Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Wife Katherine Russell: What We Know About the Alleged Bomber’s Widow (VIDEO)

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katherine russellWhile suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev awaits questioning in a Cambridge hospital, the focus is turning to the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It's hard to believe, but Tamerlan was a husband and a father. His wife, 24-year-old Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, grew up as an average, all-American girl in Rhode Island.

How did she get involved with Tamerlan, and how much did she know? Investigators are trying to find out. Here's what we know about her so far.

  1. Katherine is the oldest of three daughters. Her father is an emergency room physician, and her mother is a nurse. She grew up in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, where her parents still live.
  2. In high school she was on the dance team and in the art club. Her yearbook motto read, "Do something about it or stop complaining."
  3. In the fall of 2007, Katherine enrolled at Suffolk University in Boston. School records show she stopped attending in the spring of 2010 without graduating.
  4. Sometime in 2009 Katherine was introduced through friends to Tamerlan at a night club.
  5. In July 2009 Tamerlan was arrested for domestic abuse and battery of Katherine at the home they shared. In an interview she described Tamerlan as a "very nice man."
  6. Katherine married Tamerlan either later that year or in 2010, when she was 21. She converted to Islam, Tamerlan later told a relative, "because she believes in the tenets of Islam and the Koran. She believes in God." Friends were shocked by her transformation. One says, "She was just this All-American girl who was brainwashed by her super-religious husband. Nobody understands what happened to her."
  7. Around this time, Katherine and Tamerlan's daughter, Zahara, was born. She is now about 3 years old.
  8. Tamerlan, Katherine, and Zahara spent nearly every weekend with Katherine's parents in Rhode Island.
  9. Katherine worked 70 to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tamerlan stayed home, caring for their daughter. According to her lawyer, she knew nothing of her husband's alleged terrorism plans. She found out he was a suspect of the bombings on TV.
  10. Katherine has been staying at her parents' house since her husband's death. Feds visited her Sunday evening and plan to interview her soon.

Yesterday, Katherine's family released the following statement:

Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child.

We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot's Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlane Tsarnaev.

Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted.

Please respect our family's privacy in this difficult time. 

Do you think Katherine had any idea that her husband might have been planning a terrorist attack?


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Serab... Serabelle

I can't say if she had knowledge of the attack or not, but I hope not. That child already had one parent die and will have to grow up hearing her father was a monster, I hope her mom isn't the same.

Vegeta Vegeta

If she worked 70-80 hours a week, he could have been making bombs, and meth and breeding zebras in their living room and she probably wouldn't have noticed.

Sandee Ogilvie

Something isn't ringing true about this wife. First we hear she hadn't loved with him for a year, now he was home when she went to work.No one, and I mean no one could possibly be as blind as she is claiming to what her husband was plotting. She is damaged, and we need to look further into her actions. Frankly, I think they should charge her as an assessory after the fact....

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

Sandee you must know her personally. Because unless you do how can you sit there and say she should be charged? Your "hearing" things from the media and suddenly you know everything? And as for friends sayong she changed thats what happens when you convert to Islam. Not because you automatically become a terrorist but because of course you would withdraw from everyone.You dont smoke do drugs or drink and what do the majority of young kids do? At least one of those. I would never think of hurting another human being because it is against my religion which happens to be Islam.

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

These people are not extreme muslims. They are not muslim at all according to god.

Melan... MelanieJK

Brainwashed isn't a defense for someone living in a free society.    If someone stuffed a bunch of crap in her brain,   it's because she allowed them to.   She was living in a free society and had been fully exposed to beliefs other than his.    She CHOSE to believe him.    That's not brainwashing.     



cmjaz cmjaz

Let's give her the benifit of a doubt before piling up on her.

Mommi... MommietoJB

I think she must of had some idea her husband was becoming radicalized, even if she worked overtime. But I doubt she knew of his plans for the boston marathon.Most of his family seem like they hate America and he recently visited their homeland, if anything they need to look at his family.

Tracy... Tracylynn100

I know know what she knew but his death is probably the best thing that could have happened to her and her daughter

nonmember avatar random

more like all-american sloot,,im sure she was completely unaware of his activities--yeah riiiiiight! The media will treat her with kid gloves.Her azz should be taken and thrown into jail with the other dope whose name i cannot pronounce:)

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