FBI used Photoshop in Boston bombings evidence

An investigative reporter has revealed that the image released by the FBI as evidence on one of the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings was doctored with a computer software such as Photoshop.

The FBI image was put forth as evidence that 19-year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who the police took into custody on April 19 after a day of intense searching that shut down major parts of Boston, arrived at the scene of the bombing with a backpack but left without it.

Comparing pictures he took of the scene with the photo released by the FBI, reporter Ralph Lopez of The Digital Journal suggests the FBI photo shows clear evidence of being made with Photoshop.

In the April 15 Boston bombings, three people were killed and more than 260 were wounded. Initial investigations into the bombings showed that the explosive devices used in the bombings were pressure cookers filled with nails, pellets and gunpowder left in a backpack.

In a shootout on April 19, police killed Dzhokhar’s elder brother, Tamerlan, and later that day arrested Dzhokhar who was hidden on a boat in Watertown. There have been conflicting statements by American officials as to what happened during and after the bombings.

Initially, authorities claimed they had exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar during his arrest and that he had shot himself in the throat in a bungled suicide attempt. However, later authorities admitted that Dzhokhar was not armed when police took him into custody. In the image below, Lopez has shown where one brickwork ends and the other begins in a close-up of the scene enlarged by the FBI:


Here, Lopez has highlighted some irregular brick patterns:


Using a pattern of two darker bricks spaced two rows apart, Lopez has compared a photo of the scene taken last week with the FBI’s initial photo:

Differences between brick texture and irregularities in brick patterns suggest that the whole head and face area may have been pasted in.


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