Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Admits Boston Bombing But Blames His Dead Brother

Tsarnaev brothersDzhokhar Tsarnaev has confessed to the Boston Marathon bombings from his hospital bedside following what sounds like intense questioning every few hours from authorities. Apparently, he told the interrogators that Tamerlan (his dead brother) was the one who instigated most of it and that they acted alone, motivated by religion.

He was charged with the crime yesterday from his bedside and may face the death penalty. But what good will that do?

It's not that I don't think he deserves it. He does. He deserves to face the death penalty three times (one for every person he is accused of killing) and then once again for MIT police officer Sean Collier who was just doing his job when the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly shot him in cold blood. But if what Dzhokhar says is true, if Tamerlan was the driving force behind it all, then he got off pretty easy.

That's the problem with the death penalty. It's the easy way out. Timothy McVeigh's victims have to live forever with the terror and pain he inflicted on them in Oklahoma City, but McVeigh got to leave this Earth.

I suppose if you believe in hell, then the death penalty is great. But for those who don't? For those who believe death is just the end of existence and total blackness, it just seems too easy to let these boys off that way.

Besides, it's what they want. Part of the reason it's so hard to deter suicide bombers is that they don't care if they live or die. Clearly Tamerlan and Dzhokhar felt the same. Some even speculate that Dzhokhar tried to commit suicide, hence his throat wound.

I have no idea what the ideal punishment would be. I know what I wish it were -- constant, endless torture and pain -- but I also know we would never condone that in this country. Instead, we give them death, an end to their suffering and anger.

I am just not sure there is enough punishment in the world to match what Dzhokhar has done or make him adequately pay. He deserves to die once for every person he is accused of killing, for every limb he is accused of blowing off, and every child he filled with terror. That's what he deserves. There is not punishment enough in the world.

Do you think the death penalty will help here?


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Craft... CraftyJenna

I support the dealth penalty for murderers. I don't support feeding, clothing and housing them for the next 40 years of their life, I think that is wasteful and pointless. There is no way the punishment could fit the crime, but it never does. 

MamaD... MamaDee83

First of all, let me just say that I'm not surprised AT ALL that he would name his brother as a driving force. Based on Tamerlan's past (he had been previously investigated for terrorist ties, only to be let go because there wasn't enough evidence; argument at his mosque, domestic violence charges, interviews with past friends and family saying that he became increasingly isolated and different), I don't doubt that he was the first to become radicalized. I'm not sure why he felt the need to involve his seemingy happy and very "American" brother, but obviously he was influenced enough to turn against the people he had just become part of just months ago. I'm not sure if I agree with the death penalty in this case, mostly because he is so young. Just being honest.

nonmember avatar andie

^ MamaDee83, he's not as young as Martin Richard.

Christina Mancuso-Henry

Executing Dzhokar will make him a martyr to extremist Muslims, thus possibly igniting more terrorism. I am sure the government feels like they are walking on eggshells right now because of that so it's a difficult call what his fate should be or will be.

B1Bomber B1Bomber

He's just a kid. He did terrible things and should have to face the consequences, but what kind of people are we if we look at him with vengeful anger and say he deserves torture and pain and to die over and over again? When we say that, we lose the moral high ground.

Instead, let's be the bigger people. Treat him with the dignity and respect his victims were not given. He is sibject to our laws and the consequences of breaking them, but we should never celebrate the pain and suffering of any person, particularly one so young.

pezch... pezcharlotte

I am sorry but he is not just a kid.  He is an adult.  He needs to be held responsible for the death and destruction that he caused in my city. 

nonmember avatar MammaMel

I am not sure where I stand on the death penalty, especially in this case. But I will say: Those who do believe in Hell and are Christian do not believe that he will automatically go there. Every soul can be saved no matter what they have done as long as they ask for forgiveness and let Jesus into their heart. He could literally do this with his dying breath and he wouldn't go to hell. Just fyi.

Allis... AllisonWD

He is 19. He is an adult. I am so tired of people saying he's just a kid, as if he's 6 years old.

Melan... MelanieJK

This whacked translation of religion celebrates this as an act of piousness and bravery both before and after death so he'll bask in that whether he gets the death penalty or not.    


EarlG... EarlGrayHot

What an appalling little creep.  He's just as guilty.  Being taught to obey your older brother, which is how his mother is trying to excuse his heinous acts, is no excuse.  Death penalty is what he deserves.  I'd be interrogating the parents as well.

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