Boston Marathon Bombings
Two powerful explosions rocked the finish line area of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Police raced to determine whether it was a terror attack. Phil Kirkpatrick, a 59-year-old from Nashville with blood on his jeans and shoes, was watching his girlfriend race. "There was a large explosion and a white flash," he said. "It blew us all back onto each other. It was so loud, I still can't hear out of my right ear. I was crawling on the sidewalk, and my cell phone blew out of my hand." (Photographer: Scott Eisen/Bloomberg)
Three 19-year-old college friends of one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers were charged with hindering the investigation in the days after the April 15 attack by tossing out evidence and lying to police.
Before Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police, he was a husband and father. Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, an artist, dancer and college drop-out from suburban Rhode Island, converted to Islam to marry him and bear his child.
Sue Lund lives about five blocks from where police engaged in a wild shootout April 19 with the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects and about eight doors down from where the one who escaped alive was found 18 hours later.
A judge approved the appointment of the lawyer who represented convicted 1996 Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph to the legal defense team of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty surveyed a Boston courtroom packed with supporters of a Massachusetts man convicted of providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to commit murder in a foreign country.
Minutes after bombs detonated near the Boston Marathon’s finish line, emergency workers were rushing a bloodied, severely wounded Jeff Bauman to the hospital. Already, he was trying to help investigators find out who did it, he said today.
The two brothers suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings planned to drive to New York City after the April 15 attack and set off more explosives in Times Square, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said.
Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was moved from a Boston hospital to a federal medical prison in Massachusetts where former hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam is serving an 11 year-sentence for insider trading.
Two brothers suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings used remote controls from toy cars to set off the blasts that ripped through the race’s finish line, according to federal law-enforcement officials and members of Congress briefed on the matter.
The best chance for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to avoid execution for the deadly Boston Marathon bombing may be to cooperate fully with investigators, or convince a jury he was “brainwashed” by his older brother.
Inside the two deadly bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon sat remote-control devices from toy cars that may have been triggered by mobile telephone, according to federal law-enforcement officials and congressmen briefed on the matter.
Ruslan Tsarni called out to his wife for the letters. Zalina, he said, bring the box. Since Tsarni stood outside his suburban Maryland home on April 19 before a scrum of journalists and apologized to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on behalf of his suspect-nephews, calling them “losers,” Americans have been writing in from across the country to offer their support to him, his wife and their six children.
Cameron Lownie went online just before midnight April 22 to check the fundraising page he’d started for a colleague seriously hurt in the Boston bombings.
The latest donation: $15,000 from an anonymous donor.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers accused in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, was influenced by a mentor who espoused radical Islamist beliefs, according to one of the suspects’ uncles.
Investigators looked into the motives and tools of the brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, scrutinizing jihadist websites and a fireworks store where one of the suspects bought pyrotechnics.
As Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev battled police with guns and bombs in the early hours of April 19, Andrew Kitzenberg peeked over his third-floor bedroom’s windowsill and snapped pictures with his iPhone.
Prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombings have begun to grapple with the daunting task of assembling evidence from multiple crime scenes and around the world to explain to jurors the story behind the attack, as the latest example of terror on American soil moves to a courtroom.
The capture and charging of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shifts attention from the manhunt to the prosecution by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in one of the biggest terrorism cases since the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh two decades ago.
Senate Republicans intensified their call to strengthen border security requirements in a proposed U.S. immigration law, as the measure’s authors urged lawmakers not to let the Boston Marathon bombings sap momentum.
Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name on a U.S. government travel-watch list should have kept him from boarding an airplane without some scrutiny, yet he could purchase semi-automatic handguns with none.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev attracted attention around the boxing rings he loved. In 2009, it was for showing up at a Golden Gloves tournament in leather pants and snakeskin boots. About a year later, it was for kneeling beside a gym treadmill on a prayer blanket.
FLIR Systems Inc., the maker of night-vision gear for law enforcement and commercial clients, got the type of publicity money can’t buy when its thermal-energy camera aided authorities in capturing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
As investigators searched for a motive in the Boston Marathon bombings, the two brothers suspected in the attack emerged as markedly different personalities: the older moving closer toward Islamic fundamentalism, the younger socializing like a typical American college student.
The FBI, initially lauded for its quick identification of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, now is facing scrutiny from lawmakers about its handling of a 2011 Russian tip that might have averted the attack.
