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.