Originally posted by NickDC202
…the most basic question: Could a pressure cooker fit into a backpack?
…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 extended period).
I realize that you were beginning with the most basic question…but, if we assume (or conclude) that the subject pressure cooker/s could/would fit
into the backpacks, we still must address the question of feasibility…
Would the loaded backpack/s appear distended/distorted enough to draw attention? (There were tons of law enforcement officers present.)
In the masses (on the sidewalks where they would have to commute), would an accidental bump (into an innocent passer-by, or into a LEO) raise
suspicions/alarms? (bump! - "Sh#t! What you got in there? A bomb or something?!
In at least one of the pics you posted (and probably more than one), the backpack does look distended (to me). The way the younger Tsarnaev is
walking (with the left shoulder dipped in most pictures)…might suggest that he is overcompensating…so as to appear “balanced” in his gait.
As I underlined (in your statement above) – I think you’ve identified a genuine concern.
But, if he knew – “Man – you’ve only got to do this for 10 minutes, max… So – whatever you do – don’t wuss-out, and act like the bag
is heavier than would be fitting for this environment”…then, I could see putting up with the increasing discomfort.
According to the FBI Complaint – he would probably only have actually needed to sling
the pack for about 7 or 8 minutes, once they arrived on
But - the other point - as you described... He's wearing a jacket (was it denim?)... And, unless he is very proficient at doing the heavy backpack
over one shoulder on a denim jacket ---- It is going to be slipping off.
Which might be an added reason for dipping the left shoulder...to lift the right shoulder...to bring gravity to his aid in keeping it from slipping
And even so -- I have done this, before, and after a while, it still slipped from my shoulder.