ON THE SAME DAY THAT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS CHARGED a 19-year-old Chechnya native with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, Boston police are investigating whether his dead older brother may have slaughtered three men in a grisly 2011 murder mystery.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is accused of setting off two bombs, killing three and injuring another 180, during last Monday’s Boston Marathon race. His brother Tamerlan, 26, described as a “radicalized’ Muslim, was killed during a shootout Friday morning with law enforcement authorities. A new unconfirmed report claims he telephoned his mother to tell her he loved her in the middle of that fire exchange.
The attacks on Boston’s Patriot’s Day led authorities to shut down Boston and area suburbs while they searched for the culprits. Federal agents contend the two brothers had planned to commit more murders and are interviewing the surviving brother to determine whether any outside groups were involved in their deadly schemes.
Now Boston police are also trying to determine if Tamerlan may have been the culprit in the grisly murders of three men found with their throats cut; their bodies had been covered with marijuana. Cops were perplexed because the murderer had left thousands of dollars in cash in the apartment.
The elder Tsarnaev brother was described as a friend and former roommate of one of the victims, 25-year-old Brendan Mess, according to ABC. The two were sparring partners at an Allston, Mass. gym and were teaching each other their respective crafts. Tsarnaev was a Golden-Gloves heavy-weight boxer while Mess was a jiu jitsu competitor, ABC reports.
“There was no forced entry, it was clear that the victims had let the killer in,” a Waltham detective tells ABC. “And their throats were slashed right out of an al Qaeda training video. The drugs and money on the bodies was very strange.”
Investigators claim that Tamerlan and Mess allegedly had a falling out over “over Brendan’s lifestyle.”
Raphael Teken, 37, and Eric Weissman, 31, were also found dead and investigators don’t know if they were acquaintances of Tsarnaev.
“Given how religious the older brother was, and we have heard information from the college about how the younger brother was ‘a pot head’ is there a chance that Tsarnaev was angry that Brendan was selling his brother marijuana? We don’t know,” a source told ABC. “But we are certainly interested in finding out.”