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FRONTLINE; Did Daddy Do It


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Did Daddy Do It
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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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In 1984, Cuban immigrant Frank Fuster was living the American dream. He had a new house in the suburbs, a successful landscaping business, and a new wife who was helping him raise his five-year-old son. Then, Fuster's world fell apart, as he and his wife found themselves charged with sexually abusing numerous children at their Miami day care service. His case was groundbreaking because it helped create the methods by which prosecutors would pursue alleged molesters in other well-known cases around the country. The prosecutor in the case, Janet Reno, became famous and would later serve as the nation's Attorney General. In the l980s, hysteria was in the air and the Fuster case had the usual media frenzy that branded him a monster. Then, when Fuster's wife and son testified against him, he was easily convicted and sentenced to 165 years in prison. Case closed. But was Fuster really guilty of those horrific acts? Now, 15 years later, a FRONTLINE investigation finds new evidence that calls into question the ironclad case against Frank Fuster.



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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Did Daddy Do It,” 04/25/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_83D4E2A0BC1441B0BEB26D6CCD01EDC6.
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