The Man With The Missing Legs: A Rational Analysis of a Boston Bomb Victim (GRAPHIC)

WARNING: This post contains graphic images of gore!

If the alternative media is to successfully challenge the establishment, its crimes and corrupt ideology, it shouldn’t have to be stated that it’s important to remain grounded, factual and to hold ourselves to greater standards than the corporate and Government mouthpieces that make up mainstream news. It should also not have to be stated that to remain credible we need to distance ourselves from what contributor Ry Dawson calls the Shiny Bullshit; the irrational, reactionary, logic-lacking conspiracy theorists, who believe what they believe not because of actual verifiable and empirical evidence, but because their online buddy shared a sourceless image on Facebook and they thumbed-up each other’s delusions in a self-perpetuating conspiracy theorist circle jerk.

These are the people that think the Sandy Hook massacre was made up of actors paid to make it look like there was a crisis, that nobody died, and that a father caught nervously laughing on camera means the Government carried out the shootings. These are the people that think there were no planes on 9/11, or that the only logical explanation for the collapse of the 3 towers is an unverified “energy weapon”. Wherever there’s a sound argument for a conspiracy there is always those that divert attention away from it with their “shiny bullshit”, discrediting credible researchers and solid information, by getting it all lumped in to one big pile of woo woo.

As it stands we do not know the who what or whys of the Boston Marathon Bombing. It would be naïve to think that it wouldn’t be possible for the attack to have elements of a false flag or state sponsorship. It’s happened, happens and will happen again. However if one is to make such a paradigm shattering accusation you better be sure that you have evidence to back it up. Just like if the mainstream media points the blame at Muslims or right wingers or occupy activists. Evidence is the key. If there’s no evidence then you’re speculating and speculating doesn’t do anybody any good.

If you can rationally explain away a hypothesis then you do not have enough evidence for your hypothesis.

The Man With The Missing Legs:

One viral image that has been troubling people since the aftermath of the bombings crassly shows somebody with their legs blown off and a caption claiming the man to be an army veteran who lost their legs in Afghanistan…

Reactions to this have ranged from a sincere “that’s interesting” to the completely delusional “this proves the bombings were staged, the Government carried it out”.

We cannot possibly gather all the posts and theories surrounding this image, but the common theme as suggested by the caption is that this man did not lose his legs in the bombings so the bombings were staged.

Of course this completely ignores the possibility that an innocent legless veteran unfortunately happened to wind up in the bombings; just because somebody has no legs doesn’t mean they’re pretending they lost them in Boston, but those with a keen eye will actually notice that the left image shows there to be pieces of leg beyond the knee, whereas the right image shows a full amputee. Rationally we can then assume that they are not the same person and this has been a cruel hoax or the result of an overactive imagination. However conspiracy theorists have gone in the opposite direction and are also claiming that because there is more leg shown on the left image, that this extra bit is a movie set prosthetic with ketchup and he’s faking it.

When prompted to explain in what context there would be fake injured people during a real bombing, theorists suggest there was a drill going on. A sort of mock marathon bombing to test the emergency response, that either eerily coincided with the real thing, was deliberately used to make the carnage look worse than the real thing, or there was no actual bombing and everyone was faking it.

So can anyone verify this grandiose staged incident? Has anyone come forward who was in the vicinity and saw people setting up their props? You know at this giant public event? No! Has anyone involved, who realized their bad acting was being used not to prepare for potential attacks, but for far more sinister purposes, broken their silence? Nope! So what evidence is there that the man in the image was involved in a drill or exercise? None!

One single eye witness has come forward to say that: “They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it’s just a training exercise,” when bomb sniffer dogs were used at the starting line, some 20 or more miles away. In an era of heightened security it is not bizarre for this type of activity to take place at public events, and quite how this one quote can be conflated to meaning fake injury victims were taking part in a full scale mock bombing, or worse a staging of the whole incident, is anyone’s guess.

Branching theories:

Often accompanying the captioned image above are a series of other photos that careless conspiracy theorists claim support the theory that at least some of the bombing was fake.

Apparently this image is not of real bomb victims because the blood is too red or bright. It is true that once blood leaves the body it becomes deoxygenated and begins to thicken and darken, but this is not an instant process and the photo is clearly in the immediate aftermath. We also cannot discount aspects of digital imagery and lighting. Look at the glove, it’s bright, and look at the man’s leg, it’s bright too. The image itself is bright. Is it rational to create a whole theory based on one still digital image and a passing understanding of hemoglobin?

This image shows other spots of darker blood. But more importantly it shows where one of the blasts took place and the subsequent commotion. When there are emergency drills that involve mock victims they don’t go to the expense of creating a whole Hollywood style set in the spitting image of a Boston street, complete with smoke and rubble!

