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Richard Jewell’s widow says her husband was “scarred” by a fake FBI allegation and media smears during the 1996 Olympics

Dana JewellDana Jewell Widow : Richard Jewell’s wife has spoken out as his name has resurfaced in the national spotlight with the release of famed Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood’s new film, “Richard Jewell,” in theatres around the country last Friday amid controversy.

On “Fox and Friends,” Dana Jewell remarked, “My family and friends and I — we laughed and we sobbed, we cried a lot.”

“I wish Richard could be here to witness it… ‘It was almost like going to his funeral and having those same emotions… me and my family are grieving anew,’ my mother said. But we’re thrilled for him, but it’s a difficult situation.”

Richard Jewell died of heart failure in 2007, more than a decade after being depicted in the media as the major suspect in the investigation into a domestic terrorist strike at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

As a result of a botched FBI investigation and a reckless media, he went from being acclaimed as a hero to being labelled a terrorist.

Jewell’s storey is also revisited in Fox Nation’s new documentary, “Hero for a Moment: The Richard Jewell Story,” which uses rare footage of police interrogations and interviews with the authors of “The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle,” to re-examine the bombing and its aftermath.

Jewell’s hard work as a security guard led to the discovery of a rucksack containing three pipe bombs, according to Tom Davis, who was special agent-in-charge at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a security supervisor at Centennial Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympic games.

Davis told Fox Nation, “His reaction and answer certainly saved him.”

“I probably wouldn’t have digested it the way it needed to be processed if he hadn’t brought it out because, you know, we were just dealing with so much stuff at the park.”

When a bag carrying pipe bombs filled with nails stashed under a seat burst, two people were murdered and more than 100 were injured, while hundreds more were evacuated from the area just moments before the incident.

The movie and the Fox Nation documentary both focus on the media’s coverage of the bombing and its aftermath, as well as the FBI’s investigation.

“Everyone wants to know who the security guard is,” Kent Alexander, co-author of “The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle,” told Fox Nation.

In 1996, Alexander was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.”

“You had CNN interviews, interviews with newspapers all over the place, and interviews with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He’ll be on ‘The Today Show’ with Katie Couric on Tuesday morning,” Alexander stated.

The FBI’s conclusion was based on a study of Jewell conducted by its behavioural science unit, which decided that he fit the profile of a domestic terrorist.

“They portrayed him as a loner, a want tobe cop, and someone who was preoccupied with law enforcement,” Alexander added.

“This gang, for the most part, does it right this time.” They didn’t get it properly the first time.

And this was a period when behavioural science was given a lot of credence.

As a result, Richard Jewell was made a suspect as a result of this.”

After Kathy Scruggs, a writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, revealed an FBI leak identifying Jewell, the media machine went into overdrive.

“You mention that for 88 days he thought everyone was looking at him as a bomber, a killer… how did he explain that?” says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Brian Kilmeade, co-host of “Fox & Friends,” posed the question to Dana Jewell.

“He would describe it as eighty-eight days of hell,” she added. “He wouldn’t say anything about it since it was too emotional for him.”

When we did talk about it, however, he said things I can’t remember. He was unhappy, and he was heartbroken…

It was difficult for him because he was in law enforcement, and the fact that his coworkers thought he could do this was extremely damaging to him.”


“It did frighten him.” Jewell admitted, “He was really paranoid.” They met and married in 1998, three years after the bombing. “I had never met Richard before to the bombing.

But after that, he became so nervous that when we were out in public, he would monitor all the windows and check in the rearview mirror…

He’d have nightmares and wake up in cold sweats, and he’d have them till he died.”

The film “Richard Jewell” has sparked its own debate concerning Scruggs’ portrayal.

The AJC claims that the film implies she had intercourse with an FBI agent in exchange for information on the case, which the paper strongly disputes.

Scruggs passed away in 2001. Warner Bros. called the AJC’s charges “baseless,” accusing the publication of “attempting to smear our filmmakers and cast.”

The FBI eventually realised they had the incorrect man after 88 days, but the damage had already been done.

The FBI took the rare step of publicly saying that Jewell was not a suspect, effectively absolving him of any crime.

After being caught for bombing an abortion clinic in Alabama in 1998, domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph was later recognised as the perpetrator by the FBI.

Dana Jewell believes that Eastwood’s film appropriately portrays her late husband as the guy she knew him to be.

“It demonstrates that he was a hero, and I believe it demonstrates very well what the media and the FBI did to him,” she said. ”

Richard was an amazing man. He was sweet, he was tenderhearted, he was very giving, and he wanted to help everyone..

He had his flaws, like everyone else, but he was overall a genuine, honest, and good man.”

Sign up for Fox Nation today to watch “Hero for a Moment: The Richard Jewell Story” in its entirety.

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