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'Inside the Hunt for Boston Bombers' airing on anniversary of tragedy on NGC

People gather at a makeshift memorial for victims near the site of the Boston Marathon bombings at the edge of the still-closed section of Boylston Street a day after the second suspect was captured on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
People gather at a makeshift memorial for victims near the site of the Boston Marathon bombings at the edge of the still-closed section of Boylston Street a day after the second suspect was captured on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

The anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing is on April 15, an event being commemorated with a special on National Geographic Channel, "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers." airing on Sunday, April 13, 2014 (9 p.m. ET/PT). The special will also premiere globally on National Geographic Channel beginning in April 2014, in 171 countries and 45 languages.

The special is a two-hour program that tells the story of the dramatic and unforgettable week following the shocking bombing of civilians during the popular sporting event.

In April 2013, chaos erupted in Boston near the finish line of one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathons. It was the worst terrorist attack on the United States since 9/11 and led to one of the most extensive and public manhunts in American history.

People who were on the front lines, some for the first time, talk about the hunt for the unknown enemy and the questions that swarmed about who was responsible for killing three people and injuring 264, why they did it and wondering what were they planning next.

Within days, the suspects were identified. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother older Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police.

National Geographic Channel states they had unprecedented access to the FBI, Boston Police Department, survivors of the bombings and those caught up in the manhunt, to produce a powerful account of the unforgettable week, told in the city’s own words.

Original interviews include former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; William B. Evans, former superintendent and current commissioner of the Boston Police Department; Edward F. Davis, former commissioner of the Boston Police Department; and Richard C. DesLauriers, former special agent in charge, FBI, Boston Division.

Boston Police Department commissioner Bill Evans recounts: “I had to step up to the role on the street. I was making sure our officers were securing all that evidence. We had bodies. Pieces of bombs. We had to look at cameras. You can imagine the amount of witnesses we had to interview. We were trying to preserve the crime scene and get any lead we could.”

“This event is still an open wound for those who lived through the nightmare, and even for those who shockingly watched it play out in the media,” says Heather Moranm Executive Vice President of Programming, . “This film is a conclusive account of the event as told by both victims and the brave men and women who were on the ground passionately fighting to bring their city back from the brink. Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers is truly a heroes’ story.”

"Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers" is produced by Raw TV (producers of National Geographic Channel’s critically acclaimed Locked Up Abroad and American Blackout). The film uses media footabe, amateur videos, firsthand accounts and dramatic recreations to report information as it unfolded.

Raw TV executive producer Louise Norman says, “This film takes us right to the heart of what it was like in Boston during those horrific five days last April. For the first time, the city of Boston is giving us inside access to one of the biggest manhunts in modern times. It has been a huge privilege to have those closest to the tragedy open up to us about the events that day and the gripping manhunt that followed.”

"Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers" is produced by Raw TV for National Geographic Channel. For Raw TV, director is Sam Hobkinson, executive producer is Louise Norman, producer is Poppy Dixon and editors are Peter Norrey and Matt Lowe. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Robert Palumbo, vice president of production and development is Kevin Mohs, senior vice president of production and development is Noel Siegel, executive vice president of programming is Heather Moran and president is Howard T. Owens.