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Report: Dzhokhar Confessed in Writing

Report: Dzhokhar Confessed in Writing Massachusetts State Police/AP

Allegedly while hiding in the boat.

As investigators struggle to nail down Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s psychological state when he allegedly carried out the Boston bombings, a new report from CBS suggests that the 19-year-old confessed to the crime in a note before he was captured in the boat where he was hiding. The full text of the item, which was reportedly scribbled onto the side of the boat, has not been released. But one line, published by CBS, alludes to getting revenge for attacks on Muslims. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” it reads. Dzhokhar made mention of his deceased brother Tamerlan in the note as well, calling him a "martyr in heaven." Despite the relevance of the message, authorities say it cannot be used in the case against Dzhokhar.

Read it at CBS News

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Tamerlan Started Fight at Gym Before Bombing

Tamerlan Started Fight at Gym Before Bombing
 Tamerlan Tsarnaev. (AP)

Security cameras show brothers working out ahead of attack.

Security footage at the Wai Kru mixed martial arts center shows Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev working out with a friend at the Boston gym just three days before the Boston Marathon bombings. The older Tsarnaev brother, a Golden Gloves–ranked boxer was somewhat of a regular at Wai Kru, so the gym’s manager took notice when Tamerlan showed up on April 12 without the bushy beard he’d sported for about two years. The manager told CNN he decided not to ask Tamerlan why he’d shaved, anticipating a long-winded lecture from the typically opinionated and outspoken Muslim, but couldn’t avoid the dispute that ensued when the brothers were asked to take off their shoes—Dzhokhar complied while Tamerlan refused and started a fight. That altercation prompted the manager to request that Tamerlan be banned from the gym.

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Thousands Run Last Mile of Boston

Thousands Run Last Mile of Boston Winslow Townson/AP

Over 3,000 cross finish line

It was a heartening scene in Boston on Saturday when around 3,000 people ran across Boylston Street, the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The runners gathered over a month after the race was bombed to run its final mile together, cheered on by a gathered crowd. The event was organized by a group called OneRun, whose goal was to honor the victims and emergency workers of the April 15 disaster by reclaiming the last mile so many were prevented from completing. As runners crossed the finish line in a spirit of solidarity and healing, one woman remarked, "Now I feel like I've earned my medal."

Read it at ABC News

Boston Bombing

FBI Shot Tsarnaev Friend Dead

No role in marathon bombing.

The FBI has confirmed that an FBI agent shot and killed a man connected to Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev last night. Ibragim Todashev, 27, was allegedly questioned by the agency about his relationship with Tsarnaev, whom he reportedly knew through martial arts. The FBI said in a statement that agents were interviewing Todashev "when a violent confrontation was initiated by the subject." Todashev was killed, and an agent was injured. Friends of Todashev have confirmed that he was from Chechnya and knew Tamerlan. While the FBI said Todashev is not suspected in the marathon bombing, they are investigating his role in a 2011 triple homicide. One of those victims was also a friend of Tamerlan's.

Read it at NBC News

After the Bombing

Boston Feels the Pain

When travel writer Paul Theroux returned to his hometown after the marathon bombing, he found the mood of the city transformed, unified by a trauma, which he has seen elsewhere in the world.

For several decades, starting in the early 1970s, I traveled regularly from London, where I lived as a resident alien, to Boston, where I grew up, and each time it was like a tumble through the Looking Glass. Boston was so mild, so confident, still the joyous and even innocent city of my youth. The noteworthy Boston tragedies, vividly recalled by my father—the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 (21 killed), the Cocoanut Grove nightclub inferno of 1942 (492 killed)—were over, and such infernalities seemed unrepeatable.


A message written on a banner seen during a vigil on the Boston Common on April 16. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Arriving in Boston was like landing upon the bosom of serenity from the derangement of a war zone. Britain at that time was in the grip of a bombing campaign by well-funded and feuding nationalists in Ulster, who were driven by spite, folklorism, and religious bigotry and were tribalistic in their antique grudges, absurd in their speechifying.

London was weary and anxious, and by the mid-1970s there had been a number of bomb outrages: the Old Bailey bomb of 1973 (1 death, 200 injured, shattered buildings), the Guildford bombing of 1974 (5 killed, 65 wounded), the pub bombings in Birmingham (21 killed, 182 injured), the Regent’s Park nail bomb of 1982 (the deaths of 7 musicians playing selections from Oliver! and many injuries), the Chelsea Barracks cluster bomb on the same day (11 deaths, many dismemberments, seven dead horses), the bombing at Harrods department store at Christmas 1983 (six people killed); and 5 people dead and many injured in an attempt on Margaret Thatcher in Brighton in 1984.

