By Bloomberg News, Published: April 18
Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who is suspected of trying to kill him.
Just before 3 p.m. Monday, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing Jeff’s legs apart. A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Center. He lost both legs below the knee.
“He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’ ” Chris Bauman said Thursday.
While in intensive care, Jeff Bauman gave the FBI a description of the man he saw, his brother said. FBI officials declined to comment on specific tips. The bureau released video images of two suspects Thursday.
Editor's observations: What's wrong here?
This story is an excellent example of how the media is actively deceiving us.
So what's your take-away from this story?
Wow, it's a miracle he's still alive after loosing both legs due to the bombing! But what you don't see from the above (cropped) image is that Jeff Bauman has a prosthetic limb and already missing one leg, possibly the other one too, but it's less obvious.
Here's the image above, uncropped.
No, that's not a bone, it's just a prosthetic limb, but why is it so bloody if it's not his real leg? Okay, maybe the blood is from his other leg. It looks in pretty bad shape.
Here's another image of Jeff Bauman being rushed away in a wheelchair.
After you look at the enlarged image above, it's easy to tell that Jeff Bauman's left leg (right) has a prosthetic limb, but his right leg (left) looks in horrible shape. Surely that's were all the blood must be coming from.
So let's just agree that his left leg has a prosthetic limb, which I think this picture makes even more clear.
And let's also agree that this story is misleading, at best, to imply that Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the explosion.
Okay, I'll concede that his right leg looks pretty bad, and if indeed he did have a right leg before the explosion, he's missing it now. But what's wrong with this picture?
I had no idea that "pressure cooker" bombs could be so selective.