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Boston’s “man on the roof” captures amateur detectives’ attention

When nearly a day passes following a national tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing without answers from authorities, not everyone is interested in leaving the investigation to the professionals. All the more so when federal authorities are asking for anyone with photos from the event to send them their way.

Case in point: Boston’s so-called “man on the roof.”

The person in question – barely a silhouette on a rooftop captured in the background of a photo of one of the explosions – has sparked the imagination of countless Twitter users, not to mention at least one British tabloid that saw within the blurry snapshot a “chilling image” of a “mystery figure lurking on a rooftop.”

Interest in the mystery man has grown so great that during a press conference yesterday morning, the FBI acknowledged they were aware of it, although they declined to comment. “We are processing a lot of digital photograph evidence right now,” FBI Boston Division head Richard DesLauriers said.

Spectator Dan Lampariello snapped the photo in question Monday and posted it to Twitter, where it then began to spread far and wide.

On a video the man in question is standing on a rooftop about two-thirds up from the bottom of the frame. Given that a roof deck would be an excellent place to watch the Boston Marathon finish line, there’s nothing in the photo that indicates the man was acting suspiciously. Even in the zoomed-in versions, you can’t see his face; his reaction is nearly impossible to judge.

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