Boston Bombing

Here Lies Tamerlan

What do you do when a monster is buried in a cemetery just down the street? Miranda Green and Justin Green visit the sleepy town in Virginia where Tamerlan Tsarnaev now rests.

Three miles from the nearest interstate highway, at the end of a quiet gravel road off Sadie Lane in Doswell, Virginia, lies the body of accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The 26-year-old ethnic Chechen, who was killed in a gunfight with police in Watertown, Massachusetts, after April’s blasts, rests in an unmarked grave at Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev

A view of the unmarked grave site where Tamerlan Tsarnaev (inset) is believed to be buried at Al-Barzakh Islamic Cemetery in Doswell, Virginia. (Miranda Green, inset: AP)

Until news reports surfaced about Tsarnaev's Thursday morning burial, most town residents, including those living next to the cemetery, were oblivious to their new neighbor.


Tamerlan's Russia Contacts Probed

Tamerlan's Russia Contacts Probed Bob Leonard/AP

Invoke suspicion that he was radicalized there.

As officials continue to investigate Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's 2011 trip to Russia, a growing list of his contacts there is heightening suspicion that he may have adopted his radical views during his time there. Tsarnaev's voyage to Russia was allegedly a vacation to visit his uncle, a major player in Russia's Islamic world who is now being held by the police. Authorities suspect it was his uncle who brought him to a fundamentalist Salafi mosque in Makhachkala, where he may have been approached by a variety of contacts about joining Russia's Islamic insurgency. Russian authorities continue to assert that Tamerlan was radicalized in the United States—while his family insists that his trip Russia trip was spent "reading novels and reconnecting with his family."

Read it at The New York Times

First reporters hounded them for interviews. Now the mother and father of the Tsarnaev brothers have been kicked out of Chechnya by its president.

The message to the parents of the Boston bombing suspects was clear and unmistakable: “pack and go.”


Anzor Tsarnaev, father of the suspected Boston bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, speaks with journalists as a mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (R) looks at him during a news conference in Makhachkala on April 25, 2013. (Sergei Rasulov/AFP/Getty)

And soon after the phone call from the Chechen authorities Tuesday, a car carrying government officials arrived to accompany the couple out of the republic.

The deportation followed a speech by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, in which he referred to the Tsarnaev brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar as “the worst devils.” “I will never defend them, never say a word in their support,” Kadyrov told a local television station Monday.

Unfinished Business

Our Right to Revenge

Why are we so confused about the difference between revenge and justice? Why can’t we just admit that revenge is a moral right? Thane Rosenbaum, author of 'Payback,' on America’s right to revenge after the Boston Marathon attacks.

Order has been restored to Boston after the terrorist bombings near the finish line of its Marathon, but the feelings of anger and rage directed at the two alleged terrorists—and whatever accomplices can be tied to this crime—is very much unfinished business.


David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty

One of the two attackers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was fatally wounded in a shootout with police, while his younger brother, Dzhokhar, remains under medical care and awaits his date with American justice.  He has already been questioned, if not perhaps interrogated, by the FBI.  Only then did he receive his Miranda warnings. Three of his friends, who were either complicit or simply misguided, have been arrested, as well. And, of course, Tamerlan’s widow may end up in custody now that it has been discovered that the bombs were actually built in the tiny apartment she shared with her husband and young daughter.

Get ready: The prosecution of this horrific crime that took place on Patriots Day will no doubt be influenced by the special provisions, and civil rights exceptions, of the Patriot Act.


Burying a Loser

Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh, and Ted Bundy all needed burying. Now it’s Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s turn, reports Michael Daly.

Katherine Russell was devoted enough to Tamerlan Tsarnaev to convert to his religion when he was a champion boxer, but she declined to claim his body as he lay in the coroner’s office after becoming a terrorist bomber.

Katherine Russell

Katherine Russell (right), wife of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, leaves the law office of DeLuca and Weizenbaum with Amato DeLuca (left) on April 29 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Stew Milne/AP)

She instead released the remains to an uncle of Tamerlan’s who had very publicly declared that his nephew had fully merited his violent death.

“He deserved this,” the uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, had announced to reporters.


Katherine Russell: The Good Wife

Katherine Russell: The Good Wife Stew Milne/AP

New details on the 24-year-old widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Authorities are widening their gaze in the Boston Marathon bombing case to the Tsarnaev brothers' closest associates, including Tamerlan’s mysterious widow, Katherine Russell. New details on Russell, 24, paint the picture of a privileged East Coast girl, who played alto saxophone, sketched pictures of cats, and bought clothes (and once stole) from Old Navy. Russell’s friends from college—who a classmate describes as “straight out of Sex and the City”—say she was “infatuated” with Tamerlan upon meeting him. By 2010 she had dropped out of college, converted to Islam, and married him. The FBI’s investigation into her role in the bombings is ongoing.

