Heartbreak Hell

by Chris Faraone

Searching for sanity in Boston through a week of tragedy & terror

Heartbreak Hell

For Boston...Story Chris FaraonePhotography Chris Faraone & Aaron SpagnoloDesign Clarence Smith Jr. a.k.a. BOLD EditionThis is a Write To Power ProductionCopyright © 2013 by Chris FaraonePortions of this book that have previously appeared in other publications are noted as such.Table of Contents | Introduction

Table of Contents

Photograph by Aaron SpagnoloIntroductionMONDAYOn my Way Uncivil LibertiesTUESDAYThrough A Crisis Darkly Double Standard ProcedureWEDNESDAYConspiracy Eerie Press CookerTHURSDAYStill ScaredFRIDAYVacation In A Strange Land Lockdown Behind Bars Don't Feed The TerroristsSATURDAYBig In EuropeEpilogue

Introduction

Photograph by Aaron Spagnolo"Such terrorist atrocities are a gift to the harshest and most repressive elements on all sides, and are sure to be exploited – already have been in fact – to accelerate the agenda of militarization, regimentation, reversal of social democratic programs, transfer of wealth to narrow sectors, and undermining democracy in any meaningful form. But that will not happen…

MONDAY

On My WayMonday, April 15, 2013 – Early AfternoonI’m bumping a medley of classic hip-hop and underground funk, strolling with an obnoxious bop in my step and a noggin full of hip-hop. It’s almost 3 p.m., and I’m headed to a pair of Patriots Day parties – one in a friend’s office that’s above the marathon finish line, and another in a nearby restaurant called Forum on Boylston Street, right across…

TUESDAY

Through A Crisis DarklyTuesday, April 16, 2013 – Late MorningTucked in the hipster haven of Jamaica Plain on the southern side of this brash yet neighborly city, my apartment's just a few miles from the heart of Boston. As a political reporter, it's a convenient place to live. A typical morning commute to City Hall or the State House takes about 15 minutes on the Orange Line. But even tho…

WEDNESDAY

Photograph by Aaron SpagnoloConspiracy EerieWednesday, April 17, 2013 – Late MorningFrom the beginning, I set out to cover these events from the front lines – whether that means sweating with the SWAT teams, or interviewing those who were impacted, directly or indirectly. Most importantly, I swore that I'd ignore the temptation to pay attention to the armchair polemicizing that click-whore bl…

THURSDAY

Still ScaredThursday, April 18, 2013 – Early EveningThe Sheraton downtown, where the feds are holding briefings, has one of the sweetest bars in Boston – a magnificent onyx slab staffed by career servers who remember your poison. I frequent the place, but tonight I'm here because there's a big FBI announcement upstairs. Though I'm good at landing questions, I've never much enjoyed…

FRIDAY

Photograph by Aaron SpagnoloVacation In A Strange LandFriday, April 19, 2013 – Early AfternoonBob Shine doesn't just look like the kind of guy who you wouldn't fight with a chainsaw. He's actually tough, and today he walked the walk. A retired law enforcement officer with pipes for forearms, a goatee, and a shaved melon worthy of his last name, Shine and his father drove five hours fr…

SATURDAY

Big In EuropeSaturday, April 20, 2013 – Early MorningThe bombs were barely in my rearview on Monday when media began ringing me from all around the world. First it was a public broadcast in New Zealand, followed by a Russian enterprise, and then one of the Hub's NPR affiliates. My beloved Boston Phoenix – an alternative staple that's legacy dates back to the mid-1960s, and where I was hir…

Epilogue

"Everybody's illin' when the buildings blow up / but what's gonna happen when our children grow up?" —SlaineMonday, April 22, 2013 – Late EveningIt rained the morning after Boston's good guys nabbed the boy bomber. That the misty drizzle felt like a baptismal cleansing didn't go unnoticed in the Twittersphere. Strangely, the afternoon before – during the suspenseful …