Buzzfeed fingers bombing suspect in triple homicide based on Internet comments

Over at Buzzfeed, Rosie Gray seems pretty sure deceased bombing suspect Tamarlan Tsarnaev may well be responsible for a triple homicide. Based on Instagram comments and tweets. Seems legit.

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  1. Xeni, is it really that big of a leap to say that someone who turned out to be a James Bond-level baddie terrorist might be responsible for the unsolved murder of his best friend? I agree that skipping to “he did it, clearly” is absurd, but there’s clearly something here.

    1. I’m pretty sure all the James Bond villains that I remember had much, much better escape plans. And also money. And also weapons that weren’t crude, homemade bombs built in their own basements. 

      Finally, did I miss something about the Tsarnaev brothers’ private, skull-shaped island off the coast of Cape Cod? 

    2. Xeni, is it really that big of a leap to say that someone who turned out to be a James Bond-level baddie terrorist might be responsible for the unsolved murder of his best friend?

      Is there a statistical correlation between terrorism and killing known associates? I’d be surprised if we hadn’t heard about it. Terrorist =/= serial killer.

  2. But… here’s a more reliable source. Middlesex County’s District Attorney’s office told ABC News on the record that they are looking into Tamerlan’s involvement in this crime: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/boston-bomb-suspect-eyed-connection-2011-triple-murder/story?id=19015628#.UXWOiMXA-So

    Probably nothing will come of it, but they need to chase this stuff down just in case.

  3. There may also be a link between Tsarnaev and the disappearance of the passengers and crew of the Mary Celeste.

      1. I think you may not be familiar with  the historical figure Timur, Tarmashirin Khan, Emir Timur, also known as Tamerlane the Conquerer?

        1. Not to mention Timur Bekmambetov, who directed the bloody fantastic Nochnoy Dozor and Dnevnoy Dozor.

        2. The morbid reader in me would like to know how common a first name Tamerlan is these days in the North Caucasus. Or, for that matter, Genghis in Mongolia.

  4. I’m reminded of the shooting death of Amy Bishop’s brother being re-investigated many years later when she shot six of her co-workers, and the arrest of “Clark Rockefeller” for kidnapping his daughter leading to his arrest and conviction in the unrelated murder of his former landlord.

    1. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to review the first Bishop homicide in light of the fact that we now know she is a depraved murderer.

  5. The British Crown just announced they’re opening an investigation to see if Tamerlan might have had a hand in the massacre of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War.

  6. Whether he did it or not isn’t really the issue. It’s the fact that this is about the textbook definition of reckless disregard, one of the standards for libel. As it happens, you can’t libel the dead, but this is a truly distressing development and further proof that Buzzfeed is great if you want to see animal gifs, but not serious news.

  7. Phew. I was surprised and baffled for awhile there, and even more after I read the article (which was speculation central, and just sounded a lot like confirmation bias), that you’d think this was legit…

    Ahh, my dear internet, how you struggle at transmitting cues sometimes.

  8. “Based on Instagram comments and tweets.”

    Really? Did you read the article or just skim the photo at the top? The article is based almost 100% on an interview with someone named Ray, who claims to be an acquaintance of all at the time. There are 2 brief quotes in the article from social media. Reliable or not as Ray may be, you’ve certainly misclassified the article as being “based on” social media.

  9. “What if?”  I mean, death follows him.  It begs the question… DID he have anything to do with it?

  10. How is it unreasonable to review previous unsolved murder cases where Tsarnaev knew, or had associated with, the decedents?

    1. It’s unreasonable precisely because he was already known to be an associate of one of the victims at the time of the original investigation. Unless the case was handled exceptionally incompetently it’s unlikely that Tsarnaev wasn’t arrested simply because the cops erroneously thought he was too nice a person to do something like that.

    2.  It’s not unreasonable to do that.  It’s unreasonable to claim that the guy is actually guilty on the basis of “leads” culled from Instagram and anonymous comments from an alleged “friend”.  Which is what’s actually happening here.

  11. It’s unreasonable precisely because he was already known to be an associate of one of the victims at the time of the original investigation. Unless the case was handled exceptionally incompetently it’s unlikely that Tsarnaev wasn’t arrested simply because the cops erroneously thought he was too nice a person to do something like that.

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