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The social media trail of the Tsarnaevs

Aaron Hutchins on where the suspects lived on the web


 

The social media trail of the Tsarnaev brothers

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Fri, Apr 19 2013 14:04:05

While the manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continued in the Boston area, another search was taking place online to find out as much as possible about the 19-year-old and his older brother, Tamerlan, who died last night after a shootout in Watertown.
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Below is a picture of what might be Dzhokhar’s profile on a Russian equivalent to Facebook, VKontakte, where his education was listed as going to the Cambridge Ringe & Latin School in 2011.
Russian Facebook page of alleged suspect #2 in Boston bombings- Djohar (or Dzhokhar) Tsarnaev http://vk.com/id160300242 http://pic.twitter.com/yGZg98YGAFTim Dunlop
This video about Syria was posted April 9, 2013:
#SYRIA | HAVE A HEART | EMOTIONAL | HDlebo2196
Another video posted March 2012 featured an unidentified man performing various accents.
Кавказские акцентыabubakringush
Others have tweeted graduation photos:  
My beloved nephew on right, djohar tsarnaev on left, happy cambridge Rindge and Latin grads.heartbreaking pic.twitter.com/wCuNo8aApQRobin Young
High school friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tells @GMA he was a popular student accomplished athlete who seemed untroubled.Josh Elliott
Boston bomber suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev has no problem eating America’s delicious Hidden Valley Ranch dressing… http://pic.twitter.com/nd4FudrOQQMentality Magazine
And while fake Twitter accounts claiming to be Dzhokhar have surfaced, the website Buzzfeed reportedly confirmed to have his actual Twitter account. His last post, two days after the marathon bombing, wrote “I’m a stress free kind of guy.”

Dzhokhar also appears to have posted comments in August of 2011 reviewing the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell for the UMass Dartmouth First Year Summer Reading Project.

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According to the post with his name, he writes:

“While I understand and agree with most of the concepts that Gladwell explained in his book, there are several ideas of his that I cannot fathom or just choose not to believe. Yes, this book was very interesting but the idea that a person can predict whether you and your partner are going to be together in the future is honestly a little hard to believe. Sure, if you put two obvious celebrities in a room talking about how they’re going to adopt six children, that’s just not going to work out. And the idea that a more experienced doctor is more likely to be sued is likely to happen because they would have way more patients and more time in the work force. “Thin-slicing” and other concepts made me want to keep reading.”

Dzhokhar’s older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a boxing enthusiast training for the U.S. Golden Gloves competition, where he was going to compete in the heavyweight division.
Sueño de Tamerlan Tsarnaev, era competir en Juegos Olímpicos como boxeador por EU si Chechenia no era independiente. http://pic.twitter.com/CKSvuhyskyEliezer Ramos
According to a photo essay by Johannes Hirn,Tamerlan, 26, was training at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center.
See comment from Tamerlan:"I don’t have a single American friend,I don’t understand them."@YourAnonNews #Boston http://pic.twitter.com/CnRYfDKxRPQueen Claudia
Some of the captions read of the story read:
“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.'”
Look what I found! Older terrorist brother Tamerlan, was set to represent New England at a boxing… instagram.com/p/YSUKiGugBn/Kenneth O’Brien
“Tamerlan, 196 lbs, will represent New England in the heavyweight category at the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.”
Eerie. picof dead #BostonBombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Competed in #SLC ‘09 Golden Gloves Boxing competition. pic.twitter.com/VbnkxjJzNGTom Kirkland
“Tamerlan says he could be selected for the U.S. 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.”
Photo: suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev boxing. "I’m very religious." bit.ly/15r2Dj4 pic.twitter.com/8vuIW4YEe7Ehren Goossens
“Tamerlan says he doesn’t usually take his shirt off so girls don’t get bad ideas: ‘I’m very religious.'”

This photo essay was published in a Boston University graduate student magazine, with the title Will Box for Passport: An Olympic Drive to become a United States Citizen (go to page 11).

There are also several YouTube accounts that started in August 2012 under Tamerlan’s name.
In addition, his name is attached to an Amazon book wish list that includes several books on the history of Chechnya and how to forge an ID.

Mainstream media has also interviewed men who said they are the uncles of the suspects.
Uncle Goes Off – Tells Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Turn Himself Injackohoft
Uncle of Russian Boston Bombing Brothers Dzhokhar & Tamerlan Tsarnaev Speaks to Reportersbestlatestnews


 
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