Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Finally Answering Questions But His Answers May Be Unsatisfying

Dzokhar TsarnaevBoston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been in the hospital since last Friday's horrific ordeal and his hours on the run in Boston. Although Tsarnaev was taken alive, because of a reportedly self-inflicted gun shot wound to his throat, he has been unable to answer questions.

In fact, some were implying that he may never talk to investigators. Luckily, that doesn't seem to be the case and the injured 19-year-old is now answering questions, albeit doing so in writing. As yet there is no indication that the information he is giving is helpful.

Still, it's the first hope that we might finally get some answers as to why this kid everyone described as "nice" and "normal" and "cool" would have taken such a radical turn and hurt and killed so many people in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Still, we may never get the answers we seek.

The reality is, he can choose what to answer and what not to answer, and since he appears to be in uncharted territory, who knows how it will all play out. This is a kid who was described as nice and kind and fun and a pothead by many friends.

The speculation is that his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev radicalized him and that he is the influence that turned Dzhokhar from a fun-loving, cool guy to a suspected killer.

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It's truly a tragedy in so many, many ways. What a waste of so many promising lives, the younger bomber included. All he had to do was keep doing what he was doing and he might have actually been a success story. Instead he is suspected of killing four innocent people (three in the bombing and then the MIT officer who was shot to death) and permanently maiming so many more.

How could he?

That is the question we all want to know. But maybe we never will. Maybe people really never are what they seem, and the best we can hope for is some kind of irrational, illogical rambling about why they do what they do.

There is no rational way to explain going from a 19-year-old college kid to a child murderer. There is nothing he will say that will make our country less angry or less full of grief. There simply is no answer.

Do you think Dzhokhar will ever tell us the truth?


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miche... micheledo

I can't imagine there be anything satisfying about what he has to say.

UNLESS, he truly expressed grief over what he did and recognized how evil his actions were.  Maybe then, what he had to say would be a little bit satisfying - or at least bring a little bit of comfort.

zandh... zandhmom2

I don't understand why people want to know "why". And really I don't care if his older brother influenced his actions...aren't we all influenced by other people, rather it's to do good or bad? To me, it is what it is and I don't need his reasoning to understand that he is a terrorist and terrorist kill people.  End of story.

nonmember avatar Christie

@zandhmom2 I personally, want to know why, because what if there are more bombers?? What if there is a cell in America that is training and radicalizing them to do more damage. The "why" in cases like this matter VERY much. It's not just morbid curiosity driving the questioning.

Also, even in cases that don't involve terrorists, the "why" matters quite a bit. It helps some victims get closure. It also helps us notice trends in behavior that lead up to offending, and much more.

Melis... Melissa1508

I'm with @zandhmom2.  I don't care why he did it.  He KILLED people, injured almost 200.  I don't need to hear any justification for what he did, because there is NONE.  There is no excuse for what he did. 

nonmember avatar elw

He was influenced by his older brother HEAVILY, and should be given a chance, in my opinion, seeing as he could have been threatened by his older brother to do these things and could have further information we need to know. I think he seemed like a good kid and some people just can't handle the peer pressure and influence when it comes to being swayed

nonmember avatar andie

@elw, how do you know he was heavily influenced by his brother? Unless you know these guys, you couldn't possibly know that. I'm not saying that it's not true, only that we just don't know anything yet. Don't jump to conclusions until this kid can speak for himself.

LostS... LostSoul88

They should have left him in the boat to die

posh777 posh777

@elw, people like you cause a lot of havoc and promote crime in the world,finding a way to defend people that commit crimes thereby encouraging others wreck more havoc because people like you will always be there to defend them irrespective of the depth of their actions!

weidi weidi

The "why" is important for his trial, and perhaps as well for those who were personally affected by his actions. It doesn't matter if the rest of us don't care why he did it.


@posh777--I don't see that as promoting crime. There is always a reason for crime, even if it's as simple as just because they could. However, I think elw's point is that sometimes there is a reason that is a little more understandable and doesn't make the offender completely evil. For example, robbing a bank because you child needs surgery and you're desperate vs. robbing a bank because you're greedy and want money you didn't earn. He did commit a heinous crime and needs to be punished, but even our justice system agrees that not all criminals of the same crime deserve the same sentence.

jpfsmom jpfsmom

I'm somewhat relieved that they did get one of the brothers alive because it may shed some light on whether or not this was a two man operation or if they took orders from a larger cell.  I hope it's the earlier.  We may never understand the reasoning behind it but it's better than having him go to the grave with his brother without any answers whatsoever.   Time will tell I guess.  To wish he was dead like his brother seems a bit short sighted considering the nature of the crime but I tend to look at these these things logically and not built on emotion.   

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