Sports Illustrated looks back at Atlanta Olympic bombing
3:34 pm, July 25th, 2012
With the Olympic Games opening ceremony just two days away, and no scores to report on yet, retrospective stories of past Olympics are prevalent in the press right now.
Sports Illustrated takes a look back to the 1996 Centennial Park bombing in Atlanta during the Olympics here, through the recollections of participants, from the confessed bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, Olympic organizer Billy Payne and the mother of Richard Jewell, who discovered the bomb but initially was suspected of planting it.
The bomb, which killed one and injured dozens, spawned negligence litigation against Olympic organizers and defamation claims by Jewell against the news media.
Rudolph, serving a life sentence in federal prison, gave a May 2012 phone interview to Sports Illustrated, saying:
The plan was to clear the park, and hopefully after clearing the park and the explosion, this would create a state of instability in Atlanta, potentially shut the Games down or at least eat into the profits that the Games were going to make. The idea was to use them as warning devices, not to target people. … In retrospect, it was a poor decision.
Read the entire story here.