Windham mother describes carnage at Boston Marathon

AP Photo/The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo

People run as two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday.

BOSTON — A Windham woman said she was waiting for her daughter to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the first of two explosions on Boylston Street lifted her off her feet and knocked her over Monday afternoon.

Dinah Aldrich said she wasn't able to run and watched a runner being removed from the wreckage with severed legs. She said she also saw a child who was perhaps 6 years old  killed in the blast.

"It was horrible," she repeated several times.

Aldrich was about 100 feet from the first explosion waiting for her daughter, Bradi True, of Malden, Mass., to finish the marathon. Her 12-year-old daughter, Logan, and 30-year-old son, Tyler True, were with her. Aldrich had just received a text that her daughter was about three minutes from the finish line.

That was when she heard a loud, "kaboom" and was lifted off her feet, she said. She described the blast as a "mushroom cloud" and reported hearing another blast seconds later.

Getting to her feet, Aldrich remembered her ears ringing and a police officer mouthing to her, "get out, run." She said that's when her son, Tyler, ran toward the explosion, pushing aside a police officer, to find his sister.

There was panic in the crowd, she said, and police told her to, "'Get out of the city, no matter how you have to do it.'"

Aldrich was reunited with her daughter, uninjured, 20 minutes later. Early Monday evening she and her family were trying to leave the city to return home.

Aldrich was among a number of Mainers at the marathon during the explosions.

Elizabeth Kivus of Auburn finished the race in 3 hours and 22 minutes, crossing the finish line about a half-hour before two bombs were ignited there.

According to her mother, Linda Kivus, “we were leaving a parking garage at the Copley (hotel) and had just picked up Elizabeth. We were just leaving and heard a loud explosion,” she said.

Looking down the street toward that sound, Kivus said it “kind of reminded me of a movie, when you see an explosion and then everybody running away. Everybody was running.”

“If she had run a little bit slower,” Elizabeth's father, Jack Kivus, said he didn’t want to think about it. “We were just there.”

According to Linda, as the family turned to leave the city they saw police “going into security mode,” with cruisers and ambulances heading into the city.

“We’re very happy to be out of the city right at this moment,” she said.

According to Bob Brainerd, owner of Central Maine Conditioning Clinic, all of the runners and volunteers whom he knew were in Boston for the race from the Lewiston-Auburn area were accounted for and none of them were hurt.

He estimated as many as nine people were working water stations on behalf of the Maine Track Club, and several people were running the race but had all finished by the time the explosions were reported. “They’re all accounted for,” he said.

Donna Beaulieu, of Lewiston, who volunteered at the marathon, left Boston several hours before the bombs went off. She said she had heard from at least 20 people from Maine who were at the marathon, and none of them were at the blast sites.

Kelly Brown, who along with her husband, Scott, are avid runners and have a team of runners from the Lewiston area, was at the race.

"We are here and our runners are safe, except we haven't heard from one. We believe he got diverted before the finish, but after the explosions," she said.
"I was four miles away at Mile 22 and don't know much. It's been scary waiting to hear from all of our runners, though. Two of our friends are at the State House in Boston."

Tim Gilbert, a Lewiston High School graduate who attends school in Boston, had been close to the scene and had started to walk back toward Fenway Park just before the explosions occurred. He'd made it as far as Jerry Remy's restaurant on Boylston Street when the blasts shook the neighborhood.

"We were far enough that we didn't hear it, but a lot of ambulances and cops were going by," Gilbert said. "We didn't think much of it, but then a buddy texted us and said there were two explosions at Copley. We didn't immediately understand the severity of it, and we went into a bar and they had it on all of the TVs. Everyone went from having a great marathon Monday to eerie silence."

According to the Boston Athletic Association, local runners who were registered to compete Monday included Don Hebert of Lewiston, Kacie Herrick of Auburn, Audrey Machowski of Wales, Ryan Metivier of Auburn, Peter Rearick of Hebron, Paula Rousseau of Lewiston, Travis Bashaw of Auburn, Dan Crocker of Bethel, Vicki Bryant of Sabattus, Maureen Sproul of New Gloucester, Billy Nicols of Rumford, Beth Allen of Farmington, Christie Tabbi-Tebbetts of Lisbon, Michael Ulrey of Auburn, Amos Woodward of Auburn, Dan Works of Greene and Merrily Welch of Temple.

Attempts to reach some of these runners have been unsuccessful because of spotty cellphone coverage in the Boston area immediately after the explosions were reported.

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Jason Theriault's picture

Just pointing out

Maine is the only state in New England with flags at full mast.

That's just piss poor, LePage

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You know this to be factual?

You know this to be factual?

Jason Theriault's picture



States at Full mast:
(look to the right of his portrait)

States at half mast:




(check his twitter feed to the right of the page)

(I didn't see one for Mass, but they have enough going on)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You need to get a hobby. You

You need to get a hobby. You have way too much time on your hands. Not healthy.
I'm sure we'll all want to know WHY Maine's flags are not at half mast.

Jason Theriault's picture

It's called Google.

