And, within hours of federal authorities disavowing the detention of a possible perp, the unnamed law enforcement official briefed on the investigation who was the source of that "breaking news" scoop refused to back down from his story.
Moreover, he had even gone so far as to state that the alleged suspect was due to appear in a Boston courthouse yesterday afternoon. The very same courthouse, coincidentally, which was suddenly evacuated on a phony bomb scare.
Today, however, more cautious news agencies are reporting that the apprehension of the Boston bomber (or bombers) is now only "imminent" whilst still running the headline stories that got them in so much hot water 24 hours ago.
Curious too is that, for whatever reason, close up images of the alleged Boston Bombers, said to have been snapped as they deposited duffel bags with homemade incendiaries at the marathon's finish line, has yet to be released to the public...
Yes, no, maybe
Amid the chaos and carnage of the Boston Marathon explosions, the desire to bring the heartless perpetrator to justice as quickly as possible is perfectly understandable. But regardless of the manpower and technology devoted to the mission, it's not realistic to believe that the killer or killers would be in custody so soonÂ…unless investigators get very lucky.
At twelve square city blocks, though, the crime scene is simply enormous and the evidence itself scattered in millions of tiny pieces and in millions of directions.
Some of those clues are strewn on the streets and on rooftops, but other pieces are embedded in the victims' themselves, many of whom are still in guarded condition at Boston hospitals or who've only recently been sent home to recuperate.
These traumatized survivors are also the key witnesses to what precisely happened just minutes and seconds before the two time-bombs were detonated, and it's not clear yet how extensively any of them have been questioned.
It's also important to note that the bags used to disguise the bombs are said to have been so packed with shrapnel, ball bearings and nails that experts are certain now a second suspect had to be involved, because each payload would have been too heavy for just one man alone to carry.
They also theorize that the devices could have been assembled on-site, as delivering them fully activated in such a crowded environment would have risked setting them off accidentally if jostled.
And investigators don't believe these were suicide bombers by any means, since the evidence they've sifted through already has produced important remnants such as batteries, circuit boards and timers. Components which strongly indicate the designers had every intention of living after they tripped their explosives, obviously in order to cause additional harm and havoc in the future.
So then, was a Boston suspect ID'd? Was he actually arrested? Was mayhem staged at the courthouse so he could be whisked off to some secret location and interrogated?
Judging from how similar events were handled in the past, probably. But if there are in fact two or more individuals responsible for the bomb plot and only one of them is in custody, that's a loaded situation, isn't it?
Therefore the scenes and circumstances of Boston's twin blasts continue to be probed and the FBI continues to solicit the public's assistance in solving this heinous crime as well, particularly with respect to video film and photographs.
Officials urge everyone and anyone who took such images while attending the Boston Marathon to forward these for inspection. Call 1-800-494-TIPS to submit evidence or any other information.
Image source: Lord & Taylor Department Store security footage
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