Inside Today’s FBI: Boston Marathon Bombing

As runners crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013, two bombs planted inside backpacks exploded, leaving three dead and 264 injured. News coverage of the four-day manhunt riveted Americans, but mistakes were made as some reporters rushed erroneous and unchecked information onto the air and into print. On Day Three, the FBI released surveillance images of the suspects, later identified as two brothers originally from Chechnya motivated by extremist Islamic beliefs. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died after being shot in a police firefight and run over by his fleeing younger brother. Amid a citywide lockdown, Dzhokhar was found hiding in a boat parked in a suburban Boston backyard. He was sentenced to death in 2015.

Boston Globe reporter Michael Rezendes was running the marathon and was nearing the home stretch when the bombs exploded. Rezendes leapt into reporter mode, heading to a nearby bar to borrow a phone to call his editor. After interviewing eyewitnesses near the finish line, he returned to the Globe newsroom to file his story, still wearing his running shorts.

“Inside Today’s FBI” tells the story of the FBI’s hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers and features some of the modern technology the FBI used to solve the case.

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