The reason why there isn’t a trail of blood in the above photo? Because hero Carlos Arredondo is pinching a main artery in his right hand and had tied material around the legs to slow the bleeding. Believe it or not flesh itself does not simply pour with blood and we can assume his flesh and plenty of blood had already left his body. Or was that too red for people to believe?

Who is the legless man?:

According to Local Boston Media the legless man is NOT the army veteran purported in the disgusting viral Facebook post, it’s Jeff Bauman Jr., of Chelmsford. His personal Facebook page was revealed by his father, and a glancing look at the non private photos confirms the theorists are wrong.


The reason conspiracies are exposed is because the evidence is there to expose them. Just because the Government and media have lied in the past doesn’t mean we throw all critical thinking skills out of the window and just make stuff up or cherry pick perceived but explainable anomalies to fit a world view. That is the height of close-mindedness.

For a further analysis on why the “drill” theory currently doesn’t hold weight, read Tom Secker’s Boston Bombings Bullshit article on the website.


Keelan BaldersonKeelan Balderson is the editor of, and producer of documentaries 7/7 What Did They Know? and Perfect Storm: The England Riots. Keeping a critical eye on Government, Corporate Power, and the causes of Terrorism, he aims to broaden the Western world view.

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  • touchstone

    You use the term ‘conspiracy theorists’ in a sneering way, but what they are doing is entertaining possibilities that the msm doesn’t entertain, what’s wrong with that? There is ample evidence that conspiracies exist, and when things happen like this naturally people are going to rake over the data and be inquisitive. There’s always this hostility to people doing so. Why not come up with a different term for the silly ones who write rubbish, instead of using ‘conspiracy theorist’, which shouldn’t actually be a negative term at all?

    • Keelan Balderson

      Since Sandy Hook I’ve had enough of being tactful and apologetic towards these types of people, they are not just entertaining possibilities, they are out right making claims with no evidence at the detriment of everybody who has ever associated themselves with alternative media. It’s not nice to not be nice, but sometimes pointing at people and laughing is a quick way to get them to examine themselves. Over the years I’ve realized the term conspiracy theorist has been placed upon me, but I no longer get offended by the term because I’m not one…I don’t theorize about conspiracies, I examine evidence. I’m not being hostile to genuine questioners of the establishment, I’m defending their right to do so without being associated with crackpots who have fallen off the deep end.

  • elliotbeets

    Alright people, beware of disinfo whether this person meant it or not…And to the author: TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT THE FACEBOOK PAGE!!!!!

  • George

    maybe alot of the rediculous speculation is disinfo put out by paid schills and trolls

  • Travis McCauley

    Keelan, really appreciate this article. There was a very heated exchange between AJ and a lady who claimed to know this man on the opie and anthony show. Now AJ was not claiming anything right or wrong he was leaning towards this being a hoax. But back to this. I think this is good analysis here.

    As far as Sandy Hook. I will say this. It goes both ways my friend. When any evidence can be produced that Adam Lanza or any of these children were killed please send it to me. Please send me any images or video of over 500 children evacuating a school. Or how about any images of even BLOOD? Where did 500 children go? Where are all of their parents? Can you produce one parent who identified their child at the school. (being the father of a child that age in the grade there is NOWAY I would not personally insist on identifying my child in person) I have yet to see any tears from one parent interview, maybe there is one somewhere?? Might could find one? Who was the guy in the woods? Im not saying I know what happened. But I have seen no evidence to indicate what they said happened happened. Let me know if you find it.

    • Keelan Balderson

      Hey Travis,
      The thing with Sandy Hook is the community. I know people groan at statements like this, but if it was dodgy, people from the area would have come forward. The only people questioning the incident seem to be people whose information generally comes from the internet. Is anybody there questioning the event? And remember these are children, if the media are going to censor images of adults, they’re probably not going to show us much involving children. Do parents really want their kids alive (especially dead) paraded around on TV?

      Have any alternative media proponents in the area actually gone there to try and answer some of the questions? Another thing I find in these kinds of incidents are people with lots of questions, but they don’t bother trying to actually find the answers. Conspiracy theories thrive on unanswered questions and I think some people simply don’t want the answers because it may prove them wrong.

      I’m gonna admit that Sandy Hook is not my area, and I could be dismissing it out of hand…but just the tone of people on my Facebook list has been enough to put me off.

  • Jeff

    A flase flag event doesn’t meant everything in the news report is fake as you Keelan seem to think. Of course the bombs and victims are real in this incident. The question is, are the alleged culprits the ones really behind this? I notice you’re not demanding to see evidence that the accused really are guilty. All we’ve had so far is couple of images (which prove nothing of their guilt) and the US govt’s word… If that’s enough to satisfy you then you’ve got some nerve setting up a website called ‘wideshut’. On that note, this was once an interesting site, but seems to be fast turning into a disinfo/shill site. We catch on pretty quick you know.

