4Chan Finds Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect? Reddit Spurred “Find Boston Bombers” To Also Help With Investigation

By Staff Writer | April 17, 2013 12:22 PM EDT

Could the website 4chan find the Boston Marathon bombing suspect? With the ATF, FBI and Boston law enforcement soliciting videos, cellphone images, and anything that could lead to the capture and arrest of whoever set off the pressure cooker bombs. The massive request has sparked the interest of amateur investigators online, armed with what has been reported thus far – the remains of the bag and the bomb look alike.

The tragic event that occurred Monday is the largest crime scene in Boston’s history and, thanks to social media and ubiquity of smart phones with photo and video-capture capabilities, could well be the most crowdsourced terror investigation in American history, according to The Atlantic.

An image at 4Chan shows a man holding a bag, who seem to not be carrying it anymore at a latter picture, causing suspicion. The bag looks similar to the one where the bombs have been placed, according to preliminary investigations by federal officials .

Analysis on these images, however, should never be considered official, unless sifted and filtered through by the right agencies.

The website Reddit, has spurred the “Find Boston Bombers” subreddit, where all kinds of analysis can be found on the investigation. There are also some very interesting images on the site –one shows a photo of a man with a backpack that has straps resembling the detonated backpack.

There have been numerous pictures popping out with regards to the Boston bombing case which could possibly be a helpful consequence of the FBI's request for help on the case.

Tagged :  world news, Crime, Boston


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