Skip to comments.Tsarnaev's widow under new scrutiny as investigators find radical Islamist material on her computer
Posted on 05/06/2013 10:37:59 PM PDT by Cronos
Investigators are ramping up their focus on Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect and alleged planner Tamerlan Tsarnaev after an inspection of her computer turned up radical Islamist material, law enforcement sources said.
With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, alive and in custody, police are trying to determine what involvement, if any, Russell had in the plot to plant bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Russells attorney, Amato DeLuca, released a statement earlier this week saying his client was willing to provide as much assistance to the investigation as she can.
The younger Tsarnaev brother told law enforcement that he and his brother were partly influenced to carry out the attack by the online sermons of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Al-Qaeda speaker who was killed by a US drone strike two years ago. Dzhokhar also said that the brothers learned to make explosives by reading Inspire magazine, an English-language periodical published by Al-Qaeda.
Police sources speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said that at least a portion of the radical Islamist material was found on Russells computer, although they are trying to determine who exactly accessed the information.
DeLuca has maintained that Russell, 24, had no involvement in the plot. She previously provided a DNA sample after law enforcement officials found female DNA on a component of one of the exploded bombs found in downtown Boston. However, Russells DNA was not found on the explosive device.
Federal investigators told The New York Times that they doubt Russells innocence, whether in planning the attack or evading police in the aftermath. Russell allegedly called her husband when the FBI released his photograph to the public but did not contact the police. She has reportedly stopped cooperating with authorities.
Russell is known to have worked as many as 80 hours every week as a nurses aide while Tamerlan, who was unemployed but sometimes worked as a mechanic, cared for the couples child. When he was not taking care of the child, its been speculated, Tsarnaev experimented with making bombs using household materials. The police increasingly believe the brothers assembled the bombs in their home just five miles from where they detonated them, Reuters reported.
FBI agents spent about 90 minutes Monday looking for evidence at Russells parents home, where shes been staying since the attack. The FBI refused to comment on whether they found evidence there. However, it is known that they came up empty-handed Friday after searching four locations near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where the brothers were thought to have practiced detonations.
Russell was raised in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, where her parents still reside, and met Tamerlan Tsarnaev at Suffolk University. She converted to Islam and married him in 2010. DeLuca claimed Russell does not speak Russian so, often, she could not understand what he was saying when speaking with friends.
The widow has not spoken to the press, but her attorney said earlier this week that Russell had refused to claim Tamerlan's body, instead opting to let his relatives take the corpse. Rusland Tsarni, Tsarnaevs uncle, the same who called the brothers losers during a media scrum, said Tuesday that he would claim the remains.
Of course, family members will take possession of the body, he told the Associated Press. We will do it. A family is a family.
Chechen widows are dangerous species. They are responsible for all the torture you have to endure these days to fly by air.
But she was such a good girl! /sarc
(BTW, if I was the FBI, I’d check on her mommy and daddy too. Rotten apples don’t fall too far from the tree).
Russell worked as many as 80 hrs/wk as a health care aide... Who’s paying for her attorney?
You and I are.
Russell denounced Jesus and converted to islam. All the worst perils on earth hold nothing to what awaits her.
But why, she hasn’t been charged
Don’t know, but recall reading her father is a doctor.
And still no interviews with the folks who grabbed the Saudi...
Daddie’s a doctor, Mommie’s a nurse, and together they made a daughter so stupid she married a muslim.
In fact aircraft bombings are just a little bit of their total score:
Typical widow of Chechen terrorist:
LOL! That one blowed up real good!
I wonder what kind of virgins female terrorists got?:)
Believe or not when a female Muzzie blows her self up she goes to a different kind of paradise. One where they never grow old but they don’t get to knock boots, if you know what I mean. But they do get to have 19 year old skin forever.
Isn’t tax money, weapons and manpower going to aid radical Islamists to overthrow the Assad gov’t, just like what happened in Egypt and Libya?
I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you!
>>>Isnt tax money, weapons and manpower going to aid radical Islamists to overthrow the Assad govt, just like what happened in Egypt and Libya?<<<
Boston bombers were lived with tax money too. So does “black widow”.
Holder and Obama have SUCCEEDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All the Saudis have escaped .... AGAIN.
Why does everyone refer to her as Katherine Russell? Isnt her name Katherine Tsarnaev? And don’t muslim converts usually take a muslim name when they convert?
I am so confused.
I'm picturing that she's a Bill Ayers wannabe; grew up as a privileged spoiled brat in a well to do family and 'rebelled' against what she felt was a capitalist/bourgeois upbringing by going full terrorist.
you are correct, Moslems do change their names upon conversion
Everyone needs to add the word “Shahidka” to their counterjihad glossary. Google it and learn.
Thanks for the link!
“Russell worked as many as 80 hrs/wk as a health care aide... Whos paying for her attorney?”
She comes from a wealthy family.
Grandfather was a member of Skull and Crossbones in 1951. His OBIT was in the New York times paid section even though he lived in MA.
Part owner of thermax.
Great Grandfather appears to have owned a steel mfg business - but that could have been a small one. Info from the Census.
That is entirely redundant.
Boston Bombing Ping!
If she was sufficiently stoopid to surrender Christianity, she is equally stoopid to be involved all the way in jihad.
I just don’t get it. If she refuses to claim his body, why the heck is still walking around with that bag over her head? And seriously, do these muslim men typically stay home and take care of the baby? I just don’t see how see worked 80 hours a week, really?!
Btw, did we learn the moolem names her delightful hubby gave her dingy parents?
This whole family is seriously deranged.
Yet more proof that Liberalism is a mental disease. Guarantee you that she grew up in a liberal household where her parents were aging sixties hipsters. Probably never had any any set of core beliefs other than progressive, new age nonsense.
She knew and I think she was involved.
I agree or else she has to be the most clueless moronic wife ever. Can you imagine Mr. Pen or Mr. Onyx building a bomb or following islamists jihadi videos without us knowing they had lost their friggin minds?
Lol...never happen in a million years!
Never happen and I’m not nosy!
Do we know for a fact that she was working 80 hours?
>>>I just dont get it. If she refuses to claim his body, why the heck is still walking around with that bag over her head? And seriously, do these muslim men typically stay home and take care of the baby? I just dont see how see worked 80 hours a week, really?!<<<
Getting a job or doing any labor is insulting for men in Chechen culture. “Chaban”=shepherd or a person who works for a living is a N-word there.
Real men has to live a “warrior life” or “off the road”.
Historically Chechens lived as a land version of Somalia pirates interdicting merchants travelling between Eastern Europe and Indochina&Middle East. It is actually a core of their relations with Russians who tried to secure these routes.
At home Chechens rely on their wifes and slave labor (up to this day). In Soviet period they mostly lived on welfare programs which is not near as extensive in modern Russia. It is OK if his wife works too as soon as a “warrior” husband doesn’t desecrate his hands with labor.
She's a good dhimmi that has been Koranified.
Ah, makes sense, everything in their world is a** backwards.
Thanks for the info.