Falsely Identified "Boston Bombing" Suspect Found Dead

Tyler Durden's picture

The amateur detective sleuths on 4Chan, Reddit and other social sites were so eager to demonstrate their investigative prowess in the information vacuum days following the Boston Bombing, they managed to identify virtually everyone who appeared even slightly tanned and/or had a backpack as a potential suspect. Sadly, the game, as well-meaning as it may have been, just turned lethal for one of the people who were falsely identified, as NBC just confirmed that Sunil Tripathi, 22, a former student at Brown University has been found dead in the Providence River.

From NBC's twitter feed:

Previously from the Boston Globe:

Police in Providence pulled a man’s body from the Providence River on Tuesday, and authorities said it is “very possible” that it is Sunil Tripathi, 22, a former Brown University student who has been missing since mid-March.

 

Providence police Lieutenant Joseph Donnelly said Tuesday night that “it’s very, very possible” that the body could be Tripathi’s, but also said authorities will not know for sure until the medical examiner’s office in Providence identifies the body Wednesday morning. Donnelly said Tripathi’s family has not been notified of the body’s recovery.

 

Donnelly said the body was found in the river behind the Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel at around 6 p.m. The coach of Brown’s rowing team, which practices in that area, saw the body floating in the water and called police, Donnelly said.

 

Tripathi was last seen in his apartment on Angell Street in Providence around 11 a.m. on March 16.

And more:

Reddit forum apologized to Tripathi's family for naming him as the suspect accused of setting off a series of explosions near the marathon's finish line. "I'd like to extend the deepest apologies to the family of Sunil Tripathi for any part we may have had in relaying what has turned out to be faulty information," the moderator wrote in a statement. "We cannot begin to know what you're going through and for that we are truly sorry.

 

A woman who went to high school with Tripathi wrongfully named him as one of the men wanted by the FBI. "Several users, twitter users, and other sources had heard him identified as the suspect and believed it to be confirmed," the statement continued. "We were mistaken."

 

Reddit's general manager, Erik Martin, also apologized to the family.

 

The accusation added Tripathi to a list of others mistaken for the suspects, or targeted, based on their skin color. Last week, a Bangladeshi man from the Bronx was beaten out of retaliation for the marathon attack, which he had nothing to do with.

Perhaps it is time to reevaluate the crowdsourced approach to "solving" crimes? Perhaps it is also time to remember the whole "innocent until proven guilty" saying, as meaningless as it may be in our day and age.

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Zer0head's picture

"Perhaps it is time to reevaluate the crowdsourced approach to "solving" crimes?"

 

does that apply to economic crimes as well?

toys for tits's picture

I don't understand how someone missing since mid-March is just found in a river ~45 days later.

That's some fine police work there, Lou.

The Abstraction of Justice's picture

~45 days is the mean waiting time period for a CIA appoinment .

Vagabond's picture

Wasn't this kid the one who left a suicide note, and disappeared from his dorm a month ago?  He was falsely identified as "suspect 2" if i remember correctly.  The FBI asked people to try to identify the people.  I don't think these "ametuer detectives" are to blame at all.

Troll Magnet's picture

Yay...The Jews are winning!

Scarlett's picture

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING

donsluck's picture

Last time I did that I got slapped, honey.

Stackers's picture

Just wait until they have more of the latest 360* view high def drones flying over America that can record the movements of everyone in a city and playback later.

I give you the ARGUS-IS

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/02/06/argus_is_could_the_pe...

Ident 7777 economy's picture

 

 

 

Police in Providence pulled a man’s body from the Providence River on Tuesday, and authorities said it is “very possible” that it is Sunil Tripathi, 22, a former Brown University student who has been missing since mid-March.

 

 

What. The. Hell?

 

When was the bombing?

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I wonder: Does it appear he was first run over by a (police) car before being dumped into the river?

Precious's picture

This poor, simple, and innocent guy got a bad, bad case of "finding out who your friends really are" and his head couldn't take it.  Well.  Lets face it.  Like Oppenheimer said, "Now we are all Sons of Bitches."

Thanks FUCKING SOCIAL MEDIA.  The SCOURGE of COMPUTING.  FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING REDDIT PRICKS.  AND MARK ZUCKERBERG, YOU'RE A FUCKLESS LOSER TOO.  EAT SHIT AND DIE.

Someday we'll all have our 15 MINUTES of FAME.  LIKE IT OR NOT.

clymer's picture

Gee, Tyler. Since you imply that he checked out due to being falsely fingered by his buddies on 4chan, I am sure you can now let us all know the coroner results and a detailed timeline of this individual during the month between the date he was labled "missing" and the day of the Marathon. While you're at, fill us all in on exactly wtf thos Craft contractors were doing with (and then without) backpacks, during a (live) drill.

This is reddit's fault? 

 

Big Slick's picture

Definite suicide.  There was a note.  And he shot himself in the head 6 times.

SilverIsKing's picture

Wait a second!  I see what you're doing there.

Flagit's picture

with a bolt action rifle...

Anusocracy's picture

Confirmation bias in identifying people?

Dart throwing monkeys at their finest.

