Boston Marathon Bombings: What We Know This Morning

(NYC stands in solidarity with Boston on the Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Three people are dead, including an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester named Martin Richard. His mother and sister suffered "grievous injuries," the Boston Globe reports.

MarathonMore than 130 people are wounded.

No one is in custody. Authorities are talking to at least one person at Brigham and & Women's Hospital:

The person questioned in the hospital was a Saudi national, who was report­edly tackled and held by a ­bystander after he was seen running from near the scene of the explosion, said a law enforce­ment source who spoke with someone involved in the FBI’s investigation. The Saudi man, believed to be a university student in Boston, is cooperating with the FBI and told agents that he was not involved in the explosions, and that he ran only because he was frightened. Investigators did not characterize the man as a suspect. No one had been arrested or charged as of late Monday night.

Hospital officials late last night said tests showed no radiation or biological agents on the victims, and although many people were wounded by flying shrapnel, it did not appear the bombs had been packed with nails or other fragments to increase the injuries.

Law enforcement conducted a search on an apartment building on Revere Beach Parkway.

The first question asked of Governor Deval Patrick at a press conference last night was from a ridiculous conspiracy theorist 'truther':

"Why were people in the audience telling people to be calm moments before the bomb went off. Was this another false flag staged attack to take our civil liberties and promote Homeland Security by sticking their hands down our pants on the streets?"

The Westboro Baptist Church has been very busy blaming the bombing on gays.

The Boston Athletic Association who organized the race, released this statement:

'Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.'


  1. ripper says

    So some crazy ‘Murican tackled a brown-skinned foreigner running away from the scene like everyone else was doing.

  2. Dastius Krazitauc says

    I want to know what news organization the idiot was with who asked the question if the bombing was staged.

  3. Adam says

    So the Saudi national was tackled to the ground by a Bostonian simply because of his looks? If I were the Saudi guy, I’d sue the idiot’s pants off.

  4. Petes says

    Let’s see. A terrorist attack on:

    — America’s most liberal city,
    — timed with an additional attack on the library of America’s most liberal president,
    — on “Patriot’s Day”,
    — in the same week as the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Branch Davidian raid in Waco.

    You just need to look through the membership list of the local Tea Party and you’ll find the culprit.

  5. The Milkman says

    “No. Next question.”

    Perfect answer.

    People like that “reporter” should be shamed and then ignored.

  6. Just The Facts says

    The amount of conflicting and contradictory information is once again astounding, as it was with Newtown.

    The JFK library was attacked. Then no, it wasn’t attacked, just an electrical fire.

    They found an unexploded bomb. Then no, they DIDN’T find an unexploded bomb.

    The device was packed with BBs and ball bearings. Then no, the device was not packed with material designed to create shrapnel.

  7. ratbastard says


    Maybe the ‘murican was also ‘brown skinned’? We do have MANY ‘brown skinned’ people in Boston. In fact, maybe the Saudi isn’t ‘brown skinned’. Many Arabs and North Africans are as ‘white’ as me.

    Saudi kid is probably filthy rich. There are tons of them here. Most of the Eurotrash are middle eastern or Asian, with a sprinkling of rich white South Americans.

  8. ratbastard says

    The bombs were packed with shrapnel designed to badly hurt but not necessarily kill people.

  9. ratbastard says


    America’s most liberal city? Arguable. S.F., Seattle, Portland, a few other places can give Boston a run for it’s money in that department.

  10. Jim says

    This is interesting. In America the following rule now holds: when a bomb goes off: (a) if you’re white, you get to run for your life; but (b) if you’re not white, you are an automatic suspect and people get to assault you with impunity and trying to save your life is a tacit admission of complicity. Amazing times we’re living in.