It's full-moon time for conspiracy theorists, of course.
Seth Mnookin considers Naked Man - the unfortunate guy who happened to be driving through Watertown at exactly the wrong time and who wound up on the ground, stripped of all his clothes:
Even if some intrepid reporter does track the naked man down, the morass of conspiracies surrounding the marathon bombing and the twenty-four hours that culminated in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture last Friday night are not about to disappear; one of the hallmarks of conspiracies is that evidence used to knock them down is interpreted by true believers as proof that they actually exist. But anyone who doesn’t consider himself an Infowars soldier can rest assured that the naked man was just a random guy, who was unlucky enough to look like a suspected terrorist—and lucky enough not to end up seriously hurt.
I understand why Danny wanted to stay private. Among the many conspiracy theory emails I've received, one just asked if I was a Mossad agent.
The Globe reports on the final battle at the boat, which turned out not to be a battle (so who fired all those rounds at the end?); looks at possible information lapses at the federal level that may have kept his older brother off the federal radar in the weeks leading up to the bombings.
He wants people to donate to the One Fund, WCVB reports.
Members of the MBTA SWAT team talked to CNN about the end of the stand off at the Watertown boat.
The firefight between the two suspects and police happened right outside Andrew Kitzenberg's house.
After witnessing shots being fired I promptly ran up the stairs to my 3rd floor bedroom to distance myself a little further away from the gunfire. As I ran into my room, overwhelmed by shock, adrenaline, and curiosity, I jumped onto my bed to stay below the windows but also have a clear view at the shooters and photograph the event. As soon as I was laying safely on my bed I started taking pictures with my iPhone 5 and captured the following images that documented the terrifying shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers, which then led to an overnight citywide manhunt.
Jay Gates reports evidence of a fierce battle was easy to see yesterday on Laurel Street in Watertown, from the blood stains (mostly washed down) and tire marks showing where one brother ran over another to bomb damage to one home's front to a stop sign with a bullet hole in it.
MBTA Police Chief Paul MacMillan said at a press conference this afternoon that Officer Richard Donohue this morning "opened his eyes and was able to move his hands and feet" - and squeeze his wife's hand.
MacMillan said he is hoping for a full recovery for his officer, who had three major blood vessels severed by a single bullet at the gun battle in Watertown with the two Marathon bombing suspects.
One of Donohue's doctors at Mount Auburn Hospital, David Millar, said Donohue remains heavily sedated and on a respirator, but that "we remain cautiously optimistic" he will recover.
Dr. Richard Nauta said Donohue lost so much blood his heart stopped; "He lost his entire circulating blood volume."
Brookline Police report he was one of theirs and was delivering the milk to a family in Watertown that needed it Friday but obviously couldn't get out of their house.
The MBTA is closed. Boston residents get emergency robo-calls from police warning them to stay inside. People in Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge also told to "shelter in place." Courts in Cambridge, Brighton, Newton and Waltham are closed. Businesses are urged to not open. Amtrak stopped service to and from Boston.
Also shut this morning: The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth: "UMass Dartmouth has learned that a person being sought in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing has been identified as a student registered at UMass Dartmouth."
Logan Airport, however, remains open. Also on the job: Cambridge garbage men. Also, their counterparts in Boston. Around 10 a.m., Boston Police let taxis resume service. Dunkin' Donuts, of course, remained open, even in Watertown, because we do have our limits.
A gun battle in a quiet area of Watertown tonight left one of two suspects dead, a police officer critically injured and residents being told to lock their doors and stay away from the fronts of their homes.
At 4 a.m., Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis tweeted:
One suspect dead. One at large. Armed and dangerous. White hat suspect at large.
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Wicked Llocal Watertown reports somebody cut a wire fence at Gore Place in Watertown, lletting a llama escape. The llama, if not its mama, was found on Waltham Street and was returned to its pen.
The Herald reports.
On Greenough Boulevard, which is closed between Arsenal and Beacon, Channel 4 tweets.
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Watertown Police are looking for a man and woman - and dog - for at least 13 daytime burglaries of apartments in local buildings:
Suspects are a male & female team with a dog, dog has been involved in at least three breaks. They are possibly using Buick type station wagon vehicle.
Jackie Ellis asks.
The Armenian Library and Museum in Watertown is suing Jack Kevorkian's lawyer in an effort to keep paintings it says the late suicide doctor donated to the library more than a decade ago - but which the lawyer and the Kevorkian estate plan to auction off next week.
In a suit originally filed in Middlesex Superior Court, but transferred to US District Court in Boston, the library says Kevorkian's sister announced at the opening of a gallery of the paintings at the library in 1999 that Kevorkian, then in a Michigan prison, said the artwork was a gift to the library.
Kevorkian's estate has, in turn, sued the library, demanding the paintings be produced in time for an auction scheduled for next week that will also include the machine Kevorkian used in his assisted deaths.
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It is the winter of ‘69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting to stay alive and out of jail among his “friends” – cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddie’s making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.
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Greg Cook recounts the tale of 700 post-Bomb photos of Hiroshima that the owner of the Deluxe Towne Diner in Watertown found in somebody's trash while walking his dog in 2000.