“We got him”- Boston Mayor Tom Menino

If you’re new to this story – you missed one heck of an evening. A massive manhunt began overnight after a police officer was murdered at MIT, during an evening that included a 7-11 robbery, a carjacking, a massive gun battle in a Boston suburb, that included explosives being lobbed at police, and finally confirmation from the Boston Chief of Police that one Boston Marathon bombing suspect (the older one, Suspect 1) was apprehended and is now dead (due to his injuries), and the second (the younger one, Suspect 2) is still at-large and being pursued by the FBI, the National Guard, and the Boston Police in a massive door-to-door manhunt in five Boston suburbs. All that happened from 11pm ET until dawn.

sub1_500xThen they shut down all of Boston for the day.  Then. at the end of the day, the police announced they were lifting the siege, they couldn’t find the suspect – only to find him hiding in a boat, and the siege was back. Finally at around 8:43pm ET, they got him.

9:16pm Crowds are gathered in Watertown, Massachusetts, alongside the roads, cheering for cops, EMS, and other emergency responders as they drive by:



8:43pm “You’ve got the recovered with no injury. He’s alive. In custody, asking for a medic.” 8:36pm

8:31pm I think this one is actually real, from Fox – not a joke:

  BIQRfT_CUAAPfcF 8:29pm This is a joke, but it’s funny:

It’s based on this clip, from the movie Good Will Hunting, which was based in Boston: 8:23pm


8:17pm Suspect covered in blood, per NBC. 8:00pm Cops moving in, launched assault on the boat. 7:54pm Police suspect he’s injured and been hiding in the boat much of the day. 7:53pm Media hearing more shots. 7:41pm

7:38pm Boston Globe:

7:35pm Supposedly this is the boat on Franklin Street in Watertown, you can see its form in the backyard, basically it’s a rowboat. by-default-2013-04-19-at-7.34.45-PM 7:31PM CBS reporting man in boat is alive. 7:25pm There’s a report of a boat in a backyard with a body in it. But it’s not confirmed. 7:23PM And the police have locked down Watertown again. 7:21pm He’s reportedly trapped in a boat. 7:11pm CNN is reporting that the police have Suspect #2 cornered, are firing tear gas, they say they can see him. If this is true, then my suspicions were right – that press conference an hour ago was a ruse. They were planning an assault and wanted to put him at ease. We’ll see.

7:00pm Shots fired. Sounded like automatic fire. Cops cars racing by, and ambulance racing by. Something happened. 6:49pm Czech ambassador to the US reminds Americans that the Czech Republic is not the same thing as Chechnya.  Seriously. czech-ambassador 6:10pm This is odd. They just held a press conference announcing that he hasn’t been found, but that they’re lifting the shelter-in-place order (basically, telling people to stay home), and public transit will re-open.

This feels odd to me. This feels like a strategic move to me, not giving up. Oh, they also said that the suspects did not rob a 7-11.  They just happened to be at the 7-11 when it got robbed.  Again, that’s a bit odd. 3:49pm Suspect #2 takes apparent jab at Fred “God hates f*gs” Phelps in Twitter account that Buzzfeed has confirmed appears to belong to Suspect #2.  The tweet appears, to me at least, to refer to Phelps’ penchant for protesting funerals, and his slogan “God hates f*gs” tagline. Even weirder, the tweet is dated April 15 at 11pm – that’s Monday night, after the bombing, that he was taking a stand against hate. Wow:

Okay, that’s just weird.3:43pm Boston-NYC Amtrak service shut down. Someone raised an interesting question on Twitter: If they don’t catch Suspect #2 today, when will they be re-opening Boston? 3:39pm Glenn Beck wants to impeach Obama over Boston Marathon bombing because Glenn Beck has finally jumped the shark, again

Beck is claiming that Saudi national, who law enforcement already ruled out as a suspect is a suspect. He then blamed the media for covering this up, and called for the impeachment of President Obama. Beck said, “When I found out yesterday, who that guy is and what we have on him, and how our media was rooting for an American to be the killer. And how our president, this administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and everything else. How they have covered this up. How they have aided and abetted this guy is obscene, and it’s criminal. It’s out of control, and when America knows the full story on this, if she doesn’t stand up, and quite honestly, I think demand impeachment and the mass firing if not shutting down of agencies, we don’t stand a chance.”

3:25pm More live views form the windows of Watertown, Mass.

2:57pm America’s favorite officially-designated hate group, the GOP-allied Family Research Council, has weighed in: The Sandy Hook Massacre and the Boston Marathon Bombing were caused by gay marriage… or something.

In the aftermath of horrible tragedies like Newtown, the government desperately wants to do something–even if that something is the wrong thing. There seems to be this notion, at least among liberals, that more laws will protect us–but as we all witnessed in Boston, that isn’t necessarily the case. The government can’t make us safer until it recognizes that the problem isn’t the instruments of violence–but the environment of it. Stronger background checks wouldn’t have prevented the deaths of three people at the finish line on Monday, any more than it would have stopped Floyd Corkins from walking into our lobby and shooting Leo Johnson. If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart. As I’ve said before, America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it–through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility–is only compounding the problem.

