WaPo: Feds getting a lot more interested in Tsarnaev widow

posted at 5:01 pm on May 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like the hubby may not have been the only Tsarnaev interested in radical Islamist reading material after all.    A search of Katherine Russell Tsarnaev’s computer turned up data from Inspire, the recruitment magazine published by al-Qaeda online, as well as other material that makes her more interesting than an average witness:

Federal law enforcement officials are sharpening their focus on the widow of the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings after finding al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine and other radical Islamist material on her computer, according to law enforcement officials.

The probe of the computer belonging to Katherine Russell, 24, the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is part of the effort by investigators to determine whether Russell knew anything about the April 15 bombing plot or helped the Tsarnaev brothers hide from authorities, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. …

According to officials, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also told investigators that he and his brother built the bombs in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Cambridge apartment, where the elder brother lived with Russell and their daughter. Officials said that Russell called her husband when she saw his photograph on television — following the FBI’s release of the pictures of the suspects — but did not notify authorities.

One of the key questions for investigators is whether the radical Islamist materials on Russell’s computer belonged to her or were downloaded by her husband or someone else.

Earlier, we discovered that Russell Tsarnaev’s DNA and fingerprints didn’t match those found on bomb fragments.  However, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told investigators that the bombs were made in the apartment where Tamerlan and Katherine live, and Newsday reports that investigators have found residue in the apartment as well:

A bathtub and kitchen sink in the Cambridge apartment of deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev tested positive for residue from explosives, corroborating his surviving brother Dzhokhar’s claims that the duo built bombs at the home, a federal law enforcement source said Friday.

The testing was performed by federal explosives experts and the results suggest bombs were either built in the bathroom and kitchen or stored there at some point, the source said.

In other words, the brothers didn’t build the bombs in the carport.  If they used the bathtub or kitchen sink, it’s a little difficult for the wife to claim ignorance of that effort, although with her work schedule, it’s very possible that she wasn’t around for the assembly itself.  Presumably, though, she would have been suspicious to find the two men scrubbing the sink and bathtub in her absence.

The same could also be said about the computer, too — that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar used it without her knowledge, and that she’s as surprised as anyone to find al-Qaeda propaganda on it.  Dzhokhar got rid of his own laptop, though, and and if Tamerlan was looking to evade suspicion, he probably would have done the same with his own computer.  Perhaps the FBI will be able to determine who used the computer at the time the material was accessed, perhaps not, but their sudden “focus” is hardly surprising.  Many wondered how a young wife with a small child could have her husband go on walkabout for six months and take it in stride, too.

Police and the FBI spent the day scouring the woods, apparently looking for the Tsarnaev’s testing grounds for their bomb designs:

Information about the residue came to light as federal, state and local authorities launched a massive search effort in a wooded area and other locations near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth campus for evidence related to the Boston Marathon bombings case, according to the source.

Authorities were scouring the woods after receiving information that evidence linked to the case may have been left there, the source said.

The searches were confirmed by the Massachusetts U.S. attorney’s office.

Federal agents have received information that students heard explosions in the wooded area about a month ago, sparking concerns among investigators that the area may have been used as a testing grounds for the pressure cooker bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 at the Boston Marathon.

This is another nagging question, one related to Tamerlan’s travels.  Budding bombmakers require lots of practice, and if he wasn’t getting that in Boston, then the assumption could be made that he got it in Dagestan.

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She is a creepy looking zombie. Don’t stare at her mug too long or you will be jinxed for two weeks.

SparkPlug on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Why do you have to be so superficial? Women are more than their appearance, you know.

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Why do you have to be so superficial? Women are more than their appearance, you know.

Axe on May 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Yep, I’ve heard that even some of them have brains and stuff.

TXUS on May 3, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Shoplifting. So she had something in common with her mother-in-law.

Alana on May 3, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Arrest her ass for, at the very least; being a first class idiot.

V7_Sport on May 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

OT:

Can’t believe HA isn’t covering the NRA convention here in Houston this weekend. Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s wife, gave the most moving speech today, and the crowd melted.

TXUS on May 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I’ve said this before and I will say it again: WHITE WIDOW!

Blake on May 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM

same instinct. she lawyered up faster than a mafia don

She must have stood out as a home health care aide, in her black burqa. Funny no one has been interviewed who received her services. What is the company name? Why hasn’t a company rep been interviewed?

