Tragedy of a hero turned bombing suspect

Richard Jewell stars Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates and Paul Walter Hauser.
Richard Jewell stars Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates and Paul Walter Hauser. PHOTO: WARNER BROS PICTURES

It was one of the most sensational stories of 1996: a security guard finds an explosive device at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, and his quick thinking saves hundreds of lives. But days later, he is accused of masterminding the bombing.

What many people do not realise is the guard, Richard Jewell, was eventually exonerated completely, but not before he and his mother were hounded by the media and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2020, with the headline 'Tragedy of a hero turned bombing suspect'. Print Edition | Subscribe