Early on April 19, Boston police took into a custody a man who had been stripped naked and cuffed. Footage was taken of this man as he was placed in the back of a squad car. This man bore a certain resemblance to Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
It’s understandable how at first glance this film could raise all kinds of questions. One is that if Tamerlan was naked and cuffed in the back of a squad car, then he could not have been in a shoot-out with the police that ended with him being run down by his brother as Dzhokhar fled the scene in the stolen car. Another is that the story about Tamerlan being killed on the scene was rubbish and that he was taken into custody peacefully and then later brutally murdered.
The theories that have sprung up around the video of the supposedly naked Tamerlan are quite proof-resistant, and show how it is that evidence often cannot have any influence over the mindsets that believe in conspiracy theory.
One of the best debunks comes from Metabunk, but it’s important to note that people take the evidence in this debunk to prove that the Naked Man is Tamerlan. Seriously, people look at this information and think it proves that the Naked Man was Tamerlan. If nothing else, this theory shows so well the intractable nature of the conspiracy theorist mind. All information is filtered in a manner that confirms the biases of those who create theories and believe in them.