Mystery Man on Roof Over Explosion Starts Twitter Trend

    April 16, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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With all of the professional and amateur media that caught the Boston Marathon bombings on video, it was only a matter of time before amateur investigators began to piece together their own story.

Within minutes of the explosions, Twitter user @Boston_to_a_T posted a photo showing the second explosion. Later in the day, someone pointed out what appears to be a solitary man on the roof of a building directly over the explosion.

Of course, it’s not unimaginable that someone with access to such a vantage point might use it to watch the Boston Marathon. Still, this is an example of why Boston Police and the FBI are asking any citizens who took pictures or video near the finish line yesterday to forward their footage. Even pictures taken hours before the blasts could be used to spot the person or persons responsible for the attack.


Though the person on the roof appears to be just another bystander, the image sparked Twitter speculation and fueled the conspiracy theories that are just beginning to form:

(Images courtesy Dan Lampariello)

  • Linda

    Folks, this is something, I’m sure, the FBI is onto by now. I think it VERY suspicious due to the fact that the city had banned people from roof top observation of any kind of event in 2011. Therefore, yes, VERY suspicious and interesting it’s only one person who defied city ordinance? Come on, there would be more “observers” but he wasn’t an “observer” … my gut tells me differently just as it does for even the UK newspaper and people who spotted the guy on the roof and asked the same question!!! Find this dude and answers will flood in, mark my words on this!

  • Jimmy

    Linda… if you were the guy that did this, wouldn’t you want to be the least conspicuous person, not the most conspicuous person? Wouldn’t you want to blend into the crowd, rather than be the one person doing something that is supposedly banned?

  • John

    I agree that this person should be found and questioned. But dont jump to the conclusion that he/she is the bomber. The person could be a maintenance man checking equipment on the roof. Alot of buildings have there mechanical and electrical equipment there.