Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect: ID'd By 4Chan Think Tank?

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The FBI, Boston Police and Massachusetts State Police are working at a frenzied pace to track down who is responsible for Monday's Boston Marathon bombings.

The Internet is also doing its investigative thing.

Specifically, a 4Chan Think Tank purports to have isolated a possible suspect or suspects using images taken around the time of Monday's tragic blast.

Here's one of them:

Boston Bombing Suspect Photo?

While most, if not all Internet conspiracy theories such as the mystery man on the roof are unlikely to pan out, some users say this one may have legs.

Officially, there are no suspects in the attack that killed three and injured 170 people, many severely, so maybe even the armchair detectives can help.

NOTE: THG is not labeling anyone a suspect, or claiming any knowledge of the situation, just sharing a 4Chan board we thought might interest readers.

Follow the jump for all of the "evidence" on the board so far:

UPDATE, 4/18, 5:52 p.m.: The FBI released photos of the suspects moments ago and asked for the public's help in identifying them. Here is a photo:

Boston Bombing Suspects Photo
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''4chan think tank'',you're kidding right?We mostly cracked shitty jokes about them and saw the obvious.

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@ aron

>tfw no longer anon

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So basically this is what I gather from the pictures you've posted, claiming those are possible suspects. If you wear a backpack, you're a suspect. If you weren't looking in the same direction as everyone else, you're a suspect. Pretty much everyone there is a suspect. It's just too bad that with some of the comparison pictures you show don't match up. You really shouldn't post garbage such as this. And I really hope the people you pointed out (and every single person in those pictures) sue you for the implications. You do realize that you are supposed to get signed consent to post this unless it is your own personal photograph or you are law enforcement? I will be contacting people who were there and let them know about this. I'm sure they'll be happy to sue for this crap.

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@ Amy Podejko

You do not need consent since it was in a public domain.

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@ Guest

Unless the people posting the photos on this site took the photos themselves, yes you do need consent. I have family within the CIA and FBI who have even stated that. The owner of the photos, the military, government, and police force are the only ones legally allowed to post photos without consent of all parties in the photo.

Frank marion

Another false flag attack to stampede the American people into giving up what's left of their rights!

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@ Frank Marion

The pics have no copyright.
The poster did not need signed consent.

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And yeah, it is law enforcement's job to find out who did this, but they rely a lot on tips from the public as well. Anything that anyone can find that pertains to the case and could help it is useful.

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@ Than

God you are all crazy

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@ really

sorry that was supposed to go frank marion

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Personally, I think the more people we can suspect, the better. Everyone there is essentially a suspect, especially any person with a black backpack. I'd rather we suspect a couple of innocent people and get closer to finding the actual person who did this than have the mindset of "well a lot of people have black backpacks so they probably aren't the suspect" and take even longer to find the person who did this

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My god, can they use regular fonts! It's like the think tank was 6 year olds

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hardly anyone on that site took that picture seriously

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Um....the FBI is saying that the bombs consisted of pressure cookers. Are you telling me there are pressure cookers in those tiny ass backpacks? Not to mention, it takes a while for a pressure cooker to heat to the point of reaction. They are not even looking at the right time....I would bet money on it.

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@ Marissa

Yeah. They even brought a stove and some meat for slow cooking. But seriously, bombers are a creative lot and given what they know about chemistry, they can ignite and trigger anything they can get their hands on.

Gary w hornbeak

In the bottom photo, with the 1 to 4 list, look at who the possible suspect is looking at. A man, looking down, with a ball cap on and carrying a backpack.

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your kidding? Just because he had a black backpack and was seen without it a few times, he's automatically the person responsible? My husband has a black backpack so does that make him responsible? He is shown holding the bag, straps over one arm in a picture. Maybe he just got tired of it being on his back and wanted to relax. The guy running in the one gif, maybe it's because he was so damn scared when the bomb went off, alot of people ran, does that make them responsible? You could be slandering an innocent man, just because you aren't letting professionals do thier jobs. You signaled out the one person because he was of a different race. Could it be they weren't watching the race because they turned their attention to another part of the street? Stop trying to do the officers and the polices jobs. And get your stuff straight, in the one picture where you wrote Da Bomb, it wasn't even circling anything, but a person so do us all a favor, one, write adult and not in slang, and two, let them do their jobs.

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@ Rhonda

YOur husband is the guy with the beard??? Whoogh! You better be calling the FBI because he is a DEFINITE suspect in this bombing. He's all alone, not paying attention, right at the spot, carrying a VERY heavy backpack with two hands. What did he have in it that was so heavy he needed two hands to hold it?? And it has the exact grey stripe as the bomb#2 bag. He is a serious suspect in this.

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@ Rhonda

Don't forget that some of the comparison photos (like the back shot of a person and then the front shot) don't always match up too. They're comparing two different people. And they've opened themselves up for a whole lot of lawsuits. I hope they all do sue and shut this crap down.

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@ Rhonda

My comment doesn't accuse anyone of anything. I think the discussion is good though. I hope all pictures possible are forwarded to the proper authorities. The more eyes looking at the photos are good because someone might just see something others missed. But, I agree, accusing someone is wrong. Pointing out items of interest might be a big help.

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@ Rhonda

oh and another thing, backpacks with changes of clothes, first aid and extra fluids to drink do get heavy.

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@ Rhonda

Were you a runner in the Marathon? that's the only reason I can think he has such a heavy bag. is is always alone in every shot of him (there are at least 4), and is looking very out of place. There was a second thread last nite on 4chan that went 300 comments and positively ID'd him as main suspect in 2nd bombing.

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