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Running head: BOSTON BOMBING VS. OLYMPIC PARK BOMBING 1 Boston Bombing vs. Olympic Park Bombing Alexandria Capen-Parizo Southern New Hampshire University
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BOSTON BOMBING VS. OLYMPIC PARK BOMBING 2 Abstract The 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing occurred almost two decades apart. In this time, a lot has been learned about terrorism and motivations by criminologist and law enforcement. While these bombings occurred seventeen years apart by different people with different motivations, similarities can still be seen between the two instances. This paper will explore these similarities as well as the motivations behind each attack.
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BOSTON BOMBING VS. OLYMPIC PARK BOMBING 3 Boston Bombing vs. Olympic Park Bombing In 1996 in Atlanta Georgia, the summer Olympics were being celebrated across the globe. Seventeen years later and over 1,000 miles away in Boston Massachusetts, the 117 th annual Boston Marathon was in full swing with over 23,000 participants. Both major events would go down in history, but not for the reasons of joy and athletic accomplishments. Both events become the target of terrorism, the 1996 incident a victim of domestic terrorism while the 2013 incident a victim of international terrorism. In the early morning hours on July 27, 1996, around fifteen thousand people were gathered together still enjoying a concert that had stretched well into the night. Eric Robert Rudolph, then twenty-nine years old, was among the crowd carrying a large backpack. Within the bag, three pipe bombs filled with gunpowder and six pounds of 2.5 inch steel nails. Rudolph found a spot to drop the bag, under a park bench, and set the alarm clock for fifty-five minutes. Security officer Richard Jewell had been battling with drunks the entire night who refused to stop throwing beer cans onto the stage, when he noticed a group of intoxicated college kids sitting on the benches with two large bags, one of which was a canvas cooler housing cans of beer, he radioed law enforcement to request they speak with the kids. Upon their arrival, most the kids were gone and as two walked away, the large green army style bag was still under the bench (Diana, 2016 & Freeman, 2011).
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