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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?

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    Isn't "boston-marathon-bombings" kinda unnecessary tag, since this is just a temporary event, that probably wont be thought much of in a year or so? Doesn't terrorism cover it enough?
    – Wertilq
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 12:01
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    there is [9-11] tag, same logic applies
    – vartec
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 12:29
  • I don't see how this question would be answerable right now, given that "Neither Vogt nor his family has dignified the accusation with a response". I theory you could run facial recognition software on pictures of both, but that isn't very reliable.
    – vartec
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 12:35
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    I thought a newspaper already debunked this by showing that Nick Voght was nowhere near Boston on that day...
    – JasonR
    Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 13:34
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    and better than "terrorism" would be "crime"
    – warren
    Commented Apr 26, 2013 at 18:21

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Nick Vogt is missing his left pinky finger, here is a video where he's doing pushups and it's clearly seen that he has only 4 fingers on his left hand:

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Jeff Bauman has all his fingers on the left hand. Here is a picture from a visit by Bradly Cooper, Jeff is holding a ball with his left hand, and it's clearly seen that he has all 5 fingers (one of them is white because of medical instrument):



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    Hi, and welcome to the site! Answers here are expected to be backed by references. Could you update your answer to provide sources for the claim that Nick Vogt is missing a finger, but Bauman is not?
    – Beofett
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 13:27
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    Rather than everyone of us talking to soldiers, etc., it would be more efficient (and rather more useful for a Q&A site) if you found one who documented some evidence, and we could all read that without bothering anyone.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 15:47
  • I served 6 years in the military as an xray tech and currently work at an army hospital sorry I did not mention that. I have written no articles about what I have seen to site them.
    – Barb1543
    Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 21:05

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