Web sleuths scour through thousands of Boston Marathon blast pictures

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 Identify FIVE people they think the FBI should be talking to

from: the UK Daily Mail

 

Web users have turned into detectives in the  wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, looking through hundreds of photos to find  the person or group behind Monday’s carnage.

As authorities conduct an exhaustive  investigation of the moments leading up to the double bombing near the finish  line, Reddit and 4chan users are doing one of their own – pointing out people at  the site of the first bombing whom they think the FBI should be talking  to.

There is, however, no official evidence to  support that the individuals pictured had anything to do with the devastating  twin bombing, which claimed three lives and injured 183 others. The claims are merely speculation, and not considered  viable evidence in the Boston and federal investigation.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that a suspect has  been identified by police after two pieces of video evidence at the scene of the  second blast were handed in to authorities.

Another look: The redditors and 4chan users claim that the bags in this photo are sporting unusual bulges, and appear to be sagging under the weight of what's inside
The redditors and 4chan users claim that  the bags in this photo are sporting unusual bulges, and appear to be sagging  under the weight of what’s inside
Questions: The users also claim that the man in the white hat does not appear to have his backpack on in another photo
The users also claim that the man in the  white hat does not appear to have his backpack on in another photo
Photo: One person's composite image compares the shape of a bulge in a bag to the shape of a pressure cooker
 One person’s composite image compares the shape  of a bulge in a bag to the shape of a pressure cooker

However, it is hard to see how the men  identified by the Reddit users fit the description of the suspect leaked to  other media outlets.

CNN’s John King said sources told him it was  a ‘dark-skinned man’ and CBS reported that it was a white man who was wearing a  black jacket, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-white baseball cap  backwards. He is said to be six feet or 6-feet-2-inches tall with a medium  build.

Investigators have not named any suspects in  the bombing, but have revealed that two pressure cooker bombs were stuffed  inside black vinyl backpacks or duffel bags when they went off.

Using that information and numerous photos –  mainly from the site of the first blast – users have pointed out several people  either wearing black backpacks or otherwise individuals who could be thought to  be acting strangely before the explosions.

The people are circled and their movements  are documented by comparing several photographs in a subreddit called  ‘FINDBOSTONBOMBERS.’

The person who started the subreddit, who  goes by the moniker Oops777, has been identified as a 23-year-old professional  poker player who lives in Boston, according to reports.

The FBI’s Boston office did not return a call  from MailOnline for comment.

A man with a white baseball cap . As  one  redditor notes, ‘The first picture shows a clear bulge from the bag, very  consistent with the type of pressure cooker believed to have been  used.’

Could this be the bombing suspect?
Could this be the bombing suspect?
Is this the suspect? People on Reddit have claimed that  while everyone around him seems to instinctively cower, this man appears to  sprint away in the opposite direction to everyone else caught in the  blast
Another look: Two men donning similar black coats, khaki pants and backpacks were also pictured, but they could also be undercover police officers
Two men donning similar black coats, khaki  pants and backpacks were also pictured, but they could also be undercover police  officers
Bird's eye view: It's possible that this man is an undercover police officer, but redditors claim that he may be involved
It’s possible that this man is an  undercover police officer, but redditors claim that he may be involved

The redditors and 4chan users claim that the  bags are sporting unusual bulges, and appear to be sagging under the weight of  what’s inside.

The users are also quick to claim that the  man in the white hat does not appear to be wearing the backpack in another  photo.

Two men donning similar black coats,  khaki  pants and backpacks were also pictured, but they could also be  undercover  police officers.

In another series of photos, one  internet  user marks a face the crowd two hours prior to the bombing, and then his  reaction afterward, noting that the man, wearing a white  hooded sweatshirt,  does not appear interested in the race and can be  seen walking away calmly  after the first blast.

While some posts may be perceived as  accusatory, other users are quick to  warn that just because the person is  pictured with a black bag, it  doesn’t mean they had anything to do with the  bombing.

Spotted: One user marks a face the crowd two hours prior to the bombing, and then his reaction afterward, noting that the man, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, does not appear interested in the race
 One user marks a face the crowd two hours prior  to the bombing, and then his reaction afterward, noting that the man, wearing a  white hooded sweatshirt, does not appear interested in the race

In another photo posted on both 4chan and  Reddit, a man wearing a blue coat is pictured near the scene of the second  explosion holding a backpack –  with distinctive black and grey  straps.

Next to it is a photo of a mangled backpack  from the crime scene, with straps that bear a striking resemblance.

Another man, wearing a green hat and wearing  a black backpack, was also highlighted on Reddit as a person who could be  involved.

The Boston Marathon was a public event, and  hundreds of black backpacks were worn among the thousands of  attendees.

