The Tsarnaev brothers have been identified by law enforcement as primary suspects in the bombing attack of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Here is what their Internet history says about the two.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Suspect No. 1
Tamerlan, the elder of the two Tsarnaev brothers, was killed late Thursday night after a shootout with police in Watertown, outside Boston. Tamerlan, 26, was originally from Chechnya and a boxer. He was the subject of a photo essay by Johannes Hirn called “Will Box for Passport,” comprised of photos taken before Tamerlan participated in the national Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City. According to the essay, Tamerlan had taken a break from his engineering studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston to train for the competition. He and his family fled conflict in Chechnya in the early 1990s, living first in Kazakhstan before making it the United States in either 2002 or 2003. NBC News reports that Tamerlan became a legal, permanent resident in 2007. Tamerlan told Hirn at the time that winning enough fights could land him on the U.S. Olympic boxing team and make him a naturalized citizen. If he could not compete for an independent Chechnya, Tamerlan said he’d rather be on the American team than fight for the Russians.
A Muslim, Tamerlan did not drink or smoke and expressed concern that “there are no values anymore” and that “people can’t control themselves.” After five years in the United States, he said, “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.”
This YouTube account. registered under the name Tamerlan Tsarnaev, may also belong to the suspect. It was last updated two months ago, with the subscription to a channel called “Allah is the One.” Both of the videos on Tamerlan’s YouTube playlist titled Terrorists have been deleted .
An Amazon wish list also believed to belong to Tamerlan includes such titles as Voice Power: Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention ; How to Make Driver’s Licenses and Other ID on Your Home Computer ; The ID Forger: Homemade Birth Certificates & Other Documents Explained ; and Dale Carnegie’s classic, How to Win Friends & Influence People, among other guides to fake identification and several books about the Italian Mafia.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Suspect No. 2
As of Friday morning, Tamerlan’s younger brother, Dzhokhar, is still on the run from police. The 19-year-old reportedly entered the U.S. with his family in 2002 or 2003 and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. a public high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was recognized as a Greater Boston League winter all-star for wrestling. He also seems to have received a scholarship of $2,500 from the city of Cambridge in 2011.
According to the Associated Press. the area near Chechnya where both Tsarnaev brothers were from has been a hotbed of Islamic insurgency that’s been responsible for deadly bombings. An uncle of the two men said they’d been living in the U.S. for about 10 years. In a telephone interview from Russia, their father, Anzor Tsarnaev, described Dzhokhar as “a true angel.” He told the AP, “Dzhokhar is a second-year medical student in the U.S. He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”
Some of Dzhokhar’s former classmates echoed those sentiments, telling BuzzFeed that he was “such a sweet sort of guy.” Rebecca Mazur, who was in Dzhokhar’s class at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, said, “I think he seemed to keep to himself in that he was kind of reserved, but his demeanor was always friendly, and he would show up at big social gatherings. He was a familiar part of the community. He didn’t isolate himself.” Another Cambridge Rindge and Latin alum said Dzhokhar was “always friendly and welcoming. I always felt comfortable hanging out with him.”
A Russian Facebook page under the alternative spelling of Dzhokhar’s name, Djohar Tsarnaev, has circulated the Internet this morning. Clues that this page belongs to the same Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that is suspected of carrying out the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon include his birthday, which NBC News has reported is July 22; his current city, listed as Boston; and the last school attended: Cambridge Ridge and Latin School. The Facebook page seems to suggest that Tsarnaev last logged into Facebook on Friday morning, at 5:04 a.m. just hours after the shootout that killed his brother. In only the past several minutes, the Facebook page has been flooded with messages. Few of them are written in English, but the ones that are direct outrage and hate at Dzhokhar and his brother.
Somewhere in Boston there’s at least one refrigerator with a little news clipping posted on it. The story was published on boston.com on May 6, 2011, and announced the 45 winners of the city’s annual scholarship program for outstanding seniors. Third to last on the alphabetical list was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, then 17 and a student Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, who would be receiving a check for $2,500.
“My son is a true angel,” said his father Anzor Tsarnaev when he was reached by the Associated Press at his home in the Russian republic of Dagestan on Friday. “He is such an intelligent boy. We expected him to come on holidays here.”
It turns out, of course, that Dzhokhar, the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings, wasn’t an angel. And nor was his brother and accomplice Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police today. But in the case of Tamerlan, that was already clear. An amateur boxer, he was arrested in 2009 on a domestic-violence charge and was quoted as saying in a photo essay, “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.” Dzhokhar had so far seemed to be nothing but a well-adjusted kid.
