While suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev awaits questioning in a Cambridge hospital, the focus is turning to the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It’s hard to believe, but Tamerlan was a husband and a father. His wife, 24-year-old Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, grew up as an average, all-American girl in Rhode Island.
How did she get involved with Tamerlan, and how much did she know? Investigators are trying to find out. Here’s what we know about her so far.
- Katherine is the oldest of three daughters. Her father is an emergency room physician, and her mother is a nurse. She grew up in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, where her parents still live. Read more on The Stir…
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has regained consciousness and has been giving investigators written answers to questions, law enforcement sources tell ABC, though it’s unclear if he’s actually saying anything useful yet. Sources tell Fox News that he will not be formally charged today. The Boston bombing suspect is listed as in serious but stable condition at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, with neck and throat injuries that prevent him from talking. The shot that injured his throat was fired at close range, sources tell Newsday, and that, combined with the bullet’s apparent trajectory, leads investigators to believe that the 19-year-old shot himself in a failed suicide attempt after police discovered his hiding place. Read more on Newser…
Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, gained nationwide attention for his heartbreakingly gruff and shout-y declaration to reporters that the brothers were “losers” who brought shame upon his family and the Chechen people. And now, Uncle Ruslan, as he’s affectionately known on the interwebs, is a meme. Well played. Check out a few more after the jump… [Quick Meme] Keep reading »
Amy Poehler’s awesome “Ask Amy” advice series takes a more somber turn in this week’s episode, in which she addresses how we can better cope with all the violent images we’ve seen this week. How can be balance wanting to stay informed without impacting our own mental health or contributing to the exploitation and grief of those who have lost loved ones?
“I’ve been looking at photographs that have been really hard to take. And I’ve been thinking about what these images do to our brain and to our heart. … I wonder if we could soften our hearts and minds and our eyes? If we could give our eyes a break and see things in a different way? To see things by reading about them or talking about them or listening? Be okay with letting some things rest in peace. … I love you, Boston.”
Such thoughtful, wise words. [via Buzzfeed]
Zooey Deschanel is a lot more adorkable. [Twitter]
UPDATE (8:43 p.m. EST): MSNBC is reporting that the suspect is alive and in custody. They’ve requested a medic
and the suspect was read his Miranda rights. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have suffered a gunshot wound and is bleeding but conscious. [MSNBC; Boston Globe]
UPDATE (8:37 p.m. EST): According to CNBC, the suspect’s body is still “throwing off heat,” indicating he’s likely still alive, but probably very weak. [CNBC]
UPDATE (8:28 p.m. EST): Boston PD says there is now a negotiator on the scene. [MSNBC]
UPDATE (8:17 p.m. EST): NBC’s Pete Williams is reporting that there is now a fire on the boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to be hiding. [CNBC Twitter]
After an all-day manhunt, police have surrounded a house, specifically a boat behind a house, on Franklin Street in Watertown, MA, where the second suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pictured), is hiding. Shots have been fired and residents nearby have been told to take cover. [NBC News, Buzzfeed] Keep reading »