where did the mysterious unused wheelchair come from ?
[Update, 9:38 p.m. ET] Dr. Allan Panter, who was near the finish line waiting for his wife who was running the race, told CNN he was standing about 20 to 25 feet from the first blast. He said he treated victims on the street after the explosion.
"I saw at least six to seven people down next to me," he said. "They protected me from the blast. One lady expired. One gentleman lost both his (lower) limbs. Most of the injuries were lower extremities. I could not figure out why the young lady had expired. I could not find any injury on her thorax."
Dr. Allan Panter (in jeans, khaki shirt) can been seen in this CNN image working with a patient at the bombing site
"Bauman, Lawler and Mahoney took a cab to Boylston Street and waded through the crowd, looking for a good spot. Spectators were five and six deep. Lawler and Mahoney wormed their way closer to the street, and Bauman stayed near the back....He was looking for Hurley when a man behind him, about five feet to his right, caught his eye. The man was wearing a dark, heavy coat, sunglasses, a backpack and a baseball cap low and tight on his head. He looked strange. Why was he dressed so warmly on a sunny day? He looked serious, too. And why was he standing so far back? Bauman looked away. He scanned for Hurley again, and then looked back over his right shoulder. The man was gone, but his backpack was there on the sidewalk. Then Bauman saw a flash and heard a bang.
Mahoney was a few feet away. She tried to scoot toward him, but her left leg would not budge. She looked at Bauman, then at his legs, and then back at him. He looked down, then back at her, horrified."
Allan Panter, an emergency room physician from Georgia who was at the marathon to cheer on his wife, was tying a tourniquet on Jeff's left leg. Carlos tore a piece of cloth from a sweater and started fashioning a tourniquet for the right leg. Someone else wrapped a long piece of gauze around Jeff's thigh.............
At the time, Carlos didn't know Jeff's name. All he knew was that Jeff looked young enough to be his son. Carlos had already lost his own two sons — one to war, the other to suicide. "I told him to hold on," Carlos said. "He looked very pale. I thought he was going to die."
Carlos helped lift Jeff into a wheelchair that had been brought to the scene, then ran alongside as they headed toward the medical tent, the wheelchair pushed by a woman in a red cap. "Call the ambulance," Carlos shouted. "I need an ambulance."
As he ran beside Jeff down Boylston Street toward Copley Square, a bloodied piece of tourniquet cloth started getting caught in a wheel. Carlos held it up to keep it clear of the wheelchair.
Associated Press photographer Charles Krupa had just bolted from a hotel ballroom across the street that served as the marathon media center. He snapped a photo of Jeff in the wheelchair, accompanied by Carlos, the woman in the red cap and a Boston paramedic in sunglasses.
Krupa took scores of photos at the scene. But it was that one image of Jeff with an ashen face and Carlos in a white cowboy hat that swept across the Internet and landed in newspapers around the world.
Within a flash, Carlos was famous. With his chiseled jaw, piercing green eyes and flowing curly hair, the hero in the cowboy hat became an instant sensation, the photogenic face of resilience.
But outside the spotlight, when the world isn't watching and he takes off the hat, Carlos Arredondo faces a dark struggle.
He still mourns the deaths of his two sons, has been through two divorces, has endured debilitating bouts of depression. He's on government disability, takes anti-psychotic medication, has trouble sleeping. He beats himself up for mistakes of the past, says he often feels that God is punishing him.
Although Carlos has gotten a lot of attention since the bombings, he's no stranger to the media glare. But in his first encounter, when he lived in South Florida nearly a decade ago, he was a polarizing figure.
When Marines arrived at his Hollywood home in 2004 to tell him of his eldest son's death in Iraq, Carlos set their van — and himself — on fire. Carlos was severely burned, and news of his violent reaction to the violence of war traveled around the world. Some viewed him as an anti-hero for anxious times, a grief-stricken dad whose incendiary act was an understandable outcry against the ravages of war. Others called him a traitor and thought he should have been charged with a crime.
Now, thanks to that one iconic photo from the marathon bombing, Carlos is widely praised. He has a publicist and a literary agent, and is working on a book deal. He was given a new pickup truck in August, a gift from a Massachusetts car dealer. His meals in restaurants are often comped. November brought an all-expenses-paid trip to Costa Rica with Jeff. In December, there will be a free trip to Paris with other marathon bombing survivors and first-responders........
