The clubbing of Nancy Kerrigan's knee by a compatriot of rival figure skater Tonya Harding was one of the weirdest and ugliest moments in sports history. The man who hatched the plan with Harding's ex-husband Jeff Stone: her beefy bodyguard, Brian Sean Griffith. Griffith confessed days after the attack, helping to nab the hired assailant, and spent more than a year in prison. He later changed his name (from Shawn Eckhardt) in an attempt to put the events behind him. He was 40 and died of apparently natural causes.

His gift was in turning the intensely personal into radio gold. The breakout...

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