Could Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow Katherine Russell have known -- or even helped -- in his bomb making? That's the question investigators have after discovering female DNA on at least one of the bombs that the brothers detonated in the horrific attack. Russell has always denied she knew anything about what her husband and brother-in-law Dzhokhar were planning.
Officials are cautioning that female DNA on the bombs doesn't mean that Katherine touched them. It could mean that a female store clerk from whom they bought the materials to make the bombs -- which were made from store-bought pressure cookers -- touched them. Additionally, a stray female hair could have found its way into the bombs.
Wow. DNA technology is amazing these days! Imagine that they can find it on something that's been blown to smithereens!
When the explosions happened, I thought right away the chances of the bombers not being caught on videotape were virtually nil -- there are just too many surveillance cameras everywhere. Add DNA into that rad cocktail of "Gotcha!" You can't do anything without leaving your DNA all over the scene. Honestly, I don't know why anyone tries anything these days.
That said, reportedly Russell is cooperating with investigators and they showed up on her doorstep yesterday to snatch a bit of her DNA. Ugh, one of my big fears. Some burly dude showing up on my doorstep and saying, "Open your mouth! Swab! DNA! NOW!!"
I have the same fear of lie detector tests. No, no one has ever asked me to take one. But if they do, I'm saying NO! Really? A little machine that hooks up to your wrists and tells if you're lying or not? COME. ON.
Anyway, back to Tamerlan's widow. I think it's entirely plausible she didn't know the first thing about what he was planning. Reports say she was working 80 hours a week as a home health aid -- when could she have had time to follow what he was up to? Also, she could have innocently touched one of the pressure cookers -- you know, like, Hey, here's a pressure cooker hubster bought me. How nice.
Still, if her DNA does show up on the bombs, she'll have some serious 'splainin to do.
Do you think Katherine Russell had anything to do with the bombings?
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