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Richard A. Jewell (December 17, 1962 – August 29, 2007) was an American police officer who, while working as a security guard for Piedmont College, became known in connection with the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Discovering a pipe bomb on the park grounds, Jewell alerted police and helped to evacuate the area before the bomb exploded, saving many people from injury or death. Initially hailed by the media as a hero, Jewell was later considered a suspect. Jewell's case is considered an example of the damage that can be done by reporting based on unreliable or incomplete information.
Despite never being officially charged, he underwent a "trial by media" with great toll on his personal and professional life. Eventually he was completely exonerated; Eric Robert Rudolph was later found to have been the bomber. In 2006, Governor Sonny Perdue publicly thanked Jewell on behalf of the state of Georgia for saving the lives of those at the Olympics
Teenager Salah Barhoum’s face was plastered on the front of the New York Post Thursday — and the tabloid labeled him and a friend “Bag Men” and reported they were being sought by the authorities investigating the Boston Marathon.
But the dedicated high school track star wasn’t in hiding — and he wasn’t guilty.
Originally posted by 3n19m470
Hmmmm...you make an interesting point. So.....you're saying Richard Jewell did the Boston Marathon bombing? I've not heard that angle yet... I'll go on FB and start spreading the word. It's about time people take notice of the investigative power of the ATS membership! Matter of fact...I've been looking for a good reason to make my very first YouTube video, and this original peice of investigative journalism has just given me all the reason I need! Don't worry, I'll give you all the credit of course