Others believe the iconic image of Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair, bloodied with his femur protruding through what was left of his thigh, actually shows double-amputee soldier Nick Vogt, who survived an encounter with an IED in Afghanistan a few years after his graduation from the U.S. military Academy at West Point.
Bauman and Vogt share certain resemblances, and on that basis the conspiracy theorists conclude they are one and the same, with Vogt playing the role of volunteer 'victim,' complete with a bottle of fake blood discarded at his feet.
'Was Nick Vogt acting?' one asked in a note attached to a photo too grisly to show.
'You think that's enough blood for 2 lost legs?' came a reply. 'When they took another photo he was lying on the ground, pretending he was badly injured.' 'I want to believe it's real,' chimed in a third, 'but damn, that blood just looks like someone spilled a can of red paint.'
Is Jeff Bauman actually Nick Vogt?