One thing that all of us here at ATS can agree on is that there are several unresolved questions about the Boston Marathon bombings and it's
aftermath. Since 15 April 2013 the ATS forums have covered a spectrum of topics related to the Boston incident; from the investigative to the absurd,
from the intellectual analysis to the compassionate, from partisan angels to the paranormal elements, from historical perspectives to predictive
outlooks and everything in between. The threads have been fascinating and thought provoking to follow to say the least.
With this plethora of poignant discussion of this complicated situation, sometimes the most basic details fall by the wayside; let me explain: this
morning I was reading this article
“FBI surrounds house of Saudi student following sightings of him with pressure cooker pot, only to find he was cooking rice”
and saw this photo of the suspicious cook holding this weapon of mass destruction because it makes him fluffy rice:
This photo spurred the most basic question: Could a pressure cooker fit into a backpack?
The Pressure Cooker Identified:
For the past few hours I've been researching all things pressure cookers and pulling together information from a number of sources to determine which
pressure cooker was used in the Boston Marathon bombing [the baseline for much of this is a well documented Reddit thread which narrows down the brand
and size and can be found here: www.reddit.com...
addition to this information, it has been widely reported that “the pressure cooker could be purchased for around $140” (which is actually
disinformation because the cooker used in the Boston attacks is sold for $100 on almost every store I checked).
The pressure cooker device used in the Boston Marathon bombings is the Fagor Elite 6 Quart Pressure Cooker
which is sold in-store at Macy's.
For reference, here is the manufacturer's site for the Fagor Elite 6
and the product manual for the
Key Information About the Fagor Elite:
Fagor Elite 6 Quart Pressure Cooker
Dimensions: 9.5" wide by 5.5 long by 13.5" tall
Weight (Empty): 9 Pounds
Note this Fagor model is sold in-store at Macy's
$100 (although it is on-sale now) and Macy's ties back to some sketchy reports about the cookers being purchased at a major retailer in the area.
For reference, here are a few photos of the Fagor Elite 6 Quart Pressure Cooker (new):
And, here are a few photos of the Fagor Elite 6 Quart Pressure Cooker (exploded):
Examining the Backpacks
As someone who regularly carries a backpack, I know what a pain it is to fit larger, oddly shaped things in a backpack (not to mention trying to stuff
clothes for a weekend away into a backpack to avoid airline bag check fees...). I also know that when your backpack is heavier than usual you tend to
wear both straps or else you're usually dealing with the backpack sliding off the one shoulder you have it on when you walk (and if you are more
talented than me and can do the one shoulder routine with a heavy backpack you will definitely alternate shoulders if wearing a heavy backpack for an
With that anecdotal information in mind, and more importantly the pressure cooker dimensions and weight of the pressure cooker noted above I'd ask
you to examine these photos of the Tsarnaev brothers wearing their backpacks
and provide your feedback regarding the volume and potential weight
of the Fagor Elite 6 Quart Pressure Cooker filled with the materials used in the bombing:
Determining the Brand & Model of Each Tsarnaev Brother's Backpack
I have been unable to locate any information about the brand and model of each of the backpacks that the Tsarnaev brothers are pictured wearing.
Might anyone have information which could help identify the brand/model of each backpack?
The brand and model of each backpack would make it quite simple to:
- Immediately identify if the dimensions of the backpack could hold the Fagor Elite 6 Quart Pressure Cooker;
- Purchase the same brand/model backpacks as pictured and show what each backpack would look like when filled and approximate how heavy it would
As the late Johnnie Cochran might say: “If the pressure cooker don't fit, you must acquit.”
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and think about it's content; I really look forward to your thoughtful feedback.