Within 24 hours of the bombing, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had escaped in plain sight by returning to their normal activities, even though the older brother Tamerlan had been a focus of FBI surveillance in 2011. The real crime-scene-investigative heroes were millions of members of the internet social media website Reddit, who virally leveraged their diverse skills as citizen-social-investigators.
These self-deputized “CSI” agents sifted through police scanner chatter, cell phone pictures and community rumors to scrutinize the terrorists’ movements in front of the Lord & Taylor store to “out” the names of the Boston Bombers.
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