Boston Marathon Bombings Prove April Is Cursed
April marks the beginning and the end of the American Civil War, the sinking of the Titanic and the assassination of Martin Luther King. And those are just the historical events.
T.S. Elliot was right in calling this the cruelest month, but it’s really one week around which most of these events seem to swirl: the week surrounding April 20th has played host to some of America’s darkest hours. Conspiracy, coincidence or is April just a rabbit hole of tragedy?
Here are just some of the tragedies that have occurred on or around April 20.
1. Boston Marathon Bombings: Very little is known about the bombings, which occurred on April 15, 2013 just before 3pm near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
2. Columbine High School: On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 13 of their classmates before committing suicide. The date of the massacre (Hitler’s birthday) led some conspiracy theorists to believe the gunmen were neo Nazis. In their testimonial videos, Harris and Klebold claimed that they wanted to surpass other historical events, although it was never clear which ones they had in mind…
3. Hitler’s Birthday: Adolph Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. Some conspiracy theorists connect the birth date of Hitler and the violent events that surround the day to an occult holiday that begins on April 19, called the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast. Regardless, it is eerie.
4. Raid on Branch Davidian Compound (aka Waco): The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) ended their 51 day siege on the compound of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993. The alleged cult was led by David Koresh, who died along with 76 other men, women and children in the siege. The events at Waco were partially what inspired Timothy McVeigh, who struck on April 19, 1995 (see below).
5. Rivera Helicopter Incident: The deadly siege at Ruby Ridge was caused in part by Randy Weaver refusing to pose as an informant for the federal government in exchange for a dismissal of his illegal weapons charges. As tensions between Weaver and the government unfolded, it led to the stand-off and eventual arrest of Weaver, and the death of his family and US Marshall Bill Degan. A significant event that preceded Ruby Ridge occured on April 18, 1992 and is now known as the “Rivera Helicopter Incident.” News reporter Geraldo Rivera flew over the Weaver home. Some media reports of the incident noted that Weaver shot at the helicopter. These reports were later used as justification for the use of force during the siege.
6. Raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord: Are you confused yet? Well, sit down. Because this one is a doozy. Randy Weaver initially came under investigation by the federal government because of a dispute with his neighbor, Frank Kumnick. Kumnick told authorities that Weaver was making threats against the pope and the president (among others), while Weaver told the government that Kumnick had ties to the radical Christian doomsday group, the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord (CSA). Whether that is true or not remains to be proven, but either way, on April 20, 1985, the government laid siege to the CSA compound in Elijah, Missouri.
7. Oklahoma City Bombing: April 19, 1995 was also the day that Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck full of explosives into the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. McVeigh sympathized with militia movements and cited the siege at Waco as one of his motivations for his actions. Some conspiracy theorists even suspect a link between McVeigh and Richard Wayne Snell, the CSA member, who planned a similar attack on the Murrah building that was never carried out.
8. Revolutionary War: Depending on what conspiracies you believe, all of these events may or may not lead back to April 19, 1775, when the American colonist fought the British in the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Ralph Waldo Emerson commemorated the battle by describing the first gunshot of the battle as “the shot heard ‘round the world.” In Massachusetts, April 19 is known as Patriot’s Day and is celebrated as a holiday.
And, by the way, 9. The Titanic sank on April 15th, 1912 and 10. the Civil War commenced in mid-April, 1861.
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