Second Suspect is in Custody

Police took the second suspect in the Boston bombing in custody tonight. 

I watched it from about 5 pm CST. Reporters had to fill the airtime with commentary while the police worked to arrest the suspect without killing him. That gave me a chance to hear all the rumors and web-spinning that surrounds this case. This is an inevitable fog-of-war thing that happens naturally with these tragedies. Most of these rumors will prove to be inaccurate, so I’m going to let that shake itself out without adding to the confusion here on this blog.

The FBI did a great job, and I imagine they are going to continue doing a great job throughout the rest of this investigation. This person is in custody. They say he is injured and in serious condition. The story is that 3 other people have also been arrested, but no one in the press knows why.

It took four days to get the photos of the murderers to the public. It took five days to get them both out of circulation and either in the morgue or in custody.

I will never put the names of these killers on this blog. I ask everyone else to respect that and do the same in their comments. Do not curse or revile them. They aren’t worth it.

God bless Boston. God bless America. 

Martin Richard, 8

Krystle Campbell, 29

Lingzi Lu, 23

Officer Sean Collier, 26

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  • FW Ken

    It seems to me that one of those guys said they had been in this country for 5 years and had no friends. That’s so sad.

    Watching the news about the events in Boston and West (here in Texas), it strikes me how important it is to have a community to surround us when bad things happen.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Actually, Ken, I don’t find anything about these killers sad. And I don’t believe anything they say/said. I don’t care what they think, and I don’t care why they did it. I am going to let the police and prosecutors deal with all that.

      I know that sounds harsh, and I am not chiding you. I realize most people will be fascinated with them. I am not, and I won’t be. I have no sympathy for them. None.

      • Skittle

        You don’t find anything sad about someone being so warped and twisted that they think killing other people is a good move? I find that terribly sad. I would never want to swap places with them.

        I’m praying for them.

      • Fabio P.Barbieri

        We should “care what they think”, actually. And we should understand them. But that does not mean that we should do anything to sympathize with them. To the contrary: when you have a murderous enemy, the most important thing is to understand them.

        • neenergyobserver

          Actually that is the second most important thing, and a prerequisite to the most. The most important thing is to defeat them, preferably before they cause casualties, but decisively in any case.

          • Rebecca Hamilton


      • MaryMargaret

        I have to disagree with you just a bit, Rebecca. It is incredibly important to know why they did this. If they are just two brothers with a personal grudge against the US, or Boston, or whatever, that is one thing. If they are part of a larger group, especially a Chechen group, in the US, then that is a totally different thing. I am not in any way “fascinated” by them. But we need to know “why”.

        • Rebecca Hamilton

          You are right Mary Margaret. I apologize if I came off sounding like a drip in my earlier comments.

          • MaryMargaret

            I totally understand after reading your later comment about the anniversary of the OKC bombing. My sister helped with triage after that horror. I am soooo glad that the bombers in Boston didn’t have a truckload bomb like that one. God bless you, Rebecca.

            • Rebecca Hamilton

              Thank you Mary Margaret.

  • marye

    This was the older brother, and he said that he didn’t have any American friends, that he didn’t understand them (Americans). It sounded to me like he deliberately chose not to be friends with Americans. He apparently had other friends, plus a wife and child. The brothers seem to have led double lives, like other terrorists have been known to do. But I’m not interested in exploring their possible motives or trying to “understand” them–although I do want to know if they have other contacts, or are part of a larger movement, or if they simply formed their own two-man cell. That should be answered in the coming weeks.

    • Dale

      The older brother, Tamerlan, used to have American friends. While in college, he would go out clubbing with them, drinking and smoking. But around 2008/2009 he began to become deeply religious and that all changed.

      He became very judgmental, and violemt toward his girlfriend, Catherine Russell. But she stuck with him, and withdrew from her friends. She converted to Islam and began wearing a hijab. After she got pregnant, they got married. None of her old friends attended the wedding.

      A boxing teammate mentioned that he noticed Tamerlan’s change during 2009-2011, but besides being increasingly “detached,” Tamerlan seemed functional.

  • Peggy Coffey

    If it weren’t for the all clear order and allowing people to go outside, this nut might not have been found for days. The police said the boat was beyond the perimeter and never given a good search. But according to the son of the boat owner, it was about 2 blocks from the area of the shootout the night before. The boat owner saw the blood and knew something was wrong and called 911. So it wasn’t police work, but an observant citizen. The police got a lucky break and the boat owner got his boat shot up.