So the cause and effect is easy to assume: good boy Dzhokhar, now 19, came under the malign influence of bad boy Tamerlan, 26, and the result was tragedy. Maybe. The science of siblings is a rapidly growing field in developmental psychology, one that’s built up an impressive body of research over the past 20 years. Still, it’s not equipped to reckon with any certainty with a crime of this magnitude, and it never really has been — which partly explains our enduring fascination with criminal siblings like the Menendez brothers, who killed their parents in Beverly Hills in 1989, or the legendary James brothers of the 19th century. But the data that exist so far do provide a starting point.
Siblings have historically been viral vectors for one another’s risky behaviors. A girl whose older sister is a teen mom is six times more likely to become one herself. Alcohol consumption is twice as likely among kids with at least one sibling who already drinks; for smoking. the risk increases fourfold.
In the case of criminality, the numbers are all over the map, in part because so many other X factors are involved — income, education, the presence of one parent vs. two in the home. So too does sibling-on-sibling violence. Numerous sibling studies have shown that when brothers — who are typically of far greater interest to researchers studying criminality since they offend much more often than girls do — make a habit of settling their differences with one another by coming to blows, they are far more likely to become violent offenders as teenagers and adults. One University of Florida study of 538 college students found that the same boys, steeped in brother-on-brother violence, were also likelier to commit sexual abuse or battery.
But those are just numbers, which mean both a great deal and nothing at all when it comes to determining why any sibling pair will commit a collaborative crime. In the current case, there were a few factors that probably nudged those risk figures higher. For one thing, the young men lived together. Proximity is a critical element in what psychologists call “delinquency training” among siblings. This is true for lower-grade risk behaviors like smoking or drinking, since a younger sibling, who typically picks up the habit later than an older one, must be able to observe and model the bad behavior — to say nothing of getting hold of the forbidden substances in the first place.
Psychologist Elizabeth Stormshak of the University of Oregon conducted a study in which sibling pairs were interviewed on videotape along with other kids and were asked to pretend they were planning a party and that some kids were going to bring drugs. They were then told to debate whether that was alright and whether they might want to try them themselves. In general, the likelihood of a younger sibling’s saying that that was indeed O.K. was directly linked to whether an older sibling had already said the same. The direct mimicry would not have been possible without direct proximity.
It’s a lot easier to pick up a cigarette or a pill than to pick up criminality, of course, but when adult siblings share a home, the influence one exerts on another can be hothoused. Researchers believe that siblings who live together as young adults — which is often a sensible and perfectly healthy arrangement, particularly in tough economic times — will ultimately hit a developmental ceiling at which their continuing total-immersion contact with a member of their original nuclear family begins to stunt their social growth. Consciously aware of that or not, they tend to separate and enter what psychologists call a sibling-moratorium phase, spending far less time with each other until they’ve settled into their own adult lives. Hanging around together too long prevents that developmental step.
“The moratorium tends to happen when siblings are in their 20s,” psychologist Katherine Conger of the University of California, Davis, told me in interviews for my book The Sibling Effect. “The sibling relationship must recede for a while because they are working on [their own] issues.” Psychologist Victoria Bedford of the University of Indianapolis calls the same phenomenon “the hourglass effect,” with the choke point in the middle of the glass representing the time of minimum sibling contact.
Few siblings who cohabit longer than is good for them become criminals, of course. In the case of the Tsarnaev brothers, one exacerbating factor might have been cultural isolation — living in a country that is increasingly nativist. But the record doesn’t support that. The family emigrated to the U.S. in 2002, and both Dzhokhar and Tamerlan seemed to have assimilated reasonably well.
“He was normal,” one of Dzhokhar’s former classmates at Rindge & Latin told the Boston Globe. “He kind of fit in with everyone.”
“He was gracious,” said a neighbor in an interview with the New York Times. “He told me he was from Chechnya, and I asked him what that was like and he never expressed any bitterness toward his situation.”
There have been fewer kind words spoken about Tamerlan. In addition to his domestic-violence charge, he recently showed up at a mixed-martial-arts gym that he hadn’t visited in years and began acting out — using other people’s equipment, walking on mats with his shoes. “It was a clear indication that something was up,” one witness told the Times. “It was completely out of place for him.”
That comparatively minor misbehavior could offer a flicker of insight into the brothers’ crime if it was suggestive that a deeper sociopathic fire was burning. Typically, the real variable in criminal collaboration is not so much the blood relationship of the perps, but the interpersonal relationship — the influence of a compelling, charismatic personality on another, weaker one. In those cases, the fact that they’re siblings may be a secondary variable — simply the means by which the two people came to know each other and remain fixtures in one another’s lives, but little more.
