Apr 15, 2014|
We speak with David Abel of the Boston Globe, who penned the incredible piece on the Richard Family in this past weekend's Boston Globe.
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When you. You really -- any areas. KC 100% truthful she was -- probably had a passion he was among the fastest kid needed tall skins team. And and just was a marvel to watch him on the field but assistant. The delightful young boys at 43 year old far from home. Part of the family for both sides of the what nature and so good as the same person. In uniform. That he was. When he was here. There were so many victims of what happened a year ago today. April 15 2013. There -- four fatalities. As a result of the Boston Marathon bombing one of those was an eight year old named Martin Richard. The Richard family. Bill and his wife Denise and their other children Henry in -- have been very quiet very private since the death of -- a year ago. I've fact I don't know that I'd heard from anybody in the Richard Stanley until this Sunday and a remarkable piece appeared. In the Boston Globe it was the first of a two part piece about the Richard Stanley. It was written by -- able David joins us right now on the AT&T hotline David it's dale and Michael and Steve how -- I thank you very much. How did you -- I I've got to ask this question how did you get the Richard Stanley tip to talk to you about all of this. Well. It's it's not a very easy answer. -- cancer I mean. I think that the best they can't as justices I had. In writing about. He aftermath. The bombings. From the moment it happened -- was there that today and I think. They're close friends and family had -- my work in new. The kind of stories they've been writing and I think. That they just. Thought that might -- directly to other story. I was asked in this to dale and Steve earlier David I said. There are a lot of times in and you know this better than -- -- an -- there are a lot of times you talk to people about a story. And they sit down a agreed to do the story and let you they're they're very forthcoming and then when the story comes out. It's a different kind of emotion for them sometimes it's it's more positive than than they thought it would be sometimes. How they feel a little strange about it how to that is what what did you hear after of these so powerful stories came out that would hear from the Richard -- what -- they sent. Well. Did the game for this story ran I've read them. And note. Tell them you know to thank them so. Very deeply opening up to me -- much they did -- -- -- behind me did with me. And tell them as hard as it was right this is the art historian ever written in Italy built. Quite a lot -- writing this story that it could only be that much more difficult for them to read that it would be. No matter how sensitive I -- the in this story it would be painful. I don't even know. Is. Bill has read story and -- -- -- And I think it wouldn't be surprising to me it took some time -- it. -- -- marinate a little bit and I do know from very close friends and family. That they were they were. Their -- inner circle was very happy and. And stop this story to get them justice I can only hope that. That. Covering -- story in such -- did not compound there -- pain especially today. -- David obviously these are fiercely private people on who were reluctant to do anything. How much time did you actually spend with them and did you ever feel that at times it got invasive for them. No I didn't there's certain meeting with them. In the fall. It's the project have been working on its last six months and we spent quite a lot more time together. In the last few months and they were incredibly gracious and it was navy blue starting in the beginning. They think the more we get to know each other he's here was Q. We Likud deeper into the reporting and. You know any time a reporter park on long term project like this. Here's I think deeply concerned about. -- testing the -- questioner duke Cunningham might disturb a relationship like this and. And -- who were. They have those great senses of humor. And replicating for all of my. From my -- thing again. As a reporter. Put. I can just hated it because over time. To see. Developed great country mean and I'm really grateful that. I was at an event last week in the Richard Stanley was there and I got an opportunity to see -- Denise and the two kids. And I came away at that point thinking Jane is up. Firecracker. And then as I read your piece. You just reiterated at forming what -- kid to assess. She's remarkable -- told them. A couple times that they're they're -- here should be that. I'm Mike kidnapped their daughter as she is that cute funny we just. Most DD. Courageous. Young. Curlander and she just crack me up all the I mean. We have neatly covered a lot of really difficult terrain and. Don't in east and I would have these very long hard conversations which. They shared a lot of things with me and that they hadn't shared with many other people sometimes stuff that maybe they hadn't even cared. Since the early days and. And or for that matter I'm not sure if anyone -- -- many questions that only -- -- your reporter my -- and. And we have these very difficult conversations. Which the three that would be. Crying and then -- -- come bounding down to have some. He just -- the perfect and it's. To the the gloom and and the pain and she just totally problem that he every time I was there. You know I I don't know if if a lot of us could I get to this point where I'm looking at the part two with a story. You're talking with a bill Anthony's you're talking about the trial. Of the person who attacked them and you make it he'd make it a point of saying. Say they don't know how to pronounce his name and it's better that way you know they're not really interest in that but here's a quote. Bill talking about the trial says. I don't have interest in being there but it we were given any indication that our testimony or presence was necessary we'd be all then. Until we're given that we're moving forward and -- at my question for viewers. What do you think it is about bill and duties that allow them to have this perspective what what is it about them from hearings that six -- with a what is it to stand out even allows people that to look at it that way and most of us probably couldn't. You know it's pitching I've spent a lot of time may have devoted since since. A year ago when I was standing on the finished finals in video camera. And watched the bombs explode in. Covered the worst stories -- ever had to cover. I had been interviewing lots of folks who. Were profoundly impacted by the bombings and many people I have interviewed over the course of the year. Feel -- -- that is well they just frankly. -- wanna have to. -- urged he -- experience through the trial and they're just they're happy and -- Plastics have been captured or killed then and that for them I think is sort of book and that it was like and not having Reeve lived these trees through trial. It is is that the team and I've heard repeatedly and certainly. Is something that don't -- -- it just kind of replicated now let him. If you count the guilty let him you know -- jailer and -- -- You