The uncle of the suspects in last week’s Boston Marathon bombing told a London court in 2010 that Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev had overseen the theft of state assets worth billions of dollars.
Investigators are looking into whether suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in the 2011 murders of three men found dead in a suburban apartment with their throats slashed, according to a spokeswoman for the Middlesex County district attorney’s office.
Before the videotapes, before the lucky cellphone, before the shootouts, there was an extraordinarily courageous 27-year-old named Jeff Bauman who helped lead the FBI on the trail of the suspects in the bombing of the Boston Marathon -- and there was the anti-war activist who probably saved Bauman’s life.
The crowd helped solve the crime. From the day of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and wounded more than 170, the public marshaled mobile phones and the Internet to share videos and pictures with investigators.
The older brother suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings had an application for U.S. citizenship placed on hold after the FBI questioned him on potential Islamic extremist ties, raising questions about whether he could have been identified before carrying out the attack.
The Northern Caucasus region of Russia has become an incubator of Muslim extremism amid the convulsions of a separatist conflict in Chechnya that killed tens of thousands of people, turned hundreds of thousands into refugees and sent embittered exiles across the globe.
What happened on Monday is not something you mentally prepare for. The first blast occurred less than a minute after I had photographed a Tufts University runner crossing the finish line. There was some confusion as to what had happened.
The Obama administration’s decision to interrogate the Boston Marathon bombing suspect without first warning him of his rights has sparked criticism from both sides of the political spectrum about the best way to prosecute terrorism cases.
As prosecutors weigh charges in the Boston Marathon bombings, the same laws used successfully in deadly terrorist acts such as the Oklahoma City bombing and the first World Trade Center attack may be at the top of their list.
Like any nervous 19-year-old, he was biting his nails.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev dropped into Gilberto Junior’s body shop at about 1 p.m. on April 16, the day after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, to pick up a white Mercedes E350 wagon. He said it was owned by his girlfriend.
A 19-year-old immigrant from Kyrgyzstan implicated by police with his older brother in the bombing of the Boston Marathon has led authorities on a house- to-house search of the Boston area after the brother was killed in an overnight gun battle.
The bombing suspect police have been chasing through the Boston area attended a prestigious public high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that educated actor-director Ben Affleck and basketball player Patrick Ewing.
Managing tragedies or natural disasters are some of the toughest, most complex jobs that confront governors, who must reassure the public while coordinating and executing a response effort in an unforgiving media glare. It’s a moment that can make or break a career.
As heavily-armed police and FBI agents zeroed in on a suspect in the Boston marathon bombing, authorities shut down public transit and advised businesses to close and residents to lock themselves in their homes.
The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins canceled their morning skates before tonight’s game as Boston and surrounding areas remained locked down during a manhunt for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
President Barack Obama said the people of Boston and the U.S. aren’t cowed by the deadly terrorist attack at the city’s signature marathon and the resilience on display in the aftermath “is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act.”
FBI special agent Richard DesLauriers ended the 16-year hunt for accused Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger by organizing a television and social- media campaign targeting female viewers of daytime soap operas whose age range roughly matched the fugitive’s girlfriend.
Investigators are focusing on a person seen dropping a black bag near the site of the Boston Marathon bombing as they assemble an expanding array of forensic evidence on the explosive devices used in the attack.
After respectfully observing a pregame moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, Bruins fans last night showed their defiance by loudly singing the national anthem before chanting “U-S-A” as sports returned to the city.
Lu Lingzi traveled from China to the United States last year, hoping that a graduate degree in statistics from Boston University would help her land a job as a financial analyst for an investment bank.
As officials continue to seek suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, the highest-profile act of terror in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon in 2001, individuals are taking to the Internet in efforts to identify potential culprits.
Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer who ran the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, will play the same role for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
One of the parents frantically trying to track down her children after the Boston Marathon bombing was Mary Lou Monaco. After she learned that that her son, Christopher, who had watched the race along the route, was safe, she sent an e-mail to his twin sister in Washington -- Lisa Monaco, President Barack Obama’s new counterterrorism adviser.
Hundreds assembled at sunset yesterday under clouds streaked pink and blue in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester to light candles and sing songs in the park where 8-year-old Martin Richard played baseball.
