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Michele McPhee

Best-selling author, Emmy-nominated investigative reporter, and award-winning columnist.

A veteran crime journalist, she is the best-selling author of five true crime titles: A Professor’s RageA Date With DeathHeartless — The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Brutal Murder of His Wife and BabyWhen Evil Rules, and A Mob Story.

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“Regardless of how much good you do for evil, it is still evil,” Ruslan Tsarni snarls over the phone. ”That’s these Tsarnaev bastards, these evil pieces of shit.”

Tsarni can’t control himself. Ask the Maryland attorney about his brother’s kids, accused Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and their sisters, Bella and Ailina, and a rage consumes him, which usually leads to a loud, profane rant, most of it aimed at the family matriarch, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva. “If I saw her now,” Tsarni says. “I would simply smash her face.” Read More

 

"There is a sacredness in tears....They are the messengers of overwhelming grief... and of unspeakable love."
Washington Irving

That unspeakable love was epitomized in our city this week by the firefighters from around the world who came to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Lt. Ed Walsh and FF Mike Kennedy. There is no city like Boston in the world, and the men of Ladder 15/Engine 33 truly epitomized the phrase Boston Strong as they said goodbye to their brothers this week. 

...Michele McPhee

 

One veteran Boston firefighter said the blaze that claimed the lives of two brave men was the worst he’d seen in 30 years. But will investigators bring charges?

The run came in at 2:43 p.m. on March 26, just as a dark cloud of smoke began to rise over the Back Bay. It was a nasty day—16 degrees and with gusts whipping off the Charles River at up to 50 miles per hour. A fire had started on Beacon Street near Exeter and now the wind was pushing the smoke across the neighborhood, darkening the area. Read more

Image Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Last Message Before Arrest

A new image shows the bullet-riddled anti-American rant allegedly scrawled by suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the inside wall of a boat as he hid from a police manhunt last year.

“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished,” says the handwriting captured in the image obtained by ABC News from a law enforcement official in Massachusetts. “We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all.” Read More

 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev missive scribbled on dry-docked boat: Watertown, MA April 19, 2013  

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev missive scribbled on dry-docked boat: Watertown, MA April 19, 2013

 

Official: Gun Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Played Greater Role in Bombing and Aftermath

The handgun used by one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in a violent firefight with police and to allegedly murder an MIT police officer was given to the Tsarnaev brothers by a local alleged heroin dealer who was taken into custody late Monday, several law enforcement sources told ABC News. Read More

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with his close friends, identical twins Stephen (left) and Steven Silva. Stephen Silva is now charged with dealing drugs and possessing the gun that prosecutors said the Tsarnaevs brothers fired 56 times in the days after the deadly blasts. The Silvas graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin with Tsarnaev and worked with him at the Harvard University pool as lifeguards, officials said. Stephen also told police "I smoke weed...because my best friend is the bomber," during an unrelated arrest on drug charges in Nov. 2013, according to a MBTA police report. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with his close friends, identical twins Stephen (left) and Steven Silva. Stephen Silva is now charged with dealing drugs and possessing the gun that prosecutors said the Tsarnaevs brothers fired 56 times in the days after the deadly blasts. The Silvas graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin with Tsarnaev and worked with him at the Harvard University pool as lifeguards, officials said. Stephen also told police "I smoke weed...because my best friend is the bomber," during an unrelated arrest on drug charges in Nov. 2013, according to a MBTA police report. 

Before Boston Attack, Alleged Bomber Posed With Black Flag of Jihad at Local Mosque

Months before the 2013 terror attack on the Boston Marathon, accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed in front of a black flag often associated with jihad with a fellow worshiper at a Boston-area mosque, according to an FBI report obtained by ABC News.

The FBI report, which did not include the photo, describes Tsarnaev and his friend Khairullozhon Matanov as “seated in front of a black flag with a sword and a shadada phrase,” referring to the Muslim statement of faith, and adds that the photo was taken “at the mosque.” Similar flags have become symbols of jihad, used by al Qaeda and al Qaeda-linked extremist groups. Read More

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, mother Zubeidat, baby Zahira: Dagestan, Russia 2012. That same year he posed in front of a black flag often associated with jihad at a Massachusetts mosque on EID, the highest of Muslim holidays.   

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, mother Zubeidat, baby Zahira: Dagestan, Russia 2012. That same year he posed in front of a black flag often associated with jihad at a Massachusetts mosque on EID, the highest of Muslim holidays. 

 

Marathon Bombing Investigators Ask What Attracted Terror Suspects to Boston Suburb

Among the many unanswered questions about the two Tsarnaev brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombing is why, days after the attack, they were heading to the suburb of Watertown and its manicured lawns and tulips when police picked up their trail and began a chase. Read More

A day after bullets pierced homes and shattered windows on the corner of Laurel and Dexter Streets, Watertown residents used the bloodstain left when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ran over his brother Tamerlan to escape a wild shootout on April 19 to write USA: Watertown, MA April 20, 2013. Watertown has other terror ties. 

A day after bullets pierced homes and shattered windows on the corner of Laurel and Dexter Streets, Watertown residents used the bloodstain left when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ran over his brother Tamerlan to escape a wild shootout on April 19 to write USA: Watertown, MA April 20, 2013. Watertown has other terror ties. 

 
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