Question: How Did the FBI Get its Pictures Mixed Up at Tsarnaev Trial?

A question which has not been raised by the defense in the Tsarnaev trial won’t seem to go away.  The question challenges the veracity of the FBI in every way, down to its willingness to deceive the public, if this question cannot be satisfactorily answered.  The question derives its significance from the plain simple forensic fact that once a still photograph is taken, parts or people within it cannot move.  Not even a little bit.  People move in videos.  But not still photographs.  Keep this simple fact in mind.

So when a Marathon runner took a photograph of the chaos at Boylston and Fairfield Streets, after the Boston bombs went off, it was on the spur of the moment, before he continued ahead to help the injured.  It was not until later that it was discovered that the photograph apparently contained a small figure, a young man, who was of interest to law enforcement.  That young man wore a white baseball cap, turned backwards, and seemed to be walking, along with the crowd, away from the location of the carnage.  The FBI later declared that the iPhone picture showed none other than Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Without his backpack.

“Conspiracy theorists,” a term now for people who tend not to take anything the government says at face value, immediately jumped on the image, saying that it looked like something behind the image, about where a backpack would be, had been airbrushed out.  At best the argument was inconclusive.  But when the prosecution showed the photo again in 2015, within a compilation of surveillance videos, something happened that could not happen in a still photo: Dzhokhar moved.  The prosecution’s 2015 image can be seen at minute 9:02 in official prosecution video compilation.

Not much.  But remember, this is a still photo.  One copy, if it is a copy, looks exactly like another.  In the photograph taken by the Marathon runner shown to the public in 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is well past a wooden door with a bald man standing next to it.  In the version of the photo shown to the jury, Tsarnaev is right in front of the door and the bald man.

Photo taken by Marathon runner released in 2013.

Photo taken by Marathon runner released in 2013.

Photo introduce to jury in Tsarnaev trial, 2015.

Photo introduce to jury in Tsarnaev trial, 2015, at minute 9:02 in official prosecution video compilation.

Is it a different photograph, taken at nearly the same time and from the same angle?  If so, it cannot have been taken by the Marathon runner, who told the New York Daily News: “It was one shot and it was the shot that counted.”

The runner told NBC Miami:

“I thought maybe it was a cannon…Then the second one exploded as he was walking toward it.  When I saw it, I pulled out the camera and immediately took that picture.”

He then put it back in his pocket and went to help the injured.

That means either someone, not this Marathon runner, was standing right next to him, to capture almost exactly the same angle, and snapped the shutter within no more than a second from the time the Marathon runner snapped his.  But the runner did not say anything about another cameraman, nor did another cameraman step forward after the first one did and say, “hey, I have almost the same picture” and hand it to law enforcement.

The Marathon runner’s photo was hailed as a great stroke of good luck in helping to solve the crime, in depicting an image of someone who had been seen in surveillance photos with a backpack, now without his backpack.  The hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers was on.

There is one problem.  In the etched-in-stone, fixed-pixel world of still photographs, which is what the Marathon runner took, not a video, Dzhokhar moved.  “It was one shot and it was the shot that counted” he said.

Another possible explanation, one might think, is that maybe there was a surveillance camera, which just happened to be trained on exactly the same spot at the same angle, and this is a frame from the surveillance camera video.  If so, the government should be able to produce the entire video, where we can see Tsarnaev move across the corner at the building of Boylston and Fairfield.

It just so happens, though, that the corner does not seem to have a surveillance camera or anything for that surveillance camera to watch, except a barren brick wall.  Below is what was behind the Marathon runner who took the picture, looking back in the opposite direction.


Corner of Boylston and Fairfield Streets, looking back away from corner of brick building where Tsarnaev image is shown.

If the source of the photo with Dzhokhar in front of the door and the bald man cannot be produced, then there is only one conclusion.  The image shown to the public in 2013 was manipulated in the first place, and carelessly replaced with a different manipulation, or remanipulated slightly differently.  There is only one thing we know, that it cannot be one and the same photo as the one the Marathon runner took.  Because in still photos, people do not move.  Not even a little bit.  No matter how much time goes by.


4 thoughts on “Question: How Did the FBI Get its Pictures Mixed Up at Tsarnaev Trial?

  1. Everything about this case is fabricated. The inconsistent BS is purposeful. It is part of the strategy of tension. TPTB know conspiracy theory doesn’t cut it anymore. The fact of the matter is citizens are making allegations of criminal acts with supporting evidence so TPTB and their minions spin allegations and call conspiracy theory to feed the sheep who have brains incapable of processing what their eyes see. Hence: greater division achieved.


    • The sheep will not believe it until they they slaughterhouse up ahead and they are in the chute. Then the powers that be will not care if they wake up, it will be too late.


  2. The second picture was taken from a higher position relative to the street farther away, possibly slightly zoomed from an upstairs window across the street.


  3. of course speculator247, jury was presented with an aerial view photo (well beyond any human height) and was lied to that it was ‘randomly’ taken on the spur of the moment by a marathon runner at eye level. the entire trial was a fabricated lie to cover up their govt/ military ‘complex’ agenda (astoundingly bad at what they do – tower 2 detonated and going down before tower 1, tower 7 standing in the background of a BBC on site news story that was reporting that it had collapsed etc.) now, we see part of their ‘set up’ of this young university student in action. (and anyone can see the same thing we’re seeing here). and so,the fact that Judge O’Toole committed a felony warranting immediate mandatory dis-barrment for life (w optional fine and jail time) during the trial (it’s black and white in the un-sealed trial documents) it remains that that alone (never mind different color backpacks or that he wore his own light colored over one shoulder – his right shoulder – out of view in these photos) the fact that the judge committed a felony by speaking to and swaying the jury during the trial is enough to completely call a mis-trial and set this innocent kid free already. or worse case scenerio, presentlng the mountain of exculpatory evidence in Dzhokhar Tsarneav’s favor in a new one. Yes, #BostonWrong…


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