Can the Tsarnaev case get any weirder? The Guardian reports,
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was shot to death while being questioned by authorities, according to a filing by federal prosecutors in the case against his brother, surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
According to the filing on Monday, Ibragim Todashev told investigators Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was shot dead by police shortly after the bombing, took part in a triple murder in Waltham on 11 September 2011.
In that case, three men were found in an apartment with their throats cut and their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana. One of the victims was a boxer and friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Todashev, a 27-year-old martial arts fighter, was fatally shot at his Orlando home during a meeting with an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers in May, according to authorities. He had turned violent while being questioned, they said.
So now that the witness has been killed—shot by an FBI agent and/or state troopers—it turns out he has conveniently fingered the dead older brother terrorist in another multiple murder.
Am I the only one worried about how little interest the media seems to have in people who die in police or federal custody?
Why do we even care that Todashev is a “martial arts fighter”? I guess since Jason Bourne tried to rescue a Guardian reporter in the Ultimatum movie from an NSA guided CIA assassination, they think that trained martial artists are dangerous miracle workers who have a real chance taking on three armed officers. Jason took out several more than that, so of course they had to shoot Todashev when he got violent. We’ve all seen the Kung Fu movies. He might have jasonbourned them if they hadn’t fired.
Except, of course, Jason Bourne is fiction. No one would know that with more certainty than a real martial arts fighters. Whatever happened, it is really hard to believe that Todashev thought he had a fighting chance against three armed men. I’m curious about why Todashev was willing to be so helpful to the FBI before attacking the men and forcing them to kill him.
We are now hearing about Todashev’s dying “testimony”—which I assume was never recorded but simply summarized as written notes per standard FBI 1901-era-procedure—because the prosecutor is trying “to block Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from getting certain information from authorities, including investigative documents associated with the Waltham killings.”
Though the New York Times has warned us to trust everything the government tells us about the Tsarnaev brothers, or else we’re nuts, I find it hard to believe that, not only was Tamerlan Tsarnaev able to go to Russia and back, despite Russia warning the FBI about him, but was also able to get away with multiple murders and still not arouse government suspicion. As WhoWhatWhy.com points out:
It should have been a high-priority crime in Waltham, where triple murders are about as rare as Halley’s Comet. Officials believed the victims knew their killers. Tsarnaev was a close friend of Mess’s and a frequent visitor to the Harding Avenue house.
Friends and loved ones of the victims have said they pointedly told police investigators to question Tsarnaev. The suggestions should have been unnecessary; it is template detective work to interview those closest to murder victims. But no cop ever questioned Tsarnaev about the murders.
This case invites many questions and few people are asking them.