The Brothers Tsarnaev: Assimilating Terrorists

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow is no longer calling herself “Karima Tsarnaeva.”  She is Katherine Russell again.  Karima/Katherine is reportedly drifting away from the way of life she accepted when she converted to Islam and married the Boston Bomber, the terrorist killed by police last April following the bombings that left three dead and wounded as many as 264 others gathered near the Boston Marathon finish line.  Her relatives and friends say Katherine did not know anything about the terrorist attacks, but investigators indicate that she—or someone using her computer—had saved materials on bomb making and visited jihadist websites.  Other evidence, which may link her to the bombings, is under review.  She is cooperating with the investigation.

These days, Katherine is said to be wearing nail polish and eating fast food again, things forbidden to her when she converted.  Tamerlan sometimes flew into rages, calling her “prostitute” and “slut” for not dressing in accordance with Islamic tradition.  Katherine had dated Tamerlan from 2007 to 2010, while she was attending Suffolk University in Boston.  She converted to Islam and started wearing an hijab in 2008.  In 2010, carrying Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s child, Katherine called a mosque in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to arrange their wedding.  They were...

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