Story has a big hole in it

Bugs me that wife was on welfare, but spent weekends in style at Doctor Daddy’s home. Pretty good deal if you can pull it off. After a hard week working your fingers to the bone for some unnamed business, for some unnamed customers, just to be close to terror hubby, relax and unwind on weekends at Doctor Daddy’s.

She didn’t pose for photos with American POWs, but otherwise, gives Fonda a run for the money

entagor on May 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

That is a waste of a perfectly good white girl.

tomas on May 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM

No, the term is very specific to the Caucasus;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahidka

narciso on May 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

I wonder what her homelife was like? Are here parents radical 60′s leftovers? Are they the Bernadine Dohrn/ Bill Ayers types?

portlandon on May 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Said on Fox News that father is an Ivy-educated doctor and the mother is or was a nurse.

slickwillie2001 on May 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

That is a waste of a perfectly good white girl.

tomas on May 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Strmfrnt called. They want their press release back.

Capitalist Hog on May 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Strmfrnt called. They want their press release back.

Capitalist Hog on May 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I think it’s a joke from ‘Better Off Dead.’

sentinelrules on May 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I think it’s a joke from ‘Better Off Dead.’

sentinelrules on May 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM

The humorless jackwagon had <0.0001% chance of knowing that.

OT:

Can’t believe HA isn’t covering the NRA convention here in Houston this weekend. Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s wife, gave the most moving speech today, and the crowd melted.

TXUS on May 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

She is every bit as gorgeous as I imagined a great patriot like Chris would have as a wife.

tom daschle concerned on May 3, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Resist We Much

In most situations, federal courts look to the body of federal common law to determine privileges, but in civil actions, privilege is determined according to state law.

Massachusetts has recognized the spousal privilege by statute since 1870. Spousal privilege does not exist once a spouse is deceased (i.e there is no longer the marriage).

If charged, the wife will most likely be advised by her lawyer to take the Fifth, will not speak again to the cops or any court.

MA state statue: Section 504. Spousal Privilege and Disqualification; Parent-‌Child Disqualification

http://www.mass.gov/courts/sjc/guide-to-evidence/504.htm

luckybogey on May 3, 2013 at 10:31 PM

If accurate, the limited statement Obama allowed the younger brother, “Gilligan,” to make before forcing him to lawyer up and shut up reportedly has her making the warning call in a way that conveys no surprise. Not upset, not “What the heck is going on?” that most wives would be asking – if they didn’t already know.

Maybe it’s early yet, but there were definitely more involved than just “Speedbump & Gilligan” – their buddies seemed a little too anxious to cover up for them, three of three friends do it? Not one calls the law?

Hard to believe that at least the Three Moes, “Katherine,” and Mama weren’t involved before the fact. Likely, several more we don’t even know about yet.

Adjoran on May 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Presumably, though, she would have been suspicious to find the two men scrubbing the sink and bathtub in her absence.

If I ever found my husband cleaning a sink/bathtub or using a crockpot, I wouldn’t call the authorities, I’d call Ripley’s!

Laura in Maryland on May 3, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Her mugshot almost makes her look like Josef Fritzl (a.k.a.: Austrian incest monster).

eaglescout_1998 on May 4, 2013 at 5:32 AM

What a family!

Bunch of lousy turds.

Sherman1864 on May 4, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Hmmm…she’s a muslim who was possible helping in a terrorist bombing…what would Sharia law do?….stone her to death?

albill on May 4, 2013 at 6:26 AM

She looks like Shepard Smith with a wig. No doubt she is up to her evil-looking eyes in this plot.

MaiDee on May 4, 2013 at 6:27 AM

If this Ms. Russell/Tsarnaev had joined in, and got all blown up and stuff, martyr for Mohammed and all that….would she get her own 72 virgins?

Seems like a pretty raw deal.

Mohammedan women still have to do all the work…even in death.

Mohammedans are such misogynists.

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 7:49 AM

OT:

Can’t believe HA isn’t covering the NRA convention here in Houston this weekend. Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s wife, gave the most moving speech today, and the crowd melted.

TXUS on May 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

I offically withdraw mt support from Ted Cruz. The man picks on retards: http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/05/03/Video-Ted-Cruz-Challenges-Joe-Biden-to-a-Gun-Debate-at-NRA-Convention-in-Houston

davidk on May 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM

When they find out she’s complicit (she is). They should take her over to saudi arabia and drop her in the middle of the desert with a bikini, car keys and a car with a voter registration card.

