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FRONTLINE; Who Killed Adam Mann


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Who Killed Adam Mann
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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On March 5, 1990 in New York City, five-year-old Adam Mann was beaten to death by his parents for eating a piece of cake. The autopsy indicated Adam had been battered for years. Program investigates Adam's death and reveals a documented record, stretching back seven years, of how New York City's child welfare system failed to protect Adam and his three brothers from their violent parents. (Tragically, this same family was the subject of the Frontline program #305: "The Child Savers." After that program aired in 1985, the Mann children were placed in foster homes -- only to be returned to their parents. Both parents are now serving prison terms for the death of Adam.)



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Who Killed Adam Mann,” 12/03/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1318B4EFB9854F6CB308A744906F4D01.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Who Killed Adam Mann.” 12/03/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1318B4EFB9854F6CB308A744906F4D01>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Who Killed Adam Mann. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1318B4EFB9854F6CB308A744906F4D01
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