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FRONTLINE; Child Terror, The


Airdate: 10/27/98, TRT: 56:46, Ch1&2 Stereo Mix, AVID AVR 77 OUTPUT GREEN LABEL MASTER

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Child Terror, The
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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 the midst of a sudden willingness to believe that children were being ritually abused in day-care centers during the 1980s, parents, police, prosecutors and the press turned Miami, Florida, into ground zero for a new way of convicting alleged child molesters. Led by Florida's then-prosecuting attorney, Janet Reno, alleged abusers were relentlessly pursued and convicted with a zeal unmatched in the nation. Today, as some of Reno's celebrated cases seem to be unraveling, FRONTLINE correspondent Peter J. Boyer examines the convictions that were a stunning triumph for the crusading prosecuting attorney and created an emerging political model that would be emulated by prosecutors across the country.

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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Child Terror, The,” 10/26/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B3CEF9D714EC47D5AA6386D00A17C973.
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