The Boston Marathon bombings may cause a surge in the cost of insuring global sporting events, while changing the way organizers manage risk, according to Bob Murphy, global entertainment and events practice leader at Marsh & McLennan Cos. (MMC)’s Marsh Inc.
In searching for clues about whether the deadly bombing in Boston had roots in the U.S. or overseas, investigators will scrutinize the bombs themselves, the timing of the blasts and similarities to earlier attacks.
Law-enforcement officials searched an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere as the FBI took over the investigation into deadly bombings that struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday.
President Barack Obama committed the full resources of the federal government to the investigation of the deadly twin bombings at the Boston Marathon and he pledged to hold the perpetrators accountable.
The twin bombings that turned the Boston Marathon finish line into a terror scene reverberated throughout sports, forcing cancellations in the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League and a review of security plans for the London Marathon this weekend.
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon organizers will meet with government departments and law enforcement agencies over the coming days to assess any changes that may be needed in their safety and security plans after bombs killed at least two people at the Boston Marathon.
Did we overreact to the Boston bombings and underreact to the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion? That's what Richard Kim argues, characterizing the national reaction to terrorism as "total social warfare" and to industrial accidents as "callous indifference."
We don't know exactly what Tamerlan Tsarnaev did during his visit to Russia in 2012. We do know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has told us very little about its inquiry at that time into the man now accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.
My experience of Blackhawk helicopters was restricted to Iraq -- until this morning, when I heard them flying low over the quiet, leafy Cambridge, Massachusetts, neighborhood where I’ve lived for most of my 42 years.
The great psychologist William James was Gertrude Stein’s teacher and mentor. As legend tells it, James once posed a single question on a final examination: “What is risk?” Stein wrote, “This is,” walked out of the examination room, and went about her business. Supposedly James gave Stein an A.
The Boston Marathon bombing is a quick-moving story (a frenetic one, if you’re following on Twitter). And the facts, as CNN has learned, shift with seeming abandon. But certain patterns and questions are making themselves fairly obvious.
For several hours each year on the third Monday of April, the 600 block of Boylston Street in Boston is the most surveilled place on Earth. Television crews, news and commercial photographers, Web videographers, friends, family, tourists -- and, not incidentally, law enforcement -- all have their electronic eyes trained on the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The discussion on Web sites, blogs and social media over the past 12 hours has already pushed forward a number of themes and observations that will be valuable in making sense of what happened at the Boston Marathon finish line.
The attack on the Boston Marathon is a reminder of the adage that terror is theater. Yes, terror is reprehensible. But it is theater, too, played out on a grand stage before an audience of tens of millions.
“Boston bombings shatter a national sense of safety,” read one headline this morning. “A perfect Marathon day, then the unimaginable,” read another. These summations were plausible enough, because yesterday’s attack was the first successful strike against a U.S. city since Sept. 11, 2001.
Sportswriters exist in a kind of creative tension. Pulling us in one direction is the desire to draw deeper meaning from the events we cover. Pulling us in the other is the realization that sportswriting isn’t social commentary.
Ten years ago, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself at a cafe in the German Colony neighborhood of Jerusalem. Seven people were killed, including David Applebaum, an American-born emergency-room doctor who had treated countless victims of previous attacks.
The April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon show little of the evil genius displayed on Sept. 11, 2001, only diabolical fiendishness. But the bombings occurred at a place, near the finish line, and a time, four hours after the race began, when crowds would be dense.
Shortly before the explosion yesterday at the Boston Marathon, Wang Shi, the billionaire chairman of China Vanke Co., China’s largest real-estate development company, took a photo near the finish line. The subject was one of his 15 employees who participated in the race, wrapped in a Chinese flag, greeting family.
There's a fad at the moment for jokey versions of the famous World War II "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster, which the 1939 British government printed to reassure the public after the start of German air raids.
As if to provide a warning to commentators, prognosticators, ax-grinders, think-tankers and television analysts about the dangers of petty speculation, the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof posted this thought on Twitter a few minutes after today’s apparent bomb attack in Boston: “explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment.”
Kelvin Ma, a photographer for the Bloomberg Photo Service, was stationed about 50 feet from the finish line at the Boston Marathon as the April 15 explosions occurred. Ma took the photo of wheelchair-bound Jeff Bauman moments after he looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.
Two powerful explosions rocked the finish line area of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. Police, racing to determine whether it was a terror attack, said two people were killed and scores injured.