Skip to comments.[August 30, 2007] Richard Jewell, 44, Hero of Atlanta Attack, Dies
Posted on 03/24/2012 6:06:07 PM PDT by hiho hiho
Richard A. Jewell, whose transformation from heroic security guard to Olympic bombing suspect and back again came to symbolize the excesses of law enforcement and the news media, died Wednesday at his home in Woodbury, Ga. He was 44.
The heavy-set Mr. Jewell, with a country drawl and a deferential manner, became an instant celebrity after a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta in the early hours of July 27, 1996,
Only minutes earlier, Mr. Jewell, who was working a temporary job as a guard, had spotted the abandoned green knapsack that contained the bomb, called it to the attention of the police, and started moving visitors away from the area.
But three days later, he found himself identified in an article in The Atlanta Journal as the focus of police attention, leading to several searches of his apartment and surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and by reporters who set upon him, he would later say, like piranha on a bleeding cow.
The investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement officers lasted until late October 1996 and included a number of bungled tactics, including an F.B.I. agents effort to question Mr. Jewell on camera under the pretense of making a training film.
In October 1996, when it became obvious that Mr. Jewell had not been involved in the bombing, the Justice Department formally cleared him.
Even after being cleared, Mr. Jewell said he never felt he could outrun his notoriety. He sued several major news media outlets and won settlements from NBC and CNN. His libel case against his primary nemesis, Cox Enterprises, the Atlanta newspapers parent company, wound through the courts for a decade without resolution, though much of it was dismissed along the way.
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Hey, better keep your troll job, you’d never make it as a comedian!
This one is usually on the wrong side of any given issue.
Not I, the but the leftist are, and you're slacking.
Don’t know who is Wilkow.
I am not implying that Zimmerman is innocent. I am concerned that the news media is using this story to whip up a riot.
I posted an “old” NY Times article where they admitted malpractice, rushing to judgment — that is the point.
No one hit the dummy bell, so why are you here?
And then the Clinton FBI pinned the Olympic Park Bombing on Eric Robert Rudolph.
You have rammed it countless times. I have to set it upright for you to ram it again.
You are no different than Barry Soerto, Sharpton or the rest of the race baiters. You have no more knowledge than the local PD has released. Get over your stupid assumptions of anything.
“Yassir Arafat still holds the record.”
Kim Jong Il was on a pace to break it, if only his career hadn’t ended so abruptly.
McCartney has a good record but it was more for duration than number of times.
The jury’s still out on that one.
Persistence pays off, for sure.
Stirring up mayhem?
More like inciting mob riots.
This is a powerful deception, and thy are laughing at how many more people will become murderers and die because of it.
Be interesting to see if Baby Kim can fill his father’s coffin. Shoes. I mean shoes.
Well EXCUSE ME! I didn't know those things.
Hatred brings death. Love brings life. Choose Life.
org.whodat is consumed with hate. Don't get burned. Stay cool.
The facts are just now coming out.
Sir Paul does hold the record, if you play it backwards...
I hear there’s an up-and-comer in the Venezuelan league. Castro’s managing him and is real high on the kid.
Org couldn’t burn me with a gallon of gas and a lit joint. Puhleese!
You personally know Zimmerman then?
Hah! I tried to play it backwards once but the stylus gave up. Reel to Reel was the answer.
So you know that George Zimmerman was thinking "I can kill you because you are armed with snacks"? Can you tell me what I am thinking, as you are so blessed with mind-reading abilities? Bet you can't.
'Course, I guess the witness who saw the sweet little Trayvon on top of Zim, punching him, is to be ignored, too...since Zim had some evil intent that you can discern with your magic mind reading powers.
You’ll get no disagreement from me. From dictionary.com:
Mayhem (n) - random or deliberate violence or damage.
In this case - deliberate.
The truth of the matter is that this incident at worst is a case of a mall ninja screwing the pooch. Nothing more, nothing less.
I thought that Mayhem was Dean Winters.
He followed a kid who was not doing anything wrong. He was told not to by the police. The kid was on the phone with a girl friend who said he was worried about a strange big guy following him. He was carrying a weapon, was being menacing, and ignoring the real authorities.
Zimmerman is a pathetic police want-a-be. While I don't think he should be arrested for a hate crime. He should go to jail for manslaughter. Even if the kid turned and jumped on him.
Had to bing.com the name.
Yeah, him too.
Remember how many times Arafat died on these very threads? Every time you turned around he was dead again.
No they never learn.
“No good deed goes unpunished” Rest In Peace, Richard Jewell, job well done.
The only thing that matters are those facts.
You're playing the same game as Obama and the media machine.
We can but watch and hope.
Yeah, sorta like he and beck have already convicted Zimmerman. Sad. I don’t listen to either one now, ‘course I’m sure they won’t notice since I don’t buy their books or sell vitamins from my basement.
Yes, you follow a kid around, chase him in the dark with a gun. And then he jumps you. Not behind any bushes but right out in the open. And you shoot him. I wonder how many people I could murder that way.Its at least manslaughter.