Wife of accused bomb maker defends her husband

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Updated: 2/04/2013 9:21 am Published: 2/01/2013 8:56 pm

The wife of a man arrested for making bombs tells FOX23 why her husband had grenades and explosives in his south Tulsa apartment.

Richard Carter, 41, is in jail on state explosive charges. Federal investigators are trying to figure out exactly what Carter planned to do with the explosives. 

"He's not the lunatic, he's not the psychotic person that everybody is saying he is, he's a war veteran who has nightmares about going to kill over 600 people," said his wife.

She didn't want to appear on camera to protect her children. However, Carter’s wife says his four plus years fighting overseas took a toll on him. She says he fought in Desert Storm. He spent four years serving in the Navy and another two with the U.S. Army reserves and retired in 1995.

"He did his job he was trained be military minded, he was trained to go kill people and then told to come back home and act like you did before you left," she said.

Carter was arrested Wednesday night. Tulsa police and federal agents found grenades, homemade bombs and two dozen booby traps in the family's apartment at the Greens of Bedford. Federal agents haven't talked about a motive.  Carter's wife believes he was preparing for the worst.

"He gets caught up mentally watching the news and he sees the economy is going to crash, chaos may break out and I think in his mind he was preparing to save his family."

"This individual, we're not sure what his motives are, putting a theory to it is just too premature," ATF Assistant Special Agent Paul Vanderplow. 

The couple has been married 19 years. She says her husband was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and is on medication, but says his medication clearly wasn't enough.

"They need help to fit back into society and giving them some pills and sending them on their way is and not following up on these people is not ok," said Carter’s wife.

Carter faces a charge of manufacturing explosives. Federal charges are pending and could be filed, early next week.

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lilbit73 - 2/5/2013 8:56 PM
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ok so after i saw this enterview that his wife did i almost fell over because i am rich's ex wife and was married to him during the time she is talking about.. first off he was in the navy and was never on the ground fighting during desert storm he was a gunners mate/ missilemen.. he was in the Persian galf only a couple months and the rest of the time it was peace time... I can not believe she went public and said the things she said.. 90% of it was a lie.. but with saying that i do believe he could have ptsd from other things that had happened to him but not from fighting in war...

Unwashed Mass - 2/2/2013 9:33 PM
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It's entirely possible he may have been part of an operation that killed 600 people, given the type of warfare going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. The civilian deaths there are astronomical, but you have to look to Wikileaks to get the details.

Unwashed Mass - 2/2/2013 9:29 PM
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The grenades were empty paperweights (like you might find in a detective's office) and the bobby traps were actually animal traps like you use to catch coyote. This is some seriously exaggerated bull.

aleman - 2/2/2013 1:05 PM
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War is not for everybody...imagine how some those that fought in the Ruhr Pocket in Germany felt when they came home...at times the cannon fire was so intense they could feel the ground shaking 50 miles away and this went on for weeks on end...don't recall any WWII vets building bombs or complaining about post stress

GodsGutterPunk - 2/2/2013 11:48 AM
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dukshanee - 2/2/2013 8:37 AM
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how does the government expect to train people to kill and fight in wars, then leave the military and be "normal" people??? they are trained killers!!! once in a war and have a kill, should be required to be in the military for life...

Mayor Maynot - 2/2/2013 7:04 AM
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Right :-| He just needs a healthy outlet for his unnatural desires. Find him a farmer with a field full of tree stumps that need to be blown. Pretend tree stumps are the enemy.

roadhunter - 2/2/2013 6:44 AM
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"He's not the lunatic, he's not the psychotic person that everybody is saying he is, he's a war veteran who has nightmares about going to kill over 600 people," said his wife. Are you sure that's what she said? Because it makes absolutely no sense. He's not a monster...he's just dreaming about killing over 600 people?
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