Boston Marathon bombings

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Event.png Boston Marathon bombings (Murder,  Bombing,  Deep event)  ISGPRdf-icon.png
Boston Marathon bombing2.jpg
Date April 15, 2013, 2:49pm - April 19, 2013, 8:42pm
Location Boston,  Massachusetts,  USA
Blamed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,  Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Type bombing
Deaths 3
Injured (non-fatal) 280
Interest of David McGowan, WhoWhatWhy
Description A suspicious bombing with an even more suspicious attempt at a clean up - including the murder of Ibragim Todashev while in police custody.

The Boston Marathon bombings were a pair of bombs in Boston in April 2013, reported to have killed 3 people and injured 280. The official narrative blames a pair of "lone nuts", Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev who have demonstrable links to the American "national security" apparatus, which officials have not been open about.[1][2] The FBI's subsequent investigative and process lead James Henry of Who What Why to suggest that they seem "to be employing a scorched earth strategy of destroying anything that might be of use to the “enemy.”"[3]

Official narrative

Outside Marathon Sports at 671–673 Boylston Street at 2:49:43 pm EDT, a bomb exploded, followed about 12 seconds later by another bomb, one block farther (~200m) west at 755 Boylston Street, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others. The Federal Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation, and on April 18, released photographs and a surveillance video of two suspects. The suspects were identified later that day as Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Shortly after the release of the images, the suspects killed a police officer and carjacked the car of a young Chinese man who was identified only as "Danny".[4]


A former Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, previously implicated by Sibel Edmonds[5] has admitted that his daughter was previously married to an uncle of the suspects, and that they "lived in our house in [Maryland] for a year or so", but he insists that this is merely a coincidence.[6]


As part of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an unprecedented "city lockdown" was ordered on April 19, with thousands of law enforcement officers searching a 20-block area of Watertown. Residents of Watertown and surrounding areas, including Boston, were told to stay indoors. The public transportation system and most businesses and public institutions were shut down, creating a deserted urban environment of historic size and duration. No legal justification was presented for this conduct.

"War on witnesses"

In the first six months after the Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI actively pursued several people connected, sometimes only tangentially, with the alleged bombers. This has included intimidation, arrest, deportation, closing of bank accounts and the fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev. This has led to allegations that it is a specific policy designed to hamper the defense team of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with WhoWhatWhy even terming it a "war on witnesses".[7][8][9][10]


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) confirmed that 30 specially trained forensic scientists were working around the clock on the two blast sites, stating that "no piece of evidence will be too small to ignore. They will have combed every square inch of Boylston Street, including up on top of the roofs, bagging any fragment of the bomb they can find for analysis at the FBI’s bomb laboratory in Quantico."[11]

Tom Thurman, an explosives expert at Eastern Kentucky University, told The Independent that FBI investigators would employ similar techniques to those used by the Metropolitan Police to investigate the 7 July 2005 London bombings:

“It’s a huge undertaking but they’ll do what you guys did following the subway bombings in London. You have to use everything you have to put it all together.”[12]

Public opinion

A July 2014 poll conducted by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s legal defense team, part of an unsuccessful effort to force a change of venue for his trial, found that 58% of Bostonians believed the accused Marathon bomber is "definitely guilty" while 42% were "unsure".[13]

The Trial

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case on Tuesday after calling only 4 witnesses during a 5 hour testimony. The defense case followed a 15 day prosecution case involving 92 witnesses.[14] The jury returned a guilty verdict after 11 hours of deliberation.[15] Some significant doubts have been raised about the evidence given by the prosecution.[16]


The Official Culprits

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Tamerlan Tsarnaev


  12. "Boston Marathon bombs: How forensics will help to piece together who built devices"

External Links

Ben Thorndikes photo-set of the event
Aaron Tangs photo-set of the event