Frontier Former Editor

August 31, 2007

A reason to distrust your government and corporate, pseudo-populist media . . .


Greg Gibson/Associated Press, 1997

Published: August 30, 2007

ATLANTA, Aug. 29 — Richard A. Jewell, whose transformation from heroic security guard to Olympic bombing suspect and back again came to symbolize the excesses of law enforcement and the news media, died Wednesday at his home in Woodbury, Ga. He was 44.

The cause of death was not released, pending the results of an autopsy that will be performed Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the coroner in Meriwether County, about 60 miles southwest of here, said that Mr. Jewell died of natural causes and that he had battled serious medical problems since learning he had diabetes in February.

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One of the times I was ashamed to be a journalist . . . . 


  1. Poor guy. I’d almost forgotten about this. Talk about having your life ruined!

    Comment by Stiletto — September 1, 2007 @ 12:07 am

  2. Bonjour Senor Future Frontier Editor

    Thank you for drawing our attention to this

    How much did the US media contribute to his troubles, with their eager facility to publish instantly and (apparently) with inadequate evidence and reflection

    How much was his Diabetes caused by over-weight …. and how many Americans are similarly over-weight ???

    Yr obedt servt etc

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — September 1, 2007 @ 3:23 am

  3. Tragic, I remember him well, having flown into the States, and sharing the same name, on the same day as he was on all the front pages. He was a hero and his wife should be compensated by the media.

    Comment by Dick Jewell — September 5, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

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