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'The Onion Field' film played role in keeping killer behind bars
'The Onion Field' film played role in keeping killer behind bars

Hollywood tackled the 1963 kidnap and killing of Los Angeles police officer Ian James Campbell in the 1979 film "The Onion Field." But the film ended up playing a role in ensuring that one of the two convicted killers, Gregory Ulas Powell, stayed behind bars until his death Sunday at age 79. In "The Onion Field," Powell was portrayed by actor James Woods. In 1982, Powell and accomplice Jimmy Lee Smith were scheduled to be paroled, but only Smith got out. Powell's parole was revoked after a public outcry spurred in part by a television broadcast of the movie. The film was based on the 1973 book “The Onion Field,” by Joseph Wambaugh, a former L.A....

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