Hunt for clues: Another man, wearing a green hat and wearing a black backpack, was also highlighted on Reddit as a person who could be involved
 Another man, wearing a green hat and  wearing a black backpack, was also highlighted on Reddit as a person who could  be involved

But at the very least, it gives people a glimpse of the excruciating job the FBI have in scouring through  thousands of  images in a situation where anyone can look like a suspect.

Yesterday, a preliminary probe by Boston  officials revealed that they were made of two 1.6-gallon pressure cookers – one  containing shards of metal and ball bearings and the other packed with nails –  and both stuffed into black backpacks or duffel bags, according to a source  close to the probe.

The method used to make the bomb is  reminiscent of the failed attempt to bomb Times Square by Faisal Shahzad in 2010  – and other terror strikes in India, Afghanistan, Nepal and  Pakistan.

The FBI and anti-terror officials have urged  the public to turn in any photos or video footage they may have of the marathon  that may have captured a suspect or suspects before the blasts.

Descriptions: Picking out people from the crowd, the web sleuths comment on their behavior before the bombs went off
 Picking out people from the crowd, the web  sleuths comment on their behavior before the bombs went off

 

Ben Levine, who works in public relations in  an office on Boylston Street and was directly above where the first bomb  exploded, responded to that call.

In a piece he wrote for Deadspin, Mr Levine said that he was standing at his second floor office window  and  snapping pictures of the runners and crowds below when ‘a bomb went  off in my  face.’

Investigators have circulated  information  about the bombs, which involved kitchen pressure cookers  packed with  explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel – but the FBI  says no on has  claimed responsibility.

‘Someone knows who did this,’ Richard  DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in  Boston, said at a news conference where he  detailed the type of clues a  bomber might have left.

‘Importantly, the person who did this is  someone’s friend, neighbor, co-worker or relative.’

Accusations: In a photo posted on both 4chan and Reddit, a man wearing a blue coat is pictured with a backpack - with distinctive black and grey straps - dangling on his arm. A bag with similar straps is pictured at the scene of one of the bombings
In a photo posted on both 4chan and Reddit,  a man wearing a blue coat is pictured with a backpack – with distinctive black  and grey straps – dangling on his arm. A bag with similar straps is pictured at  the scene of one of the bombings
Claims: As the FBI scours through thousands of photos of the moments before the Boston Marathon, various Reddit and 4chan users are pointing out who they believe to be possible suspects
 As the FBI scours through thousands of photos of  the moments before the Boston Marathon, various Reddit and 4chan users are  pointing out who they believe to be possible suspects

 

Speculation: In this photo, the Redditors claim that a man can be seen dropping a suspicious object near the scene of the second explosion
 In this photo, the Redditors claim that a  man can be seen dropping a suspicious object near the scene of the second  explosion

New crime scene photographs of the remnants  of the first bomb which detonated during Monday’s Boston marathon shows that a  six-liter pressure cooker was used in at least one of the deadly charges – as  experts described the devices as military-style ‘anti-personnel’  devices.

The images – released by the Joint  Terrorist  Task Force – show the wreckage of a stainless steel pressure  cooker with an  Underwriters Laboratory safety mark and an imprint that  reads gas or electric,  with experts describing the devices as  military-style ‘anti-personnel’  devices.

Furthermore, it is being claimed the  deadly  devices used were designed to act like ‘homemade claymores’ –  powerful,  directional anti-personnel devices.

The lid of a pressure cooker was found on a  nearby rooftop and  investigators were able to pinpoint which type of cooker was  used.

Probe: Investigators comb through the post finish line area of the Boston Marathon at Boylston Street, two days after two bombs exploded just before the finish line
Investigators comb through the post finish line  area of the Boston Marathon at Boylston Street, two days after two bombs  exploded just before the finish line

One brand of pressure cooker with ‘6L’ on the  bottom is made by the Spanish company Fagor, which sells about 50,000 of the  six-liter pots in the United States every year, The New York Times  reported.

This gives investigators a real chance to  narrow down their list of suspects – which they said yesterday was ‘wide open’ – and find out who is responsible for the worst attacks on U.S. soil since  9/11.

They will use every clue, from the cooker’s  manufacturer and retailers to the types of nails used in the shrapnel, to try  and find out from where the bomb parts were purchased and by whom.

Roy Parker, a retired Bureau of Alcohol,  Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agent who ­developed the agency’s  explosives training program, said examiners are looking at scraps of the bomb  components, bags and all other forensic evidence.

He said: ‘You’re looking for a needle in a  haystack, but the needle is there. If you look long enough, you’ll get stuck  with it. This is not an unsolvable crime.’

 

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