombing. This article not only discusses the bombing but also the immediate justifications for assaulting the compound and dropping the bomb. Despite an evident lack of planning, city officials did not spin it that way. Mayor Goode claimed that "The thing that we did not anticipate is that there would be a fire." Fire Commissioner William Richmond implicitly acknowledged that the fire was being used as a tactic to force MOVE members out of the compound. The author of this piece unknowingly foreshadowed the hardships ahead when discussing the neighborhood's initial positive reaction to Mayor Goode after the bombing: "On one hand, they wanted to get rid of Move, which was the bane of their lives. On the other, they now have no homes."
William K. Stevens
New York Times
May 14, 1985
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