know -- time. David you said this was one of the more difficult pieces you've ever written but as a writer. You delve into difficult sensitive subjects all the time. And -- As deep as you have with this story in as much time as he spent with this family how are -- different coming out of it. But it question. You know I I don't wanna be -- this I don't know if this sort of profound question that's. Pertinent answer -- in my life could. Particularly. And I would hope that I would. Would have learned to. The more. Deliberate in. The question to ask as a reporter. Thoughtful respectful. And it is. -- pathetic. And. You know how I was through into -- earlier. I was reading up part two of the story we've got to -- at peace prayer of Saint Francis. It was very difficult for me to finish it that -- -- take a couple of breaks. How did you get to that point you know that point the story how did that. Conversation and how did you get that point where they are sharing with you what they saw was it one conversation was it. A series of them that you Farrelly. Got them to use to say some things that were probably just very difficult for them that to talk about the conversation. If it takes some time I mean. Clearly there's things that. Nobody really wants to talk about ten. And you were incredibly. Open and it's. And it was conditions very. I think gracious of them to share as much as they did -- It. It's time -- just I think established. Reservoir of understanding and I think once that happened. We have we got there eventually and the there -- things that they didn't wanna talk about. And and those aren't in the story. But. Where there are things that I felt. We really did have to talk about. And I occasionally prodded them poor. More statistics where they felt comfortable doing. To really try to be able to tell the story thoroughly and fairly. And overtime. We were able to. We were able to get there. We're talking to Dave able of the Boston Globe broke a two part piece that began in your Sunday globe about the Richard family. And and Martin Richard one of the four fatalities. Where are you a year ago this moment today. I'm sorry you're asking me that yeah where were you a year ago right now 4 o'clock 415 a year ago today. Well so I was. I was on leave last year in the globe I was skiing for the company and fellowship. Which asserted Nevada for journalists is to spend the year that he whatever you want. Did it -- Harvard. And while I was giving an analyst. Learning how to -- documentary film so. So I was spent I spent several months following a young woman who. Was the first horse to run the Boston Marathon. And I then while the parachute training in and I went with here. That morning. A year ago today. Which is getting ready two run and I wrote the bust out with spirit -- and and then. Voters -- -- starting -- and then through Wellesley and and I went to finish line and has there still essentially learning and -- video camera. And standing have to actually had to have the right credentials to get to that. To get to the finish line only hazard general media credentials -- opinion that he needed that and it's on and and someone which -- a whole long story in itself let. Did PH medical director wonderful guy. Ended up. Carry me out lots of people had begged and -- get this finished one that there's -- reason he. He believed the story that I was telling images that are trying to make the end of my film is going to beat her crossing. I -- up my camera. Meaning that really on the -- -- over the finish line runners streaming past me. I was. Playing with a camera trying to figure out how to make a late work on the Internet. And today turned the camera offered few minutes could better equipped and a getting and registered to soak it in now the -- People. Crossing the finish line just the amazing and -- watched the right there is -- people. Hundreds of people just you know completing this Carradine and hundreds of people thousands of people. Egging them on -- cheering for -- changes strict strangers. Many -- from my point of view the most basic. Active. Hasn't -- and soak it in. Court I heard. The worst thing -- ever heard him. Smoked health -- And and that's -- -- camera that content. And I. And I approached the barricades and you know. Of course you have ever seen. And Velika -- That's talent my -- Didn't outside of their parents. He spent more time with these two children then maybe anybody Jane and Henry. How all adjusted our -- have emotional and psychological hurdles that they you'll always. Have to battle moving forward. It's hard to answer I think. They're great kids and marine has. The play what he witnessed and has experience. Because it you know managed to. That can't happen grades and remain. Focused on everything that he's getting before then. To get into Boston Latin school which is. The pretty amazing -- and it didn't and the city schools. And and so I think that has a lot about where he would. And where he's going and and certainly chain. -- And a seven last year and in many ways but I hope. That. She's young enough that these experiences. Will become a distant memory car and the actual -- And normal as any -- couldn't her situation. And he has a lot of great friends they have a great community and they really have -- a lot of support with family and friends so. So I think I think they're going to be okay. The Boston Globe won the Pulitzer Prize yesterday for for breaking news coverage and David -- -- wrote a remarkable piece that began in Sunday's Boston Globe and Monday you'll be running in the marathon so good luck with that kind -- -- -- how much camp and -- -- Dave it was a remarkable piece we appreciate stake in the time a -- and take care that is David -- from the Boston Globe. Well. Is that the finish line last year with a camera. And as he said approached the barricade. And soft stuff that nobody should ever have to say. And then. Had the ability to be older -- for the rest of us which was amazing. The that the two part piece and and Michael brought this up earlier in and I think Egypt and -- and part -- was much much more difficult theory. I mean both are. Are gripping and and hard. Part two where they actually talk though word where David actually writes about. What happened. In the immediate aftermath of the blasts and and talked about the family and it's. If you if you got a heart in their somewhere. It's artery. But it was it's a remarkable family and and -- I have as I said I have Tennessee game the USA warriors have -- the family was there and she's just stuff. She has some canals and -- as David says the you know that the fear is he's he wants to kidnappers because she is just. On then smiling and -- in the film that the globe ran as part of this you see it easier with which he calls her chief elect. -- it and it's almost you know. Blade runner typo of -- that she got and running up and down the halls that the medical center there at the prosthetics that are. And they want taken off because she could live with that thing. 6177797937. As the telephone number the AT&T text line is 37937. I'd Dale Arnold Michael -- Steve Lyons will get back to your calls. 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