Olympic Bomb Today in 1996

On July 27th, 1996, thousands of people who wanted to watch the Olympics were  in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, the central point of the Summer Olympics, and the location for a late-night rock concert .

Shortly after midnight, Richard Jewell, a security guard who later became a bombing suspect, discovered a suspicious knapsack near the concert sound tower. He told authorities but before anyone could get the park evacuated the pipe bombs in the knapsack went off.  The nails that surrounded the three bombs were as deadly as the bomb. Alice Hawthorne from Georgia was struck in the head with one nail, and was killed instantly. 111 other people injured. One man died from a heart attack.

Eric Robert Rudolph, the real bomber, was implicated after he bombed other areas of Atlanta as well as Birmingham, Alabama.  The survivalist clearly targeted women, as his bombings were of women’s clinics and a lesbian night club. Then he disappeared in the Applachian mountains for five year. He was finally arrested May 31, 2003 in the small mountain town of Murphy North Carolina.  He’s now serving four consecutive life terms at ADX Florence in Colorado. Fellow prison mates include Terry Nichols, the 1995 Oklahoma City bomber, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski,  and al-Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.

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