That weak-strong push-pull has been a factor in some of the country’s worst joint crimes, committed by people who were not kin at all. Eric Harris was clearly the leader of the Columbine pair — pathologically charming, especially compared with his quieter, less confident accomplice, Dylan Klebold.
“Eric was an incredible individualist,” Brooks Brown, a schoolmate who knew both boys, told TIME in 1999. “Charismatic, an eloquent speaker, well-read, the kind of guy who could bulls–t for hours about anything and be witty and brilliant.” Klebold, according to classmates, teachers and the chilling videotape the boys left behind, was clearly the follower.
Something starkly similar defined the relationship between Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, the snipers who killed 10 people and wounded three others in a shooting spree that spanned three weeks in October 2002 in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia. Malvo was 17 at the time of the crimes, Muhammad was 42. The two had met through family in Antigua, and before long Malvo fell wholly under Muhammad’s influence. FBI agent Brad Garrett, who was among the first to interview Malvo in 2002, said it was clear the boy was “under the spell of Muhammad.” Last year, in an extensive interview with the Washington Post. Malvo — who is serving multiple life sentences with no hope of parole and thus has little motivation to try to clean up his rep today — confirmed as much.
“He understood exactly how to motivate me by giving approval or denying approval. It’s very subtle. It wasn’t violent at all,” he said. “He picked me because he knew he could mold me. He knew I could be what he needed me to be … He could not have chosen a better child.”
That pattern may have held in a subtler way for Lyle and Erik Menendez. Lyle, older by two years, was said by friends to have been the wittier and more personable of the two. Erik, like Klebold, was much quieter. This could even have been true to some extent of the legendary James brothers. Both Jesse and older brother Frank were outlaws of the first order, their talent for violence practiced in the Civil War and the guerrilla actions that preceded it in their home state of Missouri. But Jesse was the undeniable leader of the criminal enterprise known as the James-Younger gang, and after he was killed in 1882 by a member of the group hoping to claim the advertised reward, the onetime partners scattered. Frank was later tried and acquitted and spent the remaining 30 years of his life working variously as a shoe salesman and a popular speaker on the lecture circuit.
Psychic forensics following any crime will always be an imperfect art. You can’t dust for emotional influence; there is no DNA test for bloodlust. This is especially true when one or more of the participants in a crime does not survive the manhunt that follows. More and more bits of the Tsarnaev brothers’ history will come together in the weeks and months of investigation that are sure to follow the siege in Boston. The sibling bond, which can be such a powerfully good thing, was surely a powerfully bad one in this case. Whether it was the determining thing is, and may always be, impossible to say.
Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor, oversees TIME's science and technology reporting.
Katherine Russell is believed to have married and had a daughter with Tamerlan Tsarnaev three years ago, having become a Muslim following her freshman year at Suffolk University in Boston.
Ms Russell, 24, was escorted by investigators to her parents' house in Rhode Island on Friday night, where she covered her face and refused to talk about her husband, who was shot dead by police.
Neighbours said they woke on Friday morning to find four FBI and police vehicles parked outside the house in North Kingston belonging to Ms Russell's parents Judith, 56, a nurse and Warren, 55, a doctor.
"Only then did I begin wondering if there could be a link between what happened in Boston and the gentleman who used to visit Katherine," Paula Gillette, a 51-year-old neighbour, told The Daily Telegraph.
"They are a very nice family, with three lovely daughters who are friendly and well-mannered," said Mrs Gillette. "And they were so happy to have a granddaughter. This is terrible for them".Related Articles
Here is the Full Story of the Boston Marathon Bomber till his Death and his associate in custody.
Police have identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the “black hat” bombing suspect, killed during the manhunt that followed. Readers have pointed out that Johannes Hirn made Tsarnaev the subject of a photo essay. “Will Box for Passport,” taken before the boxer competed at National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City. The captions give us a micro-profile of the suspect.
Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the competition.
Tamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to the United States as a refugee.
Originally from Chechnya, but living in the United States since five years, Tamerlan says: “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them.”
If he wins enough fights … Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US Olympic team and be naturalized American. Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia .
