Richard Jewell Biography – Wiki
Richard Jewell was working as a security guard at Centennial Park on the evening of July 27, 1996. On that night, there was a Jack Mack and the Heart Attack concert and “tens of thousands” of people were in attendance, according to Tom Davis, a retired police officer who was stationed at the park with Jewell.
“The FBI and the media joined together to launch an attack on me of unparalleled proportion in the history of his nation … It was all a lie … The Justice Department cannot be trusted to investigate itself.”
— Richard Jewell, July 30, 1997,
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— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) December 10, 2019
Despite never being charged, he underwent a “trial by media,” which took a toll on his personal and professional life. Jewell was eventually exonerated, and Eric 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. Jewell died on August 29, 2007, at age 44 of heart failure from complications of diabetes.
Richard Jewell Parents
Jewell was born Richard White in Danville, Virginia, the son of Bobi, an insurance claims co-ordinator, and Robert Earl White, who worked for Chevrolet. Richard’s birth-parents divorced when he was four. When his mother remarried to John Jewell, an insurance executive, his stepfather adopted him.
Richard Jewell Married, Wife
Richard Jewell was married to Dana Jewell.
Richard Jewell Bombing
Centennial Olympic Park was designed as the “town square” of the Olympics, and thousands of spectators had gathered for a late concert and merrymaking. Sometime after midnight, July 27, 1996, Eric Robert Rudolph, a terrorist who would later bomb a lesbian nightclub and two abortion clinics, planted a green backpack containing a fragmentation-laden pipe bomb underneath a bench. Jewell was working as a security guard for the event. He discovered the bag and alerted Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers. This discovery was nine minutes before Rudolph called 9-1-1 to deliver a warning. Jewell and other security guards began clearing the immediate area so that a bomb squad could investigate the suspicious package. The bomb exploded 13 minutes later, killing Alice Hawthorne and injuring over one hundred others. A cameraman also died of a heart attack while running to cover the incident.
Investigation and the media
Oh you mean the only news outlet that never apologized to Richard Jewell and just waited him out in court until he died? That’s the the one that should be making demands right nowhttps://t.co/BPaDFPVxNI
— F. Bill McMorris (@FBillMcMorris) December 10, 2019
Early news reports lauded Jewell as a hero for helping to evacuate the area after he spotted the suspicious package. Three days later, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that the FBI was treating him as a possible suspect, based largely on a “lone bomber” criminal profile. For the next several weeks, the news media focused aggressively on him as the presumed culprit, labeling him with the ambiguous term “person of interest”, sifting through his life to match a leaked “lone bomber” profile that the FBI had used. The media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, portrayed Jewell as a failed law enforcement officer who may have planted the bomb so he could “find” it and be a hero.
A Justice Department investigation of the FBI’s conduct found the FBI had tried to manipulate Jewell into waiving his constitutional rights by telling him he was taking part in a training film about bomb detection, although the report concluded “no intentional violation of Mr. Jewell’s civil rights and no criminal misconduct” had taken place.
Jewell was never officially charged, but the FBI thoroughly and publicly searched his home twice, questioned his associates, investigated his background, and maintained 24-hour surveillance of him. The pressure began to ease only after Jewell’s attorneys hired an ex-FBI agent to administer a polygraph, which Jewell passed.
In October 1996, the investigating US Attorney, Kent Alexander, in an extremely unusual act, sent Jewell a letter formally clearing him, stating “based on the evidence developed to date … Richard Jewell is not considered a target of the federal criminal investigation into the bombing on July 27, 1996, at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta”.
Death and legacy
The lazy, offensive, shitty way screenwriters so often treat female journalists infuriates me. Depicting women using sex to get stories is disgusting and disrespectful. It’s also hacky as hell. I was planning to see this movie but not anymore. https://t.co/4T1E8At5Hb
— Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) December 9, 2019
Jewell died on August 29, 2007, at the age of 44. He was suffering from serious medical problems that were related to diabetes.
Richard Jewell, a biographical drama film, is set for release in the United States on December 13, 2019. The film was directed and produced by Clint Eastwood and written by Billy Ray based on the 1997 article “American Nightmare.” Jewell is played by actor Paul Walter Hauser.
Richard Jewell Mother Bobi Jewell
Bobi Jewell, Richard Jewell’s mother, said her son was “worn, torn and tattered” after the public began viewing him as a suspect rather than the hero he actually was following the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park on July 27, 1996.
STOP MAKING FICTIONAL FEMALE JOURNALISTS SLEEP WITH MEN FOR INFORMATION. WE DON’T DO THAT. NO CREDIBLE JOURNALIST DOES THAT. STOP WRITING IT.https://t.co/sL6hnsBZ2t
— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) December 9, 2019
In a never-before-released video from his interrogation, an FBI agent can be seen telling Richard Jewell: “The reason you’re here today is we’re interviewing all the individuals that were at Centennial Park when the bomb went off.”
Bobi Jewell ultimately chose to speak publicly in defense of her son. During a press conference, she made an emotional plea to then-President Bill Clinton to clear his name if the FBI didn’t intend to charge him with anything.
“She was uncomfortable,” Bates said of the mother she portrays on screen. “She was in a room full of people that had maligned her son. … I think that tension of really trying to hold on to emotion, really trying to keep it in, and then not being able to at the end.”