    • Keelan Balderson

      You sir are a MORON. Read the article again!

      • Jeff

        Moron..?? Is that the only reply you could come up with?

        Here’s a better idea.. why don’t you rewrite the article, only this time make it less obvious you’re a stooge for the propagandists..

        Real pity whats happened to this site…

        • Keelan Balderson

          “stooge for the propagandists”

          I’m about the only person in the alternative media that’s even bothered to stick to the facts or confirm anything. Everybody else is off on wild goose chases about drills and a man with a punisher hat.

    • mynameismud18

      Did you even read the article?

    • Hunter Lucas

      Maybe they didn’t do it. It’s possible to hold that notion in your head while realizing that the blast and victims were real. This article seems primarily to want to attempt to dispel the belief that the whole thing was staged, which is pretty damn ridiculous on its face and not that hard to do.

  • Steve

    I am a Bostonian and I was there when it happened and all the conspiracy nuts should be locked up for their and everyone elses own good.

  • c0re

    Super convenient that one of the “bombers” is dead and the other “will probably never be able to answer questions”

    this article brings up some valid points, it was authored by a EMT. He believes there’s no way a man who had his legs blown off by shrapnel would be able to stay conscious in wheelchair and has some pretty crazy pics to back his stuff up.

    • Hunter Lucas

      People shouldn’t be able to survive a fall from an airplane without a parachute. But people have.

      • Gary Anderson

        But they don’t look like they are taking a stroll in the park while being wheeled around in a wheelchair. There is no pain on his face at all.

        • Keelan Balderson

          He doesn’t look like he’s smiling and having fun Gary.

  • juan-r

    Let’s consider a few things.
    1. We’ve all seen athletes sustain horrific injuries on the field. None come close to the injury of the “legless” man.
    Q: Has anyone ever seen one of these athletes carted off in a wheelchair?

    2. How many of you have or knows somebody who has snapped a leg bone? You and everybody around heard it right? Did the person with the broken bone go into shock?
    Q: Does someone in shock sit up?
    Q: What about their color?
    Q: Does “legless” man look like he is in shock?

    3. I saw a documentary on medics in Iraq & Afghanistan. The lower half of a soldier’s leg was pulverized (that’s 1 leg) by an IED. He wasn’t sitting up and couldn’t have.

    I would think a human with that kind of injury like “legless” man’s would bleed out in less than a minute. If you notice, he is laying on the ground and man in black shoes/blue pants is standing in blood with his back to the guy. That tells me he didn’t get help within that minute and I can’t fathom how he could have survived that.

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but like one of the posters above, some of the things I saw from the parents during Sandy Hook were absolutely 100% not believable. Particularly the clip of the “father” just prior to the press conference cutting up and laughing, then goes through the whole “getting into character” routine when he doesn’t think the cameras are rolling.

    BS! No real father would or could conduct himself that way after losing a child. Anyone can call me anything you’d like, but as a father myself, you’ll never convince me otherwise that it was anything but a sham.

    • bdcguard

      LOL Yeah.

      He doesn’t even review the freaking evidence presented. How about Sydney Corcoran walking on her shredded legs right after the blast and then moving from one spot to another for the photo op. This is a pretty lame attempt to debunk the truth.

      • Keelan Balderson

        So what if she’s walking on her shredded legs and then hit the floor for medical attention when it got unbearable and her adrenaline calmed down. What exactly is your point? You don’t think people can’t walk injured?

        “moving from one spot to another for the photo op”

        Oh she new the cameras would be there did she? …. ok

        Good grief.

        • Gary Anderson

          Come on Keelan, the blood looks like red paint. That isn’t what blood looks like when it hits the sidewalk. It didn’t turn to the color it is supposed to, a dark, almost wine colored red. It is fricken paint, Balderson.

          • Keelan Balderson

            Oxygenated blood is bright red. That’s science. And I’d assume it was mixed with a lot of flesh as well.

            If it was fake why would they use paint?

          • Gary Anderson

            What else would they use if it was fake? This happened over time. I didn’t see this paint turn into a classic blood stain, did you?

      • Hunter Lucas

        Seems all conspiracy theorists are medically trained and know the limits of what humans can tolerate.

  • mynameismud18

    Thank you, Keelan, for this honest look at the events at the Boston Marathon bombing. I’m troubled at the amount of people who will jump to conclusions after an event and in doing so will criminalize the victims by calling them actors basing these claims on some raised questions rather than facts. I agree that ‘conspiracy theorist’ and its negative connotations are rightly applicable to these types of individuals who have no interest in the truth, but rather are only interested in being right even when the evidence flies in their face suggesting the opposite.