And you wonder why they call you a “hate group”? 2:39pm The Onion – “Breaking: We’re doing a bad job2:33pm Lead GOP-aligned “family values” group says ban all Muslim immigrants:

2:24pm Chechnya’s president thinks America turned the guys into terrorists. Uh huh. 2:21pm US Capital security given photos of Suspect #2

2:19pm Ditto.


So according to American media, terror attacks bad for immigration reform, irrelevant for gun control. It is like the GOP won the election.

2:17pm Canadian aunt of suspects is not convinced of their guilt

She said she found the photos strange because the brothers were not walking next to each other. “Why wouldn’t they come together? Together as brothers. I’m suspicious this was staged, the picture was staged. By who? By whoever needs this, by whoever is looking for someone to blame.”

Um, cuz if they were about to blow up a thousand people perhaps they were playing it cool and avoiding each other?  Her larger point is fair – they did get it wrong going after the Atlanta Olympics bomber.   So as a family member, I could see her concern.  Still, this sounds a bit too much. 11:24am Suspects’ uncle asked what he thinks made them do this: “Being losers.”  He then adds, “we’re Muslims, we’re ethnic Chechens.”  Well, guess that debate is over.

Suspects’ dad in Russia is in denial

11:07am It’s his son, he’s far away, and he has Russian media to rely on – if you think ours has been bad of late…

Kittens that look like male models

11:01am Because sometime you simple need a break from the carnage.

Profile of the bomb suspects

10:50am Reportedly an excellent profile of the bomb suspect brothers. 10:47am UMass Dartmouth evacuating:


Boston is a ghost town




More from Business Insider.

AP backgrounder on Chechnya and terrorism – suspects are ethnic Chechens

10:23am AP has a detailed backgrounder on Chechnya and terrorism as Suspect 2’s connection with Chechnya might be part of what’s going on here.

Suspect 2’s uncle interviewed – he’s not pleased

10:14am Buzzfeed has video of CBS interviewing suspect 2’s uncle: ‘I’m associated with these bastards’

Photo of MIT Police Officer who died

10:01am Photo of the MIT police officer who died:


Yes, there is a Chechnya tie here

9:56am Wild photos from Watertown and surrounding communities – it’s a war zone. 9:43am While there are reports that the brothers are from Russia and not Chechnya, there is a Chechnya tie. His social media profile that I found points out at that he speaks “English, Russian and Chechen,” (it says the Chechen language IN CHECHEN, “Nohchiyn Mott”) and elsewhere on the page, under “groups,” it says “Chechens, All about Chechnya Chechen Republic.” The kid has ties to Chechnya. (Oh, and a friend of suspect 2 just said on CNN that “they’re from Chechnya.”) chechen 9:40am:


@BostonDotCom: MIT police officer killed in confrontation with terror suspects was Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, per Middlesex DA


Suspect 1’s weird YouTube page

9:32am Dead Suspect #1’s creepy YouTube page:

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26 year-old brother of the second Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, had a YouTube page where he posted religious videos, including a video of Feiz Mohammad, a fundamentalist Australian Muslim preacher who rails against the evils of Harry Potter. Among those videos is one dedicated to the prophecy of the Black Banners of Khurasan which is embraced by Islamic extremists—particularly Al Qaeda. The videos posted on what appears to be Tsarnaev’s YouTube page may shed light on the motivations for the attack on the Boston Marathon. The prophecy states that an invincible army will come from the region of “Khurasan,” a large portion of territory in central Asia.

9:30am AP:  “Father of Boston bombing suspect says son is accomplished medical student and ‘a true angel’.” 9:26am WGRZ:

Police source: 2 Russian nationals pulled over in Niagara Falls; 4 suspicious backpacks in the car, robot & bomb techs on scene.


Boston has been shut down

9:05am Boston has been shut down.  Residents are all being asked to stay home.  And a no-fly zone has been put in place over the city.  The entire city is literally locked down. 8:47am More photos have been found of Suspect #1, who was killed overnight.  His name is Tsarnaev.  He came to the US in 2002 or 2003 from Russia, according to NBC.   The photos are copyrighted, so I won’t copy them, but check out some of the text – he’s a pretty devoute Muslim:

Tamerlan says he doesn’t usually take his shirt off so girls don’t get bad ideas: “I’m very religious.” Tamerlan says he doesn’t drink or smoke anymore: “God said no alcohol.” A muslim, he says: “There are no values anymore,” and worries that “people can’t control themselves.” 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.” Tamerlan, 196 lbs, will represent New England in the heavyweight category at the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tamerlan, who studies at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and wants to become an engineer, took the semester off from school to train for the competition. Tamerlan fled Chechnya with his family because of the conflict in the early 90s, and lived for years in Kazakhstan before getting to the United States as a refugee. If he wins enough fights there, Tamerlan says he could be selected for the US 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.


