During the annual Boston Marathon in 2013, two bombs detonated near its finish line. Fourteen seconds and 190 meters apart, the explosions ripped into the crowd. Three people were killed and several hundred injured.
The event triggered a sweeping manhunt and three days later the FBI released pictures of two suspects, later identified as the Chechen Kyrgyzstani-American Tsarnaev brothers who eventually turned out to be self-radicalized Islamists.
In the first couple of days after the attack a parallel manhunt – with no connection whatsoever to the official investigation – took place on the internet. Lots of footage and pictures from the important minutes before and after the explosions were readily available to the public, and that set a huge number of amateur detectives going. «To all my homies, please go through these photos…These are the mother fuckers who bombed our city, memorize them. Let’s find these bastards and put them away…,» were the words from someone on Reddit, the discussion website.
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The French scholar and filmmaker Chloé …
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