Tamerlan's Widow Still Under Scrutiny
Investigators find radical material on her laptop
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
This 2007 booking photo released by the Warwick, R.I., Police Department shows Katherine Russell. She had been arrested on shoplifting charges.   (AP Photo/Warwick Police Department)

(Newser) – Investigators say DNA found on a fragment of one of the Boston bombs is not a match with samples taken from the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, reports NBC News. But that doesn't mean 24-year-old Katherine Russell is in the clear. In fact, authorities are "sharpening" their investigation of her, reports the Washington Post. Among the reasons: They found extremist material on her laptop, including al-Qaeda's Inspire magazine. What they don't know is whether she called up the material herself or whether her husband borrowed her computer to do so.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told investigators that he and his brother built their bombs in Tamerlan's Cambridge apartment, which he shared with his wife and young daughter. Russell, who converted to Islam in 2009 and married Tamerlan the following year, is now staying with her parents in Rhode Island. She reportedly called her husband soon after the FBI released photos of the bombings suspects (initial reports suggested it was the other way around), but authorities still don't know what they said to each other. It's not helping her case that she didn't call police at that time. Also of note: Police are examining a section of woods near Dartmouth on the suspicion that the brothers tested explosives there.

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orlandojonny
May 5, 2013 4:25 PM CDT
The fact she did not help to make the bombs is no indication she was not aware of the crime that was about to take place. She lived under the same roof, ate and slept with her terrorist husband. It's just a matter of time before she is under arrest. American women need to see that selling out your country and allowing a preplanned act of murder for some foreign loser and Islamic Jihad has consequences.
iamcurious
May 5, 2013 2:14 PM CDT
I wouldn't be so quick to swallow any of this whole Boston bombing scenario. Large numbers of photos and video footage were recorded by a large civilian population that are coming out, being displayed, analyzed by the public and raising many serious questions. Folks, this whole thing has a bad smell to it. If you start to look deeply, it is quite obvious that there is a lot of staged acting in it and, right now, it is casting a lot of doubt on the whole thing. Something is seriously wrong with this whole story line being fed us by the authorities. I think we're being duped and I'm deeply skeptical. Where is the truth? What is the truth?
ontoiran
May 5, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
i would take a turn watching her