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4/18/2013

Boston Bombing Victim Helped Identify Suspect?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:57 pm

Most of you have seen the horrible and graphic picture of a man whose leg was blown off in the Boston bombings. It looks like he may have helped solve the case (via narciso):

Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.

Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.

Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.

“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’” Chris Bauman said yesterday in an interview.

Those words may help crack the mystery of who perpetrated one of the highest-profile acts of terror in the U.S. since the 2001 assault on New York City and the Washington area, one that killed three people and wounded scores.

Quite a story.

P.S. I can’t get over how the man in the picture reminds me of Carl DeLong, who took his own life after his body was similarly maimed by one of Brett Kimberlin’s bombs. DeLong’s injury was incredibly similar, and he took his own life — and the cretin Bill Schmalfeldt blames DeLong while praising Kimberlin as his friend and a force for good. The events of the past few days hopefully make it clear why setting off bombs like this, and maiming or killing people in the process, is the sort of thing that should earn one a lifetime in prison.

P.P.S. There is an even more eye-opening photo I have seen on Twitter, but I can’t yet verify that it’s not a hoax. Will look into it and get back to you if it’s real.

P.P.P.S. You think you’re feeling under the weather looking at all this bad news? Try this on for size. Man runs in Boston Marathon, sees bomb go off. Goes to West Texas, sees fertilizer plant explode. Same guy.

18 Responses to “Boston Bombing Victim Helped Identify Suspect?”

  1. Jeff Bauman’s story is amazing.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  2. ok you have a link to the picture what i didn’t need to see again my whole life

    I didn’t never even click on broken leg basketball guy

    is there a link to the article this quote came from?

    I’m curious if Mr. Bauman is a Bostonian

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  3. This is the story, pikachu, where you can embiggen the picture, but only if you want to;

    http://tiny.cc/zxsrvw

    narciso (3fec35)

  4. thank you Mr. narciso

    sounds like our young Mr. Bauman is of the New Hampshire Baumans

    it sounds like he has a good family

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  5. I don’t know if you mean, the pic with ‘Suspect # 2, within feet of young Martin Richards, which strikes me as utterly callous.

    narciso (3fec35)

  6. Some of you may find this interesting. Here are pictures and more detail on the background, family and injuries of the bloodied older man in a wheelchair shown in another of the iconic photos of that day:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311243/Horror-man-65-iconic-Boston-blast-picture-lose-sight-suffer-brain-damage-wife-remains-respirator.html

    elissa (628b88)

  7. I don’t know if you mean, the pic with ‘Suspect # 2, within feet of young Martin Richards, which strikes me as utterly callous.

    Yes, with the circles around people. It’s chilling if it’s real, but I don’t know that it is.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  8. As for “callous” I assume you’re referring to the bomber.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  9. happy,

    Yes, the link somehow did not get visibly added, but it has been now.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  10. “…the sort of thing that should earn one a lifetime in prison.”

    you misspelled “…get you staked out near a fire ant hill with a thin trail of pancake syrup leading to it.”

    i’m old school like that.

    redc1c4 (403dff)

  11. picture like that…

    damn

    make a pikachu wonder about how is is that all food stamp can do is whine whine whine about not being able to grab away the exact same guns what might could be used to put a bullet in the maimy maimy bomber boys’ heads…

    ooh look at me I’m a make an Executive Order

    shut up food stamp I hate you

    no seriously shut the eff up

    thank you

    …and homeland heifer is just chewing cud far as i can see

    4chan is doing all the heavy lifting

    America is positively surreal anymore

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  12. oh. “how is is” was supposed to be how *it* is

    the next internet will be better cause it won’t have all the typing

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  13. Right. Google will know so much about you, that it will know what you are thinking and type it for you. All you have to do is where the government approved helmet.

    Gus (694db4)

  14. you’re a very cynical person Mr. Gus

    i ain’t saying you’re wrong

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  15. P.P.P.S.

    His sister said they have to keep him moving, or stand in an open field.

    Wait for meteor strike!

    askeptic (2bb434)

  16. “P.P.P.S. You think you’re feeling under the weather looking at all this bad news? Try this on for size. Man runs in Boston Marathon, sees bomb go off. Goes to West Texas, sees fertilizer plant explode. Same guy.”

    Sounds a little like Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who witnessed BOTH atom bombs dropped on Japan.

    C. S. P. Schofield (adb9dd)

  17. The events of the past few days hopefully make it clear why setting off bombs like this, and maiming or killing people in the process, is the sort of thing that should earn one a lifetime in prison.

    So long as that “lifetime” is short and ends painfully, I agree.

    Rob Crawford (04f50f)

  18. Or Wilmer McLean, who had cannonballs from the First Battle of Bull Run plow through his house, moved to southwest Virginia, and had his new house requisitioned for the surrender of Lee to Grant.

    (“The war began in my kitchen, and ended in my parlor.”) BTW his second house was severely trashed by souvenir hunters.

    Rich Rostrom (47c4e2)


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