Special Report on the Boston Marathon: The Curious Case of the Man Who Could Only Sit Down (Part 6)
May 27, 2013
If the official story of what occurred in Boston on April 15 is true, then there should be no compelling reason for the various victims and responders who have spoken to the media to not be telling the truth. Human memory is, of course, not infallible, so we should expect to find some discrepancies here and there, but overall the stories that have been told should be in compliance with (1) the official story, (2) the photographic record, and (3) the stories told by other victims and survivors.
But we already know that that is not the case because we have already heard Dr. Allan Panter, Carlos Arredondo, Jeff Bauman, and Hoody all weigh in with a variety of lies. And they are not the only members of the Boston Marathon Liars Club. There are plenty more. In fact, it appears to be all but impossible to find anyone who played a high-profile role that day who isn’t lying. Take, for example, Dr. Panter’s wife, Theresa, who posted the following fanciful note on Facebook.
I’m having a hard time figuring out who the unidentified deceased male might be. There are no dead men in any of the photographs and according to the official story, the only male to die was an eight-year-old boy who was at the second bomb site, which Panter wasn’t working at. So we’re going to need some clarification on that. Also, as we saw in the last post, the photos do not in any way support her ridiculous claim that the good doctor was “covered in blood.”
Let’s check in now with Dr. Martin Levine, who also just happened to be on hand to serve as a first responder: “When we got there we saw that one of the initial individuals had lost both of his legs. I saw multiple people with only the upper part of their leg left … These are devastating, horrendous injuries … I saw such horrendous things that I don’t know how they could have saved any of the limbs ..” Wow! That sounds just horrifying. But where did he see all of that? It certainly wasn’t in front of the Lenscrafters outlet. Below is a shot of Dr. Levine in action.
Like Dr. Panter, Dr. Spielberg went to work without rolling up his sleeves, and yet he somehow managed to keep that white jacket absolutely spotless. I wonder if Dr. Spielberg can answer a couple of questions for us? Like why, if there were numerous people bleeding out from explosively amputated limbs, as you claim in your interview, did you abandon them to help transport someone who still has both her legs attached? Were the other four people unable to carry that stretcher without you? Do you think that was the best possible use of your time given that you are, you know, a doctor and all?
Let’s now meet Dr. Albert Pendleton, identified as an orthopedic surgeon who was – wouldn’t you know it? – hanging around the finish line. Dr. Pendleton has told some real whoppers as well. Speaking about Bauman - because everyone likes to comment on Bauman, he being the only apparent amputee that anyone actually saw that day – Pendleton claimed that he saw “two people carrying a guy with blood just coming, spurting out of his legs.” Really? So those photos and videos of him being pushed in a wheelchair while leaving no blood trail are all fake? Pendleton has also claimed that, “there was (sic) tons of mangled extremities on the ground.”
Yes, doctor, we have seen them in the photos. Severed, mangled legs lying in piles everywhere. So many that, from what I hear, doctors accidentally reattached a number of them onto the wrong bodies. As with most things though, so long as you don’t end up with any leftover parts, it’s safe to assume that everything has been assembled more-or-less correctly, so it’s all good.
Dr. Chad Beattie was also loitering around the medical tent at the finish line when the fake bombs went off. His account of what he saw and what he did goes something like this: “Beattie ran toward the area where the first bomb exploded on Boylston Street. ‘I was running through a cloud of smoke,’ Beattie says. ‘When the smoke cleared, there was a pile of bodies. The first victim I saw was a traumatic amputee. I took my belt off and made a tourniquet.’ While the doctor didn't learn the fate of the first victim he encountered, the memory of the woman's deep blue eyes is etched upon his memory. After hearing news reports, Beattie now believes the victim was Krystle Campbell, who grew up in Medford. As Beattie rushed to aid victims, he saw medical personnel place a white sheet over the body of 8 year-old Martin Richard. He also watched as Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from China, was pronounced dead when efforts to revive the young woman were unsuccessful. ‘I am glad I was there to help,’ the doctor says, adding he also made several splints for broken bones out of wooden fence slats and cardboard congratulatory signs he found scattered in the debris.”