Papasmurf's picture

You would have to check for pursuit tire tread markings.

dracos_ghost's picture

Police in Providence pulled a man’s body from the Providence River on Tuesday, and authorities said it is “very possible” that it is Sunil Tripathi, 22, a former Brown University student who has been missing since mid-March.

What. The. Hell?

When was the bombing?

Ssssshhhhhhh, it's the new math to keep the narrative going. Move along. Kim Kardashian has something for us all to see. Wait, look, a squirrel.

Flagit's picture

we can look forward to previously unreleased photos showing kim jong, the riddler and bigfoot were all there too, acting all suspicious.

phalfa5's picture

yes, there was a bombing     /sarc

smlbizman's picture

hey...see something say something....right johnathon napolitano

The Big Ching-aso's picture

Tragic.   Too young to die and not old enough to really know how to rock and roll.

Saint Pitbull's picture

Hey the government said, Jump" and everyone jumped.  On that basis, no one is at fault.

Sheeple passed with flying colors and are ready for the next government mandated order.

Freddie's picture

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING

In Yiddish?

Voicefather's picture

And even if these amateur sleuths got it wrong, at least they act as an independent check against the finger-pointing of big brother.

disabledvet's picture

Absolutely. "time for Zero Hedge to step in the breech and inform on all their contributors"? Hmmm. Hiding something that requires Government assistance Tylers Durden?

Vagabond's picture

 "The amateur detective sleuths on 4Chan, Reddit and other social sites were so eager to demonstrate their investigative prowess in the information vacuum days following the Boston Bombing, they managed to identify virtually everyone who appeared even slightly tanned and/or had a backpack as a potential suspect. Sadly, the game, as well-meaning as it may have been, just turned lethal for one of the people who were falsely identified"

You make it sound as if his false identification had something to do with Reddit and 4chan's attempts to investigate the photos.  It had nothing to do with that.  You want us to just take what we're told as fact and not question it?  Good on these people for getting photos together and getting the public a different side of the story.  And shame on you ZH for putting this garbage misleading article out.  Take a look in the mirror Tyler.

Almost Solvent's picture

The NY Post's massive fuckup is way more interesting to investigate.

three chord sloth's picture

... if it was a fuckup at all, and not the purposeful feeding of false info from a law enforcement official.

earnyermoney's picture

Exactly. First person of interest in this guys murder is the person who placed him at the scene of the Boston Marathon.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

 

 

 

Almost Solvent:

 

" The NY Post's massive fuckup is way more interesting to investigate. ..."

Corzine; his name is mentioned almost DAILY and EVERYWHERE and he's not been 'found in the river' yet ...
RealFinney's picture

If you can't do the being-stabbed-and-tossed-in-the-river, don't do the wearing-a-backpack-and-not-looking-where-everyone-else-is-looking.

Papasmurf's picture

Good on these people for getting photos together and getting the public a different side of the story.  And shame on you ZH for putting this garbage misleading article out.

So Reddit and 4chan should provide an alternative viewpoint but ZH should not?  This is a paradox.

Rustysilver's picture

Read a book called "A man who never was " ww2 espionage.  A good manual how to fake stuff.

EvlTheCat's picture

They found Kenneth Trentadue again?  Those FBI, nut, nuts.

Fucking bastards in the FBI can rot in hell for it too.

Freddie's picture

Due to Sequestration this is a low cost Islamic burial at sea based on Islamic tradition.  

Due to budget cuts - no aircraft carrier was available so the Providence River had to suffice.

TraderTimm's picture

Looks like the Francis "go get the <race tag>" Sawyer method doesn't work. Won't he be sad...

Sudden Debt's picture

that sucks...

but he did have a tan... so probably he would have turned into a terrorist at age 18 anyway...

I don't think anybody even cares anymore if innocent people die by the regime....

spankthebernank's picture

That more than sucks.  The powers that be have the sheep killing each other now.  They must be so proud.  Media outlets are very narrow and very scary at this point and all the sheep think they are part of the story and that they have it right.  We are a stupid sort.

Sudden Debt's picture

Today we got a memo from the head office...

EVERYBODY MAY PARTICIPATE INTO A SURVEY SO THEY CAN MEASURE HOW GOOD TOP MANAGEMENT DID

AND TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE WORKING IN A COMPANY THAT ONLY NEEDS POSITIVE AND ENTHOUSIATIC PEOPLE

yeah...

to make sure we have the right people....

survey...

I hate lying, but I think I'll write down that this is the greatest company on earth....

damn... that's going to hurt....

PEOPLE JUST GET BRAINWASHED TO SHUT UP, WORK LIKE A DRONE AND SHUT UP!

fuck I hate this company...

Real Estate Geek's picture

For a Belgian, you certainly have American colloquialisms down pat. FWIW, you're one of the ZH-ers with whom I'd like to have a beer. Chimay, in this case.

Freddie's picture

Belgium has some nice beer too.

pazmaker's picture

sudden it must be survey season... I got one at work too...and of course it claims that we remain completely anonymous but everyone has unique id code to enter when you participate!   Prizes are being given out to encourage participation...

smlbizman's picture

my wife got hers....retail

rpboxster's picture

the GC at my former company wasted a week of time/$ trying to find out who submitted the honest survey response.

SheepDog-One's picture

Answer ze qvestions veerrrry carefully, Mr SuddenDebt....vee haf our eye on you!