Boston police are reportedly taking another run at Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife as they try to uncover as much information as possible. A new report alleges that investigators now have reason to believe that Katherine warned her husband and brother-in-law that they were the police’s prime suspects, setting off a violent chain of events.
Katherine Russell Allegedly ‘Notified’ Tamerlan Tsarnaev Of Police Investigation
Three officials close to the investigation have stated that Katherine may have had knowledge of the April 15 bombings, The Weekly Standard reports. This revelation came as a result of the interrogation of Dzhokhar before he read his Miranda rights. Reportedly, Dzhokhar told investigators that Katherine called her husband on Thursday, April 18, when the FBI released initial surveillance footage of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar.
“She notified him, and there certainly didn’t seem to be any notion of surprise — just a report that ‘you’re being watched,'” a source told The Weekly Standard.
It was reportedly that phone call that sent the Tsarnaev brothers into a mad, unplanned escape attempt late on April 18. The bizarre attempt resulted in the murder of an MIT campus policeman, the robbery of a 7-Eleven, a carjacking, and multiple police shootouts. Tamerlan was killed in one such shootout in the early morning of April 19, and Dzhokhar was captured hiding in a Watertown, Mass. resident’s covered boat later that day.
Katherine Russell: Complicit In Boston Bombings?
Katherine’s lawyers released a statement saying that she is cooperative and “doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.” However, that statement is juxtaposed against reports that Katherine felt trapped in her marriage with Tamerlan. “If Katie wanted to leave, I don’t know how she would have,” a friend told People magazine.
So is it possible that Katherine was scared into complying with her husband and brother-in-law’s acts of terrorism and that she actually tried to help them escape? Investigators are sure to find out the truth if they keep digging.
— Andrew Gruttadaro