One of the ways Wahlberg and Berg wanted to show proper care and sensitivity to the story of the Boston Marathon bombing was to film in the places the events had actually taken place. That’s great for historical accuracy and everything, but the events we are talking about are people being exploded and shot. Those are not things the people in that area want to relive, even through a film set. So it should come as no surprise that when the neighbors in the exact neighborhood where a deadly shootout had occurred were informed a movie crew was going to fire blanks for several nights straight, they weren’t thrilled. The town manager finally had to shut it down, saying the recreation “wasn’t in the best interest” of the neighborhood.
The 9/11 films United 93 and World Trade Center have been even more controversial. United 93 came out less than five years after the event, meaning emotions were still raw for people who had lost loved ones on that day. The original trailer was so violent and got so many complaints that the AMC theater chain pulled it completely. Family members who saw the film admitted to being emotionally drained. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center paid two survivors $200,000 each to be advisors. Understandably, the widows of the men who died rescuing those two guys then accused them of cashing in on the tragedy. Other family members said they approached the production to help and were turned away, meaning the filmmakers weren’t interested in getting additional information that might have helped more accurately flesh out the story if that meant extra people in the line for the craft services table.
There are also times when filmmakers will blatantly make shit up to better suit their narrative. Not all family members of United 93 victims were “lucky” enough to have their loved ones merely exploited for box office money. One German widow had to watch Paul Greengrass cast an actor known for playing Nazis to portray her dead husband as a coward, because hey, every good story needs a villain.
The Boston NAACP, the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers and the family of slain Boston Police Department officer Dennis Simmonds have all joined to criticize the newly released historic thriller Patriots Day.
They say the movie whitewashed the role of minority officers responding to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Read more.
One of the most astonishing things about covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial has been seeing how much of the crime was captured in photos and video. Not only has the jury seen incredibly gruesome images from the bombings, prosecutors have presented surveillance video from the scene where MIT police officer Sean Collier was killed and just about everywhere else a crime was committed.
But as grisly and horrible as some of the evidence we’ve seen has been, perhaps nothing has been weirder than the video unveiled today from a Shell gas station where the Tsarnaev brothers pulled over after carjacking Dun Meng. It was about 11:30pm—several hours after the FBI had released photos identifying them as prime suspects in the bombings and about an hour after Collier was killed. The video shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev casually walk around the store buying snacks until older brother Tamerlan rushes to the door to alert him Meng has escaped.
By then, prosecutors say, the Tsarnaev brothers were coldblooded killers. But the video ends as Dzhokhar turns around and dumps the snacks before running out the door to flee in the stolen Mercedes. After everything, he refused to steal Doritos.
Hospital records show that Mr. Tsarnaev suffered gunshot wounds, including one to the
head, which likely caused traumatic brain injury. Following emergency surgery, Mr. Tsarnaev
was prescribed a multitude of pain medications, including Fentanyl, Propofol and Dilaudid.2
The side effects of these medications include confusion, light-headedness, dizziness, difficulty
concentrating, fatigue, and sedation. Damage to cranial nerves required that his left eye besutured shut; his jaw was wired closed; and injuries to his left ear left him unable to hear on that
side. Although apparently able to mouth words when asked about his medical condition by
hospital staff, he was unable to talk, in part because of a tracheotomy. He was handcuffed to the
bed railing and under heavy guard.
A “high powered” gunshot wound had fractured the base of his skull. See transcript of
April 22, 2013 testimony of Dr. Stephen Odom, at 4, DE 13. This injury would likely have
caused a concussion. Immediately before the initial appearance on April 22, Dr. Odom, who was
treating Mr. Tsarnaev, described his condition at that time — approximately 36 hours after the
agents began their interrogation and two hours after it ended — as “guarded.” Id. Mr. Tsarnaev
had received Dilaudid, a narcotic painkiller, at 10 a.m. on April 22.
I remember where I was during 9/11. I was in middle school living in Chicago and my mom picked me up and drove me home because she didn’t believe I was safe. I remember that the sky looked green that day. My uncle was in the FBI and his wife was a flight attendant, I remember him and my mom and the rest of her family going to every extent possible to try to figure out where she was since all communication had been cut off. My aunt was on a different flight and was ok.
I remember where I was during the Virginia Tech shooting. I was in middle school in Connecticut and my mom picked me up from school at the end of the day and held my hand from the front seat the entire way home because she needed tangible proof that her own child was still with her.
I remember where I was during the Boston marathon bombing. I was in my first year of college living in Boston and I had just gotten off the train. I had been at Copley Square not even twenty minutes before. I remember how lucky I felt to have left the scene before they went off. I remember being kept under lockdown in my house for days, we couldn’t even take out the trash without being ushered back into our homes by the police. The streets were completely silent.
I remember where I was during the Orlando shootings. I was drunk on a rooftop in Boston, watching the sky get lighter as the sun started rising. I was making my friends listen to my favorite Bright Eyes album and we chain smoked cigarettes as the sunlight sobered us up. I woke up a few hours later to a text from my mom “did you hear the news?” I felt my lungs drop into my knees and I wished I could feel marginally safer in my own city a thousand miles away from Orlando.
