High Resolution Sequence Photos of Boston Bombing Person-of-Interest Running Away from Scene at Boston Marathon


Photo credit to Ben Thorndike.

Amateur sports photographer Ben Thorndike was working in his financial office above Boylston Street on Monday before the bomb blasts. He was snapping photos of the race from one of the office’s bay windows when suddenly — an explosion…

“Almost momentarily when I got there, directly in front of me, right in my sight-line, the explosion went off,” he said. ”Just out of reflex, I had the camera on, had it in sports mode, which means I can shoot rapid-fire.”

“His reflex is to sprint away, that really caught my eye. Everyone else in the photo is stunned, shocked and frozen,” he said. ”It’s either someone who is badly burned, panicked and running, or they’re running for another reason.”

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The following high resolution photos of the Boston Marathon Bombing taken by Ben Thorndike are published under fair use for educational purposes.




























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14 thoughts on “High Resolution Sequence Photos of Boston Bombing Person-of-Interest Running Away from Scene at Boston Marathon

  1. Thanks a lot! This is very helpful, although I still could not see who was spraying red paint

  2. From frame 7 you can clearly see all the blood splatter towards the top of the frame.. you can even see poor Krystal who hasn’t even hit the ground completely after both her legs were blown off / apart !
    People look at peoples position in a frame and think of that is a signal etc.. these pictures were all taken in a matter of about 5 seconds !!

  3. Thank you for sharing these very important photographs with us.While some will believe these to show us only a moment in time and not a clear reflection of the scene as a whole,I believe, in conjunction with another series of photographs showing the area many more seconds later and with all Boston Globe video/photographs,it give us a very clear perspective of what is going on.
    @ jtkblack – ” these pictures were all taken in a matter of about 5 seconds !!”
    You’re mistaken.The first time the marathon clock comes into our view is in picture 7 and it reads 4:09:49.We know the time of the initial blast was 2:49 E.D.T. and the time of the marathon clock(Boston Globe News coverage shows the time)was 4:09:43.So from picture 7(the first time we’re able to see the marathon clock)to picture 25(the last time we’re able to clearly see the marathon clock[it reads 4:09:56]as the plume of smoke obscures the time for the rest of the series)7 seconds have elapsed.19 pictures in about 7 seconds,and since there are 27 pics in total,we can guesstimate that it took roughly 9 or 10 seconds to take the whole series.Let’s go back to the beginning of the series.There are 6 that do not show the marathon clock time.We can guesstimate again(I’m not that great with math so anyone feel free to correct this to precise numbers)that he was snapping about 2.5 pics a sec,so we can see that he most likely started taking them about 4:09:47,since the first time we see the clock(pic7) it’s 4:09:49,and it takes about 2.something secs to snap the 6 pics that do not show us the time.So Mr Thorndike was very fortunate(all depends on how you look at it) to be in the office on this day, and to have some equipment on hand because he happened to record this extraordinary series of pictures about four (4) seconds after they occurred.And as I stated earlier,in conjunction with all other coverage,whether it is in video or photographic form, it gives us a very compelling story.I’d like to suggest to us all, that we focus clearly and level headed at what is before us.I could go on for hours about the important evidence in these pictures so look closely and keep an open mind to the bigger picture.
    Thanks again Mr Thorndike, for sharing these with the world.

  4. @jtkblack “blood splatter”? I don’t see any spatter just something that looks like bright red paint spilled on the ground away from the victims who supposedly lost their legs. And in which frame does it show “poor Krystie” where she “hasn’t hit the ground” yet? I don’t see it. Is it there or did you make it up? Maybe because we know it makes no sense that someone so far away from the bomb site would have died while others who are closer to the bomb site are fine? So you’re suggesting to us non believers that she was thrown across the sidewalk into the fence and *that* explains why she’s so far away from the bomb site … even though there is no evidence of her being thrown.

  5. @Joshua: I couldn’t tell you, but it’s quite obvious to anyone who has ever taken a photograph before that this happens all the time, especially when shooting on auto-focus. Your question implies that there is an in-focus original and that either I, or the original photographer blurred it so you couldn’t see it. That is simply not true, at least on my end, and is complete speculation on your part. It’s just a blurry photo dude! Happens all the time!

  6. Ok, enough tomfoolery, here’s why I hypothesized the first blurry photo may not be the real first photo in the set… Note that in photo’s 2, 3,4 ,5, 6, …, the average person takes about one step between frames or inn other words shifts from the left/right foot to the other foot. Even Wile E. Coyote at the blast epicenter, kicking furiously, only takes a step per frame as I defined it above. Notice the young girl in the bottom left of picture 2, the one in the pink coat. In the blurry photo her left leg is in the air, and in the second photo her right leg has straddled the red brick and her right foot is on the ground as her left is coming back off the ground to catch up to her right in photo three. As such, she had to place her left foot down and step onto her right by picture two, and that’s TWO steps, as I defined a step. So, it’s the first bit of EVIDENCE that perhaps pictures are missing in the series. Further, the guy in the red jacket next to her can be seen to take two steps between blurry photo 1 to photo two (not maintaining that rate in the others). And the crowd dispersal rate looks to be too great a jump when comparing blurry photo to photo 1, and photo 1 to photo 2. So what is just a blurry photograph to you could hold crucial evidence to me, and as such the information you provided me was appreciated, but your condescending tone was not.

  7. Notice the journey the pink pom-pom (in the lower right corner) makes through this series of images. It starts in the hands of a little girl, yet eventually gets passed into the hands of an older lady with dark hair, who in the very last image you can see is clearly directing the actors with it as the next wave of smoke is about to come in. She even has a hand up, instructing them to come forward, or perhaps to wait a second, etc. In the Tang photos you can even then see her walking calmly away with it once her job is neatly done.

  8. The young male in the red hoodie looks like he’s strolling out of there. In one frame it almost looks like a grin or smirk on his face. So strange how a handful of people seem to have been thrown to the grown and their clothes shredded, yet a mere foot or two away others are standing talking on cell phones like nothing is happening. (interesting that only the jeans were shredded. Not the tops, not the under clothing. All of the clothes on various people are torn almost identically. And how could something tear up their clothes but leave virtually no marks or blood on the bodies of several people?) The first guy with shredded clothes running away: Something shreds his clothes but he can run like that? Again where’s the blood?

    Just an obvious mess of attempted trickery.

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