Dr. Beattie sure was a busy guy. Like everyone else on the scene, he of course worked on Campbell, though while doing so he failed to notice that she wasn’t actually a traumatic amputee. And amazingly enough, he saw all three of the alleged fatalities, which I guess means that he was at both bomb sites simultaneously. I’m curious though to know how well those cardboard splints worked out. I’m also curious as to why we didn’t see any of the alleged victims wearing any of those improvised splints he fashioned for them.
Dr. Sushrut Jangi was on the scene as well, and he also experienced the horror of that day: “Through the haze, the stretchers arrived; when I saw the first of the wounded, I was overwhelmed with nausea. An injured woman — I couldn't tell whether she was conscious — lay on the stretcher, her legs entirely blown off. Blood poured out of the arteries of her torso; I saw shredded arteries, veins, ragged tissue and muscle … More victims followed: someone whose legs had been charred black, another man with a foot full of metal shrapnel, a third with white bone shining through the thigh. I watched in shock as the victims were rushed down the center aisle to ambulances at the far end of the tent.”
I wonder who the woman was who had had both legs blown completely off and was spraying blood everywhere? You would think that she wouldn’t be that hard to spot in some of the photos taken that day. I’m also wondering who the person was whose legs were charred black, because this is the first I have heard about someone suffering such injuries.
Dr. Richard Guynes came all the way from Jackson, Mississippi to hang out at the medical tent. And he, of course, also worked to save Krystle Campbell: “'I did have the opportunity to try to help a lady. Krystle Campbell, I believe is her name, who did ultimately pass away, unfortunately. She was already in shock and had bled a great deal before she made it into the tent. Her face, I've seen it on television. She looks completely different than when I saw her in the tent,’ said Guynes.” It’s really a shame that with all those doctors making heroic efforts to save her, Ms Campbell still didn’t pull through.
Dr. Gregory Antoine claims to have treated Jeff Bauman in the medical tent, which I guess he did very quickly while Bauman was being rolled through: “Of dozens Antoine helped treat, two stand out: One was a man who had both his legs blown off. As Antoine worked on him, drapes concealed everything but the man's mangled limbs. A couple of days later, Antoine realized it was the person in the iconic photo — Jeff Bauman being wheeled to a makeshift medical tent.”
The drapes are a nice touch. Now let’s check in with Jim Asaiante, a former Army nurse, and his sidekick, Stephen Segatore: “Asaiante and Segatore rushed from the medical tent to the finish line to tend to the wounded. The stench of burning flesh hung in the air. Blood pooled on the sidewalk. People bleeding from lost limbs were already being carried toward the tent, so the two nurses stopped and headed back.”
The stench of burning flesh? That’s a new one. And somehow the photographers and camera operators missed all those people with lost limbs being carried to the tent immediately after the blast. Here’s some more from the same article: “Segatore had just worked to save a man who had lost both his legs when a woman [identified in the report as Campbell] arrived in critical condition, struggling to breathe … Along with a doctor and emergency medical technician, Segatore scanned her wounds, mostly on the left side of her body. One leg was twisted backwards, and she had a wound near her left hip. She had black markings on her head, possibly residue from being so close to the blast.”
So he too worked on Jeff in the medical tent? And Campbell as well? Weren’t we initially sold the story that Bauman was rushed straight through the tent and into a waiting ambulance? And what’s with Campbell’s leg being twisted backwards? It was straight on the gurney, so how did it get twisted backwards again? And I’m having trouble seeing those black markings on her head in the image below, which I’m guessing was taken while Dr. Panter was working on Jeff and Krystle side-by-side, after she had been pulled out from under him.
In another report, Segatore had more to say about his alleged experiences that day: "’I ran out and saw people who were missing legs and part of their face and part of their abdomen,’ he said Monday evening. ‘My training prepared me for what to do, but nothing can ever really prepare you for what you see.’" Elsewhere in the same report we find this: “One of his first patients was a young woman, he thinks maybe 20 or 22 years old, whose abdomen was torn open. Her left leg was broken and facing the wrong way and she wasn't breathing.” And this: “Working alongside Segatore in Tent A was Jim Asaiante, a nurse in the emergency room at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Asaiante didn't run out after the explosion.”