Before now the killings were indiscriminate. They involved the people who just so happened to be there at the time, they hid behind a veil of happenstance and impulsiveness. This time it was different, this was simultaneously a mass murder and a hate crime. The ‘audience’ was planned and calculated.
This shooter did more than just massacre over 50 people. He took away every single safe space for LGBTQIA+ people in doing so. He knew exactly where and how to find us because we did not feel the need to hide. He went into our safe space and he destroyed it. I am mourning the loss of every single life that he took, and I am mourning the security of explicitly queer spaces.
I have lived through too many mass killings in my lifetime already. So have you.
Defense attorneys introduced this exhibit photo showing Dzhokhar’s Adidas sweatshirt after it was cut off his body at the hospital on Friday, April 19, 2013.
The jury has seen this sweatshirt frequently throughout the trial in surveillance photos and video. He wore it withdrawing cash from an ATM, buying junk food & Red Bull at the Shell station, and emerging bloody & injured from the drydocked boat in Watertown.
A State Police DNA analyst testified that the bloodstains on it belong to Dzhokhar.
Apparently a writer at Buzzfeed is offended because the movie “Patriots Day” painted the Tsarnaev brothers out to be evil terrorists, despite them killing 4 people including an 8 year old boy and wounding over 200 others in the Boston Marathon bombings. This movie focuses on Boston and the hunt for the two suspects after the bombings. It’s not a crash course in radical Islam and American foreign policy.
I actually went to see it yesterday and the film is incredibly emotional. I would recommend it!
Zacarias Moussaoui - Serving 6 life sentences without parole for his role in the September 11th attacks.
Ramzi Yousef - One of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1994 bombing of Philippine Airlines flight 434, and a co-conspirator in a plot to blow up 11 airplanes
Richard Reid - known as the “Shoe Bomber”, Reid attempted to detonate explosives in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami in 2001.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev - Sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Tsarnaev will be held at USP Florence until a date is set for his execution at USP Terre Haute.
Ted Kaczynski - Known as “The Unabomber”, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without parole.
Terry Nichols -Serving 161 life sentences without the possibility of parole for his part in the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Eric Rudolph - Known as The Olympic Park Bomber, Rudolph is serving four life sentences for a series of bombings carried out between 1996-1998. A member of the Christian extremist group “Army of God”, Rudolph’s motivation behind the bombings was anti-abortion and anti-gay rights.
Joseph Konopka - Known by his self-given nickname “Dr. Ch@os”, Konopka pled guilty to causing blackouts in Wisconsin through acts of sabotage, and storing potassium cyanide and sodium cyanide in unused portions of the Chicago subway system. Konopka recruited an army of teenage hackers and runaways that lived with him underground, which he named “The army of Ch@os.” Konopka is scheduled for release in 2019.
Robert Hanssen -The former FBI agent assigned to counterintelligence pled guilty to espionage in 2002 for giving classified information to the Soviet Union and later Russia over a period of 20 years. At the time, Hanssen’s crimes were considered the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history, and several intelligence officers were executed because of his actions.
Juan Garcia Abrego - Former head of the Gulf Cartel, one of the oldest organized crime syndicates in Mexico. The Gulf Cartel smuggled thousands of tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin into the U.S. throughout the 80’s. Abrego was convicted of 22 counts of money laundering, drug possession and drug trafficking, for which he was given 11 life sentences.
James Marcello - Known as Little Jimmy, Jimmy Light and Jimmy “The Man” Marcello, the former boss of the Chicago Outfit is serving life for racketeering, extortion, loansharking, bribery, illegal gambling and ordering at least 18 murders.
Thomas Silverstein - Considered one of the most dangerous inmates in the federal prison system, Silverstein is serving life for murdering a correctional officer. The former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang has been housed in solitary confinement since 1983, the longest of any prisoner in American history.
Shown above is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s writing and signature, the transcripts, as well as a picture of him. Tsarnaev along with his brother was accused of the April 15, Boston Marathon Bombing.
The transcript shows he was a poor student during the entirety of his four semesters on campus. He received seven Fs over three semesters: Two Fs were given in the fall of 2011 for chemistry, two in the spring of 2012 for critical writing and reading and a math course, and three in the fall of 2012 for chemistry, American politics, and psychology.
Because of his poor grades, Tsarnaev lost his financial aid. In an attempt to regain that aid, Tsarnaev filled out a Satisfactory Academic Progress Report on January 24, 2013, explaining what had changed from the year before.
His answer referenced his inability to deal with stress and “terrorist accusations” that innocent men living in Chechnya faced. He wrote:
“This year I lost too many of my loved relatives. I was unable to cope with the stress and maintain school work. My relatives live in Chechnya, Russia. A Republic that is occupied by Russian soldiers that falsely accuse and abduct innocent men under false pretences and terrorist accusations. I am at a point where I can finally focus on my school work. I wish to do well so one day I can help out those in need in my country, especially my family members.”
Side note: I have already done a post similar to this but it did not show his signature and I could barely read the transcript I posted, due to the new information, I have made compiled it all together.