Do you know “the facts”, and/or “the official story” of the Boston Marathon Bombing/s?
I don’t know that I do. Those terms are tossed about like holy hand grenades throughout the many discussions on this topic…so – I decided to
attempt to put some together, specifically regarding “the bombing/s”, and “how” the suspects were identified…and…hopefully, it will be
beneficial to all interested parties.
The following is taken from multiple sources:
- the first being the FBI’s Criminal Complaint/Affidavit, against the younger brother accused in said bombings.
- the others being an assortment of photographs, articles, the Official website for the Marathon, etc…
As has been stated many times in many debates – the integrity of the information we have been allowed to witness (fed) is always worth
Even eye-witnesses are subject to error.
So – if we can compare one perspective on one moment against another perspective on the same moment…we stand a greater chance of assigning
meaningful values to the emergent facts.
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Explosion occurred at 2:49 PM
According to other sources (www.sbnation.com...
[4/21/2013 2:01:48 PM]), this
corresponded to 4:09:43 into the race/marathon.
11 minutes prior to explosion #1, both brothers were seen in video footage, turning onto Boylston, from Glouchester...which is
one block west of Fairfield...
They were carrying large "knapsacks"...and walking in the direction of the finish line...along the north side of the street (Boylston).
Deduced from the "timing" of the explosions and the video's duration...the photograph of the two brothers standing together, while runners 18293 &
11078 were in the final stretch...was said to be “2:41 PM”...
(The brothers were reported to be standing approximately 1/2 block from the restaurant at said time, in this pic’.)
one minute later, the elder brother began walking east on Boylston toward the finish line... 15 seconds later, he passed directly
in front of the Forum Restaurant...with his knapsack still on his back.
(something to note – there must be some “line-of-sight disconnect” between the first picture and surveillance camera…as, for each brother, the
Affidavit suggests that after leaving the first location, they disappeared from view…then, approximately
15 seconds later, came back into view
in front of the restaurant)
At ~ 2:45 PM, the younger brother moved east on Boylston...toward the finish line...and stopped directly in front of the Forum Restaurant...facing the
street (runners)...and "apparently
slipping his knapsack on the ground" at his feet.
The FBI are explicit in referencing the photo/s from "across the street", and claiming that said photo/s are the evidence that the knapsack was on
the ground at his feet.
The younger brother (according to the restaurant video surveillance footage) remained in the same spot for ~ 4 minutes, occasionally looking at his
cell phone, and once, appearing to take a picture with it.
~ 30 seconds before the first explosion, he lifted his phone "speaking on his cell phone"...for approximately 18 seconds.
A few seconds “after he finishes the call, the large crowd of people around him can be seen reacting to the first explosion. Virtually every head
turns to the east...and stares in that direction in apparent bewilderment & alarm...(but he)...virtually alone among the individuals...appears calm.
He glances to the east and then calmly but rapidly begins moving to the west, away from the direction of the finish line. He walks away from his
knapsack, having left it on the ground where he had been standing. Approximately 10 seconds later, an explosion occurs in the location where...(he)
had placed his knapsack."
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Two security camera videos are mentioned in the ‘Complaint…as having been used to determine these ‘facts’. The first, is near the corner of
Glouchester & Boylston.
The second is at the front of the Forum Restaurant…and, according to the ‘Complaint, is aimed somewhat in the direction of Fairfield Street.
The brothers did not enter the scene (Glouchester onto Boylston) until approximately 11 minutes before the first explosion – estimated in the
Criminal Complaint to be 2:38 p.m.
3 minutes after coming onto Boylston (estimated by the FBI), they were spotted (on film) standing together, about one-half block from the Forum
Restaurant, for approximately one minute. Measured to be ‘approximately 2:41 p.m.’.
From said photo/s (from across the street) that established the whereabouts of the two brothers...for one minute...we can determine two of the
Shauna H* - BIB# 18293...who apparently
finished with an official time of 4:00:26..., and
Kyle K* - BIB# 11078...who apparently
finished with an official time of 4:14:08...
(*note that - while the webpage where one could enter the BIB# and find their "times" was "up" through 4/24/2013, as of the following evening –
4/25/2013 – said "SEARCH" page was replaced with an apology to Runners, and a promise to send them emails Friday, with their results...
Nevertheless - I used this search facility on multiple days, and verified that the data for these two runners, as shown above, was the same...each
Maybe both of these Official
times were "off"...
Maybe one was off...
Maybe both were accurate...
