A woman's touch
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a woman's DNA has been found
on the remnants of one of the bombs used by Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev to commit terrorism at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Although that may not mean that a woman was involved in assembling the bombs, the FBI has asked for a DNA sample from Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow. She may not have been the only person asked (Hat Tip: Memeorandum
The officials familiar with the case cautioned that there could be
multiple explanations for why the DNA of someone other than the two
bombing suspects—Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother,
Dzhokhar—could have been found on remnants of the exploded devices. The
genetic material could have come, for example, from a store clerk who
handled materials used in the bombs or a stray hair that ended up in the
On Monday, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seen leaving
the Rhode Island home of the parents of Katherine Russell, the widow of
Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The elder brother died after a shootout with police
four days after the April 15 bombings.
Ms. Russell has been staying with her parents since the bombings, and
FBI agents have been seen posted outside the home since her late
husband was identified as one of the bombers. Her lawyer has said she is
"doing everything she can to assist with the investigation."
One official familiar with the case said agents went to the house
Monday to collect a DNA sample from Ms. Russell, the culmination of days
of negotiations. FBI officials also have been negotiating with Ms.
Russell's attorney in recent days to get fuller access to question her,
the officials familiar with the case said. The officials briefed on the
investigation said the DNA request was needed to determine whether it
matched the DNA found on the bomb remnants.
Ms. Russell is one of as many as a half-dozen people in whom
investigators are interested as they seek to determine if the brothers
had any help in the bomb attack or the days afterward, the officials
said. Ms. Russell's lawyer didn't immediately respond to a request for
comment about the latest developments.
So nice to see the FBI on the case. After all, they did such a great job of preventing
the terror attack from happening.
Labels: Boston, Boston Marathon, Islamic terrorism