Now I’m getting really confused. So Campbell’s abdomen was torn open? Was that airbrushed out in the pics of her where it can clearly be seen that there is no damage to her abdomen? Just like the black spots on her head were apparently airbrushed out? And why did Segatore claim in one report that Campbell was struggling to breathe while in another he says that she wasn’t breathing at all? Also, why does one report claim that Asaiante rushed to the scene while another claims that he stayed at the tent? And where exactly in the available photos might we find those people who had part of their faces and abdomens blown off?
Is it common practice, by the way, for a woman who is allegedly in traumatic arrest and just minutes away from death to be passed around like a hot potato to every doctor and nurse in the greater Boston area?
Nurse Alix Coletta saw “Three people carr[y] in a woman. One of her legs was blown off. Someone was holding it. The woman was ‘dripping blood all over’ and ‘wailing in pain.’” So now we know why there were no severed limbs at the crime scene – people apparently picked them up and carried them to the medical tent, where they were probably running a ‘cash for legs’ program.
A New York Daily News report published the day of the marathon is filled with what appear to be completely fraudulent ‘witness’ accounts, such as the claim by a John Ross that “Somebody’s leg flew by my head.” And the claim by a Tim Davey that he was in the medical tent when “They just started bringing people in with no limbs.” No limbs at all? So they were just torsos? Then there is the tale told by a Lance Svendsen, who saw “one lady who looked like she didn’t make it. Another gentlemen, he was a runner, and he was missing both of his legs below the knee. He was oddly calm, but his family all around him were freaking out.”
No clue who that might be. Jeff Bauman wasn’t a runner and he didn’t have his family all around him. And no runners were actually injured at all that day. These appear to be completely manufactured statements from people who likely don’t actually exist.
Who else might have an interesting story to tell? Finish line coordinator Tom Meagher boldly claimed that he “actually saw bodies flying.” Then there is Rhode Island State Trooper Roupen Bastajian, who "started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor … We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs. A lot of people amputated. ... At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing."
No shit, Roupen? 25 to 30 people with amputated limbs all in one place? Someone should have gotten a photo of that! I’m wondering, by the way, if the people who were missing an ankle were also missing a foot, or if it was just the ankles that were blown off? And were there any people who were missing knees but still had their lower legs? Just curious.
As absurd accounts go, you’d have to search pretty thoroughly to find one that tops this: “Bruce Mendelsohn, 44, was in an office above the finish line, celebrating the successful marathon of his brother, an assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, when the blast threw him off the couch, he said.” So a blast that didn’t knock people over who were standing 15-20 feet away knocked him right off his couch? I hope he wasn’t seriously injured.
We haven’t heard from Cowboy Carlos for a while now, so let’s check in with him. In reference to Bauman’s favorite shirt, Arredondo has said that, “this dark area was on fire” when he got to Jeff. Really? So not only was the poor guy bleeding out from both legs, but he was actually on fire as well, and still no one came to his assistance for several minutes? What does a guy have to do to get a helping hand in Boston these days?
Speaking of Carlos, he recently revised his story via a Facebook post. Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that his handlers had him revise his story in an effort to explain away some major discrepancies. His new story goes a little something like this: “This is Carlos. I want you all to hear my version of what happened at the Boston Marathon because though many journalists did do a good job, there were several stories that I have read recently that had some errors … I was at street level and Mel was in the stands … As soon as I heard the bombings, I jumped fences and began tearing the barricade fences out of the way so rescuers could get to the injured. Once on the other side, I took several pictures with my camera. Then I saw many injured, tried to comfort some and then went to Jeff who was alert but terribly wounded. I ripped clothing to give to an MD who applied tourniquets to Jeff Bauman. An Asian women was nearby with an empty wheelchair. I helped to lift Jeff onto the chair. Everyone went running but one of the tourniquets was caught in the wheelchair so we stopped. I ripped off the extra fabric and held the bandage (what many people throught was an artery) until we reached an ambulance. I stayed with Jeff until the ambulance where again I lifted him into the ambulance. The personnel asked for his name so I asked Jeff his name. He said Jeff Bauman and began spelling his last name and then he left for the hospital."