Tamerlan says he doesn’t drink or smoke anymore: “God said no alcohol.” A muslim, he says: “There are no values anymore,” and worries that “people can’t control themselves.”(Slate)
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. the so-called Suspect No. 2 (white hat), remains alive and is the subject of a massive manhunt in an around Watertown, Massachusetts. Tamerlan, Suspect No. 1 (black hat), was reportedly shot by cops during a fierce firefight in the streets of Watertown, during which the brothers set off explosives and gravely wounded another cop. Tamerlan later died after reportedly being run over by Dzhokhar as he escaped.
The Boston area is on lockdown, with residents forced to remain indoors while hundreds of agents hunt the terrorist suspect Dzhokhar. Schools are closed and transit is shut down. There is strong suspicion that the brothers had accomplices.
Here’s what you should know about this enemy of America.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, so-called Suspect No. 2, and his brother, Suspect No. 1, have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years. NBC’s Pete Williams, who has been in the know and debunked speculation that a missing Brown University student was the suspect. says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was born July 22, 1993, in Kyrgyzstan. The older brother was born in Russia.
Records show Dzhokhar was registered to voter in Cambridge. And according to NBC News he had recently become a naturalized U.S. citizen — last year on 9/11 .
His address is reportedly 410 Norfolk Street in Cambridge.
TMZ has confirmed that a gruesome photo circulating through the internet depicts the violently mutilated body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was reportedly run over by his escaping brother after he was shot.
The picture shows the bullet-ridden lifeless corpse of 26-year-old Tamerlan..
1. Tamerlan Tsarnaev Traveled to Russia Through NYC Last Year
According to reports by CBS. the bombing suspect flew in and out of John F. Kennedy Airport last year and was out of the country for six months. Investigators want to know if he participated in terror training while he was overseas.
According to and Fox News interview with former CIA intelligence officer Michael Scheuer :
“Looking at the operations two people could have carried it out but there must have been some kind of training…the bombs looked professionally made…I could be completely wrong…this gentleman was in Russia for 6 months last year and could have received that training”
2. He was an Islamist Who May Have Been Radicalized
He considered himself a devout Muslim who did not drink alcohol or smoke. In interviews carried out for a photo essay. put together before the boxer competed at National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, Tamerlan stated: “I’m very religious.” He also revealed that he felt there were “no values” in society anymore.
According to The Telegraph. Tamerlan is believed to have became more focused on his religion after dropping out of Bunker Hill Community College.
The bomb suspects’ uncle Ruslan Tasarni, said that if this was an attack fueled by religious extremism, the Tsarnaev brothers must have been indoctrinated outside of the family. In an interview with reporters outside his home in Maryland, Tasarni stated that, the boys’ extremism was “not taught my brother”. He also said his nephews “deserve to die” for what they did.
Tamerlan’s YouTube Channel (featured below) sheds light on his potential extremist inclinations.
3. He had a YouTube channel Dedicated to Terrorist-style Videos.
The videos on a YouTube Channel believed to belong to Tamerlan Tsarnaev suggest a man who was deeply pious, but held a stern view of his own faith.
Many of the videos on his channel have since been deleted. His playlists include one titled “Islam” and another one titled “Terrorists”. The video above is an example of what was linked to his page. This particular video features a Islamist group called “The Black Flags from Khorsasan”; a religious group that support key parts of jihadist mythology. According to The Weekly Standard. “Mentions of the Khorasan have begun to increase in al Qaeda’s propaganda.”
This does not make the brothers al Qaeda operatives but does increase the likelihood that Tamerlan Tasarnaev (if this is indeed his YouTube page) was at least sympathetic to the same underlying ideology.
Click te above source for more details on both the killers.
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings who was shot dead in a gunfight with police last night, may have once been an amateur boxer with Olympic aspirations.
Photographer Johannes Hirn took a number of shots of a young man by the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaev -- who appears to be the same Tamerlan Tsarnaev in today's headlines -- several years ago for a photo essay called “Will Box For Passport” (disclaimer: this reporter went to graduate school with Hirn). It has not been confirmed that the Tsarnaev in the photo essay is the suspect.
Tsarnaev, a refugee from Chechnya, was training for a national Golden Gloves competition and had taken a semester off from Bunker Hill Community College.
“If he wins enough fights there, Tamerlan says he could be selected for the U.S. Olympic team and be naturalized American,” Hirn wrote. “Unless his native Chechnya becomes independent, Tamerlan says, he would rather compete for the United States than for Russia.”
In an interview at the time, Tsarnaev described himself as a Muslim who does not drink or smoke. At the time, Tsarnaev also had a girlfriend. half-Italian, half-Portuguese, who converted to Islam. He said he had no American friends because he couldn't understand them.
“There are no values anymore,” he told Hirn; “People can’t control themselves.”