It's called Google. I compiled that list in less than 2 minutes. I don't know of many hobbies that you can do in 2 minutes...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

My point was, the whole

My point was, the whole exercise of checking on whose flags are at half mast and whose aren't is pointless.

Jason Theriault's picture


No, because it get results:

I was contacted by the Governor's office, and they told me he did so order it, and gave me this link:

I pointed out that their website wasn't reflecting it. But I thanked them for getting back to me.

Not only do I feel better, maybe I helped point out a kink in the system. Win win.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Your being a good citizen was

Your being a good citizen was never in question.

Jason Theriault's picture

Well, it's not his poetrait

It is a video of him, or just click here:

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Not to make light of this

Not to make light of this tragic situation, but let’s use this as a teaching moment. See, guns are not needed. Obama fiddles with the 2nd Amendment as Boston burns. I’ll say no more out of respect of yesterday’s victims.

David  Cote's picture

So what's your point?

Your comment here makes no sense in relation to this subject. You may have the right to post that type of comment here, however having the right to do so doesn't make you right. This story is still raw and fluid. Addressing one's own political agenda under these circumstances does nothing but cheapen the point you are attempting to make. I've read a lot of your stuff on this site. I don't always agree with what you write but I certainly appreciate your candor and passion about what you believe in. You're nobody's fool. However your specific comment posted here would make better sense if it were connected to a story relating to gun control, not this story which we still have little information to comment on.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

David, I understand where you


I understand where you are coming from, but I respectfully disagree. I think this is a perfect opportunity to point out that all the arguments that banning assault weapons will reduce violence is not supported with evidence.

If reducing violence it the true objective, the public’s focused on assault-weapons is misplaced. That is my message. BTW – I do not own an assault weapon, so I have not political attachment to the assault-weapons issue. That said, let’s play by the numbers. The facts say government is misallocating resources on the gun issue – case in point.

David  Cote's picture

It's understood the point you're trying to make

I just a person who, at this time, is very concerned about the condition of the victims, the welfare of their families and finding out who would be of such a vicious nature to carry out this act of violence and why. The rest of the questions will be addressed in due process.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Why is the "why" so

Why is the "why" so important? Is knowing WHY whoever did it did it going to unblow the bombs?

David  Cote's picture


Give an example when "why" wasn't important...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Give an example of when

Give an example of when knowing "WHY" altered the outcome.
Find out who did it, catch them, convict them, execute them. Knowing why they did what they did doesn't mean jack.

David  Cote's picture

OK Pirate...

I'll answer the question I posed to you since you didn't seem to feel up to it.
In this particular case, for example, hypothetically speaking they catch the perp, the authorities proved he did it without question and then, in your world, they proceed to string him up. Job done in your world. But what if the perp was a stooge who was paid by someone else? How do you expect to gain that important info without asking why? C'mon, Pirate. This isn't a black and white situation.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I never said interrogation

I never said interrogation was not to be engaged in. Waterboard them and they'll sing till the fat lady takes her second bow. But, I know those who want to know why he did it want to get inside his head so they can find out how we can be better Americans so as not to provoke these terrorists so much and maybe they won't try to kill us so often. And that, my friend, is bull s***.
And it is black and white, David. They hate us, they live to kill us, and the best we can come up with is wanting to know why they did it.
We don't agree on this one, but I still respect your right to your opinion.

David  Cote's picture

Whoa, just a minute, Pirate...

My point I was making had nothing to do with psyco analyzing the bloke. If it's proven the suspect question is guilty then give him his trial, judge him and, if found guilty, execute him, BUT, the authorities still need to make sure there's no one else involved. And if there is, go after them and be relentless about capturing the guilty party. Then die process will prove guilt or innocence, and if guilty, same fate. Don't mistake my reasons for asking why the question "Why?", is so important. It has nothing to do with being touchy-feeley-with the perp or interrogating them in a kinder, gentler way. Instead it is geared toward obtaining neccessary information the authorities may otherwise not get.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Good. We're on the same page,

Good. We're on the same page, then. See how reasonable the Pirate can be? 0O:-)

 's picture

oh, okay

So the runners should all have Bushmasters?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Must be exercise time for

Must be exercise time for Lil, because he sure is stretching.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I know that I have occasional

I know that I have occasional grammar errors in my posts, but I don’t think I said that. I try to be as candid as possible. If I meant that, I would say it, but I did not. Good try.

Try thinking about my statements in the context of human behavior, not as a call to carry a Bushmaster.

 's picture

Don't even start

Not about this. Not today.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

It is too late. I made it an

It is too late. I made it an issue today. Just because it is painful, does not mean we have to ignore it.

Zack Lenhert's picture

"I’ll say no more out of

"I’ll say no more out of respect of yesterday’s victims." should've taken your own advice.

 's picture

Well, people can just use bombs,

so let's just forget about doing anything about gun violence. Nice logic there Skippy. Got any more lessons for us?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

You are trying to assign a

You are trying to assign a thought to me that I did not make. Let’s look at the facts ---- again.

1. Annual gun deaths - ~30K/year.
2. Annual gun deaths from rifles (super set of assault weapons) - ~400

All the efforts to ban assault weapons will do little to reduce violence. Let’s go back to the drawing board.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You're looking for the clean

You're looking for the clean end of the turd, Mark.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Hey Mark, How about a break.....

