Twitter Fuels ‘Man on Roof’ Conspiracy in Boston Marathon Explosions


Holy hell, we got us a conspiracy!

In keeping with social media’s penchant for instantaneous gratification, Twitter has already solved the mystery of the Boston Marathon bombings, and it includes a full-on “2nd gunman on the grassy knoll” twist.

According to eagle-eyed Twits, the lone figure standing on the rooftop of a building in downtown Boston is clearly the responsible figurehead responsible for two devastating explosions located at the finish line of the Boston Marathon — a tragedy that killed 3 and injured 176.


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Amateur photographer Dan Zapruder — er, Lampariello is responsible for taking and posting the photo that reveals the “shadow figure” who commenters have pointed out “does not seem surprised by the explosion.” More bizarrely, a Frank Ocean parody account is primarily responsible for spreading the word of the conspiracy theory, which has erupted like wildfire across the Twitterverse. Some have even tried to use zoom technology to identify the tiny figure but so far have been unsuccessful.

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Normally I would be mocking this sort of conspiracy theory — admittedly I think it is highly unlikely this “person of interest” had anything to do with causing the tragedy, especially since new evidence is showing that one of the bombs was apparently inside a pressure cooker inside a backpack. The fact that it is currently an unsolved tragedy does not escape me though and I want answers just like anyone.

I just don’t think we’re going to find one in some window washer who stopped mid-roof to take a leak.

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