Perhaps the later finisher took a break...and met with family &/or well-wishers in the last 100 yards or so of the race... (If so - they would have
crossed the line approximately 5 minutes after the explosion/s – which seems even odder than other, more outlandish theories)... Any number of
reasons could be stated...but...
If we were to consider this an Official
Story... Runner #18293 had already finished the race...when the brothers were standing together, for
one minute…at 2:41 PM.
* Marathon Time when first explosion went off - 4:09:43
* Runner #18293's Official Time - 4:00:26 (4 hours, 00 minutes, 26 seconds).
(2:49 – 2:41 = 8 minutes, +/- … 4:09:43 – 4:00:26 = 9 minutes, +/-)
Obviously, someone's watch (or someone-else's calculation) is "off".
I have reviewed every photo that I've been able to locate...of runners coming down the final stretch (near the finish line)...for scattered minutes
following the first & second explosions...and found none of those runners that are in the "at approximately 2:41 p.m." photo... So - I am presuming
that #18293 DID, in fact, cross the line prior to 4:09:43 into the race...and...have been able to make no determination on the whereabouts (or, finish
time, other than what was Officially reported on the website prior to 4/25/2013) of #11078.
Initially, I had the full names (registered names) of these two contestants...but decided not to bring their names into the mix...and deleted
everything after the first letter of their last names...AND...did not save/archive their full last names...
So - now...I am at a loss for giving full details...or...for searching anything they might have said in interviews since the Marathon...
Oddly, however...when searching Google with the first name/s, first letters of the last names...and BIB numbers... Nothing related to either of them
has been returned. **
I find that “odd”, since…they are in one of the most famous photographs of recent times, which inadvertently involved them in one of the most
talked-about stories around…and…surely, wherever they are from…would want to interview them…SURELY (?)… But – I’ve been able to
find…nothing. (If you do – please let us know.)
Past speculation and unknowns...we do know (from the FBI agent's affidavit)...that the runners were not quite to The Forum (restaurant)...and, they
still had another 100 yards (+/-) to the finish line...and…they should
have crossed the finish line before the elder brother could have
gotten down the crowded sidewalk to place the bomb for the first explosion...as...they were already past him (going that direction) when the photos
When I was first introduced to the photo of the two brothers standing together and the runners going past (found here -
)...I went to the website that showed the same...and the story (or caption - don't
recall) that went along with it stated that this photo was taken about 20 minutes before the first explosion.
Given that the FBI agent's story doesn't match that time frame, and the finishing time of the first of the two participants (#18293) seems to put a
big question mark on it, as well... well …guess it will simply add another question mark to the official timeline & sequence of events.
One of the most common mis-statements throughout the days since the blast (and preceding this summary), was that "the FBI have video of him putting
the backpack on the ground...and walking away from it"...
As has been highlighted (above) - the FBI said that the "video footage" suggested
that the younger brother set his backpack on the
ground... "as evidenced by" a photograph taken from across the street.
And - while their assumption is probably correct...the more accurate statement would be – “the FBI has deduced, from video and photographic
evidence...that the younger brother set his backpack on the ground in front of the Forum Restaurant”…
As is apparent in at least two photos...a young woman with "TUFTS Lacrosse" on her sweatshirt, was standing in front of the younger brother...WHILE
the backpack was "apparently" on the ground...
He was purportedly only in said location for approximately 4 minutes.
She appeared to be firmly stationed there...as did two others that "appeared" to be with her --- And --- When the first explosion took place, those
surrounding him, reportedly turned toward said explosion and stared...
If you watch the video/s available, it looks like 11 to 12 seconds elapse between the first explosion, and the "report" (sound) of the second
The younger brother, reportedly, reacted with nonchalance, when everyone-around looked in shock to the east...remaining unaffected (obviously, this
was a brief inaffection), then "glanced" to the east, and began walking calmly and rapidly away…toward the west (Fairfield)...without his backpack
Whether this was a 1-second, 2-second, or other-second pause before choosing to "walk away", was not specified... But, the real question is... How
long before those that were surrounding-or-near him, chose to make a change to their GIS-position/s...?
The "TUFTS Lacrosse" girl...is seen at almost the precise distance from the second blast, as he...in one of the most publicized photos (fleeing the
scene - at Fairfield)...
Photos of the aftermath of the second explosion suggest that, at least two were the ultimate victims of the blast (there).
One to the west of where she stood...and one to the east (right beside the mailbox)...
How did she escape?
HOW LUCKY WAS SHE?!
Hope this wasn’t TOO biased for your palate.
Hopefully, it gave some reference points to those with questions that remain unanswered.
Would like to know of other facts & observations related to “Official” stories, facts and timelines, if you are so inclined.