Mark, you do have the right to agree or disagree all you want about the gun issue. This story,although a violent unjust attack, isn't about gun's. To a lot of us, it's an attack on an institution. Unless you have been part of it, even for one year, you can't understand the whole mystique of the Boston Marathon. I've had relatives run, and I've had friends run. Just being part of a barbeque at Heart Break Hill, or bar hopping up Com. Ave the night before. Or the rare occasion you happened to be invited to the"Marathon eve", party of all times at Wellsley College. If you ever went to Wellsley, or were a male college student in the Boston area, you know what I mean.
This attack is a very personal thing to people like me. It's not a time to debate anything else. There will be plenty of time for that later.......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

What I’m finding weird is,

What I’m finding weird is, like you, a number of people are focused on the nostalgia of the marathon rather than the terrorist event.
I’ve gotten that impression from more than one person.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I think you don't see the conection..........

Everyone is obviously upset with the violence involved hear, the randomness, the senseless act that injured and killed so many people. What I think a lot of people feel, as do I, is that anyone of us who have ever "gone to the Marathon", could have been one of the casualties. I don't think I missed many from tenth grade until I was living in New Hampshire in the eighties. I've heard folks say, it's just like watching a parade. On TV, yes it does, but if your there, at one of the pre-race or post-race activities, you can't help feel the energy. During the race you just get caught up in it.
Each one of those killed and injured felt the very same excitement and energy, as we did. Only for three, they won't be here twenty five years from now, describing the 2013 Boston Marathon. For a lot of us, twenty five years from now, we won't be talking about one of the races we attended, It will forever be the 2013 Marathon, the one we missed. Or should I say "Survived"

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Again, we come back to you

Again, we come back to you and your experiences as being the focus, not that there is anything wrong with that; I just find it odd. Moreover, I have observed that similar responses from many other individuals.

I would think the focus should be on the victims and finding the perpetrator, not self.

Funny how people respond differently.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I guess.......

I guess that's how the cookie crumbles.............................

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Another observation I made

Another observation I made watching footage of the event. I saw two basic classes of individuals. Those who ran away leaving victims behind and those who ran into the danger zone to help victims.

I also observe a similarity phenomenon with people who ran to Uncle Sam for protection from guns and those who cherish liberty and stand tall in the face of danger. That is, liberty is more precious than safety.

We should all ask ourselves which crowd we run with?

Again, not that there is anything wrong with either groups, just an observation.

 's picture

It's called human emotion

We are sad and grieving the fact that people were killed and injured at an event that is important to us, that we have been to, which makes it all the more troubling. Not only were innocent lives lost, but a wonderful event was impacted and altered forever. This is called human emotion and reaction one day after the event. Look up human emotion online. You apparently have no regard for it.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Thank goodness you have the

Thank goodness you have the patent on emotion.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I'm Pissed....................

This hits to close to home. In high school, college, and beyond, the finish line at the Marathon, was the place to be. It was a tradition for many. Whole families would pack a lunch and make a day of it. In college, we used to party up at BU, just up the street from the first explosion. There were only two places to be on race day, "The Finish Line" or "Heart Break Hill. Unless you happened to be a college coed, then Rt. 9 in Natick was pretty popular. I am one hundred percent sure that I know a lot of people who were there today, even though I haven't been there for many years. I had a cousin finish tenth, with Bill Rogers winning about thirty five years ago.
Lot's of people whine and complain every year about the traffic, the road closures, the crowds. Even with that, NO ONE, would dare have anything bad to say about the Boston Marathon. This BS is going to reverberate for a very long time. It almost feels like being violated. This was always a day when a whole lot of people who would otherwise never cross paths, mingled with out any second thoughts. There were a few people who cared about the winner of the three divisions, but most people were there rooting for the17,538th place finisher and so on. I've seen them at the finish line until seven o'clock the next morning waiting for that one guy or gal to finish. To a lot of people and myself it was a twenty-six mile block party that happened once a year, every year. I am pretty confident, that on Patriots Day, 2014, there will be another Boston Marathon. Come hell or high water....................

 's picture

Same reaction here

For several years I would drive from Worcester to Chestnut Hill, park at BC, then spend the day with friends at the top of Heartbreak cheering on the runners. I've always loved Patriot's Day. Took the day off yesterday to be with family and take in some Red Sox and the marathon from home. Sick to my stomach to see the tragedy unfold. Angry. Violated. Sad.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Windham mother describes carnage at marathon

New Englanders 15:30 hst ? Monday Patriot's Day
There by the grace of God go us . Pray for the survivors and wounded , first responders, police, fire and EMS - EMTs /s, Dr. Seve Dosh ( FSO ret. in Africa )

David  Cote's picture


Everything you said...That's a big ditto.

John  Pape 's picture

Paula Rosseau and Barbie-Jo Clement are reported safe

According to Ronney Clement's Facebook page- these two local runners completed the Marathon some 20 minutes before the explosions finishing in: 3:47 and 29/30 seconds. Clement lives in Monmouth. Rosseau lives in Lewiston.


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