Iconic Bombing Victim: Suspect 'Looked Right at Me'
Jeff Bauman made revelation upon waking, says brother
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2013 8:16 AM CDT
Updated Apr 19, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
Jeff Bauman, in a wheel chair after he was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing Monday, apparently awoke in the hospital and gave investigators valuable details about one of the bombers.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – A wild revelation from the brother of Jeff Bauman, who was captured in a now-iconic photo in the wake of the bombing: After having both legs amputated and while still under heavy sedation, brother Chris says Bauman "asked for a paper and pen and wrote, 'bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.'" As Bloomberg reports, just two and a half minutes before Bauman's legs were blown off, he looked right at one of the bombers and saw him dropping off a bag, according to his brother.

Bauman reportedly gave the FBI a detailed description of the man, even while he was still in intensive care—a description that Chris says helped investigators hone their search as they reviewed video footage. He adds, "I've had many times alone with him, and yes, he told me every single detail." Click for more on what we know about the suspects.

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Apr 19, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
Am I the only one who sees the absurdity in trusting one moment of sight from the memory of a person in the ICU as a basis for arresting a person on terror charges? Eyewitness testimony is perhaps the least reliable form of evidence, based on the human propensity to write over a decent chunk of their memory with whatever is most convenient and easily-accessible. This is especially true during traumatic events. How are we to know how much the FBI led the incapacitated Bauman during their interviews? How are we to know this 'consultation' didn't involve agents saying "So, he was a brown guy, right?" and taking a grunt as an affirmative? Also, what kind of kangaroo-court news feature calls these people "the bombers" before a conviction? Until then, it's "the alleged bombers" or "some guy with a bag." So far, the only evidence this guy is presenting is "That guy had a bag, and then the bomb went off." I'm sure lots of people had bags, and that it's really easy to assume that events that one witnessed are connected to other events that one witnessed, but that's not the case more often than it is. I'm disgusted at this haste toward revenge, when we could be taking our time to ensure we arrest the actual bombers, rather than threatening the lives of innocent 17-year-old students and distracting the wounded from their healing. I want to see the perpetrators of this act brought to justice just as much as anyone, but this is a nation of laws, not conjecture based upon the testimony of the sedated.
Apr 19, 2013 9:45 AM CDT
I wish him a speedy recovery and some sort of consolatory perk in life. I believe Cost Co already pledged to take care of the medical bills, and take care of his finances. With top grade prosthetic legs and a little coin in his pocket, he may just have a good long life after all. I hope his girlfriend doesn't forget that he was there supporting and waiting there for her. Side note. If a weird looking dude drops a bag on the ground, then looks at you funny, warn those around you and get the hell away. It's better to look stupid than it is to die in a bomb blast.
Apr 19, 2013 9:41 AM CDT
I'd give this guy my legs.