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Jewell: 'My name is ruined forever'

Jewell January 8, 1997
Web posted at: 11:55 p.m. EST

(CNN) -- Appearing Wednesday on CNN's 'Larry King Live', Richard Jewell bemoaned the loss of his "good name," which he said is gone forever due to reports which named him a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

"I want my name back," Jewell said.

Jewell, the security guard who found the Olympic Park bomb shortly before it exploded, described the circus-like investigation that ensued last year after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported he was a suspect in the deadly blast.

He told King the FBI searched his apartment for 12 hours, taking his mother's Tupperware and destroying family photographs. Dozens of reporters camped out in a nearby apartment, monitoring his every move for days.

Federal officials later cleared Jewell in the blast that killed two July 27, but the former guard said his "name is ruined forever."

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