Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Photos Expected To Be Released Thursday

04/18/2013 10:09 am ET | Updated Apr 18, 2013

Images of two possible suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing circulated among agencies investigating the terror attack are expected to be released to the public Thursday, The Boston Globe reports.

The photographs, captured moments before the blast Monday that killed three people and left more than 180 wounded, show two individuals separately standing at each of the bombing sites, according to multiple reports.

A Fox News reporter who said he had seen the photos described them as "clear," adding that the images show both individuals carrying bags. He said authorities requested the photos not be released for fear of compromising the investigation.

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Images published on the front page of the New York Post and passed around Internet message boards were not confirmed by authorities and disparaged by other news outlets.

"Every hour we're closer," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told CNN on Wednesday. "And I say that because we've got the very best professionals at every level working this. And working it hard."

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Vague reports of major developments in the investigation Wednesday intesified to widely circulated misinformation that authorities had made an arrest in the case.

"We have not officially named anyone and we don't know where they're getting that information," an FBI spokeswoman told HuffPost Wednesday.

The conflicting reports sent a mass of journalists scurrying to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Boston, where instead of catching a first glimpse of a suspect, the media found itself pushed back from the building as authorities addressed a bomb scare.

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney plan to attend an interfaith prayer service titled “Healing Our City,” scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

04/19/2013 2:30 AM EDT

GLOBE: Bombing Suspect In Custody, Another Remains On The Loose

One marathon suspect has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.

Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.

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04/19/2013 12:44 AM EDT

Unconfirmed Photo Of Suspect 2 In Boston Marathon Bombing Emerges On Facebook

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Just hours after the FBI released the first photos of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, a new photo of Suspect 2 may have emerged.

David Green, 49, of Jacksonville, Fla., had just completed his first Boston Marathon, when he snapped a picture with his iPhone 4S, taken at 2:50, just after the two blasts ripped through the finish line area, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.

The FBI has not publicly confirmed this photo as Suspect 2, but Green told the Huffington Post that an agent told him, "this is probably the best we have right now."

The man who appears to be Suspect 2 is wearing a white hat with a "3" on the side as seen in the publicly-released photos.

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04/18/2013 10:19 PM EDT

Boston Bombing Victim in Iconic Photo Helped Identify Attackers: Bloomberg

Minutes before the bombs blew up in Boston, Jeff Bauman looked into the eyes of the man who tried to kill him.

Just before 3 p.m. on April 15, Bauman was waiting among the crowd for his girlfriend to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. A man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked at Jeff, 27, and dropped a bag at his feet, his brother, Chris Bauman, said in an interview.

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04/18/2013 9:04 PM EDT

Federal Law Enforcement Says Suspects Stayed To Watch Carnage: CNN Reports

04/18/2013 7:26 PM EDT

Right Wing Journalist Goes Ballistic During Press Conference

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BOSTON -- Moments after the FBI revealed images of two baseball cap-wearing men wanted for questioning about the Boston bombings, the press conference descended into a sideshow.

A journalist from a far-right wing website called Info Wars shouted out a question accusing the government of carrying out the attack that killed three, and maimed or injured 170 others.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers ignored the allegation of a government conspiracy from reporter Daniel Bidondi, but the Alex Jones protege did not stop hollering.

"The FBI lies," Bidondi said. "We've got the proof," he said accusing the government of a "false flag" attack in which it staged the blasts and made them appear like the work of terrorists.

Bidondi found himself at the center of an media scrum with cameras and microphones pointed at his face after law enforcement officials left the podium in the Sheraton hotel.

Another reporter ridiculed Bidondi from across the room, telling him to shut up and calling him an asshole.

The excitement quickly dissipated as reporters returned to delivering the news about the official images of the suspects.

Bidondi has been a presence at other press conferences this week related to the bombing investigation.

--Michael McLaughlin / HuffPost Crime

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled Bidondi's last name. We regret the error.

04/18/2013 7:00 PM EDT

Is The Suspect's Hat A Clue?

04/18/2013 6:46 PM EDT

Facial Recognition Expert Reacts To FBI Photos

Dr. Ralph Gross, a facial recognition expert at Carnegie Mellon University, said the FBI photos of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing are likely too grainy to be matched against a driver's license database or Facebook. But he thinks they may be just good enough for someone who knows the individuals to identify them.

"The resolution isn't particularly good. The one that's kind of best is unfortunately a side view -- and in general the face recognition software works best with frontal view," he said.

Research has consistently found, however, that people can spot people they know even in grainy, off-center photographs.

"Humans are actually very good at recognizing people that they are familiar with," Gross said. "Somebody that might know these guys, or might know the way they dress, might certainly be able to recognize them."

The FBI said the men should be considered armed and dangerous, and urged tipsters to call 1-800-CALL-FBI if they believe they have information that could lead to an arrest.

--Matt Sledge

04/18/2013 6:21 PM EDT

Daily News Doctored Photo

The New York Daily News reportedly doctored its front page photograph of the Boston bombings (see update below).


04/18/2013 5:37 PM EDT

Hi-Res Image Of People Of Interest


04/18/2013 5:30 PM EDT

FBI Website Down

CNN reports that, because of a flood of traffic, the FBI's site is temporarily down.

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