When they catch her they’ll stone her to death for driving or not wearing a tent or having the audacity to think she can vote as a women.

The prison guards will probably have a few rounds with her. Of course, all in name of “allah”.

acyl72 on May 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The prison guards will probably have a few rounds with her. Of course, all in name of “allah”.

acyl72 on May 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Then, before they behead her for the previous crimes, they can flog her for the audacity of letting herself be raped.

davidk on May 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Budding bombmakers require lots of practice, and if he wasn’t getting that in Boston, then the assumption could be made that he got it in Dagestan.

No. They really don’t require any practice. None.

Al Qaeda has published step-by-step instructions on how to make exactly the kind of bombs they used. Even the remote-controlled detonators are covered (which can be easily made from cheap RC cars and lightbulbs and/or model rocket components. All of this is well-tested elsewhere and does not need to be tested any further.

stvnscott on May 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Whatever happened to Lorien? We could really use him on these threads.

stvnscott on May 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM

They released the cause of death but I much rather see the actual document than have some reporter cherry pick alleged quotes from it. More importantly, I would like to see the full autopsy report.

Blake on May 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Her left eye made her do it.

Mimzey on May 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I could see her writing pig and helter skelter on a wall.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Her right eye…our left.

Little Boomer on May 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Looks a lot better with that high-explosive hijab thing…

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Presumably, though, she would have been suspicious to find the two men scrubbing the sink and bathtub in her absence.

If I ever found my husband cleaning a sink/bathtub or using a crockpot, I wouldn’t call the authorities, I’d call Ripley’s!

Laura in Maryland on May 3, 2013 at 11:12 PM

So, gotcha. You and Ed are both sexist.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on May 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Most of the pressure cookers used in the Boston bombings are from the USA.

BobMbx on May 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Ed, you should have used a burqu picture.

She was NOT brainwashed. She’s likely a flaming leftard.

Schadenfreude on May 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Related to that, in very early tv reports after she was identified following the two bombers’ demise and capture, respectively, this woman’s father — who is a physician, it’s reported (not sure what KIND of “doctor” he is, however) — anyway, her father “the doctor” minimized the violence his daughter, this woman married to the deceased bomber Blackhat, saying (so he was quoted by a tv reporter), saying that “it was only (a small thing or something like that)”…

That rather describes the state of mind of this woman and her parents: “no big deal, it was a small thing,” but get out of town…

Lourdes on May 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Her left eye made her do it.

Mimzey on May 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Reminds me of the Head-tipped-over arrest photo of Bill Ayers.

Lourdes on May 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Stefan said that, as of 2 pm he had not yet heard from Tsnaraev family attorneys about when a private medical examiner would arrive to conduct a second autopsy, but added that he still expects that examination to be completed today.

I hope all these people involved get the money up front, preferable in cash.

Blake on May 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I’m still chuckling over this funeral home guy. Hint: when his mosque, his parents, and his wife will not take the body, that’s a clue that neither should you. “The family” has made unreasonable demands and you will not be compensated for all the work they will have caused you. You’re just another person they will have ripped off.

Blake on May 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Blake on May 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Osama could use a companion about now…deep six speedbump.

coldwarrior on May 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Lindsay lohan just can’t stay out of trouble

JR on May 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

it’s too bad we don’t have background checks on gun sales.

that would have prevented all of this bloodshed and the maimed people in Boston.

If only the republicans weren’t so obstructionist.

acyl72 on May 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

She reminds me of Kristen Stewart from the Breaking Wind trilogy of vampire movies.

papertiger on May 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Since nobody is claiming the body of “corpseman” Tsarnaev, I am surprised that the president hasn’t already extended the necessary community outreach by burying him at sea (well, at least in Boston harbor).

Even a Islamo-fascist radical I mean, member of the Amalgamated Union of Isolated Lone-Wolf and Isolated Terrorists, to quote Steyn, requires a dignified burial.

However, as a practical matter, they should just cremate and return him to the sewer.

virgo on May 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

She is a creepy looking zombie.

SparkPlug on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

That’s her mugshot.

Resist We Much on May 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Well my mug shot is way cuter. Anyway I’m sure Axe would date her if she likes poetry and puppies. (:

SparkPlug on May 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

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