MOMENTS BEFORE a bomb exploded in Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics, Richard Jewell found a suspicious looking device and began clearing people away from the scene. He was initially considered a hero during an event in which one person was killed and more than 100 were injured.
But within days, the media labeled Jewell a suspect. His face was on television around the world and in newspapers everywhere stating that he was a suspected terrorist.
"In their mad rush to fulfill their own personal agendas, the FBI and the media almost destroyed me and my mother," Jewell said after the FBI cleared him of any wrongdoing, a full 88 days after the bombing.
Jewell died at his Georgia home on Wednesday. While no cause of death was reported, Jewell had been suffering from medical issues in recent months. He was 44.
Read the links and do your own research. How can journalists be certain that we don't ruin people's lives as was the case with Richard Jewell?
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