Centennial Olympic Park Bombing - Atlanta, Georgia
N 33° 45.657 W 084° 23.541
16S E 741515 N 3738706
Quick Description: The nail-impression pictured is a shrapnel scar from the 1996 Olympic Park Bombing in Atlanta that killed two and injured 111 people.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 9/3/2007 5:50:17 AM
Waymark Code: WM24K3
On July 27th, 1996, thousands of Olympics attendees were gathered in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, the "town square" of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Festivities for the evening included a late-night concert by the band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.
Sometime after midnight, security guard Richard Jewell discovered a suspicious knapsack left at the base of a concert sound tower. He had alerted authorities who were preparing to evacuate the area when the package exploded at 1:21am.
The knapsack contained three pipe-bombs surrounded by a deadly load of nails which ripped through the concert crowd. A Georgia woman, Alice Hawthorne, was killed by a nail that struck her in the head. The bomb wounded 111 others. Turkish cameraman Melih Uzunyol died from a heart attack he suffered while running to cover the blast.
An extensive investigation including a false implication of security guard Jewell turned up no leads in the case. But a series of further bombings in Atlanta and in Birmingham, AL led investigators to the trail of Eric Robert Rudolph.
Rudolph eluded capture when authorities believed that he had disappeared in the the rugged southern Appalachian Mountains.
After five years on the run and nearly a year since he was last seen, the "presumed dead" Rudolph was arrested on May 31, 2003 in Murphy, North Carolina.
After pleading guilty to the bombings in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty, Rudolph was sentenced to four life terms. He is currently incarcerated in the supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado, ADX Florence, which also houses Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Terry Nichols (of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing), Ramzi Yousef (of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing), and Zacarias Moussaoui (professed al-Qaeda member convicted of conspiracy to commit murder for the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon).
Date of crime: 07/27/1996
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Fee required: no
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