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History of the ’90s podcast: Richard Jewell and the 1996 Olympic Park bombing

Photographers surround Richard Jewell prior to his testifying before a House Judiciary Crime subcommittee hearing on the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta, July 30, 1997.
Photographers surround Richard Jewell prior to his testifying before a House Judiciary Crime subcommittee hearing on the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta, July 30, 1997. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson, FILE)

In July 1996, a backpack bomb rocked the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, killing one and injuring over 100 others.

The bomb had been left under a bench in the middle of Centennial Olympic Park on the eighth day of the games.

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On this episode of History of the ’90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the tragedy that struck the 100th Olympic games and the police investigation that followed.

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Security guard Richard Jewell, who discovered the bomb before it exploded, was first hailed a hero. Then, just a few days later, he was identified as the main suspect by the media who had a field day with his reputation.

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This is the story of Richard Jewell, a cautionary tale about what happens when the police and the media rush to judgment.

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Guests:

Kent Alexander, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

Twitter: @Kentbale

Kevin Salwen, Journalist

Twitter: @KevinSalwen

Together, they co-authored The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle.

www.TheSuspectbook.com

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