So Carlos wasn’t pinching his femoral artery shut? Then why did he even need to be there? What purpose was he actually serving? Oh yeah … that’s right … I almost forgot that that ‘iconic’ wheelchair shot wouldn’t have been nearly so iconic without the cowboy hero.
It’s good to know that, before offering help to any of the victims, Carlos paused first to grab his camera and take some shots as keepsakes. You don’t see that kind of thing everyday, I suppose. And it’s also good to know that the processional was stopped to free one of the tourniquets that was caught in the wheelchair, except that in the money shots taken after the adjustment the tourniquet can still be seen tangled in the right front wheel. We’ve also learned that Carlos only helped lift Jeff into the wheelchair, even though Jeff has given Carlos sole credit for doing so. And we’ve learned that Bauman not only gave his name to Carlos but also spelled it for him, and yet Carlos couldn’t remember it when interviewed not long after.
Some of Carlos’ earlier accounts, like this one, were a bit more colorful: “I jumped the fence after the first explosions and all I saw was a puddle of blood and people with lost limbs. I saw adults, much younger than myself -- ladies, men, pretty much everyone was knocked out … It broke everybody's legs. Two ladies at my left side were knocked unconscious. They lost their legs. I was putting pieces of clothing on their legs to stop the bleeding and called for assistance. Someone came and we helped get them in wheelchairs."
So everyone was out cold? All the photos make it appear as if none of the victims, not even Krystle Campbell, were unconscious, but I suppose it is best if we trust what Carlos has to say rather than relying on our own eyes. Carlos did though forget to mention that he had an accomplice that day, a certain John Mixon. As far as I know, Arredondo has never really mentioned Mixon’s heroic deeds, but Mixon hasn’t been shy about praising his cowboy buddy. The two were supposedly there to support the Run for the Fallen organization, which, given that it has these two poseurs as members, probably isn’t what it is supposed to be.
The first blast, according to Mixon, "knocked me right out of the bleachers.” The blast was so strong that it knocked Mixon out of the bleachers, threw Bruce Mendelsohn off his office couch, and knocked over a runner who was about 100 years old. According to one account, “Mixon and Carlos Arredondo … charged across the street to help the spectators who had lined up behind a snow fence four and five deep to watch the finish. What they encountered was worse than anything Mixon, a Vietnam veteran, had seen overseas. ‘When we got over there, it was just a pile of bodies – people with legs missing,’ Mixon said Monday evening. ‘It was absolutely like a war scene. This was worse, because it was all innocent people, just defenseless. They were just lying in a pile, gunpowder all over them, burnt.’"
Worse even than Vietnam? That’s kind of hard to believe. And what’s with the victims being covered with gunpowder? Doesn’t that usually burn up in the blast? Isn’t the instantaneous combustion of the gunpowder what propels all the shrapnel? Was one of the ‘terrorists’ walking around sprinkling gunpowder on people so that they could then light them on fire?
In another account, Mixon “caught up to Arredondo, who had vaulted the fence and was kneeling beside a man whose legs had been blown off. ‘Carlos was putting a tourniquet on him made from a flag,’ Mixon said. ‘He was a real hero.’ Mixon said he and Arredondo helped lift the man into a wheelchair and then the two men lost each other. ‘I lost Carlos in the crowd,’ Mixon said. ‘When he made it back to me later, he was covered in blood.’”
So Mixon helped out with Bauman as well? Jeff sure had a lot of guardian angels that day. But what, I’m naturally wondering, happened to that flag tourniquet? I’ve been thinking that there was something missing from that ‘iconic’ wheelchair shot and now I know exactly what it was. How ballsy is it, by the way, to claim that Carlos was “covered in blood” when we can see for ourselves in the widely circulated images that he clearly isn’t? But that didn’t stop Theresa Panter from telling the very same lie about her husband, so why should it stop Mixon?
The reality is that none of the responders on the scene that day came anywhere close to being “covered in blood.” In fact, the vast majority of them didn’t get so much as a single drop of blood on their clothes, or even on their hands. In the scene below, for example, you’d be hard-pressed to pick out a single responder with any blood on them at all. You might also notice that neither Dr. Spielberg nor Carlos are actually helping anyone.
