Yesterday, I put together a few articles about the Boston Marathon bombing. If you don't know the details about it, just stay under that rock, you are much safer there.
This morning my wife shared a picture with me on Facebook (pictured on left), that I found interesting. The image pretty much delivers information insinuating that the woman in the picture is a fake victim, used in both incidents.
I love a good conspiracy theory and this especially peaked my interests because I followed a few theories around the time of the Sandy Hook shootings regarding actors being used to portray victims. I'm sure you've seen the news footage of the "mourning" father laughing before going on air and crying.
So, let's see what we can find.
Aisling asks "Ok..... the sandy hook principle dawn was 'killed', then theres a pic of 'donna' (same picture as dawn) that was at the boston marathon.... sandy hook was fake and was the actor (dawn) really at the marathon? Thanks."
Now, don't let Aisling's phrasing confuse you. He IS actually asking a question there. According to Yahoo, some of the best answers were:
Kayla Marie respectfully responds "You're not that dumb are you? The picture is just a photo from the news with a photoshopped picture above it. It's the SAME PICTURE. Look at it. All someone did was take that picture and move it to another one. It's the same picture. Do you really think that she wore the same outfit and posed the exact same way twice? People are dumb when they blame the government. If they were doing it they sure would at least use different actors every time. I've never seen so many dumb people in one place. I mean come on you actually believe a photoshopped picture? At least some people on here aren't that stupid."
Glen Coco Heart TM (pictured above) says "I'm so freaking confused. Was dawn the principal? And Donna the runner?"
And we wonder why we are fucked. Let's move on.
"As happened with the Sandy Hook shooting, conspiracy buffs have circulated images claiming that persons associated with the Boston Marathon bombing are not who they claim to be, but rather "actors" or "plants" employed to pull off a staged event. One such image stated that a news photograph showing a bombing victim who suffered a serious leg injury in one of the explosions actually pictured Nick Vogt, a U.S. Army lieutenant who lost both his legs to an IED explosion in Afghanistan in November 2011. However, the Boston Marathon bombing victim pictured in the upper left-hand quadrant of the image was identified on Facebook as Jeff Bauman Jr., of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, by his father, Jeff Bauman Sr." (see link below)
As far as the image that brought this topic to my attention, Snopes said:
Hey, thanks for the clarification, Snopes. Moving forward.
"FILE - This July 2010 file photo provided by the Newtown Bee shows Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., who was killed in the shooting rampage there on Dec. 14, 2012. Hochsprung and five other teachers and administrators will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal at a White House ceremony on Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Eliza Hallabeck, File) MANDATORY CREDIT: NEWTOWN BEE, ELIZA HALLABECK"
Going with the idea that the image in question is true, there is one interesting piece of information that I came across that could explain how the principal from Sandy Hook's photo could end up on a news broadcast about the Boston Marathon bombing; why it would be loaded up in the stock images for that particular broadcast. And it kind of makes for an eerie backdrop to the whole occurrence. The final mile of the Boston Marathon was dedicated to the victims of Sandy Hook.