More photos of Suspect 2

8:36pm FBI has just released another more recent photo of Suspect 2, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev:


Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev

8:28pm I’ve found additional photos of what clearly seems to be Suspect 2 online, and one photo that is absolutely him (it had his name at the bottom): This first photo is him, his name was on it: suspect-2-2 These are two additional photos, associated with the photo above, and that clearly seem to show Suspect 2 as well: suspect-2-3 suspect-2-1 8:07pm Matt Ortega as found an arrest record for a woman, with the same last name as suspect 2, living at his same address, and who is around the age you’d expect his mother to be.  First, here’s the proof of Suspect 2’s address: tsarnev-437x585 Now here’s the arrest record of the woman at the same address:


Social media page of Suspect 2 provides insight

6:52am I found a social media page of the suspect – his worldview is “Islam” and he also lists an interest in Chechnya (I posted the google translation, it’s in Russian), also it’s the right birthday.  Okay this is even more interesting – this screen grab says he checked the site at 5:04am this morning via cell phone.  Then when I refreshed the page, it now says that he last checked it at 9:04pm last night. A friend figured it out – it’s a Russian site, it was initially showing the Russian time he checked in, 5:04am this morning in Moscow – which was 9:04pm last night in Boston.by-default-2013-04-19-at-6.51.37-AM 6:49am

BREAKING: AP: Surviving Boston bomb suspect identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. -SS


SWAT teams go house to house in Watertown, Mass.

6:46am Pete Williams of NBC says the two suspects are brothers. 6:32am NBC: The suspects are thought to be legal permanent residents, been in the US for at least a year, possibly from Turkey, or Chechen refugees. 6:19am  Shawna England tweets the view from her house in Watertown – note the military-style SWAT teams: by-default-2013-04-19-at-6.18.58-AM 6:13am Harvard and MIT close classes out of security concerns, as massive manhunt is underway for second Boston Marathon bomber. 5:52am NBC summarizes: So, they tried to make a run for it after FBI showed their pics publicly. They rob a 7-11. Then kill a campus cop, shooting him in the head while he’s sitting in his hcar, then carjack an SUV, cops are chasing them to Watertown, during the chase the men are throwing explosives out the window.  They stop the car, Suspect 1 gets out wearing an IED strapped to his chest, he’s now dead. Suspect 2 takes off in the car. NBC’s Pete Williams says these two were already on a list of possible suspects, but the cops simply hadn’t gotten to them yet. 5:41am Boston’s transport authority has just shut down all service, at the request of the police. 5:36am New photo of suspect 2 taken last night: latest-pohoto-of-suspect-2 5:26am Igor Volsky reports that:

Suspect number 1 pronounced dead at 1:35 AM. Was in “traumatic arrest,” hospital spent 10-15 minutes trying to resuscitate.

5:01am The new theory is that the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects are both foreigners who came here to do this, and that the one still at large may not therefore be Sunil Tripathi, the missing Brown student (who is American, and thus the confusion over reports that both are foreigners).

“If it is who (authorities) strongly suspect it is they have both been here [in the US] for about a year”

4:57am Via Dylan Byers on Twitter:

NBC’s PETE WILLIAMS: “Authorities say these people came from overseas… had overseas military training… been here about a year.”


Boston PD confirms Suspect 1 is dead, Suspect 2 at large

4:16am It’s official. Boston’s Police commissioner Ed Davis has confirmed that Suspect 1 (black hat) is dead, Suspect 2 (younger guy, white hat, below) is at large. And that means, it’s official – this evening’s firefight at MIT was/is about the Boston Marathon bombing.

WANTED: Suspect2closeup




4:01am NBC saying police think they may have cornered suspect in a building, multiple motion sensors are going off. 3:58AM FOX is reporting that suspect 1 is dead. Again, this is all in flux. 3:42am ET The Boston Globe is saying that one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is captured, and a second is on the loose. But local ABC in Boston is saying that one is dead and one is on the loose.  So things are still clearly fluid. There is still a serious manhunt going on in the Boston area:

____ In a fascinating late-night development to a wild evening, the Boston Globe is reporting that one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is in custody, and other media is reporting that the second is possible dead.

But they’re reporting, at 2am Friday morning, that one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing has been arrested.  Apparently, per the Globe, the firefight at MIT and Watertown, that we’ve been reporting on in detail, was in fact related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Wow. CBS is saying that the suspects may be MIT students. Again, after yesterday’s false reports of an arrest, take this with a grain of salt.  But the Globe is pretty definitive. Odd that at the same time the FBI issued two new photos of the suspect. Boston Marathon bombing suspect arrested

For earlier updates, look at our earlier post about the violence at MIT – this was the precursor to the manhunt for the Marathon bombing suspects, before we all realized that the violence at MIT and the Marathon bombing were related.


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