Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Left Note in Boat’s Interior
CBS News senior correspondent Jonathan Miller reported today that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note claiming responsibility for his part of the April 13 Boston Marathon bombings.
Sources told Miller that Tsarnaev wrote the note on the interior hull of the boat where he was hiding as police frantically searched for him. He was still bleeding from the gunshot wounds sustained in the earlier shootout with police as he scrawled his missive with a black marker. Miller’s sources state that Tsarnaev’s message is part suicide note, part justification for his crimes.
Miller’s source says that the note confirms what Tsarnaev has already confessed to authorities. In it, he takes responsibility for the terrorism, and tries to justify the act by stating that the bombings were conducted as retribution for the actions of the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Chillingly, the note refers to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings as "collateral damage" and draws parallels between those victims and the way Americans have treated Muslims in wartime, writing, "When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.”
The hull of the boat that the note was written on was apparently riddled with bullet holes from over one hundred rounds fired by police. They fired on Dzhokhar after he came up through the tarp covering the boat, fearing that he was hiding explosive devices or had a gun.
Tsarnaev’s note also said that he didn’t mourn his older brother Tamerlan, because he considered him a martyr who is now in paradise. Authorities are considering this a suicide note, as Tsarnaev wrote that he “expec