Read it at The New York Times

Boston Bombers

What Made Them Do It

The roots of the murderously violent behavior of the Tsarnaev brothers are likely biological as well as social. Adrian Raine, author of ‘The Anatomy of Violence,’ on what groundbreaking neurocriminology reveals about the brains of the Boston bombers.

We’re all asking the same question: what made them do it?

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This April 15 photo provided by Bob Leonard shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev (center) and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (second from left) at the Boston Marathon. (Bob Leonard/AP)

I’ve been asked this question on the Boston bombing suspects many times while promoting my new book, The Anatomy of Violence, which outlines how biological factors combine with social forces to make some of us violence-prone. I lay out what neurocriminology is revealing on the root causes of crime. Those deep roots are finally being dug up and dissected using brain imaging and molecular genetic tools, exposing the biological culprits working underground to give rise to violence.

There is no systematic research yet on terrorists and mass killers at a psychological level, let alone a biological level. It’s hard enough to identify the causes of plain old street crime, let alone a terrorist attack. Attention has consequently been focused on upbringing, social influences, and, inevitably, ideology. But let’s try to explore all avenues to gain a broader understanding of the Boston Marathon attacks.


Teen Raps About Marathon Bombing

Arrested, held on $1 million bail.

A Massachusetts high school student is being held on $1 million bail after making a threat to “outdo the Boston Marathon bombings” on his Facebook page. The threat, it turns out, was posted in the form of a rap on Facebook and with the promise to “kill people.” There was also a mention of the White House. Another student spotted the post and reported it to police. Gawker says police searched the 18-year-old’s house to find an Xbox and a laptop.

Read it at The Valley Patriot

Three guys, a backpack, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s classmates figured out he was being hunted. Then they watched a movie in his room—and destroyed evidence.

Schoolchildren pedaled their bikes past the front yard of 69A Carriage Drive, the apartment where two of the three suspects charged Wednesday for trying to protect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived before their dramatic arrest a week earlier.

Oblivious to the surrounding media frenzy and security guard manning the front door, the children kicked a soccer ball on the lawn.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov

Defendants Dias Kadyrbayev (left) and Azamat Tazhayakov appear in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley federal courthouse in Boston on May 1. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Across the street, neighbors were still shocked that their peaceful cookie-cutter neighborhood in New Bedford, Massachusetts, had been swarmed by FBI agents and SWAT teams just a few days earlier.

Quiet Superstar

Dzhokhar’s Defender

She saved the Unabomber, Jared Loughner, and Susan Smith from execution. Now the quiet defender who sees the humanity in monsters is taking Tsarnaev’s case.

Her colleagues say Judy Clarke will begin by working her way in the mind of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev just as she did with the murderous mom Susan Smith, deranged mass shooter Jared Loughner, al Qaeda fanatic Zacarias Moussaoui, abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph, and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Defense Attorney Judy Clarke. (Getty;AP)

The 60-year-old woman, who has been called the most low-profile high-profile lawyer of all time, will pair that insight with her formidable legal knowledge and courtroom mastery in an effort to save him from the executioner, just as she did some of the most reviled killers in recent history.

“In addition to being a brilliant lawyer in terms of knowing the law and persuading a jury, perhaps her most impressive quality is her ability to connect and understand individuals that the rest of the world despises,” says her friend and fellow defense attorney Laurie Shanks. “She is really able not only to gain their trust but to make their actions understandable to others.”

Uncle: 'Turn Yourself In'

Adrenalized, impassioned, and unforgiving, an uncle of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Ruslan Tsarni, appealed to his fugitive nephew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to surrender to authorities. 'He put a shame on our family' and 'the entire Chechen ethnicity,' said Tsarni.

FBI: Two Suspects In Boston Bombing

In a press briefing Thursday afternoon, the FBI announced two unidentified suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, revealing pictures and video of the men and asking the public for help. "Identifying and locating those responsible is now our highest priority,' said DesLauriers.

Boston's Everyday Heroes

From the man in the cowboy hat to a baseball player who wrote 'Pray for Boston' on his glove, heroes big and small emerged in the wake of the Boston marathon bombing.

Obama: Everything Is Speculation

Speaking from the White House Tuesday, President Obama said the Boston bombing was being investigated by the FBI as an act of terrorism, but clarified that little else is known about who carried out the attack, or why.

Boston Marathon Explosion

Watch video of one of the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon and the country.