Tweets from the bomber

7 May
Startling photo of the Boston Marathon bombers

Startling photo of the Boston Marathon bombers (Photo credit: Ninian Reid)

After the horrific Boston Marathon bombing that occurred on April 15, 2013, the world assumed the attacks were carried out by a high-powered terrorist group.  In reality, the bombing suspects were 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarvaev and his older brother Tamerlan.

As I watched all of the footage during the suspenseful days that followed, one thing stood out in particular.  As the suspects were on the run, CNN repeatedly displayed Dzhokhar’s tweets on the TV screen.  These chilling tweets occurred the day of the actual attack and there were even twelve tweets after the attack.  The night of the bombing, Dzhokar tweeted ” Ain’t no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people”.  It is such a scary thought to know that he is telling Boston to stay safe even though he killed three individuals earlier that same day.

The most shocking tweet came two days later when he posted, “I’m a stress free kind of guy”.  As the entire United States military is looking for this man, he is stress free.  Whether these tweets were just for show or they really captured how he felt, they tell a lot about his character.  That he could have just participated in one of the most horrific incidents this country has ever seen and still be fine enough to take to social media is shocking.

While these and more tweets are sickening, they offer a neat perspective on breaking news that we haven’t seen much of before.  This was perhaps one of the first breaking news stories that the reporters could display a suspects social media activity and track what they were thinking.  Because social media is such a public activity, it could become an important tool for understanding the minds of criminals.

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