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Kent Alexander (left) and Kevin Salwen. (Courtesy photo) Kent Alexander (left) and Kevin Salwen. (Courtesy photo)

Richard Jewell confessed to his criminal defense lawyer in their first meeting.

Suspected by the FBI of planting a murderous bomb during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and hounded by the global news media, Jewell unburdened his conscience to Atlanta death penalty attorney Jack Martin: “Sir, I haven’t filed my taxes in two years.”

The Suspect. By Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen.

Martin realized the earnest security guard couldn’t be hiding a capital crime, according to authors Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen in “The Suspect.” Their account of how Jewell came to discover the bomb while patrolling a concert at Centennial Olympic Park, only to become the target of the federal investigation and the center of a news hurricane, offers many more can’t-make-this-stuff-up anecdotes.

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Jonathan Ringel

Jonathan Ringel is managing editor of the Daily Report, the ALM newspaper in Atlanta. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @jonathanringel

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