Dzhokhar Tells Mother: 'I Am Absolutely Fine'

Boston suspect tells her by phone that his 'wounds are healing'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 28, 2013 8:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – The mother of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke to her son for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings, and she recounts to Bloomberg the salient line:

  • “He said: ‘I am absolutely fine, my wounds are healing. Everything is in God’s hands. Be patient. Everything will be fine.’”
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva offered her own assessment after the six-minute call. “Mentally he is normal, but the child is shocked.” And she added a line that won't win her much sympathy around Boston: "I know he is locked up like a dog, like an animal." Tsarnaeva, who is in Russia's Dagestan region, says she has been promised one call per month.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a file photo.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)
This April 25 file photo shows the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, left, speaking at a news conference in Russia.
This April 25 file photo shows the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, left, speaking at a news conference in Russia.   (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)
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