Getting it Done!
Shortly after the FBI released photographs of two suspects in Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon, I posted an article entitled “Help Identify Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects… Please!” In it, I made a point of saying that these men were simply suspects and should not be considered guilty until evidence linked them to this vicious attack.
I also posted about the Ricin-filled letters sent to President Obama and Senator Wicker earlier this week (“Poison Goes Postal“).
Fortunately, there have been some new developments in both cases and, as you can see from my title, it seems as if America is getting it done. And if you don’t know what I mean exactly, you will by the time you finish reading this post.
First for the case that has gripped our nation and many around the world: the Boston Marathon bombings.
The suspects in the photographs released by the FBI recently have now been identified as two brothers of Chechnyan descent (basically Russian): Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19.
The brothers came to America several years ago and have been living state-side ever since. Tamerlan studied accounting at Bunker Hill Community College, while Dzhokar attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin, a public high school. Dzhokar also served as a lifeguard at Harvard University.
For all intents and purposes, these guys seem like immigrants who came to America for more opportunities and better educations—no different from many of our citizens and their descendants. Hell, the same could be said of our Founding Fathers.
However, there are rumours circulating and I have heard terms like extremist, Islamic fundamentalist and human rights violations being tossed around in the media. Nothing has been confirmed yet—aside from the fact that they were indeed Muslim—but I suspect this investigation will uncover some disturbing things in their pasts. At least I hope they do, because otherwise finding some kind of motive for this attack may be impossible.
On Thursday night, a convenience store in the Boston area was robbed, which obviously brought police to the scene. Shortly thereafter, a report came in from the MIT campus across the Charles River. Officer Sean Collier had been fatally shot and, according to authorities in the area, the suspects appeared to be the same men wanted in connection with Monday’s bombing.
After shooting Collier, the suspects carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint, confessed to the driver that they were indeed the Boston Marathon bombers—so much for simply classifying them as suspects—and took him with them as they fled. Fortunately, the driver escaped at some gas station a short time later.
At this point, things got really crazy. Using the escape vehicle’s GPS system, police tracked down the suspects and engaged them in a high-speed chase around Watertown, a residential neighborhood in the Boston area. The brothers tossed explosive devices at the officers and eventually came to a stop. Tamerlan jumped out and started shooting at the cops, but it didn’t last. Police shot and killed him and, ironically enough, his brother drove over his body and sped away.
Officer Richard Donohue Jr. of the transit system police force was shot during the altercation, but is expected to recover as far as I know.
At the moment, Dzhokar Tsarnaev is still at large and a huge manhunt is under way to try to apprehend him. The entire city of Boston was placed on lock-down and I even heard that their public transportation system was shut down. Still, no one has seen Dzhokar and residents in the area have been advised to stay in their homes and not to open their doors to anyone but a uniformed police officer or federal agent.
According to the latest reports, police had searched roughly 70% of the Watertown area and still have no idea where Dzhokar may be hiding. However, they are planning to check his previous haunts, including the area around his home in Cambridge and his school. Dzhokar is assumed to be armed and dangerous, so hopefully they will arrest or kill him soon.
Sorry if that sounds rather heartless, but I have no sympathy for terrorists. They simply cannot be classified as human when a word like inhuman seems much more applicable.
Before I move on to the whole poisoned letter thing, there are a few interesting facts about Dzhokar—as well as his brother Tamerlan—I should share:
- Ironically, Dzhokar became a U.S. citizen on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Any numerologists in the crowd should try to contain their excitement.
- At the time of his death, Tamerlan was wearing some kind of explosives and even had a triggering device to activate them. Fortunately, he was shot and killed before he had the chance to use them.
- Tamerlan was apparently a Golden Glove contender in boxing, but some of his opponents describe him as being arrogant and even cowardly—he would supposedly leave the ring anytime someone landed a body shot. Also, many have described his normal attire as being “militaristic” in nature.
- Neither of the suspects’ family members or friends can understand how they could even be capable of something like this and are having trouble accepting the fact that they are terrorists, or were terrorists in the case of Tamerlan, who was killed in Thursday night’s shoot-out. One former classmate of Dzhokar even said they were close friends throughout high school and anytime he needed someone he could rely on, Dzhokar was the first person who always came to mind. What in the hell could have happened to change him from a kind soul into a mass murderer? I guess we’ll only know if the authorities manage to take him alive once they find him.
In addition to all of this, it turns out that the Tsarnaev brothers were also active users of social media—like almost everyone else on the planet. In a posting on one of the big sites not long ago, older brother Tamerlan left these cryptic comments: “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.” I don’t know about you, but I find this very disturbing, to say the least. I certainly hope this guy was not shunned, insulted or teased by any of my fellow Americans, especially for being foreign or Muslim. It’s a different story if he was just some cocky asshole, though.
