11 Bizarre Moves by Tsarnaev Brothers
Why did suspected Boston bombers stay in the city?
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2013 2:49 PM CDT
This April 15 photo provided by Bob Leonard shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev (black hat) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (white hat) at the Boston Marathon.   (AP Photo/Bob Leonard)

(Newser) – If you found yourself wondering why in the world the Tsarnaev brothers would allegedly admit their role in the Boston bombings to a guy they carjacked, then stop for snacks (giving said guy a chance to escape), well, you aren't the only one. On Mother Jones, Tim Murphy lists those two moves in his list of 11 befuddling things the suspected bombers did:

  • Dzhokhar failed to disguise himself: In surveillance photos, he's wearing a backwards hat and no sunglasses, which made him easy to ID.
  • He also failed to react to the first explosion: Surveillance video shows that he only looked over briefly when it happened, according to the complaint filed in federal court yesterday. That was a big tip-off to investigators.

  • They didn't flee the city: Rather, they stuck around for days, during which no one knew of their involvement, doing things like leaving their car in the auto-body shop, going to the gym, and partying.
  • They killed MIT police officer Sean Collier: Why? We don't know yet, but that's what ultimately caused the manhunt, Tamerlan's death, and Dzhokhar's capture.
  • They kept their hostage's phone: The police tracked them through the phone's GPS.
Click for Murphy's full list.

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Apr 24, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
Wow, these guys weren't exactly Carlos the Jackal, that's for sure.
Apr 23, 2013 10:32 PM CDT
Teaching would-be mass murderers and terrorists how to refine their trade? This entire article should be removed. Evann Gastaldo has written this bizarre piece of trash without even considering the consequences. Do you understand the concept of responsible journalism? I guess you don't! Nice going. Not!
Apr 23, 2013 9:33 PM CDT
And #12: being brain-damaged smokers, suffering the mental illness caused by addiction to the ILLEGAL tobacco drug! 90% of crime committed by smokers. More info. the tobacco-bought-off media doesn't want you to know is available at: http://medicolegal.tripod.com/preventcrime.htm