    • fuck cunt

      boston bombings were fake. its fucking obvious. silly cunts

      • Keelan Balderson

        And your the perfect poster child for that theory aren’t you “fuck cunt”.

      • Hunter Lucas

        “I’m really harsh and in your face! I’ll say unpopular things and thinks this makes me edgy! Trollolololo”

      • Peter Baker

        I totally agree. Why isn’t the blood from his torso rushing out of his legs or has it already or is it being kept in by adrenalin or…or…is marlboro man holding it back with his magic powers. This is a damage control website – it has to be – because I can’t believe anyone could be so dumb.

    • Gary Anderson

      So are you paid by the post, Mud?

  • Gary Anderson

    So, before tourniquets were applied, why didn’t Bowman bleed to death? Why didn’t he pass out?

    • Hunter Lucas

      Believe it or not, people do survive injuries that are most often fatal. Sometimes adrenaline keeps people from passing out, at least for a time. What you suggest should have happened is by no means guaranteed.

      • Keelan Balderson

        Indeed it has happened a lot in warfare.

        • Gary Anderson

          According to an expert, he was not treated at first as they went to help the “less injured”, so he was just laying there. Without being treated, how did Jeff retain consciousness and appear to have so little pain?

          • Keelan Balderson

            He was wheeled off in a wheelchair, so what’s you’re point?

            “appear to have so little pain” … what the hell does that even mean? Some fool on the internet looking at two or three photos, is now an expert on what somebody is feeling?

      • Gary Anderson

        So, he is conscious all this time while they are wheeling him around? I don’t think so. Hunter are you paid or do you debunk for free?

        • Keelan Balderson

          Yeah it happens a lot, look at all the legless troops that survived. Many of them talk of being concious.

          • Gary Anderson

            But in no apparent pain?

  • Gary Anderson

    In the pic where Bauman was laying on the ground, there appears to be metal, not bone, between his trousers and his “leg”.

    • Hunter Lucas

      I really don’t see it. :

      • Gary Anderson

        Look between the thigh and the hip. It doesn’t look like bone to me.

        • Keelan Balderson

          What are you even basing that on? Because it’s a darker color and metal is usually a darker color?

          To me it just looks charred.

          • Gary Anderson

            Yeah, metal looks like metal. Bone looks white, you know, like bone.

          • Gary Anderson

            It is shiny, not charred.

          • Keelan Balderson

            It’s conclusiveness at best, and no it’s not particularly shiny. You’re just making things up. “There’s an indistinguishable splodge on one small photo … must be metal, must all be fake”.

  • marco855

    Keenan,…………..if you have an interest in this, an unbiased serious interest, there is a video that can’t be debunked, in my opinion. Take a look at it and see what you think.
    it shows a lady that’s easy to identify and to follow, and she’s in the midst of the area where the legless guy and others are laying immediately after the bomb detonated. This lady walks in a small circle around a few people in a group, some standing, others on the ground. As she begins her walk, the video is stopped, and it is clear and indisputable that a thick stream of blood is pouring from the bottom of her purse. The area immediately in front of her is void of blood, as she progressess the area behind her becomes covered with blood. The large pool of blood seen around the legless man is from her purse. You then see her looking down at herself, and one pantleg and that shoe is saturated with blood, while the other side has none. Within a couple minutes, this lady is laying down about 10 feet away from her original location, and becomes a badly wounded victim. She’s a well-known victim in many pictures, including the highly publicised photo with the young man laying over her .The video is ‘boston bombing, flash mob fools the world’.
    Is there any explanation for the blood flowing from her purse, leaving a trail behind her? Any explanation for her walking fine, then being a severely injured victim? This bothers me; don’t know what to think of it………….

    • Keelan Balderson

      It can’t be debunked because it also can’t be proven … assuming the blood is coming from her purse is just as easy to assume it’s coming from injuries.

      “walking fine” is subjective. Define “fine”.

  • adon

    There is plenty of photographic evidence as well as testimony to suggest that the Boston bombings narrative is deeply questionable. That you don’t show any of it here doesn’t mean you’ve debunked the legitimate skepticism around it. You also do not address the bizarre breaches of standard first aid protocol that are evident in almost every trauma photo available from that event.

    It appears that this site is actually just a “debunker” site.

  • Arnold Simon Benn Thomsen

    Typical of americans who think everything that can hurt them is fake.

  • Judith Finch

    You seem aware that governments have and do set up elaborate plans for false flags…but then you debunk arguments about the guys identity after a glance at a facebook page. Oh ok then…..o.O