    • Fabio P.Barbieri

      Probably not the first lucky break – what about the guy who claims to have actually seen one of them drop the backpack which contained the bomb? But that is what police work is about; it always hopes and expects to find wideawake and helpful citizens.

  • FW Ken

    My last remark was scarcely about the killers. I’d been reading about West and the response of the Catholic communities, thinking it’s a great thing to have folks to be with you in terrible times.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I apologize for sounding like I was jumping on you Ken. Yesterday was the anniversary of the bombing here in Oklahoma City. We had a service for them in which the names of the murdered were read — 168 dead, including 19 children under 6, more than 800 injured. Then I watched this on tv. (Stupid of me.)

      Again, I apologize for sounding like I was jumping on you. I wasn’t at all, but I know it seemed that way.

  • Ssouth

    I wonder if the point you are trying to make is that we should stop giving these murderers so much attention? It seems like if someone is suicidal or disturbed they may now try to get a city on lock down, make the national news, and take as many innocents along with them as they can before leaving this world with a bang. I think the 24 hour speculative news frenzies are contributing to this phenomenon. We have to stop feeding into this grab for attention and notoriety. Put the spot light on the victims, the families (if they want their stories told), and the helpers. By the way, how can the media get away with spouting unverified, unsourced, “news” ? I’m so tired of the breaking news being constantly corrected with no consequence to the networks. Why can’t they wait to tell the story when they have the facts?

  • FW Ken

    No offense taken, Rebecca. Daily exposure to perpetrators gives me some empathy for them (as I ask for a warrant!), and it’s good for me to remember that they are only one side of the story. It’s good to be reminded from time to time.

    I didn’t realize it was the anniversay of the OKC bombling. God bless you folks. My dad had a motor pool in that building and had a hand in it’s design. He was still alive on that day and was truly devastated, though I think his staff had all retired. I go up when I periodically to pray and consider the brokenness of the world, and my own brokenness.

  • FW Ken

    I should add that I have my little list of perps I would cheerfully bury under the prison, in small peices. I’m actually not a nice person a lot of the times.

  • marye

    I was raised in a household where we regularly “talked back to the television.” Sounds crazy, I know, but I now believe it helped develop a healthy scepticism which leads me to evaluate what I hear, from whatever source. Especially as I can be a news junkie at times, so it’s especially important to be able to sift through the flood of information and commentary.

    Over the past few days, I got very annoyed at the “but they seemed like such nice kids” blather, but saw it as just that–blather. Or maybe it’s better to describe it as a knee-jerk response intended, among other things, to preserve idealized notions of one’s own youth. Time and time again, after a horrific event, we hear the same remarks when the perpetrators are discovered: “but he looks so young and innocent . . .,” “he was so polite . . .,” “he seemed to have so much going for him,” etc. And I think: PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. Maybe this nice-seeming young person, or the friendly guy who you hung out with in high school or college, was hiding something from you, and from most of the world. That doesn’t mean that we should all become paranoid, and begin suspecting the worst of every nice young person we meet, but it also means that we shouldn’t automatically deny the possibility that we may not know everything.

  • pagansister

    I’m just very glad he is in custody—alive but so far unable to talk. Glad they aren’t planning to give him his Miranda rights, and will just ask him questions ASAP, I expect. He needs to live for possible answers as a purpose in the horrible event he and his brother carried out. Another question is, are there others involved? Who “taught” the brothers how to carry out this awful deed? Now all of this depends on IF he will talk at all. He is sure to know he can be executed for his part in the bombing. Of course, if he survives, and goes on trial, who could be on the jury that wouldn’t have already made up their mind as to his guilt??
    As to the Oklahoma bombing—–horrendous. I remember it—all those people—babies—-beyond awful.

  • Ted Seeber

    I hope he isn’t executed- death is too good for him.

    We need him alive to tell the story as a warning to others.

    We also need to avoid the possibility of a Chechen Vendetta starting from this event.

  • pagansister

    Apparently he is talking now—or at least communicating by writing answers, and has officially been charged. Think he faces the death penalty since the charges are Federal. This probably will take a few years to complete. He deserves whatever he gets. As I think I have mentioned before—-how will they get a jury that hasn’t determined he is guilty?