Posted on | April 16, 2014 | 13 Comments
A mentally ill art student was arrested Tuesday at the Boston Marathon after he attempted a hoax on the first anniversary of the deadly bombing at the race. Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, reportedly had a confetti-filled rice cooker in a backpack. Edson was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and possession of a hoax device, WBZ-TV reported.
Before his arrest, Edson had posted homosexual-themed tributes to jailed bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev on his blog and Facebook page: “Sexy til proven innocent . . . Boy-o-boy, I’d pressure cook him a meal n’ bring him homo to Mama. . . . Happy Anniversary, babe!”
The New York Daily News reports: “In a YouTube video posted by Edson in 2012, he describes himself as ‘a fashion designer, an entrepreneur, a performance artist, a mental patient, a blogger/bloggerist, a jailbird, a college dropout and a drag queen.’”
Edson “is, or was, a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design,” Samar Kalaf reported at Deadspin, where commenters noted that Edson’s videos make reference to bipolar disorder and McLean Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Edson’s hoax caused a serious security scare at the Boston Marathon, as was captured in dozens of Twitter messages.