Returning now to Mixon, he has also said that what he experienced was “was like a war zone … It was like 9/11 with a front-row seat.”
Yes, it was exactly like 9-11 … except that there were allegedly three people dead rather than 3,000, and instead of billions of dollars in property damage, there were a few broken windows. But other than that, it was exactly like 9-11 all over again.
Yet another report holds that “Mixon said Arredondo, a Costa Rica native, went to a man who lost both his legs in the explosion and fashioned a tourniquet out of a T-shirt. When a woman brought around a wheelchair, Mixon and Arredondo helped get the man on and Arredondo and a medic led him to an ambulance. In some images, Arredondo appears to be pinching the victim’s severed artery shut.”
So the tourniquet wasn’t fashioned out of a flag? Uncle Sam obviously hired some really bad liars to take part in this operation. Can’t you people just choose a lie and stick with it? I know it’s kind of hard when all the photographic evidence contradicts you, but the newer lies aren’t any better than the older ones so you may as well just stick to your original lies.
Mixon has told at least one other wholly original lie, which goes like this: "All the bodies were there and people were struggling, like, to climb over it -- they were kind of trapped with nowhere to go.”
So the temporary fencing was hastily torn down to free the victims? Because they were trapped behind it with nowhere to go? All the non-actors on the scene, of course, had no trouble at all getting the hell out of Dodge, but all the people Mixon saw were clawing their way through the fencing.
Let’s move along now to Mery Daniel, who has a rather tragic story to tell: “’And I was on the floor and I still didn’t understand what was happening,’ she recalled. ‘When I looked next to me there was a woman, with the arms were gone. And that’s when I understood something very tragic had just happened.’ Mery lost her left leg and much of the back of her right leg was blown away. Unconscious, she was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital. It was two days before she woke and discovered the extent of her injuries.”
You all already know Mery, but you know her as Redcoat and you undoubtedly had no idea she had suffered such terrible injuries. I’m really starting to wonder when all the medical malpractice lawsuits are going to be filed. Because if I were transported to the hospital in the same condition as Mery in the image below, and I didn’t wake up for two days and when I did, I was missing a leg, I don’t know that I’d be too happy about that. I think I might have asked the doctors if maybe we could just try a few stitches rather than going straight for the bone saw.
By the way, what do you suppose happened to that woman who was next to Mery who had both her arms blown off? We haven’t heard much about her. She doesn’t appear to be in any of the available images and the media has never mentioned her. She most likely died, because if shrapnel ripped off both her arms, it must have shredded her torso as well. Or did it just hit both her arms but not between them? This was pretty selective shrapnel, after all, so I suppose that is possible.
I’m guessing that she probably met Jeff Bauman in the hospital and the two quickly began a torrid, passionate affair. When asked later about their budding relationship, they will undoubtedly tell everyone that they complete one another.
No? A little too far with that one? Maybe so, but as far as I can see, these are people who have sold their souls and sold out their country. They are beneath contempt and nothing I have to say about them should really offend anyone.
Before wrapping up, we also have an update on Nicole, who when last seen had suffered two breaks in her left leg, a fracture in her right ankle, torn skin, and a severed Achilles tendon. Now, says Gross, she is recovering from “a compound fracture of one leg, a nearly severed Achilles tendon, and hearing damage.” Do these people just make this shit up as they go along?
Like everyone else in this sordid affair, Nicole has a fundraising page up and is raking in quite a load of cash. One of the most appalling aspects of this story is that not only are the fake victims of this attack getting large payoffs for their service, but they are getting those payoffs from the American people, the very people they so cravenly betrayed.
Everyone who has had a microphone stuck in their face has, virtually without exception, lied about what they saw, what they experienced and what they did. And these have not been random lies, but rather lies specifically crafted to describe a scene far more horrifying that what actually existed - bodies piled up in bloody heaps, disembodied legs littering the scene, the stench of burning flesh, bodies being pulled out from beneath the rubble of buildings, gushing wounds spurting blood everywhere, etc. Not one of these people though can point to a single photograph that actually depicts what they claim to have witnessed.
But they don’t have to because the entire media establishment is happily playing along and no one is going to call them on their bullshit. And people like me? Well, we’re just fucking crazy … right?