Milestones Sep. 10, 2007


When a bomb exploded at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, security guard Richard Jewell helped evacuate the area and was hailed as a hero. Days later the FBI leaked his name as its primary suspect. The media savaged him; FBI agents tore through the home he shared with his mother and ripped family photos. After investigators exonerated Jewell that year, he sued and settled with NBC and other media and got a rare apology from AG Janet Reno. In 2005, Eric Rudolph confessed to the attack. Jewell died, apparently of natural causes, at his Georgia home. He was 44.


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