Dzhokar’s social media “weapon of choice” seems to be Twitter, and some of the things he posted there really make you think, given what he did on Monday. There were some song lyrics from Jay Z and Eminen—which I won’t repeat here—but check out what he said on April 7th: “If you have the knowledge and the inspiration, all that’s left is to take action.” Under normal circumstances, this would seem pretty motivational, don’t you think? But when you consider that this maniac bombed a peaceful sporting event and killed innocent people a week later, it becomes much darker and foreboding.
His last tweet came the day after the bombing and read simply “I’m a stress-free kind of guy.” At the time, Dzhokar and his brother Tamerlan were on the run and hiding from police. America was on high alert—and still is, to some degree—and the bombings were all over the news. Cops and federal agents were everywhere, searching for clues and suspects, while emergency personnel tried to sort out all the survivors. What’s more, the brothers had more explosives and weapons with them. Granted, their pictures weren’t released until recently—meaning they could still travel incognito—but the explosives had to be relatively unstable, making a fatal accident possible.
And this guy was “stress-free?” Something had to be seriously wrong with him.
Dzhokar posted some other Tweets in the past that are also eerie as hell now. Here are a few of the freakiest ones:
- Last summer, he referenced the same event that he bombed this past Monday: “Boston Marathon isn’t a good place to smoke [though].” I can only assume he was smoking weed, but you never know. Crack or something worse might help explain how he became such a monster in such a short time.
- “3rd zombie apocalypse dream in a span of like 2 weeks, i’m no golden boy but maybe, just maybe we should be expecting something soon.” Chilling.
- It also appears that Dzhokar was a fan of September 11th, or at least felt no sympathy for those killed in the attacks. Here’s a tweet he posted on the subject: “September 10th baby, you know what tomorrow is. Party at my house!” And another: “[I don’t know] why it’s hard for many of you to accept that 9/11 was an inside job, I mean I guess fuck the facts y’all are some real #patriots.” What a jerk.
I have to say that this case gets crazier and crazier by the minute. The search for Dzhokar continues and at least one of the Boston Marathon bombers is dead. With any luck, both will be taken care of soon and we can finally get some answers. Like many of you, my main question is this: What turns two seemingly normal, naturalized U.S. citizens—people that everyone seemed to like in one way or another—into heartless terrorists bent on death and destruction… and with no regard for even their own lives?
Okay, my question might be a little longer than yours, but I enjoy being verbose, at least when I’m writing about something I believe in. Bringing justice to terrorists certainly qualifies.
As for those poisoned letters that were sent to Senator Wicker and President Obama—as well as some judge in Mississippi—it looks as if 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi could be our man. The Mississippi judge handled an assault case against him years ago and, believe it or not, Senator Wicker once hired him to impersonate Elvis Presley at an engagement party.
“He was quite entertaining,” Wicker recalled. “My impression is that since that time, he’s had mental issues and perhaps is not as stable as he was back then.”
Apparently, Curtis is bipolar and does fine while on his medication. When he falls of it, though, things get much, much worse. A family acquaintance mentioned how Curtis could become extremely paranoid and often felt people were “out to get him.” Curtis once thought that government drones were being used to spy on him—and why our government would spy on an Elvis impersonator, I have no idea. He was also writing a book called Missing Pieces because he honestly thought the underground trafficking of human body parts was a growing problem—and a problem being largely ignored by—you guessed it—the American government!
Sounds like Curtis is slightly left-of-center, if not way the hell out in left field. And all the “missing pieces” are there: mental illness, paranoid behavior, anti-government sentiment, blue suede shoes… okay, I’m kidding about that last one. Or am I?
Like the Tsarnaev brothers and most of us, Curtis also used social media. On Tuesday—the day before his arrest—he posted to Facebook that he was on “the hidden front lines of a secret war.” Fortunately, though, it looks as if his war has come to an end. Curtis has been charged with sending these letters and is safely behind bars. And given the recent media frenzy, this won’t be the last we hear of him, either.
As I said before, updates in both of these cases have been coming pretty quickly. By the time you finish reading this post—and I hope there are a lot of you—there could be even more new developments. Stay tuned to your local newscasts or visit your favorite news website to learn more.
Better yet, wait for the movie. It’s only a matter of time before someone tries to “cash in” on what has to be one of the most dramatic and traumatic weeks in recent U.S. history. They always do.
UPDATE: As I mentioned, new developments in the Boston Marathon bombing case have been coming with lightning speed. And before I could even publish this post, I heard another one. Around 7:45 Friday evening, police engaged what we can only assume was the second suspect (Dzhokar Tsarnaev) on Franklin Street in Watertown, Massachusetts. Shots have been fired in what some have called “intense police activity” and residents of the area have been evacuated. In other words, STAY TUNED to your favorite news source if you want to hear how this thing ends. Based on this latest development, it could all be over before I hit “publish” again. And honestly, that would be just fine with me.
Posted on April 20, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged Boston Marathon, Chechnya, commentary, Crime and Justice, current-events, news, perspectives, poison, Ricin, Terrorism, United States. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.