The Tweets of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Bomber, Before & AFTER Bombing

by
Owen Poindexter
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev: Boston Marathon Bomber, terrorist, active tweeter. Among the many revelations that have come out about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since he and his brother Tamerlan is that Dzhokhar was an active twitter user, and he tweeted AFTER the bombing several times.

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev: Boston Marathon Bomber, terrorist, active tweeter. Among the many revelations that have come out about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since he and his brother Tamerlan were identified as the bombers is that Dzhokhar was an active twitter user, and he tweeted AFTER the bombing several times. His last personally written tweet, written on Tuesday, the day after the Boston Marathon Bombing, seems dark and ironic in context now:

He retweeted one tweet after that. We're all grasping at straws to figure out what goes through the head of someone like Dzhokhar (who apparently went by Jahar much of the time), but it's hard not to try to read into this final retweet, two days after the bombing, concerning inner beauty, or lack thereof:

Jahar also had one tweet on the day of the bombing that almost certainly references the Boston Marathon bombing. If I could know what he was thinking at any one moment, it would be the moment he wrote this tweet:

Looking back through some of his 1,101 tweets, Jahar seems...normal. Not suspiciously normal either. He makes jokes, talks about television, interacts with people. A few examples:

 

Then there are tweets, both before and after the bombing, that seem innocuous enough without any real context, but, assuming that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is in fact guilty of this crime, hint at what he was thinking about. This one is 18 days before the bombing:

8 days before the bombing:

5 days before the bombing, and a rare cultural critique:

Then there's this one, that feels sinister, knowing what we know now. It is from the day of the bombing, after the "stay safe" one quoted above:

One day after the bombing, Jahar made fun of racial profiling:

This is fascinating. An apparently fake story was circulating the internet about a man who was going to propose to his girlfriend after she finished the Boston Marathon, but she was slain by the bombing. Jahar wasn't the only one to shoot this one down, but it seems to speak to a sense of guilt that he felt the need to:

Then this Eminem quote that seems the flipside of his line above about "people who know the truth but stay silent."

Clearly something very dark was percolating within Jahar, but it is chilling how fluidly he sounded just like everyone else through his 140-character dispatches to the world.

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