When BuzzFeed publicized the Twitter account of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, I was immediately intrigued. I set out to find any tweets in the recent or far past which might have served as flags or warnings to the shocking act of terrorism he is suspected of committing. Halfway through, however, my course changed.
While I did find several chilling tweets, some building on a theme that nearly harkened to a manifesto, I also found numerous bits of wisdom, tenderness, and utter normalcy. His online presence (albeit to my young and naive perspective) would not have suggested he was anything other than a 19-year-old boy. I have therefore compiled a series of his tweets in an attempt to present him from all angles: as a student, as an activist, as a someday terrorist, but most of all as a human being.
Some things to note:
- There were a very few tweets about his religion (Islam) on his account. I chose not to include these because I have no desire to fuel the xenophobic fire that automatically starts in the States at the mere mention of Islam.
- There does seem to be an increasingly dark or angry attitude in his tweets as time progresses. Note that I tried to include an even amount of “positive-casting” and “negative-casting” tweets throughout.
- The photo of the car with the upsetting license plate was taken 15 March 2013.
- His last tweet was sent two days after the bombing.
IMPORTANT: I do not endorse or condemn this man. I acknowledge him as a likely suspect in the terrorist activity of the week, and I await his judgment by trial to draw further conclusions. This archive was compiled out of pure fascination, nothing more.