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The Suspect

The true story of Richard Jewell and how he went from a true hero to one of the most hated men in America in the blink of an eye.

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<club-desc-paragraph>What really happened that evening during the Olympic Games on July 27, 1996? With the eyes of the world on Atlanta, Richard Jewell went from hapless former cop turned hypervigilant security guard to prime FBI bombing suspect. The attack left a mark on American history, but most of what we remember is wrong. From the book that inspired the Clint Eastwood Oscar ® nominated movie Richard Jewell, co-author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Salwen takes us inside the process of piecing these groundbreaking events together and answers burning questions surrounding the case to bring this stranger-than-fiction story to life.<club-desc-paragraph>

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<club-landing-h3>The Story<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Kevin gives us an overview of Richard Jewell’s story and discusses how he went from a hero in the Atlanta Olympics bombing to a prime suspect for the FBI.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>The Characters<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Kevin goes into detail about the three people at the center of the case: Richard Jewell, FBI agent Don Johnson, and Kathy Scruggs, the journalist who discovered Jewell was the FBI’s prime suspect.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>A Closer Look<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Kevin shares some of the official documents from the case used as source material for the research and development of The Suspect.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>The Bigger Picture<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Kevin puts Richard Jewell’s story into the context of today’s 24-hour news and social media cycle.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Behind the Story<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Kevin talks about the seed of inspiration for writing The Suspect and how the confusion generated by the media clouded Jewell’s legacy as a hero.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>The Craft<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Kevin discusses co-authoring the book with Kent Alexander, the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia during the ‘96 Olympics.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Film Adaptation<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Kevin outlines how he and Kent took on a consulting role for Clint Eastwood’s Oscar® nominated film adaptation of their book, The Suspect.<club-landing-paragraph>

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